It’s been 20 years, but Image Comics is declassifying the adventures of Tom Grummett and Karl Kesel’s Section Zero. One of the original Gorilla Comics titles will return to comic book form thanks to Image Comics.
“Ever since 2000, Tom and I have constantly tried to bring Section Zero back,” Kesel said in a press release. “Almost two decades later, we finally found a way to finish what we’d begun. The cherry on top is seeing the book return to where it all started—Image Comics.”
The series will be published by Image/Shadowline Comics this April. Here’s Grummett’s cover for the first issue:
Wait, so what’s Gorilla Comics?
Back in 2000 several creators whose names most comic fans will recognize came together and formed their own imprint, Gorilla Comics. Although the imprint didn’t last long, several of the titles that originated under it went on to find new life — Mark Waid and Barry Kitson’s Empire, for instance, ended up at DC, while Tellos by Todd Dezago and Mike Wieringo was published through Image Comics (which initially published all the Gorilla titles).
Only three issues of Section Zero‘s planned six-issue miniseries were published, leaving the story untold until last year, when Kesel and Grummett crowdfunded a collected edition. According to Kesel, the miniseries will serialize the content that appeared in the book the creators kickstarted.
There is no Section Zero …
Section Zero, which is inked and written by Kesel, with art by Grummett, features a team of covert operatives working for the U.N., as they investigate UFOs, cryptozoology, lost civilizations and other “unexplained” cases a la the X-Files — only with more superheroics.
“Section Zero has excited me since day one. It’s exciting to see it return home to Image Comics, where it all began. Hang on to something! It’s going to be a wild ride!” Grummet said in the press release.
Check out the first issue’s other two covers, by Walt Simonson and Jerry Ordway, below.