August 5th, 2013



Boy let me tell you that Disembodied Narratorbot X-15735 is super-pumped for the synergistic mind-mapping we have planned for this afternoon’s info-dump session…there will be Power Points out the wazzoo, and information will be cascaded down upon the fleshy ones like shimmerimg mercury…

Disembodied Narratorbot X-15735 really feels that he has a lot to offer the corporation. Offer the hearts, skin and faces of the fleshy ones for example…

Oh hello SILENCERS, Disembodied Narratorbot X-15735 did not see you all there, waiting eagerly little  glistening fish-eyes blinking in anticipation. Well wait no more as SILENCE, the comics podcast that is all out of bubblegum, is here.

<ITEM> Gary Lactus & The Beast Must Die wade through the greasy sponsorship shallows.

<ITEM>SILENCE NEWS with discussion of the newest Whoest Dr Who and of course America’s Next Top Model (do not ask)

<ITEM> Left foot in, left foot out, in out, in out…GET INTO THE REVIEWNIVERSE YOU WOODLICE!!! Comics discussed include Batman Inc and the end of Grant Morrison’s seven year Bat-opus…The Wake, Collider, Batman: Zero Year (Directors Cut), Uber, Daredevil, Hulk, FF, Adventures of Superman, Tom Strong, Optic Nerve, Sex, Wolverine & The X-Men, Gamma, Jupiter’s Legacy, Superior Spiderman and..well no that’s it. What more do you need you ungrateful meatsacks?

click to download SILENCE!#72

So that’s it. Now get out of here, Disembodied Narratorbot X-15735 has a conference call to set up with some very important and not in any way imaginary people.
SILENCE! is proudly sponsored by the two greatest comics shops on the planet, DAVE’S COMICS of Brighton and GOSH COMICS of London.

22 Responses to “SILENCE! #72”

  1. tam Says:

    Haven’t listened to the show yet but since I know Gary likes a bit of a sing-song, I thought I’d mention that I recently read the old 2000 ad Robo-Hunter story ‘Play it again Sam’ (in complete Robo Hunter vol #2).

    I made a point of not reading it in the past because of all the singing which put me off it, but decided to finally read it and thought it was the best and funniest ever use of songs I’ve ever seen in a comic.

    In case you haven’t read it, the Thatcheresque PM droid decrees all of Brit Cit has to sing songs or go to prison. It’s utterly silly but highly entertaining, for some reason Wagner and Grant are much, much better at this sort of thing than Alan Moore’s attempts at doing it, which always feel a bit leaden…

  2. Gary Lactus Says:

    Oh, Wagner and Grant have done some real Gary baiting “musicals” too though. There was that Judge Dredd thing in an annual once. John Higgins art I think.

  3. Tam Says:

    I think that what makes ‘Play it again Sam’ funnier than that, is that they do them to known tunes. i.e. This one to the tune of the teddy bears’ picnic…

    If you go out on the street today, you’d better not be a droid.
    Cos if you are for certain by far, you’re going to get destroyed!
    We’ll smash you up! We’ll take you to bits! We’ll bash your butts, you robotic twits!
    Today’s the day the human league’s come to G-E-E-E-T YOU!

  4. Tim B. Says:

    That Doctor Who Live show was pretty fucking weird, but as the program’s celebrating it’s 50th anniversary, it’s allowed to get a bit eccentric in it’s middle-age, just as long as it doesn’t embarass itself getting a sports car, getting a pair of leather trousers and having an affair with a 20 year old.

    Peter Capaldi works for me as a Doctor because he’s older than me. Whilst I thought Matt Smith’s performance has been outstanding, there’s something disconcerting about a Doctor been younger than I am.

    As to comics, the end of Morrison’s Batman run was well done and satisfingly downbeat. Not as good as his Doom Patrol or All-Star Superman endings, but then not much really is.

  5. Matthew Craig Says:

    “having an affair with a 20 year old.”

    Youtube: ZqB2Yo08dDY

    I thought it would be ^^, obvs., but when I saw Liza Tarbuck on the sofa, I thought they were pulling a fasty. I’d watch a LTarbz version of Who.


  6. tam Says:

    I’m glad to see normality has been restored and Doctor Who is older than me again which is how it should be. The shock of suddenly realising I was older than the previous pipsqueak incarnation of the time lord nearly sent me into a mid life crisis

  7. Eyemelt Says:

    When I walked into the office the other day, the first thing my colleague said was
    “Hey, Peter Capini eh? love that guy”.

