DC Comics brings back Teen Titans

Over the past few years, DC Comics has released a series of graphic novels centered around a popular but highly overlooked group of characters, the Teen Titans. Especially with 2 characters that don’t quite get the same hype as Robin and Starfire. If you watched the 2003-2006 Teen Titans animated series on Cartoon Network, you probably know the couple I’m referring to, Beast Boy and Raven.
The first book in the series focuses on Beast Boy’s own origin story and places him in a modern day teenage high school world. He still has his shapeshifting powers, of course, but these powers are unknown to him. In the beginning he is portrayed as a normal kid, but he feels less than that.
Beast Boy, aka Gar Logan, feels insecure about being the youngest kid in his senior year, despite trying to get athletic. He’s also the funniest and goofiest of his friends, fearing “that’s all he’ll ever be known for.” Throughout his story, he tries everything to make himself “better” and “popular,” from double daring to stopping his daily supplements. This makes him bigger and stronger, but it also has a side effect.
He can transform into different animals. It’s a real inconvenience when you’re constantly tearing out of your clothes to transform into a bear. His close friends are the ones who accept him, not the popular kids. In the end, you can only impress so many people.
The second book in the series focuses on Raven, daughter of the evil demon Trigon. Raven loses her memories of who she is in a car accident. Luckily there are people who help her, like her stepsister.
Together they unveil the mystery of Raven’s past and why Raven learns things like hearing the minds of others by accidentally reading their minds. After all, being an empath is one thing.
But imagine hearing everyone’s inner thoughts. It’s enough to drive a young girl crazy. Despite Raven being so confused about who she was before her memory was lost, those around her make her believe that she is still who she is.
These two stories made these two characters meet each other. Eventually, they both must figure out what’s happening to them and their newfound superpowers. This is where Slade Wilson comes in. He spied on them both.
After having their own tragic backstories and reasons not to trust each other, Beast Boy and Raven take the leap of faith. One can look to the past and see logical reasons to avoid others, but in the end, gut instinct can be more powerful than any superpower or evil intent the world needs to shed.
This book series is a great coming of age story for people who love Teen Titans.

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