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Review- Contagion #2 (Marvel Comics)

Contagion #2
Overall
6/10
6/10
  • Writing - 6.5/10
    6.5/10
  • Art - 5.5/10
    5.5/10
  • Overall - 6/10
    6/10
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Summary

Writer: Ed Brisson

Artist: Stephen Segovia

Colorist: Veronica Gandini 

Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit

Maturity Rating: Teen

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Release: October 9, 2019

The Thing tries to figure out what has happened to Reed, Sue and Johnny as the strange Fungus continues to spread around New York City. An ancient fungoid from K’un-Lun has come to NYC maybe Danny Rand “The Immortal Iron Fist” has some answers?

 

Avoid the Fungi in Contagion #2

Things have gone from bad to worse in Contagion #2. Not only has a strange fungus known as Urchin escaped from K’un-Lun, but now it is infecting all of New York City. And if that wasn’t bad enough, it has taken out 75% of the Fantastic Four and absorbed their powers. Only Ben Grimm and his rocky hide are left to figure things out. The Thunderer and leader of K’un Lun have come to warn Danny Rand of Urchin’s escape, but it is a bit too late. How do you stop something you can’t touch and, now with the power of Sue Storm the Invisible Woman, you can’t see?

Writing

Contagion #2( Marvel Comics)cover art by Juan Jose Ryp
Contagion #2 (Marvel Comics) cover art by Juan Jose Ryp

Ed Brisson continues to pen this mini-series in Contagion #2. It has a pretty solid “virus horror” story vibe throughout as Brisson builds up the tension of what our characters are going to do about this outbreak and not get infected themselves. It is set up like a lot of “disease” type horror stories as our characters try to navigate exactly what they are dealing with and how to fix it. Which is okay; it is interesting, but it is also not the greatest thing out there either. 

There are a couple of things keeping me on board with Contagion #2. First, I always like odd grouping and pairing of heroes. We get a lot of this by the end of the issue. It is just fun to see characters you don’t normally see together interact and Contagion #2 delivers that. Secondly, and this is what kept me on after the 1st issue, is that it kind of follows up from Ed Brisson’s run on Iron Fist. At the end of the first issue, we see the new Thunderer and leader of K’un-Lun Sparrow realizing what has happened and contacting Danny Rand which piqued my interest.

I was a big fan of Ed Brisson’s much slept on Iron Fist run a few years back, so I was excited to see him kind of following up that story. It also seems if you look at the cover of issue #3 that another Iron Fist character Pei will be coming into the series as well. So, if you want a follow up on some Iron Fist stories, then you might want to read Contagion.

Art

I have gone back and forth with if I like the art in Contagion #2. There are some pages and panels that I really like and some that the style really doesn’t work. Stephen Segovia has a kind of a “classic” superhero house type art style. Everybody looks very big and heroic. There are tight ink lines and you get some standard panel work. It works in some scenes and looks great for some character introductions. But it also doesn’t really work for the more horror story bend in Contagion #2.

The art doesn’t really increase the drama or the horror in the series. It feels a little bland and, for a lack of better terms, “by the numbers”. I wouldn’t say it is bad, but I just don’t think it fits. I would double that for the coloring. The bright colors just don’t work for what the story is. It just feels way too bright and flashy for what the series is about. Also, why are we going back to the high collar, deep “V” Iron Fist costume? Segovia must have something for high collars because he goes all out with Iron Fist and another character in this issue.

Now, all that said, some of the characters that show up do look great. Ben Grimm looks fantastic; Segovia catches that character’s bulk and size well. There are also some other characters that show up that Segovia designs superbly well.

Conclusion

So, Contagion #2 has kind of an interesting horror/virus type thing going that is okay. But if you are an Iron Fist fan, then there is a lot more to keep you interested in this series. The art, while not bad, just doesn’t seem to fit with what the story is trying to tell. If this was more of a high action-adventure story, it might fit better. It just doesn’t seem to work with the more horror toned vibe of the series.


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Brent Jackson

Brent is happily married and an avid comic book consumer who loves nothing more than the smell of comics in the morning and diving through a long box of back issues. By day he is a nutritionist and has also been training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over 10 years. He is probably not the coolest person you have ever met. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @brentjackson30

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