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"Department of Truth #6" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Image Comics


Written by James Tynion IV
Illustrated by Elsa Charretier
Colored by Matt Hollingsworth
Lettered by Aditya Bidikar
2021, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on February 24th, 2021


When did the Department of Truth begin? Issue #6 takes us through history to the Middle Ages to understand just how far-reaching this organization is and what it's done to protect the world. Director Lee Harvey Oswald serves as our gateway to this flashback, as we see his first days with the Department and his initial glimpse into the abyss.

Artist Elsa Charretier and colorist Matt Hollingsworth jump in to illustrate The Department of Truth #6. Their styles are a marked change from regular series artist and co-creator Martin Simmonds, however they're fitting for the type of story shown in this issue. We move from a flashback to an ancient scroll.

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Charretier's pencils are particularly well-suited for the tale Oswald reads. It's treated like a fable at first, before we realize how all of this is connected. The panel borders appear like roots, spreading out far and wide as we explore the origins of this conspiracy-laden tale.

Hollingsworth's colors highlight the time period well, first with Oswald's story in 1963 with faded blues and yellows, then as we dig into the story with deep yellows and browns. He controls the tone with expert efficiency.

Letterer Aditya Bidikar takes a more traditional approach to the dialogue in The Department of Truth #6, which coincides with the story. He switches from all caps with Oswald to proper case in the story to differentiate them from one another.

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The one drawback to this issue is that it's a whole lot more explanation. At this point, we already know the basics of this world and the dangers it contains, yet writer James Tynion IV keeps going back to tell us more details. While these are fascinating, they kill the momentum of the story. There's a lot to sift through and it's not like he can make an abridged version. It's just that it takes the long way around instead of cutting to the chase.

The Department of Truth has a deep and intriguing mythos. This issue is a further exploration of that, however it feels like overkill at this point. Confining this type of world-building to fill-in issues may be the way to go to maintain momentum and keep the story going at a brisk pace.


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Overall: 3 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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