REVIEW: ‘Section Zero,’ Issue #1

Reading Time: 3 minutes

Section Zero #1 is published by Image Comics, written by Karl Kesel, illustrated by Karl Kesel and Tom Grummett, colored by Comicraft’s Richard Starkings, and lettered by Walter Simonson and Jeremy Colwell. The comic follows the secret team of Sam, Tina, and Tesla as they investigate any alien-related activity all over the world. While on a mission in Saitok, they meet Thom, who’s come a long way from home trying to make sense of something strange happening in this life.

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from the comic, but the tag line and the cover instantly caught my attention. The premise of a team hunting down aliens isn’t something new, but the creative team have found a way of making it unique. The way the comic’s central character Sam looks reminds me a lot of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character from the first Predator movie. Tina, on the other hand, reminds me of Ripley from the Alien series in the way she carries herself. Having two iconic science fiction characters be embodied within Sam and Tina is incredible. These are two of my favorite series, so any time they’re shown appreciation is amazing to see.
As I read this comic, it felt like I was watching an episode of The X Files. This would’ve fit nicely into one of the episodes of the show during its original run. A lot of the banter that Sam and Tina share is very reminiscent of Scully and Mulder’s banter. It’s not just these characters, but the kind of work that they do and the way the organization operates does seem to take influence from the show.
From “Section Zero” #1 – Karl Kesel (writer), by Karl Kesel and Tom Grummett (Illustrators), Comicraft’s Richard Starkings (Colorist) & Walter Simonson and Jeremy Colwell (Letterers).
With this being a six part comic series, I’m glad that the team has already been established. I would love to see more of how they came together as a team, but it’s great to know the comic doesn’t need to worry about setting them up as a unit. The character design for each member suits their personality.

However, there was one particular instance that threw me off for a bit. It mainly has to do with the direction that the comic seems to be going in. Without going into spoilers, it seemed a bit predictable. It falls under the trope of needing to set up a villain but without any real surprise. It may have seemed a bit too early for the reveal. I’m not saying it should’ve been dragged on, but even if this is the first issue of a six-part series, it still feels a bit soon. It would’ve had such a great payoff had Kesel held on.

Overall, I quite enjoyed reading this comic. Like I said, it does seem a bit predictable in terms of who the villain could probably be, but the way the comic ended automatically leaves me wanting to find out what comes next. We’ll get to see the agents dealing with a new mission and see how they function as a team. I’ll definitely be on the lookout for the next issue.

Section Zero is available now wherever comic books are sold.

Section Zero #1
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TL;DR

it does seem a bit predictable in terms of who the villain could probably be, but the way the comic ended automatically leaves me wanting to find out what comes next.