Cyborg and Beast Boy Merger Becomes Questionable at Teen Titans Academy
The future state The comic book event was meant to act as a dark future for the DC Universe. As such, DC Comic writers have been tasked with hinting or initiating major plot points from future state in current continuity so that the two timelines could eventually sync into one. This would have resulted in DC 5G Initiative, a reboot intended to replace the iconic DC Superheroes with new legacy characters. However, with the cancellation of this initiative and the future state deemed non-canon, many storyline elements that were being established for Future statisticsThe context has been bluntly corrected.
As part future statewriter Tim Sheridan attempted to link his two Future State: Teen Titans comic series with its main continuity comic series; Teen Titans Academy. However, with Future State deemed non-canon and Teen Titans AcademyAfter being abruptly canceled after 15 issues, some plot points were unfortunately rushed or quickly resolved. Such is the case with Cyborg and Beast Boy’s extreme transformation into a singular fused entity known as Cybeast. A transformation that once had major dilemmas for the characters has seen most of its complications resolved off-panel thanks to the magic of superheroine Raven.
Cybeast first appeared in the apocalyptic future of Future State: Teen Titans #1 (by Tim Sheridan, Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona, Alejandro Sanchez and Rob Leigh) as one of the few surviving Teen Titans from the ambiguous destruction of New York Titans Tower. Their appearance showed that they struggled to balance the personalities of Beast Boy and Cyborg, resulting in very juxtaposed mannerisms and constantly counteracting everything they said. Cybeast’s fragile mind would eventually allow the War Rider to possess him and turn him against the surviving Teen Titans.
Tim Sheridan then attempted to connect Cybeast to mainstream DC continuity by creating an origin for Cybeast’s creation that could serve to connect the main continuity to the Future State storyline. During Teen Titans Academy #12 (by Tim Sheridan, Tom Derenick, Alex Sinclair and Rob Leigh), Cyborg and Beast Boy were crushed by the collapse of Titans Tower, putting them both in critical condition. In an effort to save the two, the Teen Titans strapped Cyborg’s robotic parts onto Beast Boy’s mangled body, saving half of the two and merging their minds into a single entity. In Teen Titans Academy #14Cybeast had to deal with the consequences, however, the cancellation of Teen Titans Academy forced Tim Sheridan to undo the Cybeast transformation.
The initial questioning of how Beast Boy might have a relationship with Raven with the Cyborg consciousness in his mind created an interesting complication that could have led to some fascinating stories in future comics. Cybeast even struggling to shave was also a great moment to convey the new psychological dynamics the fusion is facing. But Teen Titans Academy #15, the complication was immediately resolved out of panel. It was explained that Raven used her magic to split the minds of Beast Boy and Cyborg into two magically created bodies. This allowed them to regain their independence and resume a normal life.
This rendered Cybeast’s existence completely useless as the quick resolution left little to no impact. Especially compared to the dramatic character moments displayed by Cybeast’s identity crisis in future state. While it’s possible that Cybeast will return as despite being magically separated, Cyborg and Beast Boy are technically still fused together, the concept is unlikely.
Teen Titan Intern; Cybruh even hinted at the possibility of Cybeast’s plot being scrapped altogether when he mentioned that he and fellow Gorilla intern Greg were incredibly close to fixing Cybeast entirely. This suggests that Cybeast can also be removed from the panel entirely. Due to the likelihood of the Cybeast concept continuing outside of the Teen Titans Academy series, it probably would have been better to have forgone the transformation altogether instead of trying to rush it unnecessarily into the last two issues of Teen Titans Academy.