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The Flash: Hocus Pocus

Review

The Flash: Hocus Pocus

As a frequent reader of young adult fiction, I have long thought of Barry Lyga as one of the darker voices in children’s publishing --- I loved his novel, BANG, for instance. But I have also known that Barry is kind of a nerd, for lack of a better word. In HOCUS POCUS, he exposes his nerdy roots and puts a fun, original spin on The Flash, a character some readers may recognize from the hit television show.

"Lyga brings his masterful, tight writing to the Flash and creates something that is wholly his own. The story is fast-paced and stays true to the original characters...."

Barry Lyga’s story is set in an alternate timeline where the Flashpoint never happened --- an interesting spin that makes the story his own while staying true to its original roots. Instead of running away the night Zoom was defeated, Barry (Allen, not Lyga) went back into the house with Iris. Of course, life can never be simple for super heroes and Barry’s journey is far from over.

A new villain named HOCUS POCUS enters the scene, and his dangerous ability to control the minds and actions of citizens has everyone on edge. When he takes control of Barry, it is up to Team Flash to help him before he is forced to do something terrible. After he is forced to rob a jewelry store and attack the police, however, even Barry wonders if Team Flash will be able to stop him.

Readers familiar with “The Flash” will love seeing Barry’s life turned upside down --- and watching closely as his friends rally to help save him. With Team Flash supporting him, Iris and Wally eager to step in, and his friends at Star Labs looking for a solution, Barry has a great support system. The question then becomes, can they solve the puzzle in time?

I am always wary when favorite authors of mine tackle well-known stories (Leigh Bardugo’s WONDER WOMAN, for example, was a miss for me) but Lyga brings his masterful, tight writing to the Flash and creates something that is wholly his own. The story is fast-paced and stays true to the original characters, but adds a new layer that will hopefully attract new readers. I have always loved Lyga’s talent for wordplay, but now I have a newfound respect for his skillful attention to detail.

Reviewed by Derek Lipton on October 30, 2017

The Flash: Hocus Pocus
by Barry Lyga