Bad news, everyone: it’s Weekend Reading 53, and that means we’ve all entered YEAR TWO of the feature. Did we ever expect we’d still be stuck inside over a year after the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic began? Well, let’s put it this way: we do have a few cynics on staff here at The Beat!

But whether we saw it coming or not, we’re once again spending our weekend holed up inside Stately Beat Manor, doing what we do best: reading! As always, we hope that our readers will share their weekend reading plans with us, either in the comment section here or on social media @comicsbeat. We always appreciate hearing what our readers are paging through over the weekend, so thanks for taking part!

Weekend Reading 53: In Pale Battalions Go…

AVERY KAPLAN: This weekend, I’ll be checking out volume one of Invincible by Robert Kirkman, Cory Walker, and Bill Crabtree before I check out the new show! Then, in anticipation of the upcoming Locke & Key/Sandman crossover, I’ll be reading Locke & Key: In Pale Batallions Go… by Joe HillGabriel RodriguezJay Fotos, and Shawn Lee (plus, each of the three issues in the miniseries has a “Kinsey’s Comic Corner” by Liniers – nice!!

Weekend Reading 53: Fantastic 4 #92 (1969)

DEAN SIMONS: Still trapped in a lockdown stasis field in merry old Blighty, I continue to peruse 1960s/70s Marvel. While many plots are forgettable, seeing stunning artwork by the likes of Jack Kirby, Gil Kane and Barry Windsor Smith does make being trapped indoors less intolerable.

Weekend Reading 53: Preacher

TAIMUR DAR: I don’t usually go for works as intense as Preacher by writer Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon, but it’s received nothing but immense praise since it was first published over 25 years ago. So I’m finally going to read it for yourself now that’s available on the DC Universe Infinite platform.

Weekend Reading 53: Godzilla: The Half-Century War

RICARDO SERRANO: With Godzilla vs. Kong just around the corner, I’ve decided to finally dig into James Stokoe’s Godzilla: The Half-Century War. The book starts with Godzilla’s origin story from the very first 1954 movie but is driven by a soldier’s life-long mission to kill the iconic kaiju. There is not a single page that isn’t iconic here, and this is just at a mere glance. Stokoe’s art turns this book into a living art museum filled with giant monsters. The level of detail and raw energy is outstanding, something fans of Stokoe have come to expect from his work. It doesn’t get better than this.