Indie publisher Scout Comics has quietly become a hub for solid sci-fi comics. It looks like that will continue into 2019 with the announcement of Category Zero from writer Adem Kiamil, artist Ton Lima, and colorist Derek Dow.
Scout President James Haick says:
Category Zero is a very intriguing concept that will have people questioning which side they should be rooting for. This is an ambitious mirroring of issues within our own society and an amazingly fresh take on ‘superpowers.
Category Zero is set in a world where a man-made virus has infected the entire population of Earth. Only a rare few have the gene needed for it to become active, though. The virus grants these people incredible and amazing abilities, making them a threat to the public’s safety. They’re rounded up and put into isolation facilities. It’s only then that the world realized how big of a threat these people truly are.
Creator / writer Adem Kiamil adds:
Category Zero is written as an open-ended series but with plans for a clear beginning, middle and end. The target audience is those who grew up reading comics like X-Men and Harbinger, but whose tastes have moved away from the traditional superhero genre. Category Zero is more about the political struggle between those who have been affected and those who have not. Each character their own reasons for doing what they do. The book raises questions about how society might really treat people that develop these sort of abilities, and how the public might react to them. What would we do if we found ourselves in the one percent of people who had those powers? It brings into question our own morality, why we let fear and prejudice guide our actions and how those with power often abuse it. The real question here is… if this kind of power was real, which side would you take?
No specific release date has been announced yet.