Flash crisis

Review by C.J. Bunce

If the CW’s 2019 take on DC’s Crisis on Infinite Earths storyline was your thing, you may enjoy the Barryverse version of events in a sequence of six novels featuring The Flash.  The television tie-in wove several CW Arrowverse series of DC Comics adaptations into a single story for a few weeks, in what was probably the closest we’ll see to Marvel Comics’ Avengers: Endgame for the live-action superheroes of DC Entertainment.  The Flash Crossover Crisis: The Legends of Forever debuts next week here at Amazon and at booksellers everywhere.  The sixth of Lyga’s time traveling, there-and-back-again speedster tales, and the third in his Crossover Crisis trilogy, reaches its finale as The Legends of Tomorrow take over from Green Arrow and Supergirl as guests of The Flash aka Barry Allen and supporting characters of The Flash–the series–as they prepare to go to the End of Time… to save all the worlds of the Multiverse.

Just as Titan Books has reprinted several novel versions teaming up Marvel characters in the past two years, Amulet Books has taken the Warner Brothers superheroes in all-new directions in its novel stories.  Readers catch up with The Flash and Co. after they defeated Anti-Matter Man, as a threat looms at the End of Time itself.  Barry turns to the crew of the Waverider, who television audiences have seen each week on CW’s Legends of Tomorrow, known for their time travel experience episodes.  With Superman and Green Arrow,  Cisco, Caitlin, Joe, and Iris try to save Central City and confront Owlman, Madame Xanadu, and dozens of other characters from the more obscure (and not-so-obscure) corners of DC Comics history.

Just as Jo Whittemore was able to do in her earlier CW Supergirl tie-in stories, Barry Lyga shows his familiarity with each of the TV series enough to incorporate each actor’s unique take on the classic characters via their quips and quirks, just as they appear on the TV shows.

We reviewed and previewed tie-in novels from CW’s The Flash previously here at borg, plus CW’s Supergirl tie-ins Supergirl: Master of IllusionAge of Atlantis, and Curse of the Ancients.

Especially for kids needing a boost to get interested in reading, these DC Comics comic book tie-ins are not only interesting stories, they are well written, easy to understand, and likely to get young readers to come back for more.  Fun for all ages although targeted at young readers, you can pre-order The Flash–Crossover Crisis: The Legends of Forever now here at Amazon, slated for release next Tuesday, March 23, 2021.  And don’t forget to check out the first two acts in the Crisis Crossover, Green Arrow’s Perfect Shot and Supergirl’s Sacrifice.