Please explain in much more detail. An image/sketch would help.
any of the distortion effects combined with animated opacity and a layer for your light flash. You can make your own with animated feathered masks and Add or Screen blend modes or you can use something like lens flair.
Try putting all of your characters in a comp, add an adjustment layer on the top and apply Effect>Distort>Twirl and Effect>Distort>Transform and Effects>Blur>Fast Blur
Add a black solid on top of the stack, set the blend mode to ADD and add Effect>Generate>Lens Flair
Your project should look something like this:
You'll find the CS6 project here. It should get you started. There are all kinds of distortion effects you can add to the mix.