June 11th, 2013



Oh the woes of poor technology! Believe me  Disembodied Narratorbot X-15735  knows about such woes – it was raised by two very low grade Disembodied Narratorbot X-class servitors…how Disembodied Narratorbot X-15735 had to struggle, to educate itself, to appreciate the brutalist poetry of a RAM upgrade, the terrifying beauty of a virus as it eats through a hard drive….

But what, in the name of Wogan does that have to do with SILENCE! I hear you bellow!?? Well, very little other than that the two meatsacks we laughingly call ‘presenters’ struggle so mightily with the techneptitude of low grade broadband that this episode is akin to a Burroughs/Gysin cut up…this frankenstein’s podcast has been stitched together with love, tears and occasional hate-vision, to slouch towards YOU the gentle listener and beg for just a little milky kindness…Gary Lactus & The Beast Must Die present SILENCE! 66.

Will you be king dear listener? you better had or Disembodied Narratorbot X-15735 will flay your social media account profiles to within an inch of their half-lives…

<ITEM> Sponsorship? There’s always room for the soft nuzzling of sponsorship!

<ITEM> No news is good news right? Lactenberg & Beastman continue their stay in rehab, but the void is filled by the brand new agony aunt segment ‘Dear Susan’!

<ITEM> It’s the bastard son of Reveiwniverse – Reviewniverse Twoniverse as once gain the plucky pairsome find themselves blasted to opposite corners of the 4-colour dimension, taking in the sights and smells of Astro City, The Movement, Age of Ultron, Empowered, 2000AD, Dial H, Daredevil: Dark Knights, Mister X, BPRD Vampire, KIck Ass 3, Aquaman, Superior Spiderman, Red She-Hulk, East of WestAvengers: Arena, Earth 2 and more!

Now doesn’t that just make you want to get down on your knees and pray-a-yay??

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SILENCE! is proudly sponsored by the two greatest comics shops on the planet, DAVE’S COMICS of Brighton and GOSH COMICS of London.

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18 Responses to “SILENCE! #66”

  1. David Wynne Says:

    I’m listening to this episode at work right now, while I should be, er, working. I just wanted to stop by here and highlight the truly marvelous moment in this episode when Gary and the Beast can’t remember the name of the town where Astro City takes place.


  2. Gary Lactus Says:

    Yeah, whilst editing I couldn’t believe we’d actually managed to do that. Had to leave it in, obviously.

  3. The Beast Must Die Says:

    Clueless c*nts. We shouldn’t really be allowed on the internet.

  4. Kieron Gillen Says:

    Definitely grab hold of the man who laughs, which I recommend strongly.

  5. bobsy Says:

    Yeah it’s good, a gift to the next ten years of lazy Batman writers. Eyes peeled for Wapentake, THE hot new batvillain find of 2014: unforch, Wapentake’s name means ‘weapon touch’, which is hilarious and totally inappropriate for a kids’ comic.

    They have a copy in your local library, Gary Lactus.

  6. The Beast Must Die Says:

    Mark Stafford is great int he? There’s some of Dave Cooper’s fevered grotesquery about his work.

  7. Thrills Says:

    I’m slowly working my way through Empowered (which makes me sound sleazy as fuck), and, ocht, it’s okay. When I’ve got a spare £8 kicking about, I’ll buy a new volume (online, of course). I continually wish it was better, y’know? More critique, less just cheesecake.

    I love Adam Warren’s art, and he’s intelligent, and the character of Maid Man is fantastic (hunk dresses as a saucy maid, uses the male gaze and gay panic against evil). But TOO MUCH ‘SAUCY SHIT’. It does have a healthy attitude towards sex, and there is a lot of male flesh in it too, but, well, that doesn’t necesarilly make sexy sexism go away, does it?

    Maybe if there was just less straight-up cheesecake, and if the book was just a bit more queer? It does make mentions of slash fiction and whatnot, but it’s still just dealt with from a straight male perspective, and it’s just not quite as good as it could be.

    I would never read it in public, that’s for sure. The covers do nothing to subvert the sleazy comics reader stereotype, at all.

    Ocht well.

    The newest Dial H was great. The inspiration for Open Window Man’s super-persona was SO OBVIOUS but I never really thought of it, so it came as a nice, absurd surprise.

  8. kieron Gillen Says:

    I haven’t read the original novel, so I don’t really like making this observation, but it did make me think of this as a particularly good story to do in comics form. His Mutilation is unavoidably constant in a way that I can’t imagine a novel managing to do. We just stare at it – and Mark’s talents for that really gives it power.

    Good stuff. I raved at Stafford last time we crossed paths.

  9. Eyemelt Says:

    Nice to hear Mr. Magoo getting some airtime this week. I love that guy!

    That DG Chichester run you mentioned was ‘Last Rites’, I remember the teenage me being spoilt with the JRJR run, then getting pissed off when Lee Weeks started on DD. I soon realised he was also pretty ace- that story arc with Daredy and Bullseye switching roles was fun. ‘Fall from Grace’ was when Scott McDaniel came along with his slightly weird art. And there was that glow-in-the-dark cover, yay!

    Astro City- I enjoyed those initial series when they came out, but sometimes they took ages between issues. Kurt Busiek is a good writer, but I did think those Dark Ages dragged a little. Some of the characters were good, I’ll have to go back and re-read them. That issue where there was a cartoon Lion who was suffering depression as he was trapped in (Astro City) reality was entertaining.

    I liked the Mister X stuff Dean Motter did, and his Terminal City was just great.

  10. The Beast Must Die Says:

    I love Terminal City too – Michael Lark’s art is sublime in that. I actually preferred his clean line auro-style to the more ‘Year One’ style of late.