    Of course you’re testing us, TBMD! We all know Daredy met the Surfer in that fantastic run by Nocenti and JRJR! When they were in Hell with the Inhumans!

    Tomin, Tominay, Tomeen, I made the mistake of picking up Sleepwalk. He’s good at drawing (and freely admits his Clowes influence), but man, those stories were a drag!
    Here, It’s night time, I’m walking down the street, there’s a girl, she doesn’t notice me, I’ll buy my shopping, I go home, I’m sad.
    Did I miss something? Do I just not ‘get it’? If I want to see that I’ll just get someone to film me on my way home from work.

  8. Gary Lactus Says:

    Phew! Glad someone else feels like I do about Tommyne. I will read some more but it keeps slipping down the pile behind brightly coloured fun stuff.

  9. Surly Thrills Says:

    Can’t stand Tomine. He’s a textbook example of everything that’s wrong with sadsack ‘graphic novels’. Middlebrow indie movie yawnsers. Nice art, though, in a bland sort of way.

    I mean, why would you want to replicate Clowes but remove all the interesting parts? BORING.

  10. James W Says:

    “just as long as it doesn’t embarass itself getting a sports car, getting a pair of leather trousers and having an affair with a 20 year old.”
    Wasn’t that the Ecclestone series?

  11. jameswheeler Says:

    Matthew Craig beat me to it, should’ve read properly.

    Trying to remember to comment as this now, since apparently other James W’s read comics and comment on internet things?!

  12. Matthew Craig Says:

    Got to the end of the podde this pm. Good luck in the ‘burgh, G-Lac!


  13. Ricardo Baptista Says:

    You said my name! Twice!

  14. Ricardo Baptista Says:

    After the excitement passed I realized: you should be talking about whatever you want to talk about! This is not a fan service podcast! So screw me and my needs!

  15. The Beast Must Die Says:

    Hey Ricardo, don’t worry! I’ve just finished ‘Very Casual’ and ‘Lose’ no.5, so I’m fully DeForged up. It’s made it hard to slog through the spandex set afterwards….

  16. RetroWarbird Says:

    I couldn’t believe you went for Teela when the low-hanging fruit of “The Beast-Man Must Die” stood there all furry orange and ready for mash-up madness.

    They broadcast the NEW WHO LIVE EVENT simultaneously in the States. College aged girls coming off lunch all over the East Coast had their hopes of their next BBC Matt Smith Crush Dashed on the rocks. Of course I haven’t got a television. I like an older man playing The Doctor, as I was introduced via Pertwee.

  17. RetroWarbird Says:

    Scott Snyder is a Stephen King protege, so you’d imagine being taught trade tricks by the same man (who invented and consistently utilizes all the tropes) would be noticeable in the works of the both he and Joe Hill.

    It’s an influence which feels toxic in super-hero comics, but in (concise, not bloated) Horror Comics I can’t imagine not liking it.

    Still, something about me just can’t bring myself to bear the misery of reading King or King-related works. Maybe because I’m Utican and he considers us the fount of humanity’s darkest evils.

  18. Asteele Says:

    I also have been demanding deforge talk, so there are at least two of us.

  19. Martin Gray Says:

    Darn, If I had listened to this episode just one day earlier, I could have gone along to So You Think You’re Funny. I hope it went swimmingly! Did you get together with UK comic chap Kev F Sutherland, here with the Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre?

  20. Thrills Says:

    I was going to go along, but finances did not permit. Obviously, I have my priorities all wrong.

  21. Illogical Volume Says:


    The big man played a belter at SYTYF, youse goize missed yourselves/would have been proud to see your man doing his thing in front of an audience of Scorchlanders and living to tell the tale. This feat is especially impressive when you realize that he faked a Scotch accent in front of a group of real live Scotch and experienced no negative consequences.

    “Fraser Geesin”, so called, had the final spot of the night, which made me worry for him given that he’d been wired to the fucking moon with nerves in the build-up. Thankfully the lad was very much in control as soon as he got on stage – he might not have worn his trademark helmet, but there was no disguising his status as a cosmic threat as made his way through jokes from different galaxies of humour like so many tasty planets.

    While the mysterious Mr Geesin faced some stiff competition from half of the acts on the bill (including the eventual winner, Jenny Collier), his seven minute set showcase the broadest range of material without ever sacrificing the individual voice which you all know and love. Songs, superhero jokes, adverts, dancing and partial nudity… yon big English space god did it all and did it with gusto.

    Impressed? Reader, I wanted to shag the bastard!

  22. Martin Gray Says:

    Thanks, IV, hopefully I’ll be there next time.

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