March 24th, 2015




When comes the Borgunth? When comes Eigorrn, Lord of the Land of Many Eyed? When comes Scrotax the Elder Spanksayer? When come the Skalorg Sisters and their Chunthounds? When comes the Gargagrintz? When comes the Fire Puffin? When come the Knights of the Order of Panny? When comes the Scrandmaiden? When come the Prance-Mage? When comes the Gunt? WELL?? WHEN COME THEY???

Well they better get here soon, as I’ve laid on quite the spread. Scotch Eggs and everything. While we wait, what better way to kill some time than listen to Gary Lactus & The Beast Must Die, the Chuckle Bros of the comics podcast stratosphere, as they usher in  To me, to you, to me, to you…

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<ITEM> Come on feel the noise. The noise of the howling empty void that is…The Reviewniverse! On the comics hot plate this week: Stray Bullets, Surface, Zero, Chrononauts, Loki: Agent of Asgard, Captain America and the Mighty Avengers, Mind MGMT, Batgirl, Batman Eternal and a bit of respect for Diana Schutz.

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15 Responses to “SILENCE! #136”

  1. Derek Says:

    I vote that instead of reading Brononauts, we all go back and rewatch the inimitable Timecop like good little girls and boys.

  2. Derek Says:

    Bonus comment: Should I read Grendel? If so, where should I start?

  3. Thrills Says:

    Brononauts is the best take on the name, I agree.

    I thought the Chrononauts comic was a tie-in to the immensely enjoyable cardgame of the same name. As such, I expected it to be a crock of shit about sassy geeks traveling in time. The knowledge that it’s another artist-wasting Millar pitch is somehow much worse.

    This podcast reminded me I have a ton of Ales Kot to catch up on. I like him, I do.

  4. jamie Says:

    Just finished reading Big Man Plans which came out last week, reaally good read cant wait for the next issue you guys should give it a go.

  5. Gary Lactus Says:

    We did. It was fun. See SILENCE! #134 for further opinions- Garrulous Gary.

  6. John Bishop/ Eyemelt Says:

    Top show gents! And what a splendid job you did on the little ditty for Tam. If his tattered bandaged arms weren’t still weeping bloody pus I think he might have hugged me. And although I am definitely not top funnyman John Bishop, I once stayed in a hotel where for whatever reason they assumed I was he (I was part of a TV crew, shooting a comedy show- not his, in Wales), so whereas my colleagues were treated to ‘standard’ level rooms, mine was kitted out with loads of magazines and fruit and stuff, so that was nice.

    Good to see Diana Schutz get some love, her name turned up a lot in tons of old independent stuff I read as a yoof.

    Dear Derek, Grendel is excellent, it’s not as inaccessible as it looks. The Hunter Rose stuff is a good place to start. Might even be worth checking wikipedia and seeing if you like the sound of it. There are also two superb Batman crossovers I would definitely recommend tracking down.

    Brono nononono nononono nono there’s no limits.

  7. Derek Says:

    Cheers, Mr. Bishop. I was beginning to worry I’d have to do my own research into the matter….

  8. The Beast Must Die Says:

    Get any of the Wagner writted and drawed ones. And the Bernie Mirault drawn ones are ace. Some of the Grendel Tales stuff is great and really self contained. Some ace stuff from Darko Macan and Teddy Kristiansen. Rob Walton, Paul Grist, all good.

  9. John Bishop/ Eyemelt Says:

    Dark Horse have released a bunch of Grendel Omnibus editions, and they sometimes turn up cheap on old eBay. I forgot about the stellar contributions on the Tales series, and there are also some along the lines of the Batman Black and White books, called Black, white and red, and Red, white and black. A bunch of short standalone stories, kind of hit and miss, but generally pretty nice to look at.

  10. Derek Says:

    Thanks! Grendel is one of those books that struck me on the level of cover design when I was little country boy who only set foot into a comic shop once in a blue moon. Now that I’m old enough to make my own purchasing decisions, it’s always seemed vast and impenetrable, like the back catalogue of Sun City Girls.

    Stuff I been reading:

    Rumble – This last issue was a little less propulsive. Ingratiating enough, but a wheel-spinner. I am so done with slacker protags. I truly don’t give a fuck about your crush, numbskull. Your exuberant doofus roomate is far more entertaining. Next ish should/better have a wam-pow showdown.

    D4VE – I let this slip to issue 2 before I actually read the thing, despite Lactus’s evaluation, and I regret it. Fairly tired premise. Additionally, its Walter Mitty moments are not very fluidly accomplished. The writer’s a little bit too in love with the way its robot world eschews plausibility (lol robots eat nuts and bolts for breakfast groan).

    Southern Cross – This was compelling enough that I’ll stick around, tho the main character has some herky-jerky motivations and the facial acting was mannequin-akin. Hoping the action sticks to the boat for some deep space locked-door drama.

    Pastaways – Richard Branson-haired Silicon Valley dudebro leads a super team of anachromisfits on a mission to locate some type of time-rift. (The goateed character design has to stop.) Its treatment of suicide is a bit glib. Its treatment of everything is a bit glib. Maybe if I had more of a familiarity/goodwill with Kindt a la Mr. Lactus, I would be inclined to hop along for the ride. I do like big mechanical things that emerge from the sea.

    Descender – Pleasantly surprised. I’m definitely weary of Image SF, and I’m totally with Jonathan Rosenbaum in my high regard for Spielberg’s AI, so I was leeeeeeeary, but this one worked for me. I’m a sucker.

    Wytches – When am I going to read this? Who knows!

    Syllabus, by Lynda Berry – I’m a teacher by trade, so the generous pedagogical values and the broad classroom license exercised here are like a wet dream. I was only somewhat familiar with Lynda Berry, but I’m convinced now that she is a genius of the everyday, a fully-integrated artist-of-life in the fashion of old poets. I’m less enamored of BRAIN SCIENCE than she seems to be, but what a rigorous, interesting approach to teaching and living and doodling in notebooks….

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  12. Asteele Says:

    I’m going to put my suggestion for a contest here, because my email doesn’t work on my phone. The contest should be for the dear listeners to mail the silence team a terrible comic from their own collection, most delightfully shit wins. Only one entry per person. Broanaughts is clearly superior.

  13. tam Says:

    Thanks Silence! Your song really cheered me up and helped me to momentarily forget the agony of my gashes and wounds. You’re even better than morphine!

    Bruce also feels you captured his intermittently psychotic behaviour extremely well although he doesn’t really understand why I was so surprised. The name ‘Bruce’ should have been a clue. Of course, I wasn’t going to like him when he’s angry…

  14. The Beast Must Die Says:

    Don’t forget that Bruce was also the name bestowed to the Shark in Spielberg’s Jaws…

  15. Illusionator Says:

    Way late listening to this, so probably won’t get read, but glad you’re back on board with Mind MGMT. It has felt playful and mischievous without being up itself for the most part. I am slightly worried it may end with a whimper, but the journey’s been worthwhile overall. I wouldn’t have read it at all (prob as the art didn’t grab initially though now feels just right to me, mirroring the sketchyness of the story maybe?) without your recommend aaaaaages ago, so a real big ta for that.

    +1 for Brononauts. Also, SONIC YOUTH!!

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