Somehow, it’s already Saturday once again – it just keeps creeping up on us! The good news is, that means it’s time for Weekend Reading 72Δ!
In a not-so-shocking development, we’re once again going to be holing up in Stately Beat Manor and getting ourselves lost in a good book! As always, we’d love to hear what you’ll be reading this weekend, as well: please give us a shout-out, either here in the comment section or over on social media @comicsbeat!
AVERY KAPLAN: Did someone say “Invader Zim one-shot”? This weekend, I’ll be checking out “The Dookie Loop Horror” by Jhonen Vasquez, Eric Trueheart, Aaron Alexovich, Fred C. Stresing, and Warren Wucinich. Then, as far as prose goes, I’ll be reading Eve’s Hollywood by Eve Babitz. I’m especially excited about a chapter called “Hollywood Scrapbook,” which includes some photos of Babitz’s cat Rosie!
TAIMUR DAR: After seeing The Suicide Squad on the big screen, my love and interest in Starro the Conqueror is piqued. I realized I never read the JLA Secret Files and Origins one-shot by Grant Morrison and Howard Porter that reintroduced and revamped everyone’s favorite starfish alien for DC’s post-Crisis continuity.
ADAM KARENINA SHERIF: Avery, I love Eve Babitz!!! As far as my reading this weekend, I’m joyously trundling along with volume 2 of Rumiko Takahashi’s Maison Ikkoku, and then I’ll also be doing some art appreciation. No, not at an exhibition (sigh), but with the gorgeous Queen Of The Ring, a collection of Jaime Hernandez’s wrestling illustrations from Fantagraphics. Dating 1980 – 2020, Hernandez’s work is remarkably consistent and coupled with a commentary through the book, this set offers insight into his craft and influences, as well as his understanding of wrestling as both an artform and industry.
DEAN SIMONS: With nearly all of my books in boxes or already in storage ahead of the first of many sporadic moves, I am reading mostly from my tablet. Fortunately I have Jean Van Hamme and William Vance’s entertaining (and GORGEOUS) action-mystery Bourne-esque series XIII (Vol 12: The Trial) and the early chapters of Rumiko Takahashi’s Inuyasha to help me through a rather bittersweet last weekend in this old house. XIII was a series that first came on my radar back when a videogame adaptation appeared in 2003 and ignited my then-teenage curiosity about Franco-Belgian bande dessinée. Begun in 1984, for years it was sporadically translated into English but seldom got far before publishers gave up (or went under). Thankfully, since 2010, Cinebook have taken the series on with the entire original nineteen-volume run now available in English, alongside the more recent XIII Mystery spinoff series and the continuation under the creative team of Yves Sente and Youri Jigounov.