SHUT IN THEATER: Weekend Reading 62

It seems like just yesterday, it was the weekend… but apparently, it was at least five days ago, because it’s already time for Weekend Reading 62! Where does the time go when it’s not around here?

Nevertheless, with Saturday having inarguably arrived, it’s time for The Beat team to do the same thing we do every weekend: try to find something to read! Luckily – our skills at doing just that are, at this point in the COVID-19 pandemic – pretty well honed! Here’s what we’ll be reading as we hole up inside Stately Beat Manor and wait for the bittersweet arrival of Monday morning.

We hope our readers will share their reading plans with us, as well! Give us a shout-out here in the comment section, or over on social media @comicsbeat, and let us know what you’ve been paging through lately. Remember: even if you have nowhere else to be, there’s no better way to spend your weekend than lost in a good book (sometimes even when you do have someplace to be)!

Weekend Reading 62: Loki: Agent of Asgard

AVERY KAPLAN: This weekend, I am burdened with glorious purpose: as The Beat’s official Loki recapper, I’m getting prepped with Loki: Agent of Asgard by Al Ewing, Jason Aaron, Lee Garbett, Jorge Coelho, Simone Bianchi, et al. Just based on the trailers alone, I’m fairly certain that this series was one of the runs that had a significant influence on the Disney+ show, so I’m going to make sure I’m prepared.

Weekend Reading 62: Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight Halloween Special

TAIMUR DAR: In anticipation of the upcoming Batman: The Long Halloween animated adaptation, this weekend I’m reading the Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight Halloween Specials from writer Jeph Loeb and artist Tim Sale that were collected in the Batman: Haunted Knight trade.

It’s here! Looking for Bruce is my 70 page full colour comic about fandoms, obsessions, and the time I made a spiritual pilgrimage to New Jersey to feel closer to Bruce Springsteen. https://t.co/cHd3Lkt6aB pic.twitter.com/3xrVlLJLWJ

— Holly Casio (@HollyCasio) April 23, 2021

ADAM KARENINA SHERIF: I am extremely jazzed to have been able to get hold of a copy of UK indie creator, zine librarian and DIY punk musician Holly Casio’s Looking For Bruce. Detailing her road trip / ‘pilgrimage’ through New Jersey, this first full-length book is an exploration of her affinity for Bruce Springsteen – and ‘the dangers of placing heroes on pedestals’. The first run sold out in less than the time it takes to get to the first chorus of Hungry Heart!

Weekend Reading 62: Master Keaton

DEAN SIMONS: It has been a bit of a week. I’m tired. I need to relax. Thankfully the weather here in the UK has improved beyond the default ‘cloudy and wet’. Summer might be rearing its head, the sun is likely to be out (!!!!!), so I plan to load up on antihistamines, brew a fine pot of darjeeling, sit in the garden, and indulge in my most fulfilling form of relaxation: a piecemeal continued reading of Hokusei Katsushika, Naoki Urasawa, and Takashi Nagasaki’s manga Master Keaton. Each chapter is so damn satisfying. I have been reading the series intermittently for a couple years now and, as glorious as it is to read each chapter, returning after a period away is doubly so.

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