FROM THE PUBLISHER: “GROUND ZERO,” Part One A team of fearless adventurers uncovers the secrets behind UFOs, MONSTERS, and LOST CIVILIZATIONS! It’s “JACK-KIRBY-does-The-X-Files” in this miniseries by one of comics’ classic creative teams—KARL KESEL (Harley Quinn, Superboy) and TOM GRUMMETT (The Death of Superman, Superboy)—and some of the greatest alternative cover artists in the industry!
If you put on your tinfoil hat along with me for moment, Issue 1 of Section Zero is a lot of fun. Slow reveals frame after frame and page after page, keeps this first entry moving along well. Aliens, UFO’s, Area 51 and the general unknown is very interesting to me, like I said I had my tinfoil hat on. Witty banter between Sam and Tina is enjoyable, great dynamic with Tesla -some kind of child alien being-, and Thom, as he calls himself a “24-hour bug”. When the team finally gets together and their mission becomes clear, the need for further reading is paramount.
As with most first issues, a set up of characters and conflict can seem a bit mundane, but good writing and art from Kesel and Grummett really brought something new and fresh for me. Strange out of this world characters mixed into the real world, right along side the UN and other government officials really excites me. Real life issues, from the war torn Siatok, mixed in with fantastical elements of Thom’s story (a nightmare of my own, a bad tattoo artist), really make you feel for the boy. I especially felt for him while he was telling the story of becoming what he is today. Sam, the Marion “Cobra” Cobretti of the team, is the wise cracking-tough-exterior star straight out of an 80’s action movie. With Tina, the more calming voice of the team, the balance between her and Sam is great, with a back story of them being husband and wife at one point; I look forward to seeing more of their dynamic worked out in further issues.
Secret missions and top-secret teams have backstabs and double crosses, they always do. I was waiting for one to happen in issue 1. It eventually came, but that was not the biggest reveal, for me anyways. When a classic movie creature makes his or her “debut”, it had me smiling from ear to ear. Seeing how it relates to the story laid out in the first couple pages on the Australian outback, will make for an interesting read.
With a throwback to early 90’s sci-fi TV and 80’s action movies, Section Zero looks to blend together multiple genres, and that can really make for a great page turner. Your tin foil hat and imagination must be present. Shut off your brain for a few, and enjoy, for as the man the says
RATING: LET’S GO!