The Department of Truth #4

Writer: James Tynion IV Artist: Martin Simmonds Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: December 23, 2020 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 28
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8.5User Rating

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How can a journalist ethically report on a story that they know can't possibly be true? As packages with proof of impossible stories keep arriving on one reporter's doorstop, sent by a mysterious entity known only as Q, one reporter must find the answer themselves. JAMES TYNION IV (Something is Killing the Children) & MARTIN SIMMONDS (Dying is Easy) send the Department of Truth after the Fourth Estate.

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - Charles Hartford Dec 25, 2020

    The Department of Truth #4 succeeds in providing a new level of excellence for the story while setting up what could be even better stories for the future. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Jan 23, 2021

    With The Department of Truth #4, Tynion and Simmonds continue to tell a story quite unlike any seen in comics before. It's a thought-provoking exploration of a world where belief defines reality, and I find this utterly fascinating. Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    Major Spoilers - Robert Mammone Jan 1, 1970

    The Department of Truth #4 is a scathing commentary on the ability of the gullible to believe just about any nonsense spouted by self important grifters. It's a powerful denunciation of how far the media has fallen, and how willing it is to be party to the swindling of the American people of the one thing they desperately need - the truth. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff Dec 23, 2020

    Tynion is skillfully gliding his way through a story that gives just enough plot and characterization to crawl around inside the imagination without overpowering. The narrative text involving the conspiracy is hellishly thick, but its all wallpaper for the central drama that resonates on the page with a haunting pulse. Image maintains the steady beat of one issue of the series per month, but the time between issues feels more and more cavernous as Tynion and Simmonds ratchet-up the tension. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Dec 23, 2020

    Simmonds art is haunting and engrossing as it perfectly captures the dark, ominous mood of the story. All of the panels keeping characters in shadow allowed for the focus to be on the story as it was unfolding. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Comic Watch - Ross Hutchinson Dec 23, 2020

    Department of Truth #4 continues to be a series that cleverly trades on ideas and theories on the fringe of society in real life, cleverly twisting them through the genre of fiction to make for a riveting thrill ride every issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Dec 22, 2020

    The Department of Truth commands you to slow down and take it in. Its ideas also demand your attention as they are cleverly linked to real-world conspiracies and the horrific implications of an idea gaining strength in a world where truth seems to hold no value. The Department of Truth continues to be an excellent example of how comics are more important than ever. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Dec 23, 2020

    It has some good sensibilities to it and makes for a great read overall. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Dec 31, 2020

    After some incredible opening issues, The Department of Truth plateaus with this chapter. We already know the basics, so there's no need to show us even more examples. You had me at lizard men and flat-Earthers in the first issue. I'm eager to see what Black Hat is up to and how they plan to effectively destabilize the world with their actions. It's clear that no one is getting out of this without blood on their hands. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Christian Hoffer Dec 23, 2020

    Honestly, this comic seems to be very caught up in a very particular use of conspiracies, and I'm still waiting to see if it will address the fact that it's peddling in the same fanciful alternative storytelling as the conspiracies the book itself is trying to address. Read Full Review

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