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"Department of Truth #2" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Image Comics


Written by James Tynion IV
Illustrated by Martin Simmonds
Lettered by Aditya Bidikar
2020, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on October 28th, 2020


Cole Turner is getting used to his new job at the Department of Truth. It turns out that he's the perfect man for the job, as he has some experience with the Department's specialty. The new gig has brought up some old memories and he's having trouble figuring out what was real and what might have been planted. Just who is the Star-Faced Man?

The Department of Truth has an unmistakable haunting quality to it. This hits from the very first page and never stops. Artist Martin Simmonds' work is key to that. The imagery has this scratchy quality to it like nothing else on the stands today. It's scary enough on its own, but then something crazy happens, like the Star-Faced Man showing up, and it goes absolutely insane.

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The artwork is like distorting reality. These are things that should not exist, which makes them all the more terrifying. It plays into the story so well, as beliefs are given strength. The more people believe in something, the stronger it gets. Think of every weird thing you've ever heard, from Big Foot to Flat Earth to spooky imaginary friends. It's all on the table and that's a frightening thought.

This intriguing idea freaks me right out. Writer James Tynion IV hits with so many possibilities and every one of them is chilling. The comic features a way to explain all the insanity that is 2020, which is comforting in a way while also super unsettling.

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Letterer Aditya Bidikar drives home the harrowing quality of this story. The word balloons look like they were cut out to form some bizarre collage. The one exception to this are the unnatural figures who appear normal, or as close to normal as this book can get. That's an interesting little twist.

The Department of Truth has shot right up to the top of my favorite horror comics of the year in just two issues. It can be a little tough to read at times because of how close it can skew to reality. That's saying something considering we're talking about weird monsters and beliefs shaping the world. It's more that it explains all of the bizarre conspiracy theories that have flown around the internet during the past few years.


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Overall: 5 Star Rating

About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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