Contagion #1

Writer: Ed Brisson Artist: Roge Antonio, Stephen Segovia, more Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: October 2, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 16
7.7Critic Rating
7.7User Rating

A seemingly unstoppable force has invaded the Marvel Universe, and it's going to take every hero the streets of New York has to stop it! A strange substance is taking over heroes and citizens alike, draining them of their life force, stealing their knowledge and abilities, and neither science nor magic can stop it! Where did it come from? Can anything destroy it? And who will fall to its awful, overwhelming power?
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  • 10 - Nicole Drum Oct 2, 2019

    It's scary, it's interesting, it's even got a bit of humor. The art is top-notch. It's a winner for sure. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Oct 2, 2019

    Rose Antonio delivers some impressive art in this issue. All of the characters are drawn beautifully and the action looks amazing. There are some great expressive moments from the characters and thrills throughout. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Oct 9, 2019

    Writer Ed Brisson crafts an unsettling and emotional horror story in Contagion. We're already invested in these characters from decades of comics. Now we're seeing them getting torn apart by something they don't understand and can't see. It all happens in moments too, so it's tough to prepare for such a shock. This is a great opener and fortunately, we don't have to wait long to see it play out. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - Dispatchdcu Oct 2, 2019

    Brisson formulates a perfect weekly anecdote that will keep fans eager for the next 4 weeks while packing in just enough action, suspense, and interest to maintain readers' curiosity and keep them wanting more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Oct 1, 2019

    The feeling of hopelessness is strong with this narrative and it should have you feeling lost as the contagion grows in strength. I'm not yet sold on the horror angle, but I'm here for it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Joey Edsall Oct 7, 2019

    The horror component of Contagion, at least at this point, is a little oversold. It has this blend of camp and grit that feels like the kind of obscure VHS rentals that no doubt inspired the creative team. The opening has a sense of dread to it, but a scene that should play off as horror — three of the Fantastic Four getting infected in one fell swoop, is way too action-tinged to feel scary. Still, there is enough to love here visually, character-wise, and, for the most part, tonally for readers to find this series growing on them. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Beyond The Panel - Jideobi Odunze Oct 3, 2019

    Overall Contagion #1 has some problems, but for the most part you read it with the mind that you are open to the creative approach more than anything else. At the end of the day, the appeal of books like this has to be the things these creative teams are willing and able to do in order to be refreshing. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Major Spoilers - Jonathan Cadotte Oct 5, 2019

    Contagion #1 has a specific tone that may not appeal to everyone, but has enough in it that it should be at least entertaining to a lot of people, even if it's a shallow story. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Charles Martin Oct 2, 2019

    Contagion #1 unleashes a nasty, scary, but slightly generic horror infection on the Marvel universe. Powerful art and a fast, breezy pace fall into the plus column; on the minus side are shortages of compelling characterization and material to make the premise distinctive. Greatness remains a possibility, but this series will have to grow a lot to get there. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Geek'd Out - Nico Sprezzatura Oct 2, 2019

    Though a horror-tinged story, Contagion #1 is fairly tame in tone, and likely wont disturb or put off potential readers. A lot of this comes down to Rog Antnios art, which is much more in line with the style seen in the current Fantastic Four run by the likes of Sara Pichelli and co. than, say, Ryan Stegmans eerie work in the aforementioned Absolute Carnage. Its not a bad thing, per se, but it definitely doesnt convey the monster mayhem as much as youd expect. The forthcoming issues have been solicited with different artists on each, so itll be interesting to see how they affect the vibe of Brissons story moving forward. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Multiversity Comics - Gregory Ellner Oct 7, 2019

    It's the end of the world as we know it, and we feel slightly unimpressed. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Oct 2, 2019

    While Contagion #1 neatly melds superheroics and horror, one can’t help what a punch it could have brought with a bit more narrative tightening. Bringing a pulpy, street level energy to this limited series, Brisson, Antonio, and Gandini present a big, gross problem and then set to unleashing it on our favorite heroes. This debut isn’t perfect by any means, but if Brisson can make the most out of his page count moving forward, he and his stellar art team could make some real magic happen in future issues. Read Full Review

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