Blurring From the Future (The Flash: The Haunting of Barry Allen – A Book Review)

The Flash: The Haunting of Barry Allen
Author: Susan Griffith & Clay Grifffith
Published: 2016

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The Flash

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My name is Barry Allen and I am the fastest man alive. I solve my problems by running faster. Always faster…

Out in Central City, Barry Allen, the Flash, comes is shocked by an older and weathered and badly injured version of himself, the Flash. Before he can ask him anything, he’s gone.

Then Barry begins experiencing glitches with his powers and it couldn’t be at a worse time. Many of the Rogues such as the Pied Piper, Weather Wizard, and Peekaboo are wreaking havoc on the city. As it gets worse and team Flash struggles to figure out the villain’s endgame and how to help Barry, Barry calls in a good friend to help.

Oliver Queen—the Arrow.

Flash

Every once in a while I’ll review a branch-off novel of TV shows. I really enjoy my shows and some of the books are pretty dang good. I am a HUGE fan of the Flash. BIG. LIKE REALLY BIG! So, when I heard about this book I was squeeeing over the moon.

The season may be over until the fall, but this crossover will tide you over. It did for me. Humorous, witty, non-stop speed. A beautiful combination, that is. Some of the show’s classic rogues come together for a sneaky plan and it was very awesome. There was a part of me that kind of hoped to get a glimpse of Captain cold or Heatwave, but they were not around. *sad face*

Still, the story was fast and great, leaving me plenty enthralled and entertained with my hero and his smart and amazing friends. I loved that I couldn’t really predict anything. It was refreshing. There were so many moments that I was shocked, especially with one major cameo that made me a bit sappy. It’s somebody-if you’ve been watching the show-that you know.

I also missed HR; Tom Cavanagh is a-freaking-mazing with balancing multiple version of himself and great with the funny.

From the setting to the characters to the very heart of this hero, everything stayed to true to its tune and then some! There was a much deeper emotional pull, one that I don’t think you can get from the show. You’re in these characters hearts in a way that looks and words just can’t convey. I loved the chance to glimpse into their hearts and see just how in depth their feelings are.

This book was wonderfully canon and really adds to the Arrow/Flash Universe. If I’m correct, it actually takes place some time after season 2 but before Season 3Seeing Oliver Queen and company come to Barry’s aid really warms my heart. The bromance between the two gentleman heroes is among one of my utmost favorites. They’re great opposites with Barry being the goofy young brother figure and Oliver being the serious and rather broody older brother. The fact that they come through for each when its most important is just beautiful.

Barry and Oliver

I loved this novel. It was fun and really gave me that dose I needed of the Flash this summer. If you love superheroes, with and comedy, and that family feel-good, read this.

Quotables:

“I’m like a sexy Yoda. With me, there is no try, there is only do.” (Cisco, p. 102)

“There was no expiration date on grieving. It became a part of you, and you had to make room for it or you would forever feel it inside you, like and invader.” (Joe, p. 151)

“In this new world, even dead doesn’t mean dead anymore.” (John Diggle, p. 315)

More to come soon…

-K.

P.S. Song today? Heroes by Alesso ft. Tove Lo.

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