It’s Saturday, and that means it’s time for Shut In Theater‘s Weekly Reading 3!

We asked the Beat staff to share their reading plans for this weekend. Let us know what you’ll be getting into in the comment section! We’ve been enjoying finding out what the Beat’s readers have been reading as we all spend the weekend social distancing.

Weekend Reading 3: The Private Eye

TAIMUR DAR: I’ve been taking a deep dive into the DC Universe streaming service and taking full advantage of books I missed out on when they first came out like Christopher Priest’s dark and twisted Deathstroke run. During a Zoom chat with some of the Beat crew, The Private Eye by Brian K. Vaughan and Marcos Martin was mentioned and I completely forgot I had a hardcover copy sitting right above my shelf I bought years ago on a sale that I completely forgot I had. So it’s the perfect time to finally read that.


Aster and the Accidental Magic

ARPAD OKAY: Catching up to Delicious in Dungeon was a great reminder what a delight a solid ongoing series is to read. Full of niche plot details and sweeping subtle changes that seem insignificant when listed alone but as a part of a long-form story are quite powerful. This weekend I will be putting my regular to-read pile aside and instead revisit some recent books with a project in mind. Each time I flip through Aster and the Accidental Magic by Thom Pico and Karensac (translated by Anne and Owen Smith), I spot another half dozen crazy funny panels and ideas, keeping away from it is going to take effort.


Weekend Reading 3: Nausicaä

JOSH HILGENBERG: The past couple weeks have been a slow spiral into an increasingly large manga hole for me. So, it’s time to finally read the manga behind one of my all time favorite movies, Nausicaӓ of the Valley of the Wind by Hayao Miyazaki. I read the first volume earlier this week (I told myself I was ‘just going to flip through it’) and am already loving all the backstory, not to mention Miyazaki’s lines and layouts. The Ghibli movie has always been a constant for me. I throw it on and know I’ll feel a little better about the world, a little more inspired – and I can already tell the manga is going to do the same. 


GREGORY PAUL SILBER: It was an emotional experience writing about my single favorite page of comics this week, so I think I’m due for another full reread of Grant Morrison, Frank Quitely, and Jamie Grant’s All-Star Superman (not just #10!). It’s one of my favorite comfort reads.


Weekend Reading 3: Dragon Hoops

NANCY POWELL: I’m finally getting caught up with my First Second stash, including Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang and two by Lucy Knisley: Relish and Go to Sleep (I Miss You): Cartoons from the Fog of New Parenthood. Just in time for the virtual Comics Relief Festival (hosted by First Second Books on April 18).


Locke & Key on Netflix

BILLY HENEHAN: We started watching Netflix’s Locke & Key series, based on the IDW comic by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez. We’re hooked. I don’t foresee any reading happening this weekend as we marathon through this show! 


Weekend Reading 3: Darkwing Duck

AVERY KAPLAN: Thanks to Ricky’s article about A Wolf Among Us for Shut In Theater, I have no choice but to revisit Fables by Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham, et al. Also, I’m in a F.O.W.L. mood thanks to season three of DuckTales, so I’ll be checking out Darkwing Duck Volume 1: Orange is the New Purple by Aaron Sparrow, James Silvani, et al. I’m especially looking forward to the back material in the collection, which includes S.H.U.S.H. files for the Masked Mallard’s expansive rogues’ gallery.


RICARDO SERRANO: I think I need more manga in my life—way more—so this weekend I’m diving into Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin and the second collection of Go Nagai’s Devilman. The latter I’ve been interested in for quite some time due to it feeling so much like history-infused horror. I never expected Devilman to be such a deep contemplation on history as it turns out to be in parts. It jumps from World War II to ancient history and then to the French Revolution. It’s a treat and a great way to pass any day of the week in full reading mode. Also, Avery’s walk down Fables lane has prompted me to dust off my trades to get back into them! Comic recommendations are powerful things, people.