Metaphorically Trimming The Weeds With Contagion #5

by Josh Davison

Mild Spoilers Ahead
The Urchin and its hordes have overtaken the city, and only a small group of heroes remain to fight. Their only hope now lies with Moon Knight, who throws himself into the Urchin’s grasp and allows himself to be taken by the fungus. Once inside the hivemind, Marc Spector finds himself free and conscious. He sees the other heroes trapped by the Urchin, and he needs to find the core host and free her if the other heroes are going to survive.

Contagion #5 cover by Juan Jose Ryp and Jesus Aburtov
Contagion #5 cover by Juan Jose Ryp and Jesus Aburtov

Contagion #5 brings this mini-series to its ending, and we get to see Moon Knight take charge and save the rest of Earth’s heroes. 
There’s something to be said about the fact that the world is saved by Moon Knight having multiple personalities and possibly being mystically empowered by Khonshu. It’s a fun plot point, but Contagion #5 doesn’t really use that to its full extent.
We only see the Marc Spector personality, and the path to beating the Urchin seems a little too easy from there. It’s oddly straightforward. Admittedly, it can’t be easy to script and render the unimaginable mindscape of a fungal hivemind–hell, even rendering a visual representation of the human mind is a tall order–but one would think there’s a bit more to it than what we see in Contagion #5. It’s all so literal and, again, straightforward.
The ending wraps up a little too neatly too, and the Urchin is boiled down to being something akin to a scared animal without any complex intent, malevolent or otherwise.
Contagion #5 art by Adam Gorham, Veronica Gandini, and letterer VC's Cory Petit
Contagion #5 art by Adam Gorham, Veronica Gandini, and letterer VC’s Cory Petit

Adam Gorham is the artist on this issue, and his depiction of the Urchin’s hivemind does look great. There is a degree of surrealism to it, and the style could have worked had the scripting gone a little crazier with the concepts. Veronica Gandini’s color art is wild and appealing too and could have been aided by a stronger story.
Contagion #5 is a bit of a letdown after this otherwise enjoyable mini-series. An apocalyptic fungal pandemic is boiled down to Moon Knight trimming a few vines (but psychically). It isn’t an unpleasant read, but it could have done more. I can recommend it if you’ve greatly enjoyed the series so far, but it’s by no means a must-read.
Contagion #5 comes to us from writer Ed Brisson, artist Adam Gorham, color artist Veronica Gandini, letterer VC’s Cory Petit, cover artist Juan Jose Ryp with Jesus Aburtov, and variant cover artist Ryan Browne.
Final Score: 5.5/10

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