Another Saturday has arrived, and that can only mean one thing: The Beat team is locked inside, reading. Hey, why would Weekend Reading 50 be any different than the last forty-nine?
As usual, we’d love to hear what you’re paging through this weekend, as well! Please let us know, either on social media @comicsbeat or here in the comment section!
AVERY KAPLAN: This weekend, I’m going to be checking out The League of Super Feminists by Mirion Malle, translated by Aleshia Jensen. Then, as far as prose goes, I’ll be checking out Blood Sugar by Daniel Kraus from Hard Case Crime. These books always have arresting covers, and Blood Sugar’s witchy pin-up painting by Paul Mann is no exception. I need a little Halloween in March!
TAIMUR DAR: Much like Captain America in Winter Soldier, I have a list of movies, tv, and books I’m only now getting through in the past year. With the WandaVision finale, seems like a good time to finally check off the Vision series from writer Tom King from my last.
DEAN SIMONS: Been dipping my toes back into reading Star Wars tie-in novels for the first time since i was a teen after the season finale of The Mandalorian. Read Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn and found it very deftly handled so started the second in the trilogy where he pairs up with Lord Vader in Alliances. It isn’t as good but I hope to finish it off this weekend so i can move on to something else (likely short stories from Clarkesworld or Nightmare magazines).
Also got into the interesting in-depth explorations/biographies/histories of classic videogames from Boss Fight Books. Final Fantasy V was well written and so I picked up the book of a game I tried but never managed to finish – Resident Evil.
GREGORY PAUL SILBER: for my latest Silber Linings, I mentioned that my sister doesn’t regularly read comics despite giving me three weird ones for my birthday. Well, she happened to tell me this week that she started reading Nimona by She-Ra and the Princesses of Power creator Noelle Stevenson, so I figured now’s the time for me to finally finish reading it. I read quite a bit of Nimona years ago, back when it was still a webcomic, but I prefer print too much to be able to keep up with webcomics for very long. Reading the graphic novel edition now, it’s just as funny, irreverent, and sneakily sweet as I remember.
BILLY HENEHAN: I have been waiting for this week since April of last year, when IDW first announced Jim Lee’s X-Men Artist Edition. Since then, I have followed along to editor Scott Dunbier’s Facebook updates, as he crisscrossed the country, tracking down and scanning new pages for the volume. When IDW announced a limited edition, signed and numbered variant, signed by both Jim Lee and Scott Williams, I knew I’d be buying it, if only to save my back from aching while carting the regular edition around NYCC looking for their signatures. The joke is on me though, as I’ll be carrying this hefty tome to at least one convention when they return to get X-Men writer Chris Claremont’s name in here too. I received #93 of the 175 signed and numbered copies. I wish it was #91, just because that’s the year Claremont, Lee and Williams’s X-Men #1 debuted, but I’m happy settling for the WildC.A.T.S #1 year as my number. I’ll be poring over this Artist’s Edition all weekend (and all week too). Thank you, Scott Dunbier and IDW for making this book happen!