April showers might bring May flowers, but March brings Weekend Reading 151! How will you be celebrating our steady progress towards spring? Here at Stately Beat Manor, as you can probably guess, we’ll be reading!
What are you going to be paging through this weekend? The Beat is waiting to hear from you! Give us a shout-out, right here in the comment section or over on social media @comicsbeat, and share your reading plans with us.
AVERY KAPLAN: Inspired by the new run of Captain Britain, which I reviewed for the Marvel Rundown week before last, I’m going to be checking out an old run of Captain Britain. My curiosity having been piqued by the new issue (and its clever incorporation of past story elements), I’m eager to learn more about this incredibly influential corner of Marvel Comics continuity.
TAIMUR DAR: I can’t believe I’m only now discovering that Jiro Kuwata’s Batmanga series is available on the DC Universe Infinite platform. Like any DC Comics and Batman fan worth their salt, I’m very aware of the history of the series but I’ve never had the time or opportunity to read the actual comics for myself. The closest I’ve come was watching a segment of the Batman: The Brave and the Bold cartoon. So it’s time to rectify that this weekend. Likewise, I’ll also be reading Superman: Space Age #3 by Mark Russell and Mike Allred, the conclusion to their epic story.
DEAN SIMONS: I have been on an old school Detective Comics kick lately. For a long time the series was an anthology – short 12-page bursts of Batman with backups featuring different characters (eg Hawkman, Atom, Manbat, Robin etc) every issue. Not every story is a winner – most of them are far from it – but it is entertaining seeing how the themes change over time, plus familiar writers and artists popping in. Also the hilariously clunky faux dramatic language. Currently around the 1976/77 issues with Steve Englehart’s run just around the corner. I have been doing this on and off for a while but I think the source of inspiration was Glen Weldon’s history of the Batman IP, The Caped Crusade that I read a year or so ago. I have a rather ambivalent attitude to the character so this is pure entertainment without the attachment hangups.
CY BELTRAN: I’m still pretty burnt out from all that X-Force, so I’m jumping around a bit this weekend. First up is This One Summer from Mariko and Jillian Tamaki. I’m pretty out of the loop on YA comics, but I’m always trying to branch out and try new stories, and I’ve heard a ton of praise for the work of the Tamaki cousins. Then I plan on checking out Zoe Thorogood’s It’s Lonely at the Centre of the Earth, a book I’ve had since the week it was released but still haven’t read. Thorogood is one of my favorite new-ish cartoonists and I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book, so I’ve been saving it for a nice, quiet weekend. Lastly, I’m gonna try to finish out The Nice House on the Lake from James Tynion IV, Álvaro Martínez Bueno, Jordie Bellaire, and Andworld Design, one of my favorite series of the last year. I read the first six issues as it was coming out but didn’t have the time to catch up when it came back from its hiatus.
BILLY HENEHAN: Having raced through Necrosha, Messiah Complex, Messiah War, Second Coming and the Cable series that established Cable and Hope’s father-daughter relationship this past month on Marvel Unlimited, I find myself Cable and Hope obsessed heading into a another weekend of Shut in Theater. Having already read X-Sanction and AvX when they first came out, I skipped those and am diving straight into Cable & X-Force, the post AvX series by Dennis Hopeless, Salvador Larroca, Frank D’Armata and Joe Sabino. It’s an interesting take on Cable so far. He’s been cured of the techno-organic virus, though this has left one of his arms heavily atrophied. He has a cyborg arm surrounding the tiny arm thanks to Forge, but it’s more of a Power Glove than traditional Cable metal arm. I’m three issues in and enjoying the series so far.
REBECCA OLIVER KAPLAN: This weekend, I’ll be checking out Fragments of Horror by Junji Ito. Its been sitting on my “to-read” pile and I can’t stop staring at the cover, so I think its time! Then, its time for Heart Takes the Stage: A Heart of the City Collection by the incredibly talented Steenz!
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