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Section 8
Panel from Hitman #18. From left to right: Defenestrator, Friendly Fire, Sixpack, Shakes, Jean de Baton-Baton, Dogwelder, Bueno Excellente, Flemgem; art by John McCrea.
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceHitman #18
(September 1997)
Created byGarth Ennis
John McCrea
Steve Dillon (Dogwelder only)
In-story information
Base(s)Gotham City
Bueno Excellente
The Defenestrator
Friendly Fire
Jean de Baton-Baton

Section 8 is a fictional comic book team of superheroes appearing in books published by DC Comics. Created by writer Garth Ennis and artists John McCrea and Steve Dillon, the team first appeared in Hitman #18 (September 1997). The team is named after the military designation for "mentally unfit for duty".


The team is based in The Cauldron, the Irish section of Gotham City, and is led by Sixpack. They apparently have some sort of heroic history (though this is questionable, owing to the fact that several of their members seem prone to complicated hallucinations) prior to the events of Hitman. The team is headquartered on an artificial island in a sewer, however they are shown to have relocated to Noonan’s Sleazy Bar as of the events in Sixpack and Dogwelder; Hard Travellin’ Heroez. As of the start of the series, the team is split up, although they are all still located within Gotham City. Friendly Fire, Shakes, and Jean de Baton-Baton had retired; the Defenestrator was in Arkham Asylum after throwing a cop through the same window fourteen times; Dogwelder and Flemgem were still stalking the streets of Gotham; Sixpack was a regular at Noonan's Sleazy Bar, believing his drunken dreams of superhero work were real.[1]

The team reforms to provide critical support for Tommy Monaghan and his crew during the "Ace of Killers" storyline. Collectively, they kill many mafia soldiers that were trying to kill Tommy, Natt the Hat, Detective Tiegel and Catwoman. The group later aids Tommy during his encounter with the Czarnian mercenary anti-hero Lobo. Specifically, they aid Tommy in creating material blackmailing a stunned Lobo with the help of Bueno Excellente which prevents Lobo from taking revenge against any of them.[2] Sixpack makes several solo appearances in Hitman as comic relief and an ally in some battles.

In their next appearance, the team was starting to split up again after Friendly Fire pointed out how pathetic they were and that all they did was meet once a month and achieve nothing. Sixpack is left distraught when Friendly Fire points out, in anger, that all his 'superhero' missions are just drunken dreams. However, when the demonic Multi-Angled Ones arose in Gotham, Section 8 rallied to fight them. Their attempt was completely unsuccessful: most of the team die or accidentally kill themselves. The Many-Angled Ones become interested in Sixpack when the flames from an explosion don't touch him, and when he tells them that he'd be willing to die standing against them because "that's what superheroes do". The demons are left amused and a deal is made where Sixpack will leave with them and try to battle against them for his own soul, in exchange for leaving Earth alone.

Sixpack has a statue built in a park in his honor of his sacrifice (a parody of the end of Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?), though he is shown still alive (and sane) in New York City at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, implying that his "battle for his soul" is facing his addiction to alcohol. Bueno Excellente survived the battle as well and avenges their loss on the scientist responsible for releasing the Many Angled Ones.[3]

In June 2015, DC began publishing "All-Star Section Eight", by Ennis and McCrea.[4]

When Sixpack has a near-death experience, the Phantom Stranger reveals that the dead members of Section Eight were sent to Limbo, with the exception of Dogwelder, who was apparently condemned to Hell because, "he welded dogs to people, for ******'s sake!"[5]

Later, in 2016, a limited series was run, titled "Sixpack and Dogwelder; Hard Travellin' Heroez", starring section eight in a mission to save the world. It included other DC characters such as the Spectre, John Constantine, and introduced new members to Section Eight; Baytor and Guts. On top of this, it featured the newly-replaced Dogwelder who, as shown in All star section eight, is the predecessor to the Dogwelder once on the team. The team saves the world with the help of John Constantine, travelling to Sirius, the Dog Star, in order to weld it with its dwarf to stop a world-ending collision. Dogwelder is sacrificed during this process.


Following Sixpack's accidental return to alcoholism, he assembles a new Section 8 to combat a mysterious (and possibly imagined) threat. Sixpack convinces Bueno Excellente to reenlist, brings in five new members, and attempts to fill the vacant eighth position with someone from the Justice League.[6]

In other media


  1. ^ Hitman #18
  2. ^ Hitman/Lobo: That Stupid Bastich
  3. ^ Hitman #51–52
  4. ^ Review:All-Star Section Eight #1, by Matt Little, at Comic Book Resources; published June 10, 2015; retrieved June 11, 2015
  5. ^ Garth Ennis (w), John McCrea (p), John McCrea (i), John Kalisz (col), Pat Brosseau (let), Marie Javins (ed). "5: Suggested for Mature Readers" All-Star Section Eight, vol. 1, no. 5 (28 October 2015). United States: Marvel Comics.
  6. ^ a b Rogers, Vaneta (18 June 2015). "Garth Ennis Returns to Quirky Hitman Universe with All-Star Section Eight". Newsarama. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  7. ^ @JamesGunn (August 30, 2020). "@Mind7Lazy Dog Welder was considered..." (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  8. ^ "James Gunn Almost Included the Villain Dogwelder in the Suicide Squad". Screen Rant. 31 August 2020.
  9. ^ "John McCrea Supports Petiton to Get James Gunn to Put Dogwelder in Suicide Squad 2". 28 March 2019.
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