Section Zero is a covert organisation working for the U.N. A rag-tag team of heroes who go on adventures, investigating cases of the supernatural and the bizarre.
The comic is the creation of industry veterans Karl Kesel (Harley Quinn, Death of Superman, Superboy) and Tom Grummett (The Adventures of Superman, Superboy). Section Zero was first published in 2000 through Gorilla Comics, an imprint of Image Comics. Financial problems at Gorilla saw only three issues of Section Zero released. After a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2017, Karl and Tom were able to resurrect the comic, re-release it and continue the series.
Section Zero is a sci-fi, paranormal bonanza. Kesel and Grummett wear their love of the genre on their sleeves, especially 1950s alien and monster sci-fi. This latest issue is no exception but starts with a tad too much exposition and inane banter. New readers’ patience might be tested a little but soon the story picks up and becomes more exciting.
The main plot point revolves around a mission to a swamp in North Carolina. The team is sent to investigate ‘strange lights’ and claims of U.F.O. activity in the area. Sam Wildman, one of the main members of the team compromises the mission, placing lives at risk.
The scenes in the swamp are good but needed a few more panels to show a better flow of the action. Things jump too soon, and the action is cut short, losing some impact. The spotty dialogue at the beginning improves once the mission starts, becoming tighter with more dramatic tension, notably between Sam and his old friend Pepe Caldelas. The main plot ends too soon though, jumping to a parallel story that sets up the next issue.
The artwork is good. Detailed but not too much, with smooth, yet thick-ish, rounded linework that adds a playfulness and sense of adventure. A warm but varied colour palette-not too dark or bright, balances the drama, comedy, adventure with the otherworldly elements.
Section Zero #5
Lovers of mystery and sci-fi should really enjoy this comic.