Review: The Department of Truth #2

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

COLE TURNER has spent most of his life suppressing false memories of Satanic ritual abuse at his preschool. Now, he’s the newest recruit of the Department of Truth…and he just found out those false memories might be truer than he thinks. JAMES TYNION IV (Batman, Something is Killing the Children) & MARTIN SIMMONDS (Dying is Easy) continue their breakout conspiracy thriller!

I wasn’t sure how issue one of Department of Truth could be topped, and then the team surpassed it with issue two in a huge way.

We dive more into Cole’s past, the horrors of his childhood, and the deep, dark parts of the Department of Truth. We dive into Satanic Panic, and the terrifying star face man. This issue is intriguing, dark, and incredible.

The art Martin Simmonds does in this issue honestly blows my mind. Every page, every panel, is haunting, and gorgeous. Surrealistic and horrifying memories that look like they’re painted by the great artists in art history books, and with a similar vibe to Dave McKean’s Arkham Asylum. But it’s something so well suited to this particular story, and so refreshing and different to see on the shelves.

The talented script work by James Tynion IV, mind-blowing art by Martin Simmonds, and excellent lettering by Aditya Bidikar, not to mention the efforts of the designer and editor for this book – it all fuses together to give us a horrifying thriller about conspiracy theories and what we know that may or may not be true.

Grab issue two, out tomorrow!


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