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Great Graphic Novels (#GGN2021) Nominees Round Up, July 2 Edition

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Teen Titans: Beast Boy by Kami Garcia and Gabriel Picolo
DC Comics
Publication Date: September 1, 2020
ISBN: 9781401287191

Garfield Logan just wants to be bigger, muscled, and noticeable, but no matter how much he eats or exercises, he just can’t seem to get any bigger or even gain weight. But, after Gar realizes the “supplements” his parents are giving him are impeding his growth, he throws them away, and that’s when everyone starts noticing him—including his crush. One unexpected result that Gar wasn’t prepared for is, now that he’s off his meds, he can morph into animal form. He’s also noticed a shadowy figure stalking him—a figure who promises to answer all of his questions.

This fun continuation of the story started in Teen Titans: Raven is a great origin story for both new and seasoned readers alike. Growing up is hard enough, but when you randomly morph into animal form, that makes it even tougher. Popularity, friendships, and family dynamics are all well covered in this book with Gar being a fun and relatable character. The artwork is expressive and well illustrated with a green-focused color palette. The panels and speech bubbles are easy to follow with artwork that complements the words of the story. Recommend to fans of Teen Titans: Raven, Batman: Nightwalker, and books by Mark Russell.

—Traci Glass

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