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we had this conversation:
Stephen Day wrote:I don't mind Avengers Undercover, but I want more Zemo and less Arcade dammit.
chap22 wrote:Spoilers for issue 3: I don't think that's gonna be a problem for you anymore.
Stephen Day wrote:I haven't read issue #3 yet, but good. The series was sold to me as something dealing with young heroes and Zemo and the Masters of Evil. I don't hate Arcade, but Zemo is what sold me on this series.
chap22 wrote:Yeah, I think 3 should make you happy.
I've read issue #3 now and my response would be that you're right, but you're also wrong. I'm happy that Arcade is out of the way (I wasn't surprised to see him get killed off), and that the plot has shifted to Zemo's plans. I have to say though, I'm still not happy that it took three issues to get the story to the point that this series was advertised as being about with the solicitations for the first issue.
The first issue was good and set things up nicely. Zemo not appearing until the last page didn't bother me as the Murder World survivors are supposed to be the main focus. The first issue was needed to establish them and their reasons for searching out Zemo and his Masters of Evil. My problem has been with issues #2 and #3. There was a hell of a lot of stuff that could have been, and should have been, edited down. The two issues could easily have been combined into a single issue. I recognize that what happened here needed to happen in a lot of ways, but it didn't need to be told over the course of two issues.
As an example, this issue was essentially one big fight sequence leading up to Hazmat killing Arcade. Arcade is not the main villain of this series and there's no real good reason why this fight should have been as long as it was. There really was no need for it to take up an entire issue. If this fight sequence had been shortened, along with some other things that I saw being equally too long in length from issue #2, the two issues could have been combined into one. This issue could so easily have been about Zemo's recruitment of the Murder World survivors in the wake of Arcade's death.
Having said all of that, am I enjoying this series so far? I enjoyed the first issue, and had some problems with the second and third, but fully expect to enjoy the read from this point forward. The start has been a little rocky, but it still looks like it's going to be a fun series.