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October 2, 2021

Teen Titans: Beast Boy Loves Raven by Kami Garcia, illustrated by Gabriel Picolo ~ a Review

by MK French

Raven has recovered her memories and trapped her demonic father in an amulet. Garfield Logan is still learning how to control his power allowing him to change into animals. Both of them are looking for someone who has answers, and it's the same person: Slade Wilson.

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Teen Titans Beast Boy Loves Raven
September 2021; DC Comics; 978-1779503862
ebook, print (208 pages); YA comics

Slade is supposed to be helping teens with powers, and both Raven and Garfield went to Nashville to meet him. He's tied up elsewhere, so the two keep bumping into each other while doing touristy things waiting for him to return to the city. They get along, and it's really sweet to see how they connect. Even if you don't know their backstories from other comics, there's enough in the beginning to point out what they went through and why they need help. At the same time, getting a chance to visit places in Nashville also gives both Raven and Gar a chance to be normal teenagers before HIVE gets involved.

I liked their genuine connection, and the drive to help each other under pressure. I don't know if Max was in the comics before, but she's a great character in this, and the interactions she has with Damian Wayne are fun to read. These are all teens with gifts, whether it's powers or enhanced training, but they still have fears and emotions of teens in extraordinary situations. It gives them a real aspect, and the art truly conveys that emotion.

This is clearly an ongoing series, given that Slade is tracking someone else and there are hooks for more comics. I'm looking forward to seeing where this team goes with the stories, and what our teen heroes in training do.

Born and raised in New York City, M.K. French started writing stories when very young, dreaming of different worlds and places to visit. She always had an interest in folklore, fairy tales, and the macabre, which has definitely influenced her work. She currently lives in the Midwest with her husband, three young children, and a golden retriever.

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