His BFFs have their own things- Daniel "The Tank" is a competitive eater and Stella is a video game vlogger. It is not yet clear what Gar's thing is, but he frequently ends up the brunt of the popular kids' jokes. Daniel is helping him train, including workouts, diet, and supplements. He follows the instructions exactly, but his parents make sure he takes an additional supplement every day.
When he decides to stop taking that supplement, things start to happen. Gar may have everything he ever wished for, but the victory isn't really what he hoped it would be, and he is left with more questions than answers.
What I loved: The themes in this book will really resonate with YA readers. Gar wishes to be popular, not to be teased, and to grow up faster. These are not uncommon goals, especially when you feel like you've been left behind. His friendships are really strong, and I love the ways his friends are there for him, even when they don't agree with what he is doing. The family secrets and mystery of his new abilities add a level of intrigue to the book that makes the pages turn quickly. There's something bigger going on, and we get teasers of what it is- just enough to make the reader eager for the next book.
The amount of dialogue is great and makes the book move quickly. We really get most of the story from it, and it's perfectly balanced with the illustrations. The illustrations here are really fantastic. It is easy to enter this world, and I love the way the art flows through the book. The story really comes to life through the art. Altogether, this book really hooks the reader from the start and all the way through to the end with never a dull moment.
Final verdict: With important themes and a great origin story, TEEN TITANS: BEAST BOY is a fantastic graphic novel that will really speak to the intended audience. The story and art are perfectly combined into a highly compelling and intriguing story that will leave readers eager for the next book.