Updated take on Garfield Logan for my Elseworld Universe.
In this Elseworld Universe a young Garfield Logan lived with his scientist parents Mark and Marie Logan in Africa. The Logans were developing a process of genetic recombination between human and animal DNA in search of a possible universal cure all for most terrestrial diseases and genetic defects.
Due to the actions of the criminal mastermind known as the Brain, who sought to use the Logans’ genetic recombination process as a possible means to create an army of hybrid creatures to serve his plans for world domination, Mark Logan is killed and the young Gar is critically injured during the Brain’s attempt to obtain the needed information and equipment to utilize the genetic recombination process for his own ends. Desperate to save the life of her son, Marie Logan uses an untested new model of the recombination device which they developed to isolate and combine the genetic bond shared between humans and animals. The device succeeds in saving Gar’s life but with the side effects of turning his skin and hair green and the later discovery of his ability to morph into any animal including extinct species such as dinosaurs.
Seeking revenge for the death of his father and despite the efforts of his mother to keep him from doing so, Gar Logan would become involved with the original incarnation of the team known as the Doom Patrol who were the primary opposition to the Brain and his various world domination schemes. Under the name of “Beast Boy” Gar would remain an active member of the group until the fateful day that saw the destruction of the Brain and his Brotherhood of Evil as well as the deaths of Doom Patrol founder Niles Caulder and member Rita Farr/Elasti-Woman.
After being away from metahuman related activities since parting ways with the Doom Patrol, a now teenaged Gar Logan (16/17) has returned to using his animal shape shifting abilities to battle metahuman & extraordinary criminal threats as a member of Titans West now calling himself the Beastling.
Beastling’s abilities in this Elseworld remains much the same as in normal comics continuity. In his animal forms he is capable of speech, and he keeps his human intelligence. No matter the animal form he takes, the skin and hair color will always be green. When he changes into an animal he gains all of that animals natural abilities. In human form, he has above average physical abilities such as strength, speed, endurance, agility and reflexes. His senses are also elevated to above average human levels. His resistance to diseases as well as healing/recovery to injuries is also enhanced above average levels. Gar Logan in this alternate universe also seems to possess a low level form of animal charisma that attracts human females on a basic level. He also at times comes across as slightly aggressive in his behavior. Both of these traits first seem to manifest when he entered puberty.
In this alternate universe, Marie Logan is still alive and a prominent scientist still involved with DNA recombination research activities. She has become romantically involved with industrialist/scientist Steve Dayton, the widower of Rita Farr/Elasti-Woman of the Doom Patrol. Steve Dayton under the guise of Mentus, is also the leader of the current incarnation of the Doom Patrol.