Covering Issues #1-6
Picking up several months after the events of Avengers Arena, the survivors of Arcade’s deadly game struggle to go on with their lives as the details about what happened has spread like wildfire across social media. Instant pop sensations, some try to hide themselves away while others attempt to capitalize on their newfound fame, but they all share a desire to pay back their tormentor by nearly any means necessary. Faced with the realization that regardless of how justified they might feel in their actions against Arcade will be seen as vindictive and vengeful entities in the world, the surviving seven decide to take in with some of the more disreputable individuals in the supervillain community, which leads to some very unhappy results.
One of the really spectacular aspect of this series is it puts people in touch with superheroes at some of their worst points in life. Arena was about showing how these characters deal with an impossible situation; Undercover is about discovering just how well they have (or haven’t) coped with what happened to them. It’s not a quick-and-easy one-two-punch slugfest like many other comics in the superhero genre; there’s a story being told, and a very important one; however, not all of the story is knock-down exciting, and there are certainly some flaws to the way it has been told.
I wasn’t exactly surprised by the ending of Issue #6; I saw it coming from a mile away, because it was set up that way pretty obviously. That’s not necessarily a bad thing in some ways, but if you want a cliffhanger that will draw people back, then leading up to this moment in a very obvious fashion is not the way to go about it. That being said, the teaser for the next issue certainly made me want to find out more, but I still believe it could have been done in a much more “oh-my-I-need-to-find-out-what-happens” situation.
Though I am sad to hear that this series will be ending after Issue # 10, I cannot say I am entirely surprised by it. It took a long while to build up to the very first aspect of what the title itself is supposed to be about—superheroes undercover—and while setting the foundation for a good story is something I greatly admire, taking too long to do so will lose the attention of a lot of people. At the very least, I am thankful that the series will end with at least some aspect of why it was originally created, but I feel that it could have been so much more than what it was/is.