It’s another Saturday, and that must mean it’s already time for Weekend Reading 54! We don’t think you’ll be too surprised to find that we’re going to be spending out weekend in what has become the customary fashion: locked inside Stately Beat Manor, and comfortably situated between a stack of books and a stack of comics!
As always, we hope that you’ll share your reading plans for this weekend with The Beat, either below in the comment section or over on social media @comicsbeat. An as always, we hope that you’re staying safe (and of course, that you have plenty to read)!
AVERY KAPLAN: This weekend I’ll be reading The Man Without Talent by Yoshiharu Tsuge, which was originally published in Japan in the 1970s but which was only more recently translated to English by Ryan Holmberg and released in the United States by New York Review Comics in January 2020. Plus, after catching up with the animated series on HBO Max, I’m in a very Harley/Ivy mood, so I’ll be checking out Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy by Jody Houser, Adriana Melo, Mark Morales, Wade Von Grawbadger, Hi-Fi, and Gabriela Downie.
TAIMUR DAR: Taking a week from Avery last week and after watching the Invincible animated series on Amazon, I’ve decided to check out the first volume of Invincible by Robert Kirkman, Cory Walker, and Bill Crabtree. If it hooks me like the animated show has, then it’s more than likely I’ll be checking out the entire series and spin-off books. I’m also interested in comparing the differences between the book and show in the adaptation process.
THERESE LACSON: It’s been a wild week. After finishing up the audiobook of Leigh Bardugo‘s Rule of Wolves this weekend (the supposed final book in her Grishaverse series), I’m diving back into Shadow and Bone to mark it down for the upcoming season of the show. But, the first book of that universe can be hard to jump into entirely, so I’m also trying to catch up on some Marvel reads. After this week’s The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, I’m going to check out Truth: Red, White & Black by Robert Morales and Kyle Baker, in hopes that we’ll see more of Carl Lumbly’s Isaiah Bradley in the final three episodes of the season.
BILLY HENEHAN: I recently found myself wanting to read the entire Suicide Squad series by John Ostrander, Luke MConnell and Karl Kesel. After opening issue #1 in DC Universe Infinite, an editor’s caption referenced Secret Origins #14, which told the origin of the Squad. Opening that led me to wanting to read Legends by Ostrander, Kesel, John Byrne and Len Wein first, since that’s where the Squad was first introduced in #3. However, did you know that Legends #1 is not the first part of Legends? It’s continued from Detective Comics #568! Also not the first part of Legends! That Detective issue is only part 2. It’s continued from Batman #401. So here I now sit, wanting to read through the Suicide Squad series that inspired Michel Fiffe’s Copra, and finding myself reading the first appearance of Magpie instead.