June 6th, 2016




Gary Lactus & The Beast Must Die in a dance off that you just won’t believe! Throwing shapes that could change the fabric of space and reality! It’s time to step up to the streets, in 3D, in full effect! Those boys were thrown out of home when they were 15 and they been dancing ever since! Nobody puts SILENCE! in the corner! NOBODY!!! (and break)

<ITEM> It’s an old skool spektacliar, as Gary Lactus & The Beast Must Die hold hands and touch the sky together! Crazy guys – back in action!

<ITEM> Sponsorship? Check. Ramblocious ramblings? Check. A Kickstarter campaign worth your time? Check. Earth-Pig update? Check.

<ITEM> And then we’re hard into the Reviewniverse like a couple of bouncing bombc skipping across the 4-colour fjords. Looking at Batman: Rebirth, DC Rebirth, Superman: Rebirth, and DC Afterbirth. Plus! Civil War 2, Spiderwoman, Stray Bullets, Cinema Purgatorio, Stuart Gordon’s From Beyond, Papergirls and more, more, more (how do you like me?)

<ITEM> Bit of backmin and then we ‘re off!

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9 Responses to “SILENCE! #191”

  1. Jawn Marie Says:

    Cool kickstarter. What does “Intercorstal” mean?

  2. Maid of Nails Says:

    This has probably been addressed on the podcast when I went to the bathroom and forgot to pause the playback or something, but: why exactly does Cinema Purgatorio exist? It’s not especially shocking, or violent, or groundbreaking, or daring, or cinematic, or purgatorial, and in the year 2016 – with so many good writers on their lists – Avatar could kick it up about 25 notches. In the year 2016, I feel like “what if Keystone Kops but violent” isn’t really enough.

  3. Tim B. Says:

    Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur is excellent, art & story really work and now Gary mentions it it is very similar to Cindy & Biscuit.

    Re the mystery of the avocado, was listening to another podcast (11 o’clock comics I think) and they reckon it could be just something to indicate that Alfred now has use of both hands again, having had one cut off during the New 52 because DC’s obsession with limb removal.

    Must agree with the points raised about the ubiquity & at times toxicity of geek culture. Don’t have much to say about it but good points well made, and further to my comment last week, I own a HYDRA t-shirt, that thanks to the Red Skullification of the organisation it may as well be a Nazi party logo shirt.

    Rebirth return update. According to the USPS website it’s beem signed for so await my cheque.

  4. Nate A. Says:

    In “Batman: The Killing Joke,” (soon to be a major cartoon, available for purchase on DVD!!!), the fruit bowl in Barbara Gordon’s apartment was full of avocados. It was knocked to floor during the Joker’s attack, and it appeared in many of the photos shown to Jim Gordon. So, I think the avocado was Scott Snyder’s way of saying farewell to the terrible, terrible legacy of Alan Moore.

  5. Gary Lactus Says:

    Loving the Avacado thoughts here.

  6. tam Says:

    Some of Alan Moore’s more throwaway stuff is occasionally a bit repetitive these days. I think almost every writer does that a bit by the time they’ve reached the ‘late tea time’ period of their career (with the honorable exception of John Wagner although he has the advantage that Dredd and Strontium Dog are satires that reflect changes in society, politics, warfare, etc…).
    There’s been quite a bit of repetition in Moore’s shorter stories (partly I suppose because he’s just been so prolific) but I think he’s done an impressive job of keeping his longer stuff fairly fresh. Both Crossed +100 are fairly different from anything else he’s done which, is pretty impressive when you compare him to his contemporaries

  7. Anonymous Says:

    Nate A’s intertextual comment solution is, of course, too simple. More sensible explanations:

    According to ‘Nectar & Ambrosia: An Encyclopedia of Food in World Mythology’ Avocado oil had ritual significance in anointing. Is Alfred anointing the bats?

    Also: “Bats as well as other animals pollinate breadfruit, mangoes, guavas, avocados, cashews, and figs” (‘This Sacred Earth: Religion, Nature, Environment’). So, a pollination theme seems to emerge in the comic. Maybe Batman will gain bat-specific superpowers for the first time in his history? Maybe he will be able to pollinate and grimly lecture anyone who addresses this on biodiversity ?

  8. Nate A. Says:

    While I certainly appreciate Anonymous’s erudition, I believe that the above interpretation better fits a Pat Mills comic.

    That having been said, I would love to read a Batman comic focussed on pollination and biodiversity. I would also love to see the arc where Batman heroically battles “white nose syndrome.” (

  9. Paul Jon Thrillin' Says:

    I like the idea of a Batman whose parents were killed by a lack of biodiversity.

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