Section Zero #1 by Karl Kesel, Tom Grummet, and Ben Dimagmaliw
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There is a group of extraordinary people tasked with protecting the world from UFO's, ghost, and monsters. Why? Because the world isn't ready to know they truly exist. That's where Section Zero comes in, an elite group that keeps you believing none of those things are real. Writer/artist Karl Kesel & Tom Grummet bring us their long awaited Image Comics series Section Zero #1.
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The first rule of Section Zero: there is no Section Zero. Welcome to the best kept secret on the planet Earth. Field agent Sam Wildman works for a section of the government that “doesn’t exist.” From the creative minds of writer/artist Karl Kesel (HARLEY QUINN), artist Tom Grummet (SUPERBOY), and colorist Ben Dimagmaliw  comes SECTION ZERO #1.

This is a story about monsters, UFO’s, government secrets, and the men, women, and aliens whose sole purpose is to make sure we don’t find out about any of it. If MEN In BLACK and the X-Men had a love child then SECTION ZERO #1 is it. It is definitely a comic worth picking up from your local comic shop.

SECTION ZERO #1
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Section Zero #1

SECTION ZERO #1 follows the exploits of a field agent named Sam Wildman and his heroic team of adventurers. They work for a secret section of the United Nations known as Section Zero. (Shh…don’t tell anyone, it’s a secret.) In addition to that, their primary mission is to explore and investigate unexplained phenomena around the world. Consequently, the government takes no responsibility if they’re captured or killed in any capacity.

The team is lead by a brilliant scientific explorer named Dr. Titania (Tina for short). As the story progresses we see she’s already recruited field agent Sam Wildman. We enter the story after they’ve just completed a mission in a country called Siatok. They’re finishing up their mission where the native people report to have seen some sort of monster. Soon after, Sam and the others are assigned to a mission in Australia. However, they find themselves in the middle of a deadly plot designed by a group of warriors known as Ghost Soldiers.

SECTION ZERO #1 has an incredible nineteen year history, as it’s a passion project that both Kesel and Grummet have been trying to complete since it’s original conception in the early 2000’s. It’s a great story that manages to put together a terrific balance of solid plot, interesting characters, and great comic artwork. Now, while secret organizations that aid in saving the world is not a new concept, SECTION ZERO #1 has the potential to be a great new series. It sets up for what looks to be a cool adventure you’ll want to continue to read.

Also, the pacing of the story  jumps right to the point very quickly. As a result, there isn’t a lot given about our main protagonists in the first issue but you learn enough to care about them going forward.

Section Zero’s Team

Besides SECTION ZERO #1 having a pretty awesome storyline, it also introduces us to a fascinating group of individuals. Sam Wildman is the charismatic and sometimes humorous field man of the group. Sadly, we don’t learn a lot about him other than the fact that he has a hard on for the thrill of action. Although, we do learn a small amount about his team mate, Dr. Titania, the team lead. She’s the technical brains of the group but early on you get the notion that throughout the story we’ll see her character’s evolution. For example, there’s early indication of her not wanting to speak about her grandfather indicates a possible backstory we could see coming in a future issue.

SECTION ZERO #1 - Misleading the enemy
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Section Art

Kesel and Grummet do an insanely excellent job of combining 90’s styles comic art and fusing it with a splash of present day. Hence, the detailed pencil work on the characters, action panels, and creature designs are pretty solid. There’s never a dull moment within any of the panels and there’s plenty to explore. In addition to the art comes some incredible variant covers from comic legends, Jerry Ordway and Walt Simonson.

One of the most intriguing things about the action of SECTION ZERO #1 is probably how effortless Kesel and Grummet make it look to setup so much action in just the first issue. From the panel count to the differentiation between backstory panels vs. present day panels, there is a lot going on. It’s worth mentioning that the color work of Ben Dimagmaliw is amazing. There is a sequence involving an alien beaming people aboard a ship that will have you flipping the pages back to it repeatedly.

SECTION ZERO #1 - Escape
Image courtesy of Image Comics

Sections End

Overall, SECTION ZERO #1 looks to be a tremendous start for what may promise to be a great new series. This book is a shining example that hard work and perseverance really pays off. Almost twenty years in the making, this book looks to make an impact. Kesel and Grummet make a great team. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for SECTION ZERO in the future. If you haven’t already, visit your local comic shop and add this book to your collection. Or if you prefer, download it here.

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