It’s already the weekend? That must mean it’s time for Weekend Reading 95! As usual, The Beat team will be holing up in Stately Beat Manor and getting lost in a book!
As always, we hope that you’ll share your reading plans with us, either here in the comment section or over on social media @comicsbeat!
AVERY KAPLAN: This weekend, I’m catching up on some single issues! First up is A Thing Called Truth #3 by Iolanda Zanfardino and Elisa Romboli. Then, it’s on to the first two issues of Catwoman: Lonely City by Cliff Chiang, for which I have had my expectations raised very high… and yet somehow, I don’t expect to be disappointed.
TAIMUR DAR: This week’s weekend reading happens to fall right on my birthday! So I’m definitely going to take a well deserved break and enjoy it by catching up on some comics and books that have been piling up on my reading pile. The long-awaited DC Black Label book Wonder Woman Historia: The Amazons #1 from writer Kelly Sue DeConnick and artist Phil Jimenez is one such book. I picked up the penultimate issue of TMNT: The Last Ronin #4 way back in September but since the final issue is still currently scheduled for a Spring release I was preoccupied with other reading.
CY BELTRAN: I’m headed back to my apartment to get ready for my next semester of college, so I plan on heading to pick up the comics from my pull box! Most of that box is filled with the past six weeks of Amazing Spider-Man, with stories by (deep breath) Saladin Ahmed, Jorge Fornes, Patrick Gleason, Cody Ziglar, Paco Medina, Zeb Wells, and Michael Dowling. I’ve really enjoyed the Beyond era so far, and while my wallet may be suffering from the weekly release schedule, the quality of the series has been consistently great!
DEAN SIMONS: As usual my reading is a bit chaotic (much like my energy levels, of late). Currently I am reading Sean Lewis & Hayden Sherman’s The Few; more of the prose novel The Memory Police by Yōko Ogawa; my subscription backlog of 2000AD; and – my personal highlight of the week: Janus Stark (vol 1), by Tom Tully and Francisco Solano López. It is a reprinted late 60s/early 70s serial from weekly UK kids anthology Smash! Set in Victorian Britain, Janus is a rubber-boned escapologist who secretly fights crime and injustice using the very abilities that wow the crowds he performs to. It is delightfully bizarre and fun period fare.
BILLY HENEHAN: I recently finished reading Matthew Stover’s amazing novelization of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, which is seriously one of the best Star Wars books I’ve ever read. It reignited my love for Star Wars novels. I found a hardcover copy of Kenobi by John Jackson Miller yesterday at a thrift store, which picks up right where Revenge of the Sith left off. I’ll be reading that all weekend and daydreaming about the upcoming Kenobi series on Disney+.
JOHANNA DRAPER CARLSON: I can’t wait to dive into The Art of Sushi by Franckie Alarcon. I enjoyed his loving exploration of The Secrets of Chocolate, and I like sushi even more. I’m also rereading Agatha Christie’s Cat Among the Pigeons for a local mystery book club.