Teen Titans #18
Writer: Benjamin Percy
Penciller: Scott Eaton
Cover Artist: Dan Mora
What You Need to Know
In the last issue, Garfield was seduced into inhaling a mind control device and giving himself up to Joran, a girl with a penchant for being in control of the world around her. With the inhalation he felt better than he had ever felt in his life and he was shown a reality where everyone loved him and he had a glimpse of all of his online followers. After remembering the loss of his family, he gravitated towards and was excited about this new sense of self and belonging…forgetting what he had with his teammates.
What’s interesting about this issue is that it strikes at the core of our need as humans to have a sense of belonging, through an online community we feel that instant satisfaction and gratification of how many likes we have on our posts in social media. Because of the instantaneous access of individuals listening to what we have to say without even saying a word or even acknowledging the people around us sometimes.
The Teen Titans have always welcomed Gar with open arms and always stood by his side throughout any challenge that he faced. But he hasn’t felt the stability and solid ground that he has always yearned for after losing his family as the Titans’ tower crumbled once more from an attack. He felt that his online family will always be there to support any decision that he makes and that it is a more stable and accepting source of support. In this issue we find out that he is only being manipulated in more ways than one after finding out Joran’s reasoning to want to control her surroundings and unfortunately Beast Boy is caught up in the thick of the charade.
This is a great issue! I love comics that have the ability to cause a person to think about what it means to be human and helps us understand sense of self, human behavior, and maybe gives us an internal introspection to realize that there are one or two things that maybe we can change about ourselves to be better people.
In the end, the fact that this issue delves deeper into who Garfield Logan is, his relationship with himself and why he feels what he does along with understanding our new antagonist and the relationship that Gar has with the team as a whole makes this for a fantastic comic to read. Pick it up! I highly recommend it.