The Doom Patrol's prodigal son Garfield Logan/Beast Boy finds his way home later this year within the pages of the DC Young Animal title Doom Patrol: Weight of the Worlds.
Weight of the Worlds cover artist Nick Derington has shared his cover for the upcoming series' third issue, which shows Beast Boy (in the form of an ape) kicking things old school by reading an issue of My Greatest Adventure, the DC comic that first introduced the Doom Patrol back in the early '60s. As an added Easter egg, Steve Dayton (the alter ego of fellow classic Doom Patrol member Mento) is listed as the book's author.
"Early on in Doom Patrol development, Gerard [Way] and I decided that Beast Boy was now considered far too cool and popular to ever join back up with our lovable squad of outcast losers," Derington wrote on Twitter. "But then nature found a way."
Early on in Doom Patrol development, Gerard and I decided that Beast Boy was now considered far too cool and popular to ever join back up with our lovable squad of outcast losers...— Nick Derington (@NickDerington) June 18, 2019
but then nature found a way.
Doom Patrol: Weight of the Worlds #3 coming in August! pic.twitter.com/xg0Qge9qZ4
Derington initially stated Doom Patrol: Weight of the Worlds #3 would be coming in August, but then corrected himself, clarifying that it is actually due out in September.
Over the years, Beast Boy has become synonymous with the Teen Titans, and is perhaps best known for his part in Cartoon Network's Teen Titans and Teen Titans Go! animated series, the former of which which acknowledged his past with the Doom Patrol in its final season. He has also appeared in various other animated DC films and television shows, more often than not maintaining his affiliation with the Teen Titans. The character even made his live-action debut late last year on the DC Universe original series Titans, in which he is played by Ryan Potter.
Beast Boy has definitely come a long way, becoming better known to most audiences as a Teen Titan than as a member of the Doom Patrol. With that in mind, it's understandable why Way and Derington originally kept him away from their new incarnation of the Patrol, seeing as they place the focus on more obscure, bizarre characters. However, it appears that Young Animal will really start living up to its name when Beast Boy rejoins the fold this September.
Written by Gerard Way and Jeremy Lambert with art by James Harvey, Doc Shaner, Nick Pitarra, Becky Cloonan and others, Doom Patrol: Weight of the Worlds kicks off this July.