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"Department of Truth #8" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Image Comics


Written by James Tynion IV
Illustrated by Martin Simmonds
Lettered by Aditya Bidikar
2021, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on April 28th, 2021


After two brief interludes, The Department of Truth is back at it, picking up with Cole Turner's frightening journey into the unknown. After the events of issue #5, where Cole literally kills for the organization, he's wondering if he's on the right side of this war for reality. It seems his connection to the Department runs deeper than even he realizes.

Artist Martin Simmonds makes a welcome return to The Department of Truth. His artwork is unlike anything else out there and evokes the perfect kind of feeling for a book like this. The opening pages tell a flashback and the gutters are made from newspaper clippings, making a typical page layout look like something so much more. The images have a faded look to them too, like we're unearthing a deep secret. Considering what happens in this scene, that's not far from the truth.

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This is just the beginning as Simmonds turns in some dynamite imagery as Cole and Ruby head into the Denver Airport to go further down the rabbit hole. Simmonds plays with the idea that reality itself can be altered based on people's beliefs in conspiracy theories with the images in this issue. There are times you can't trust what the characters are seeing, creating this uneasy feeling as they go deeper and deeper into this strange place.

Letterer Aditya Bidikar delivers some amazing artwork as well with how the dialogue is shown on the page. It's completely unique to this book and it fits perfectly. It's as if each word balloon were cut out of a newspaper and taped onto the page. I love how the outlines don't match up to the shape of the balloon.

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I had criticized some previous issues of The Department of Truth for basically over-explaining the whole phenomenon of this story. While this chapter adds more to that explanation, it weaves it into Cole's journey, moving the plot forward by leaps and bounds. Writer James Tynion IV has found a nice groove here, pulling in additional conspiracy theories and tweaking them just enough to show the dangers they can play should they take root in reality, while also tying everything back to Cole.

As Cole gets more ingrained within the Department, you can see how this may shatter his psyche. While some recent issues explored the history of this strange organization, it's Cole's story that pulls us in. We experience it through his eyes. He's closer than ever to finding out the truth and that might break him. He has to ask himself if that's worth it and that's an absolutely riveting idea.


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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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