Ever since Teen Titans: Raven came out last year, I couldn’t wait to read Beast Boy’s story (though I did have to wait a whole year!) Kami Garcia and Gabriel Piccolo are my favorite writer/artist duo right now, and this story did not disappoint!
Title: Teen Titans: Beast Boy
Author: Kami Garcia, Illustrator: Gabriel Picolo
Publisher: DC Ink
Release Date: September 1, 2020
Genres: YA Graphic Novel Contemporary
I received an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Garfield Logan has spent his entire life being overlooked. Even in a small town like Eden, Georgia, the 17-year-old with green streaks in his hair can’t find a way to stand out–and the clock is ticking. Senior year is almost over. If Gar doesn’t find a way to impress the Chosen Ones–the social elite at Bull Creek High School–he will never know what it’s like to matter. Gar’s best friends, Stella and Tank, don’t understand why he cares what other people think. They miss their funny, pizza-loving, video game-obsessed best friend.
Then Gar accepts a wild dare out of the blue. It impresses the Chosen Ones and his social status soars. But other things are changing, too. Gar grows six inches overnight. His voice drops and, suddenly, he’s stronger and faster. He’s finally getting everything he wanted, but his newfound popularity comes at a price. Gar has to work harder to impress his new friends. The dares keep getting bigger and the stakes keep getting higher.
When Gar realizes the extent of his physical changes, he has to dig deep and face the truth about himself–and the people who truly matter–before his life spirals out of control.
Gar Logan is one of my favorite Teen Titans, and I’ve been really curious to see what his origin story would look like. We meet Gar in high school, trying to have the best senior year possible… but nothing is looking good. None of his goals have been met, he’s still super short and not gaining weight at all, and he hasn’t been able to attract the attention of the prettiest girl in his class. His friends try to tell him that he’s totally amazing the way he is, but Gar has trouble believing them. Gar is so relatable here—what teenager hasn’t tried to change themselves to appeal to some out-of-reach expectation?
His transformation into his powers help him realize that he doesn’t need to change for others, even as he learns he can change his form. I like how his newfound abilities are explained (though there are some questions left, to be cleared up later, I’m sure), and I like how his parents are involved in Gar’s story. They don’t play a huge role, but they are there and loving and I really liked that. Gar’s friends play a much larger role, and I loved the way they helped Gar figure things out.
Lastly, I want to mention the stunning art. I love Picolo’s style, and the way he portrays Gar is so, so good. He embodies Gar’s core personality in the best ways, but gives him a modern upgrade in style that is so unique. The rest of the characters are well designed, and I loved the use of different greens, though other colors were not left out of the color scheme.
- I loved the end! It leaves so many clues to what’s going to happen next as Kami and Gabriel continue to tell the Teen Titans’ stories!
This is my favorite story that DC Comics is putting out right now, and I am so excited to read the next chapter!