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"Department of Truth #3" 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 November 25th, 2020


As Cole Turner gets settled into this new gig at the Department of Truth, he's learning how powerful and terrifying conspiracies and belief can be. It's one thing to deal with something utterly ridiculous as the flat earth theory, although there are some frightening ramifications when those that believe in it can make it a reality. In Department of Truth #3, the attention turns to the idea of “crisis actors” in school shootings and it's easily one of the most disturbing comics I've ever read.

This issue centers on a woman reeling from the death of her son during a school shooting. She saw his body. She heard his terrified voice on the message he left moments before he died. The boy is dead...but that's not what the people on the internet are saying. They're claiming her son was a paid actor and this was all a scheme by the government to take their guns. It's a false flag operation. Out of desperation, she starts to wonder if her boy could actually be alive and that's all this conspiracy needs to take hold.

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No parent should have to go through the pain and heartbreak of losing a child. Writer James Tynion IV creates a visceral reading experience in Department of Truth #3. This woman's pain cuts deep and you can feel every piece of it. Every time I think that it's gone as far as it could go, Tynion twists the knife and a whole new level of terror is revealed.

This is accompanied by some absolutely haunting artwork from Martin Simmonds. The issue is interspersed with these conspiracy-laden spreads that work as standalone art pieces as well as parts of the narrative. Images of dollar bills, bullets, and hands flow through one image while another shows repeated shots of a woman holding a gun to a child's head with a giant American flag hanging in the background, its stars replaced with guns. It's powerful and so very unsettling.

Letterer Aditya Bidikar keeps the narration flowing through these large spreads with oddly-shaped caption boxes. They're reminiscent of small clippings from a newspaper in their size and shape. All of them are shown with a steady font that contrasts with their different shapes. In this case, it's like they're ripped from an official report which comes into play later.

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Department of Truth #3 solidifies the forces working against Turner and the rest of this group as a very real and terrifying threat. They will stop at nothing to sow chaos in this world. That includes playing with a grieving mother's emotions.

I finished this comic and had to take a breather. I had to go read some super hero comics to cleanse my mind after this deep and disturbing book. Department of Truth pulls no punches. It's powerful, horrifying, and frighteningly relevant to current events. Imagine every weird conspiracy theory you've seen pushed on Facebook and Twitter. If belief in any one of them take hold, reality itself warps to bring them to life, regardless of how insane they are and that scares the crap out of me.


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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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