Saturday is here, and with it arrives Weekend Reading 115! As is our weekly custom here at Stately Beat Manor, we’ll be spending the days locked up inside, lost in a good book!
As always, we hope that you’ll share your reading plans with us, too. Let us know what you’re planning on reading, here in the comment section or over on social media @comicsbeat!
AVERY KAPLAN: This weekend I’ll be enjoying Bug Boys: Adventures and Daydreams by Laura Knetzger. It’s a bittersweet moment because I have immensely enjoyed the first two books in this trilogy of graphic novels and I am reluctant to reach the end, but already looking forward to re-reading all three in succession before too long (they are the perfect summer comics). Then as far as prose goes, I’ll be checking out If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor by Bruce Campbell.
REBECCA OLIVER KAPLAN: I am going to be reading space stories all weekend. To start, I am going to check out Light, Planets, People by writer Molly Naylor and artist Lizzy Stewart, based on Naylor’s award-winning play of the same name. Then, I really enjoyed my wife Avery Kaplan’s interview with writer Jadzia Axelrod and artist Jess Taylor for Galaxy: The Prettiest Star, which is lettered by Ariana Maher. So, I am going to read the new graphic novel over the weekend.
DEAN SIMONS: My 2000AD catchup continues! With late March’s Prog 2275, the last of the series that kicked off 2022 draws to a close – Kingmaker Book 3 by Ian Edginton and Leigh Gallagher – to be replaced next issue with the return of beautiful horror noir Hope…in the Shadows. Jimmy Broxton’s art on the Guy Adams-scripted Hope has been consistently stunning so I am looking forward to finally checking that out. Starting this issue is a new series of everyone’s favourite bowel-busting robots – The INTESTINAUTS by Arthur Wyatt and Pye Parr. Meanwhile Dan Abnett and INJ Culbard’s latest Brink series continues its intriguing slow burn scifi mystery, and Ian Edginton and Tiernon Trevallion’s new Fiends of the Eastern Front continuation takes us to the Cold War. And not forgetting John Wagner’s latest Dredd story – The Citadel with Dan Cornwell. Zarjaz!
CY BELTRAN: I’m back at home for summer break and now it’s time to catch up on all the massive stack of comics I mailed home and didn’t have time to read during the semester. I’m starting that with the initial two issues of Nightmare Country, the Corinthian-centric story from the Sandman Universe written by James Tynion IV with art by Lisandro Estherren, Patricio Delpeche, Yanick Paquette, Nathan Fairbairn, Andrea Sorrentino, Jordie Bellaire, and letters by Simon Bowland. Then, to scratch my basketball itch during the hours when the Boston Celtics aren’t playing, I’ll be continuing to read Phil Jackson and Hugh Delehanty’s Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success, a memoir about Jackson’s many many many championship rings in the NBA.
TAIMUR DAR: I stumbled upon the comic adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s How to Talk to Girls at Parties by Fábio Moon & Gabriel Bá on the libby app so I’ll be reading that for the first time this weekend. After the epic Young Justice: Phantoms finale, I also now have an interest in going back and reading the Superman/Batman series from the early aughts to potentially see what may be an influence for next season. Specifically, the second story arc and I’ll leave it at that for those who haven’t seen it yet.