REVIEW: ‘Teen Titans: Beast Boy Loves Raven’ by Kami Garcia and Gabriel Picolo unites two beloved characters

 

My favourite characters get together at long last in the next instalment of the new Teen Titans graphic novels.

I loved seeing Beast Boy and Raven finally meet in this sweet yet action-packed graphic novel.

From the Blurb:

It seems like years, but it’s only been a few days since Raven Roth recovered her memories, trapped her demon father, Trigon, in her amulet, and had her heart broken for the first time. But she doesn’t have to worry about the past…she has to focus on finding a way to get rid of Trigon for good.

Garfield Logan still can’t believe he has the power to transform into animals. But controlling his newfound abilities is difficult, and their unpredictable nature could have dangerous consequences. Knowing his parents kept this secret hidden from him only makes Gar feel more alone.

They’re both seeking answers from the one person who seems to have them all figured out: Slade Wilson.

When their paths cross in Nashville, Raven and Gar can’t help but feel a connection, despite the secrets they try to hide from each other. It will take a lot of trust and courage to overcome the wounds of their pasts. But can they find acceptance for the darkest parts of themselves? Or maybe even love?

The relationship between Beast Boy and Raven has always held a special place in my heart, so watching it unfold in this new way was delightful. Picolo’s art style remains beautiful, and the way emotions are depicted — particularly longing glances — really enhanced the tone of the graphic novel.

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The events of Teen Titans: Beast Boy Loves Raven pick up from where we left Raven and Gar at the end of their respective novels. We see the characters meeting in Nashville and running into each other a number of times before the climax of the plot. Plenty of time for them to develop crushes that will touch your heart.

As much as I enjoyed reading about these two, I was a little disappointed with the novel. I didn’t feel particularly connected to the characters, despite enjoying their story. There was a lack of detail, and a fast-paced plot which offered little time to really get lost in the story.

Similarly, the writing seemed clichéd in places, and disconnected in others.

Nevertheless, the addition of new characters, and hints towards other well-known characters from the series was fun to see and makes me excited for upcoming Teen Titans stories. Beast Boy Loves Raven was just long enough to provide a little more information on people like Slade and, of course, to make us fall in love with Gar and Raven. I wished it was longer, particularly to add more detail to the budding relationship, however it certainly made me eager to see what comes next.

Teen Titans: Beast Boy Loves Raven is a sweet addition to the Teen Titans graphic novels, and gives long-time Gar and Raven lovers a lovely meet-cute.

Read our review of Teen Titans: Beast Boy here!

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