Mini Reviews: Teen Titans: Raven/Beast Boy

As much as I like comic books, I always struggle to review them. Anyway, I really liked the Teen Titans, so, I figured I at least gave them a try with a mini review! Haven’t done of these posts in a really long time.

Teen Titans: Raven by Kami Garcia (author) and Gabriel Picolo (illustrator)

Teen Titans: RavenA while ago, I would have firmly claimed to be a Marvel girl, but if we are being entirely honest, I am mostly consuming DC content now. While I have never watched or read Teen Titans before, I did watch DC’s Titans and liked it for the most part. This is entirely different, but I feel like that previous knowledge came in handy with Raven anyway.

The graphic novel very much focuses on Raven’s insecurities and her way of trying to figure out who she is as a person. Since she can’t remember anything, she tends to question everything instead of listening to her gut. She’s a teenager, so, she sometimes makes cringy choices, but I found those were easy to forgive.

Something I found confusing at times were the transitions between scenes, as they seemed very disconnected. I also felt like there was definitely some prior knowledge required, or you’d be a bit lost when certain characters started showing up.

Fazit: 4/5 stars! Interesting introduction to this series.

Teen Titans: Beast Boy by Kami Garcia (author) and Gabriel Picolo (illustrator)

Teen Titans: Beast BoyI loved the illustration in this one even more than in the first one, even though it was both done by the same person. Gabriel Picolo has mentioned several times that Beast Boy is very near and dear to his heart and it shows. Especially the pages where Gar uses his powers for the first time are just swoon-worthy.

Again, this one also heavily focuses on the insecurities of the main character. For now, it’s what ties them together as they haven’t met yet. Gar just wants to be popular, not because he likes the people so much, but because he wants to prove a point. I understood why his friends were annoyed with him at times and appreciated that they had their own struggles to face. Still, there was a definite relatability to it, which made Gar very endearing.

Fazit: 4/5 stars! I was never once bored while reading.


Over all, I was really happy with these graphic novels! I think the illustration especially was excellent and I cannot wait for the third book (Beast Boy Loves Raven in Fall 2021). Have you read these ones as well? 

iZombie Season 2 Premiere

I never thought that I’d b into a zombie story as much as I am into iZombie. They ended with quite a bang last season and now Liv has to deal with the aftermath. Spoilers for the Season 2 Premiere ahead!

As a little reminder, here is what happened last time we saw iZombie: Liv used up the entire cure Ravi found on Blaine and Major. Since she therefore is still a zombie, she couldn’t donate blood for her injured brother – her family didn’t take that well. Also, Peyton left (Ravi broken hearted).

Now that we continue with Season 2, I’ll break it down into all the characters as always:

  • Liv’s brother really didn’t take it well that she didn’t help him. Her mother neither, but the thing is, why couldn’t she just lie to them? Tell them she had some sort of blood disease? No one said she had to go with the zombie-thing. Either way, I get why they are pissed at her and she’ll need to do a lot of fixing on that front.
  • They are not the only ones who are not talking to her though – Major is avoiding her as well. Clive thinks he has something to do with what happened at the meat shop, which he obviously did, but Liv is protecting him.
  • Blaine is far from having gone legit after being turned human, but at least he is now providing brains from already dead people for his zombie clients. I will never forgive him for what he did to Lowell, but I do like him as a character so very much. I think it’s going to be fun to see him being human again and kind of having to team up with Liv. They just really remind me of Buffy and Spike sometimes – anyone else get that vibe?
  • Ravi is a little frustrated with Liv, because he can’t replicate the cure again. They don’t know how long it will last and if it is a permanent cure at all. However, apparently the ex-zombies can now feel other zombies when they are around – they have an actual physical response to their presence.
  • The villain of the season is someone we actually know: the people at Max Rager, who were responsible for the zombie outbreak in the first place. They are truly evil – they forced Major to become a zombie killer. Yeah, I know that he actually wanted to do that last season, but he had reasons to dislike those particular zombies. I feel so sorry for him, especially because they want him to kill Liv. I wonder how long he can put it off.
    And then the shocker that they’ve already infiltrated Liv’s life in form of her new roommate is so creepy! They must have bugged the entire place and her phone and who knows what else …

Now, I hope Peyton comes back soon and I hope she’s on team zombie/Liv! Also, I wouldn’t mind if it were somehow possible that Lowell came back, but I guess there are some things even a zombie can’t recover from … What were your thoughts on the iZombie Season 2 Premiere?

iZombie Series Premiere

So, I am not a huge fan of the whole zombie trend and I don’t usually go out of my way to watch zombie movies or read zombie books, but I simply couldn’t resist checking out iZombie when I heard that Rob Thomas was involved! Prepare for Spoilers ahead for the iZombie Series Premiere!

iZombie is based on a comic book series by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred which now got adapted by the CW with the help of Rob Thomas, the genius creator of Veronica Mars. I honestly couldn’t be more psyched since I never really got over the cancellation of Veronica Mars and while it may not look that way, the shows are very similar.

Olivia (Rose McIver) or, as she’s often called, Liv is an overachiever, very focused and determined to get what she wants in her life. Everything goes according to plan until she goes to a boat party with an inexplicable zombie outbreak. She survives, but in the process she got scratched by a zombie and is now one herself. After that she turns her life upside down: She doesn’t pursue a career as a heart surgeon any longer and changes to a position at the morgue instead. Also, she breaks up with her loving fiance (Robert Buckley) because she doesn’t want to burden him with her zombie fate. So, just like Veronica, she’s a strong female character with a bit of an identity crisis, but the similarities don’t stop there. You are what you eat was never more true than for Liv, because whenever she eats a brain (which she has to do in order to not turn full on zombie) she gets the memories and sometimes even skills and characteristics of that person. Working in a morgue, her “patients” haven’t all died of natural causes and eventually she finds her purpose in afterlife by helping out the local detective (Malcolm Goodwin) as his psychic sidekick. So, basically she’s a zombie Veronica Mars kind of detective and I love it!

The show is hilarious and weird, which is just the way I like my television program to be. But here are some other things I really love about iZombie:

  • Rose McIver looks great as a zombie. She’s not the brain-dead version, but a sarcastic and bad-ass kind instead. Also props to the make-up department, they did an amazing job!
  • Rahul Kohli as Liv’s confidant is just hilarious! His comments crack me up every time, I love his accent and I am so happy that she has someone to talk to who’s so cool and nonchalant about the whole thing. Also, he tries to cure her, so she really couldn’t have hoped for someone better to find out about her secret.
  • At the end of the pilot episode, we find out that Liv isn’t the only zombie, but that there is another (male) one out there, played by David Anders. I love David Anders! Just knowing that he was in it, made me want to check it out and I can’t wait to see what his part in the show he will be. I have a feeling he is not as controlled as Liv.
  • Apparently Bradley James is set to appear in the show as well! Again, cannot wait!
  • Last but not least, it takes place in Seattle and I just really, really like that city!

I kind of feel like I want to check out the comics to see what to expect from the show as it goes along, but I’m not sure I have any time (or money for the matter) to do so any time soon. Have any of you read the comics and want to share your thoughts? I’d love to hear from everyone if they are as psyched as I am to have another Rob Thomas show on TV again.