Teen Titans: Beast Boy by Kami Garcia and Gabriel Picolo
Teen Titans #2
Published September 1, 2020 by DC Ink
Goodreads Summary: 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.
Review: As I was going in to this graphic novel, I didn’t have a lot of knowledge about the Teen Titans but I was really excited for the opportunity to read this. This was such a fun origin story to read! Gar aka Beast Boy is a really funny guy with two great friends but is really insecure with his height and weight which is totally relatable. It is so refreshing to read about characters with insecurities, especially in a graphic novel. He has such a fun personality and I really enjoyed his shenanigans, especially saving the animals in the lab (Kong has my heart). I am so intrigued on where this is going to go next and loved the preview of the next installment which I won’t say anything about because nobody likes spoilers. In addition to really enjoying the plot and writing by Kami Garcia (love her), I also loved the artwork by Gabriel Picolo. For me the illustrations can make or break a graphic novel and in this case they totally worked and hooked me. I am going to go track down a copy of Teen Titans: Raven, the first book in this graphic novel series so I can be ready for the next installment coming in fall 2021. Check out the book trailer and a sneak peak below.
I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.