Cry havoc and let slip the reading of weekend! It’s Saturday, and that means it’s time for Weekend Reading 122.
By now, we suspect you know the drill: we’re holing up inside Stately Beat Manor and spending the weekend getting lost in a good book! What will you be paging through as you try not to think about the fact that Monday looms on the horizon? We hope you’ll let us know, here in the comment section or over on social media @comicsbeat!
AVERY KAPLAN: While I got the chance to read multiple Moon Knight stories on Marvel Unlimited as research for articles I wrote during the release of the live-action adaptation on Disney+, this weekend, I’m digging into Moon Knight Omnibus #1 which includes work by many, many creators including Doug Moench and Don Perlin. Especially exciting is the inclusion of the backup stories from Hulk Magazine, which were not available on MU and feature the first published work of Bill Sienkiewicz. In a text message to my spouse, Rebecca Oliver Kaplan, the incredibly talented letterer Janice Chiang (whose work appears in the issue and who lettered many first professional jobs for our present industry icons) wrote, “I was in awe of Bill’s artwork.” Hard same!
DEAN SIMONS: I….I did it. 6 months later and I finished all four volumes of Gene Wolfe’s Book of the New Sun. Phew! (I enjoyed it). Now I am onto my next prose read – Adrian Tchaikovsky’s Dogs of War. Sci-fi of a different flavor. I am reading it at a decent pace and find it a curious book thus far. I am also sampling the Black Stars series of short fiction by black authors. I really dug The Visit by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie a few days ago. There are six stories in total so I might try one or two of the others over the weekend.
As for comics I am pretty much drifting through things. I am continuing where I left off with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The IDW Collection. Up to volume 5 now which takes the series up through issue 40 with a number of detours into limited series. As someone who had no interest or attachment to the TMNT franchises (movies, games, comics, cartoons) growing up – for me to enjoy this cold is somewhat of a big deal.
ZACK QUAINTANCE: I mentioned a couple weeks ago that I was reading the late ‘80s/early ‘90s Green Arrow run written by Mike Grell and illustrated by folks like Ed Hannigan, Dan Jurgens, Denys Cowan, and Rick Hoberg. Well, I’m still going, reaching now what’s maybe the less-heralded later issues of the run. So, I’m cracking into a new volume of that this weekend. Meanwhile, with prose I’m starting a new short story collection called Valleyesque by Fernando A. Flores. From what I understand, these stories are fantastical and unexpected, and they’re also set in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley region, where I got my first job after college as a newspaper reporter. So, very much looking forward to reading through all that.
TAIMUR DAR: I definitely was not prepared for how exhausted I would be returning home from the first SDCC in over three years! I’ve definitely been busy writing up some of my press junket interviews but I’m happy to say that they’re nearly complete. So I’m hoping to get time this weekend to enjoy some of new comics from the last two weeks, in particular Superman: Space Age #1 by Mark Russell and Mike Allred. Other books include but are not limited to She-Hulk #5, Young Hellboy: Assault on Castle Death, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #131.
REBECCA OLIVER KAPLAN: I will be purchasing Zack Quaintance’s weekend reading Valleyesque to read in the future, and maybe gift. Growing up, I regularly visited the Rio Grande Valley region with my Albuquerque-based family. But for this weekend, I will be finishing up Death, Disability, and the Superhero: The Silver Age and Beyond by José Alaniz. The prose book has so far been a great resource for anyone interested in the topic, and something I started reading for a piece about superheroes and migraines. As I said in the SDCC winners and losers article, I got a pinched nerve in my neck and sinus infection at the convention. I only like to read certain books in this much pain, so I will also be reading more BSC. At the top of my list is Katy Farina’s Baby-Sitters Little Sister: Karen’s Roller Skates, in the story, Karen breaks her arm, and I feel commiserating with Karen. Last but not least, Shaenon K. Garrity gifted me the first volume of Skin Horse by Garrity and Jeffrey C. Wells.