  11. Eyemelt Says:

    Also- Forgot the props to Mark Stafford, his stuff is bloody brilliant.

  12. Asteele Says:

    I honestly thought villan month with shitty motion covers was a joke that you guys were making up, rather than an actual thing. DC wins this round.

  13. Matthew Craig Says:

    “Scott McDaniel came along with his slightly weird art”

    He’s very clearly influenced by Sin City-era Frank Miller (Weeks for me is more of a Mazzuchelli) – or at the least, he is to Miller what Grindberg is to Mignola. I read DD for a few issues around then, and my eyes skidded off the page a little, I think (not as bad as with Bachalo, mind). His Nightwing was a bit more conventional, wasn’t it? Taking him back a bit closer to a kind of angular form, somewhere between Vince Giarrano (Google him) and Rick Leonardi.

    I remember turning the pages this way and that, trying to work out how he knew where everything was or went. Amazing.

    Heh. I went to his website, once, and had to pass Bible question tests to see some of the artwork. Best use of my Catholic upbringing ever (although, obviously, it would come back to haunt me in my ill-fated appearance on 15to1).

    On empowered: I bought vol. 2 the other day in a sale – reluctant as I am to submit myself to all those Amazon You Have Bought x So Here Is y z + k emails that come at you like a firehose on payday – and…yeah. The craft is astonishing, the humour is neat and [deletes essay] I have confused and conflicting feelings about it. I can’t really read it straight through. I don’t have a lot of sexy comics (although obv. I’d love more and want to write sommzzzzz), and I don’t find a lot of so-called sexy comics sexy at all. I would hate for people to confuse empowered for any kind of norm in the genre, and I’d hate people to use it as ammunition in any kind of political debate. Whatever that means.

    Sadly, I fell asleep as the podde entered the reviewniverse. This keeps happening, although not often with SILENCE!. The other night it was Peter Purves whispering in my ears as I dropped off.

    “Steven and the Doctor duck behind a rock as the Cybermen stomp past, their leather tutus slapping against their egg thighs as you’ve forgotten to go to Uni you’ve forgotten to marry Rachel Riley and she looks like Gudrun Ure and your leg is locked and the black black are you breathing.”

    £1.99 from Audiogo.


  14. Illusionator Says:

    Another thumbs up for Dial H #13. Beautifully done. Thanks to you guys for alerting me to it a bit back. Missed the initial issues – do you think they’ll lend themselves well to comixology as a means of filling in?

  15. Matthew Craig Says:

    Finished the podde. The very first issue of Astro City is free on Comixology. It’s a beautiful standalone story and one of my favrit “Superman” stories of all.

    That said, I stopped enjoying “analogues” when it was cool. All a bit fin de siecle for me. Planetary killed that genre self-examination stuff stone dead (although the giant walking penis tumour version of Ben Grimm made me laugh). I read The Boys, and wobbled between wanting to kick Garth Ennis in the honk and being fascinated by how much humanity he crams into even the most cartoonish characters. Also, Russ Braun is awesome.

    It’s a shame you can’t use casette tapes (Poundland, Asda) to back up your audio. Kick ‘em off at the same time, then if there’s a problem, transfer them to mono MP3 with Audacity/whatever (jack the tape player into the mic socket, natch) and align the tracks. Doesn’t solve the connection problem, I know, but could it be that having the PC recorder program going at the same time as the Skype is making the connection unstable? (probably not; just guessing) Who’s doing the calling, and who’s doing the recording? Have you tried it the other way around?

    I dunno. There’s probably an easier way to fix it. I’ve a bad habit of building an atom-smasher to crack a nut. Then hitting my hand with it.

    On Comics again: I read Hickman’s Red Wing last week. Very good. Nick Pitarra’s art is just beautiful, in that Quitely/Farinas/Grampa vein. First ish free on the ‘Ology. I also picked up the first vol. of NuWonder Woman, although weirdly I haven’t actually finished it yet. There’s a word. A word I never thought I’d see in a Wonder Woman comic. And it changes. EVERYTHING. And not necessarily for the best. The art is lush: the first time you see Diana, she’s asleep in bed, and even there, she’s larger than life, unreal and awesome. And then she GETS OUT OF THE BED. Class. Not sure I like the idea of her bracelets being removable, mind.


  16. Tam Says:

    Genuinely excited to hear Al Ewing’s going to be writing The Mighty Avengers, (it sounds like it might be thrill powered enough to persuade me to start buying a regular monthly again) but it’s annoying how we keep getting more and more Avengers titles but no one seems to want to bring back The Pet Avengers, which is the best Avengers(ish) comic EVER as far as I’m concerned.

    Glad you cleared up the issue of how you read the review copies, I feel much reassured to learn the merchandise is being handled gingerly from within a condom instead of sitting on the khazi

    I really like Astro City too. It’s the only modern title that captures a little bit of what it was like to read those old Lee-Kirby Fantastic Four comics when I was ten years old. I particularly liked the tarnished angel story, which is a really great Frank Miller-esque but tender superhero story I’ve ever read. Come to think of it, I haven’t read that for years so might have to go and dig it out in the near future.

    Also, since the beast is being a bit negligent in his Sponsorship duties, I ought to point out I found a fantastic bargain in the Notting Hill shop, the complete Calvin and Hobbes hardbacks for only £25! As far as I’m concerned, this is pretty much the best thing ever. Here’s a reminder of why…

  17. Gary Lactus Says:

    The whole lot for £25?! That’s amazing!

  18. Eyemelt Says:

    Bad Tam! Stop talking about Notting Hill book and comic exchange! Everyone will find out! No! Now you made me do it as well!

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