Both autumn and the weekend have arrived, and so it must be time for Weekend Reading 79Δ! The weather is getting colder and The Beat team is reacting just how you’d expect: by staying inside and curling up with a good book!

As ever, we hope that you’ll share your reading plans with us, as well! Let us know what you plan on paging through this weekend, either here in the comment section or over on social media @comicsbeat!

Weekend Reading 79Δ
Weekend Reading 79Δ: Absolutely Nat, Ms. Marvel: Stretched Thin, and The Tombs of Atuan.

AVERY KAPLAN: Double comic weekend! This weekend, I’m going to be reading Absolutely Nat, the third book in the Nat Trilogy by Maria Scrivan, after Nat Enough and Forget Me Nat. Next I’ll be checking out Ms. Marvel: Stretched Thin, the new graphic novel by Nadia Shammas, Nabi H. Ali, Geoffo, and Joe Caramagna. Then, as far as prose goes, I’m finally heading into the second volume of Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea cycle, The Tombs of Atuan.

Weekend Reading 79Δ
Weekend Reading 79Δ: Every day I get in the queue (Too much, the Magic Bus)

TAIMUR DAR: It just dawned on me that either right before or in the middle of the pandemic I was finally diving into Grant Morrison’s acclaimed Doom Patrol comics run, but for whatever reason I stopped right past the midway point. With the arrival of Season 3 of the Doom Patrol TV series, I’ve got the urge to go back where I left off with with the “Musclebound” and “Magic Bus” storylines.   

Weekend Reading 79Δ
Weekend Reading 79Δ: Papaya Salad

ARPAD OKAY: I am about halfway through Elisa Macellari’s Papaya Salad– a secondhand memoir, the stories she was told by her great-uncle Sompong. Sompong was a bookish young man sent on a scholarship from Asia to Italy. In the 1940s. The beauty of the binding drew me to Papaya Salad (the teal and living coral Dark Horse Comics edition translated by Carla Roncalli Di Montorio) from across the room (Million Year Picnic) and the blissfully perzine feel to Macellari’s artwork kept me.

JOHANNA DRAPER CARLSON: I am surprisingly happy to see new work from Cathy Guisewite. Scenes From Isolation (out at the end of the month) collects her single-panel comics created during the pandemic. I’m not sure we’re ready to look back at it yet, but a flip-through made me smile at some shared memories.