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"Department of Truth #7" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Image Comics


Written by James Tynion IV
Illustrated by Tyler Boss
Colored by Roman Titov
Lettered by Aditya Bidikar
2021, 36 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on March 31st, 2021


Lee Harvey Oswald continues his deep dive into the Secret Archives of the Department of Truth. This time he meets Doc Hynes, a fellow agent who literally wears a tin foil hat. Hynes explains the history behind the men in black conspiracy. Is he another crackpot as the hat suggests? Or is he onto something?

The Department of Truth is on another detour with this issue. While this stuff is interesting, it takes away from the main story that hooked us in the first couple of issues. This kind of background is valuable, but in small doses. Since we just got an issue like this last month with a guest artist, it's weird to do the same thing again.

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Again, the material itself is super interesting. Writer James Tynion IV has done the research and it shows in the deep way we explore this topic and how it relates to the overall narrative. It's one thing to throw out a crazy idea, but it's quite another to explore it the point where it starts to make sense. That's where the real horror comics in.

Tyler Boss is the guest artist for this issue, which is rather fitting given the topic, setting, and time period. Oswald is framed as this cool, Mad Men-like businessman with a loose tie and an attitude. This contrasts well with Hynes, who is an uptight nerd where everything is in its place. It makes the appearance of the men in black all the more startling, particularly when they start making Hynes bleed from the eyes.

Colorist Roman Titov brings this to life in technicolor splendor. This is a very different vibe from the rest of The Department of Truth, which is usually mired in shadows and scratches. It puts everything into focus. There are a few exposition-heavy shots shown in all purple, like they're excerpts from an instruction manual.

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The men in black are these creepy, overly tall creatures that are unnatural in every way. Letterer Aditya Bidikar gives them this sweeping kind of voice, like the volume of their speech is going up and down. Some parts are larger than others, but more in a flow than emphasizing individual words.

The Department of Truth hit with a compelling hook that only got twisted deeper as the first few issues continued. It's why it was an easy choice for my #1 horror comic of 2020. After a few explanation-heavy issues now, it's lost most of its momentum. It's like playing a video game for seven hours and never getting out of the tutorial stage. We understand the premise now, so we don't need further examples. Let's get this going.


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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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