Well, according to our scrupulous records, it’s now time for Weekend Reading 52, and that means this feature has officially been running for one year.

Here at Stately Beat Manor, we’d say it seems like just yesterday that Shut In Theater began…

But in another, more accurate sense, it seems like it has been much, much longer. The truth of the matter is, pandemic or no pandemic, The Beat team is probably going to spend the majority of our weekends reading. However, we used to be able to do that in public, at nice places like the beach or cemetery. Ah, for the halcyon days of yore!

Well, no use crying over spilt year. What are you going to be reading this weekend? Let The Beat team know, either in the comment section here or on social media @comicsbeat!

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Weekend Reading 52: Kindred

AVERY KAPLAN: This weekend, I’ll be reading the graphic novel adaptation of Octavia E. Butler’s Kindred, adapted by Damian Duffy and John Jennings. Then, in honor of the one year anniversary of Weekend Reading, I’ll be re-reading the book that has one of my favorite opening lines of all time: The Gunslinger by Stephen King.

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Weekend Reading 52: They Called Us Enemy

TAIMUR DAR: The graphic novel novel memoir They Called us Enemy by George Takei, co-written by  Justin Eisinger and Steven Scott with art by Harmony Becker, has been on my reading list for awhile especially after it won the 6th Annual Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics last month. Discovered that the graphic novel is available on the libby app and after recent events this week, it seems more appropriate than ever to read this. 

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Weekend Reading 52: Stray Bullets

DEAN SIMONS: For some reason I have yet to fully explain, I have been on a kick of reading late ‘60s Marvel Comics. Currently forcing my way through Captain Marvel. It has moments of interest and imagination, I suppose. The backwards thinking and misogyny are unintentionally hilarious. I will probably wash it down with some early David Lapham Stray Bullets. And that Star Wars novel I started the other week – Thrawn: Treason by Timothy Zahn.

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Weekend Reading 52: Cosmic Surfer

BILLY HENEHAN: 52 weeks! The part of my brain that is broken feels like I should commemorate this most dubious of milestones by sticking to the 52 theme. Maybe read all of 52, the weekly DC Comics event that sprung out of Infinite Crisis. Those Keith Giffen layouts, man!  And then next week, for the start of the next 52 weeks of Shut In Theater, I could read a bunch of New 52 era comics, like Court of Owls by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo! But I’m not going to listen to that part of my brain and instead read some cool comics I received in the mail from Nate McDonough. Cosmic Surfer, his take on Marvel’s Silver Surfer, didn’t make it onto my radar until it sold out, but I was able to score a second printing of it direct from his web store, Grixly Comix. While shopping there, you can pick up my other two picks for this week, Grixly #51 and #52. Both issues have his Longboxes series of strips collected in them, which I’ve been avidly following along with on his Instagram.

Weekend Reading Retrospective!

The Bad Beginning: Week 1

Radical Reader Response Rate: Week 2

Sweet Sixteen: Week 16

The Maddening Midpoint: Week 26

28 Weekend Readings Later: Week 28

2020 Season Finale: Week 40

LOST Numbers: Week 48