Review: The Department of Truth #1

Written by James Tynion IV
Art by Martin Simmonds
Letters by Aditya Bidikar
Designed by Dylan Todd
Edited by Steve Foxe

Cole Turner has studied conspiracy theories all his life, but he isn’t prepared for what happens when he discovers that all of them are true, from the JFK assassination to flat Earth theory and reptilian shapeshifters. One organization has been covering them up for generations. What is the deep, dark secret behind the Department of Truth?Bestselling writer JAMES TYNION IV (Batman, Something is Killing the Children) debuts his first Image ONGOING SERIES alongside breakout artist MARTIN SIMMONDS (Dying is Easy)!

I kept seeing all of this praise for The Department of Truth #1, saying things about it potentially being the best comic of the year. While excited for this series, I wasn’t quite sure if it would be able to live up to the hype THAT much, to really grab the title of Best Comic of the Year.

Having read it, I now completely understand the hype – and it is well deserved.

This is a dive into conspiracy theories, government cover ups, and horror – all in one. This is the sort of horror thriller that hits extra hard right now, in the midst of a politically charged climate. In reality, we’re facing a lot of things that hit close to home that The Department of Truth tackles. Take, for example, political extremists and conspiracy theorists – now add horror elements to that, and be prepared to make yourself twice as stressed as we enter the home stretch toward the election.

It’s obviously very well written, with a web of complexities to cover and develop. But the art by Martin Simmonds is absolutely incredible. It sets the atmosphere so well – eerie, unsettling, and stunning. The art style is so different and I’m completely in love with it.

If you can handle approaching these political topics in an unbiased way, I definitely recommend The Department of Truth. It’s thrilling, keeps you guessing, and honestly shocked me by the end.

Grab it 9/30/20!

-Angel

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