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Teen Titans: Beast Boy: 10/15/20

Teen Titans: Beast Boy

Teen Titans: Beast Boy by Kami Garcia is the second in the series. Garfield "Gar" Logan is short for his age. He's been doing everything he can to bulk up but so far he's only netted about five pounds. He also hasn't managed to impress the "Chosen Ones" of his high school.

In this version, Gar reminds me of a young Jeffrey Goines from 12 Monkeys (1995). Gar isn't mentally ill like Goines but he does have parents who work on dubious animal testing, while he has friends who are vehemently against such activities. His actions are also tied to future changes, albeit not plague causing ones.

The impetus for Gar to accidentally discover his powers is a Youtube dare devil. Each prank of his goes viral and Gar wants similar fame at least at his high school. Of the DC Ink graphic novels I've read in the last year, Beast Boy is one of the rare ones where a future hero actually comes into his powers. The other exception is You Brought Me the Ocean by Alex Sanchez and Julie Maroh (2020)

The third book is Teen Titans: Beast Boy Loves Ramen by Kami Garcia, scheduled to release February 23, 2021.

Five stars

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