We first meet up with Barry Allen (AKA the Flash) as he is going from vehicle to vehicle rescuing citizens from a horrific traffic accident. It is here in the midst of the chaos that we and the Flash first learn that something is not right with the Flash physiologically. This first reveals itself in the form of a tiny glitch that only the Flash is aware of. As we discover, along with the Flash, that there is something wrong inside the Flashes body we learn that Central City is under attack by a small group of metahumans.
As Pied Piper, Weather Wizard and Peekaboo carry out their attack on Central City, the Flash continues to experience glitches in his power that completely incapacitates him – often times in the midst of fights with various villains. These glitches that the Flash experiences are so troubling that the Flash and his team at S.T.A.R. Labs call on the help of Oliver Queen – the Arrow to defend Central City as they try to come up with a cure to save the Flash.
The Flash: The Haunting of Barry Allen and Arrow: A Generation of Vipers by Clay Griffith and Susan Griffith makes an incredible duology. The first book is depicted from the Flashes perspective while the second is from Arrows perspective. The books share an over-arching story line – finding a cure for the Flashes near fatal glitches, yet independently carry within themselves self contained stories that pertain to the Flash and Arrow respectively. The books also explore the complexities of the two heroes friendship as they come to terms with their respective histories.
The Flash and Arrow have different philosophies when it comes to how they do their jobs in protecting their cities, and these differences play a strong role on how the story plays out. Arrows story centers around getting a device that will save The Flash from the glitches he is experiencing. Arrow also helps The Flash to cope with the glitches as they occur.
Each book in this duology clocks in at over 400 pages making this over all story quite the tome. Although I enjoyed the concept of these two books, I did find it difficult to find the same type of connection with Arrow in the second book that I did with the Flash in the first book. I always felt that there was some distance between myself and Arrow as I followed him around in the second book. Perhaps, due to the nature of Arrow, this was deliberate, but I felt it seriously slowed down the pacing of the story especially in the second book. I was thoroughly engaged with Barry Allen in the first book but I always felt like I was being kept at arms length with Oliver Queen in the second book.
I strongly recommend this duology especially if, like me, you enjoy stories involving The Flash. These books are based on the Warner Bros. series created by Greg Berlanti & Andrew Kreisberg & Geoff Johns. If you enjoy the television series, I would also recommend these books.