July 6th, 2015



Doug stepped out into the sunlight, blinking. His dressing gown lolled open, exposing his paunch. Tina’s vest top, pulled on accidentally in his rush to get outside barely covered it and the thick black hair on his belly poked out obscenely. In one hand he held a spatula; the other reached reflexively into the dressing gown pocket for the lighter he knew wasn’t there. Last night’s beer emanated from his stale mouth and he rubbed his tongue across his teeth. He wanted to belch but found he couldn’t. Taking his eyes from the sky for a moment he glanced to his left. Kathy was stood on her front lawn, gazing upward with her mouth hanging slackly open. Her two year old hung at her legs, pulling on her arm sleeve whining in a low, insistent tone. Across the road the Petersons crowded around their camper van, all staring up.

The vast alien structure that hovered high above them was still humming it’s deep bass tone and rotating slowly. The bone like growths that sprouted from it creaked as they slowly undulated. The noise was awful, too much, too loud for Sunday morning. Doug couldn’t take his eyes from it, but his brain had already started to hanker for a Bloody Mary. Just as he was trying to remember if the tomato juice was still okay to drink, a jagged split opened up in the base of the structure. And that’s when it really began.

<ITEM> There’s a fresh crop of admin, waiting to be picked, with nosey bouquets of Sponsorship and more Christopher Walken than you can shake a (Walken) stick at. It’s time for a new SILENCE! the only podcast that predates the discovery of the moon. Seasoned pod jockeys The Beast Must Die and gary Lactus are joined by new season recruit Bobsy, and the fun flows like lava,

<ITEM> Grab your loved ones, batten down the hatches and hope for the best…here comes the Reviewniverse! And it’s a humdinger, packed full of nutritious good stuff, such as Martian Manhunter, Dr Fate, Black Canary, Robin: Son of Batman, we Are Robin, Doomed, JLA, Batgirl, Alan Moore, Berlin, Adventures of Tad Martin, The Amateurs, Airboy, 8House: Arclight, Zero, Annihilator, 18 Days, Kaptara, Crossed: Badlands, The Spire, Mythic, Fantasy Sports, Fury, World War Z, Channing Tatum, Tom Hardy, Lost Property, Material, Surface, Wicked & Divine and somehow even more…
<ITEM> Bobsy sings!

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16 Responses to “SILENCE! #148”

  1. Aaron Says:

    “I didn’t read it for the same reason I don’t go around eating dogshit off the floor” – my favorite comics criticism of 2015

  2. Thrills Says:

    Yes, I was moved by that as well.

    Also, I enjoy Bobsy’s lack of tolerance for mediocre comics. Always a treat.

    Also always a treat are the episode blurbs by the Beast Must Die.

    That ‘We Are Robin’ thing sounds like a corker. Is it worth a hate-read? Actually, the price comics are, it almost certainly isn’t. I’ll read it in a trade fae the library in two years, if I’m still alive and DC have bothered to actually collect anything in a slightly timely fashion.

    Any thoughts on that E for Extinction comic? Or has that already been dealt with and I just forgot?

  3. bobsy Says:

    I am the Immort’n Joe of komikrit: MEDIOCRE

    Don’t bother with the Robin hate-read, you won’t feel good for it. I take on these sins so you don’t have to.

    Actually, that makes me quite a bit like the Jesus of komikrit too.

  4. Thrills Says:

    Living forever with the sole purpose of reading third-tier Batman comics.

  5. werdsmiffery Says:

    I loved Bobsy’s take on The Amateurs; I read it from the library recently, and enjoyed the queasy-comic violence and cartoon sense of escalation where everything is constantly getting worse. Though I do need someone smarter than me to explain the framing device (?) with the young girl’s diary.

    Zero ended well; it was my fave comic coming out for a long while, and I think it’ll stand up as a really solid, assured piece of work (Muller and Bellaire deserve so much props for creating that unique-yet-consistent visual style across all the issues and trades). I think it spends the final three or so issues explaining its themes in a way that makes it … a little cut and dried in the end? Maybe that’s just me.

  6. Rick Vance Says:

    *****ZERO SPOILERS*******

    So I don’t think those people are all alive again in the Zero finale. I think that is all just what people are seeing.

    After reading it I jumped around a couple of earlier issues and there are a bunch of links, like the horses (and where they go), the fact that I didn’t even grasp the fact that Issue #9 was about Edward Zero’s parents on the first read through, that the Wife/Baby choice was between his mother or him. That series ties itself back around very very nicely.


    Also Bobsy nails We Stand On Guard even outside all the TERRIBLE more inside joke Canadian Humor(is it humor? Is that book funny or trying to be I can’t tell). The book takes place in the year 2112 GET IT!

  7. Justin Victor Says:

    Maybe Morrison’s new position as Heavy Metal EiC will allow for some pithier,punchier stories from his own pen. Between this and Santa Claus, it’s been a crazy week for Morrison news, but I am of course quite curious and excited about it all.

    Mr. Biscuits from MM reminds me of some of the weird characters designs from the Mieville Dial H series. I’m pleasantly shocked by how not-shit much of the new DC stuff has been. Not sure if they’re doing it by accident or what but I’ll take it.

    I also really like Kaptara. It has a warmth to it that some of the other humor comics are missing. It’s not purely just mean-spirited snark.

    As far as books you didn’t mention,I continue to be impressed with Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye. It’s like a great superhero team book mixed with pop sci-fi stuff such as Battlestar Galactica and Doctor Who. Really, really good.

    Fury was one of my favorite movies of last year. David Ayer makes genuinely weird, edgy, unpredictable movies. Really curious to see what he does with Suicide Squad.

    Lastly, and I feel quite indiscreet mentioning this here, I sent along a little donation around the middle of May and I’m afraid you guys never got it. It did land with someone in the UK, but it’s a name I don’t recognize. I can cancel and re-send if need be but thought I better inquire first. I don’t want Silence! to go silent.

  8. Gary Lactus Says:

    Justin!!! Just been trying to find a record of that but can’t. Was the PayPal account [email protected]?

  9. Justin Victor Says:

    No, it went to an Adam Stewart. It’s a address. The date was May 11th.

  10. Gary Lactus Says:

    Just in! !!! We have your donation. Rest easy.

  11. Gary Lactus Says:

    And THANK YOU.

  12. Justin Victor Says:

    Ah, great. I’m glad it went through.

  13. tam Says:

    I went out and brought The Amateurs and read it yesterday. I am now slightly traumatized. It’s the most horrible thing I’ve ever read! And I speak as someone who breezes through Crossed… I suppose I don’t mind seeing horrible things happen to humans in the name of entertainment but feel a bit more protective towards dumb animals. And I also think there’s something slightly blasphemous about using Laurel and Hardy type characters for a horror story.

    Also, (sort of) on the subject of animals, Black Canary has to be one of the most slapdash attempts to create a superhero ever. She really ought to either change her costume or rename herself Blue Canary.

  14. Gary Lactus Says:

    Or Lady in Tights.

  15. Tim B. Says:

    Re Annihilator, personally speaking I think the main buzzkill about it was that issue 6 came out 5 or 6 months after issue 5. There may have been genuine reasons for the delay but not a peep about it from Legendary or in the book itself.

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