The weekend is upon us once again, and that means Weekend Reading 111! As usual, we’ll be spending our time paging through our “to read” pile here at Stately Beat Manor, and we’re curious what you’ll be reading, too.
Give us a shout-out, here in the comment section or over on social media @comicsbeat, and let us know your plans!
AVERY KAPLAN: This weekend I’ll be revisiting what has quickly become one of my favorite comic anthologies ever: American Cult: A Graphic History of Religious Cults in America from the Colonial Era to Today, edited by Robyn Chapman and featuring the talents of twenty more incredible cartoonists. Then I’ll be getting a double dose of Jim Rugg, who is not only included in American Cult, but whose work I’ll be enjoying in the physical copy of Hulk Grand Design: Madness that’s finally arrived. I’ve avoided review copies of this because I think it deserves to be read on paper, and hey: check out that Geof Darrow variant cover.
DEAN SIMONS: I am nearing the end of the third part of Gene Wolfe’s Book of the New Sun prose series, Sword of the Lictor, so my priority of the weekend will be finishing that and perhaps starting the concluding novel of the bizarrely fascinating saga – The Citadel of the Autarch. Comics will be a reread of Gengoroh Tagame’s My Brother’s Husband.
Taimur Dar: Last weekend while obtaining the various Free Comic Book Day titles, I also did my due diligence by supporting my LCS and bought some comics. Among my purchases was the Chibi Usagi: Attack of the Heebie Chibis TPB by father/daughter Stan and Julie Sakai. It came out almost exactly last year and as a fan of Usagi Yojimbo, it’s been on my list to pick up and read for some time.
BILLY HENEHAN: Last week, I talked about how I was starting down a quest to read through Adam Warlock’s earliest series starring adventures. The Infinity Gauntlet is one of my most favorite comics of all time, and Warlock and the Infinity Watch was a regular monthly read for me as a teen, but I never read the stories from the 70s that led up to it. This past week, I learned Adam Warlock’s series has some of the wonkiest numbering in the history of comics. Warlock #1 is actually part 3 of a story that began in Marvel Premiere #1 and 2. Knowing that Jim Starlin’s epic run with the character began with issue #9, I was surprised to find out that issue #8, published years earlier, ended on a cliffhanger, and issue #9, like issue #1, started in the middle of a story! Warlock #8’s story resolved in a couple of issues of Herb Trimpe illustrated Hulk, and Warlock made his soft launch return in a few issues of Jim Starlin written and illustrated Strange Tales. Imagine relaunch and renumber crazed Marvel of now doing something like that today! I just finished Pip the Troll’s first appearance and am currently reading Gamora’s. How will Adam defeat his dark future self, the Magus? I hope to find out this weekend!