The penultimate Saturday in January 2023 has arrived, and it brought Weekend Reading 145 along for the visit! You know the drill here at Stately Beat Manor: we’ll be holding up with a big stack of books and getting lost in the pages (at least until Monday arrives).
What will you be reading this weekend? The Beat wants to hear from you! Let us know, right here in the comment section or over on social media @comicsbeat!
AVERY KAPLAN: This weekend I’m going to be reading Chef’s Kiss by Jarrett Melendez, Danica Brine, Hank Jones, and Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou. Then as far as prose goes, I’ll be re-reading The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster. I have City of Glass, Ghosts, and The Locked Room in a single volume from the Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition line. These editions feature new written introductions as well as luscious covers by contemporary cartoonists, replete with French flaps that include more space for artwork. Auster’s New York Trilogy gets an introduction by Luc Sante and a classic pulp-inspired cover by legendary cartoonist Art Spiegelman, including a hand-drawn map of Manhattan on the back.
DEAN SIMONS: I am reading the sequel to Adrian Tchaikovsky’s novel Dogs of War – Bear Head. Set on Mars several decades after the Earthbound events of the first book, Bioforms (engineered animal hybrids) have become somewhat more accepted – but things might be turning backward… Reminds me of some of the best 2000 AD serials. On the comics front I am revisiting Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball. I first read the manga as a young teen, which served as my introduction to Japanese comics way back in the 2000s. First arc remains a bit plodding but subsequent arcs remain classic, entertaining, page-turners. Up to vol. 6.
TAIMUR DAR: I’m an unabashed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fan but lately I’ve been on a TMNT kick more than usual lately rewatching episodes of the various cartoons, movies and documentaries. To that end, this weekend (which also happens to fall into my birthday) I’ll be checking out Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Visual History by Andrew Farago from Insight Editions and The Art of Teenage Mutant Turtles, the hardcover Dark Horse published wherein Ciro Nieli recounts development of the Nickelodeon series.
ADAM KARENINA SHERIF: The festive season is often Star Wars season for me, and between finally watching Obi-Wan Kenobi [good] and Andor [great], the season has extended longer than usual. With the galaxy still holding my interest, I’ve decided to finally try out a prose novel. I’ve chosen Star Wars: Aftermath by Chuck Wendig because it takes place between Return Of The Jedi and The Force Awakens, which I feel is amongst the most fascinating and still under-considered parts of the timeline.