Somehow it’s already the weekend once again, and that must mean it’s time for Weekend Reading 44! In what can only be described as an “expected development,” The Beat team will once again be spending the weekend inside Stately Beat Manor, reading.
What are you planning on paging through this weekend? We’d love to hear from you! Please let us know what your weekend reading plans include in the comment section!
AVERY KAPLAN: This weekend, I’ll be checking out Dancing After Ten: A Graphic Memoir by Vivian Chong and Georgia Webber. Then, this weekend I’m finally going to become presidential by reading Vote Loki by Christopher Hastings, Langdon Foss, Paul McCaffrey, Chris Chuckry, Rachelle Rosenberg, and Travis Lanham.
ADAM KARENINA SHERIF: Having caught up on some assignments, I am clear for some leisure reading this weekend and I’m finally going to get down to Pulp by Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips, and Jacob Phillips. I enjoy this creative team’s work and their well-contained stories from the last couple of years have been consistently good. Bad Weekend is a very worthwhile trip for anyone who loves comics history (and comics drama). And as much as Elizabeth Breitweiser is a master of her craft as a colorist, I’m increasingly really into what Jacob Phillips has been bringing to the table in that role. There’s a surreal(ist) quality to the palettes he deploys, and his work makes it feel like a distinctive, new phase for the long-standing partnership between Brubaker and Sean Phillips.
TAIMUR DAR: When I was growing I remember reading at my school library the oversized graphic novels that writer Paul Dini and artist Alex Ross worked on like Superman: Peace on Earth and Batman: War on Crime. I was definitely a huge fan of Batman: The Animated Series but I think it was before I actually paid attention to the names of the people who worked on the show. I know I was really taken with them as a kid, especially the Batman one. The World’s Greatest Super-Heroes collection is now available on DC Universe Infinite so seems great time to reacquaint myself with these superb Dini/Ross stories. I don’t think I ever read the JLA ones!
RUTH JOHNSON: I’m reading Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld, which, so far, is this fascinating look at an alternate history of Hillary Rodham–not Clinton, because she doesn’t end up marrying him in this retelling of her life. While it’s a little weird at first, if you remind yourself it’s essentially historical fiction with a speculative fiction twist, it gets a little easier. I’m enjoying the prose and characterization of one of modern politics’ most divisive figures. We’ll see if I continue to enjoy it, but I probably will–I love alternate history.
BILLY HENEHAN: Like my buddy Taimur, I’m taking a dive into DC Universe Infinite this weekend! I’m excited for the change in release dates. Gone is the 1 year waiting period for a comic to appear there after publication, now moved down to 6 months. So now I’ll only be 6 months behind on The Beat’s DC Comics Round Ups, ha. On a side note, I’m also excited that this spurred Marvel to announce they’ll be dropping their waiting period from 6 months to 3 months. Thank you, competition! As soon as I logged in to DC Universe Infinite, I saw that Death Metal #1 and 2 by Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo & FCO is available for reading. That’s where I’ll be starting, who knows where I’ll end up by Sunday? I’m taking recommendations in the comments!