Thursday, 20 April 2017
BOOK REVIEW: ARROW: A GENERATION OF VIPERS
Arrow: A Generation of Vipers
Authors: Clay Griffith and Susan Griffith
Available: US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes
For fans of both series, Arrow and Flash crossovers are essential as who wouldn't want to see two, or sometimes three characters act as opposites in their respective series work together to solve a crime or take out a major foe.
In Arrow: A Generation of Vipers, Oliver Queen, (the Green Arrow) has come to Central City to help fellow vigilante Barry Allen (The Flash) who is slowly losing his powers. Barry needs to find a way of getting his powers back and with the help of Oliver showing him new meditation techniques to relax his mind, he might actually win his fight with imminent death.
Clay and Susan have done the hard task of convincing readers this is another extra long episode in the Arrow and Flash universe. It reads like it is. Team Flash are their usual selves; Cisco is still sporting his funny t-shirts, dazzling the rest of the team with his tech knowledge, Caitlin is her feisty self minus Harry Wells, while Team Arrow's Felicity Smoak acts as the female Cisco and John Diggle keeps up his hard man image complete with the odd one-liner while defeating the bad guys.
Barry needs to find a way of getting his powers back and to do that he has to monitor his speed. With the help of Oliver Queen showing him new meditation techniques he can learn to relax in order to think how he might best survive.
Clay and Susan have done the hard task of convincing readers this is another extra long crossover episode of Arrow featuring The Flash. It reads like it is. Team Flash are their usual selves, Cisco is still sporting his funny t-shirts with humorous slogans and dazzling his friends with his tech knowledge, Caitlin is still her feisty self minus Harry Wells while Team Arrow's Felicity Smoak is the female version of Cisco and John Diggle keeps up his hard man act and one-liners while he defeats the bad guys.
The main theme of this novel is Barry stopping the growth of the Plasma in his body so he doesn't blur out of existence. Cisco and Caitlin might be helping, but Barry needs Oliver's influence to calm him down so he can think clearly. Barry has to leave the impatient side of him to overcome what Wells did to him. Fear moves him to look at his getting better. Oliver uses all he learned when he was stranded on Lian Yu to help him, though he still has to return to Star City to sort out his problems there. At this point, Felicity is dating Oliver though Barry isn't as lucky in love.
The drama is there, as is the action and the need for a speedy recovery from Barry. Oliver has plenty on his mind when he reminds himself of what happened to him on Lian Yu. As far as I am concerned this novel acts as a race against time to cure Barry, but elsewhere Markovia has its assassins who have their own agendas.