Review: Teen Titans, Vol. 3: Beast Boys and Girls, by Geoff Johns

(Originally posted on Amazon 6/24/2005)

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If you’re a fan of Garfield Logan (aka, Beast Boy), from either the Teen Titans comic book or even the animated series, then this collection is definitely for you. Not only do we get a lot of character moments and background, but we also get to see Garfield do some long overdue butt kicking, as he tries to prove to everyone that he’s no longer just a kid with super powers but a superhero in his own right.

There are two stories in this collection, both of which were written (at least in part) by Geoff Johns, the current head writer for Teen Titans. The first is the 1999 Beast Boy mini-series, which has BB on his own for the first time ever and trying to make it in L.A. Personally, I think this is the better of the two stories; it’s filled with lots of humor and drama, as Logan finds himself accused of murder and tries to find the real killer. Most especially, it shows that Garfield has now really grown up, and is well on his way to coming into his own.

The second story, “Beast Boys and Girls”, jumps ahead in BB’s continuity to the current Teen Titans series, with Garfield still older and now back with the Titans. In this story, Garfield loses his powers but must deal with a new villain known as The Zookeeper – a villain who has a connection with Garfield’s parents. A little bit more action oriented than the first, but still a pretty good tale – and one that finally gives BB someone who may end up being a very real arch nemesis for him. My one complaint about this story is that, for some reason, the artist kept making him look a lot younger than he should be – Garfield Logan is, by this time, supposed to be about 19-20, yet he frequently comes off as looking younger than he was in the mini-series above. Grumble.

Anyway, complaint aside, if you are a Teen Titans fan of any stripe, and especially if you like the Titan’s green shapechanger, then this is the collection for you.

And open note to Geoff Johns: Please bring back Matt Logan!!

5 Stars out of 5 Stars