The Department of Truth #5

Writer: James Tynion IV Artist: Martin Simmonds Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: January 27, 2021 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 16
8.8Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

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WHAT is Black Hat? WHO is the mysterious man pulling its strings? WHY is he in Cole Turner's apartment? The first arc of the smash-hit new series from JAMES TYNION IV (Batman) & MARTIN SIMMONDS (Dying is Easy) comes to a dramatic conclusion, as Cole questions whether or not he's on the right side of the War for the Truth!

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Feb 12, 2021

    In The Department of Truth #5, Tynion continues to deliver his superbly intriguing and engaging story. This series is quite unlike anything I've read before and I'm loving every page of it. I highly recommend this series to anyone who likes a deep and challenging reading experience. Read Full Review

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - Charles Hartford Jan 30, 2021

    All things considered, I would have to call The Department of Truth #5 a new high water mark for the series. As it draws both Cole and the reader into its story, I become ever more engrossed by its unique, spellbinding work. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Watch - Ross Hutchinson Jan 27, 2021

    Issue #5 of DEPARTMENT OF TRUTH continues to brilliantly trade on mixing very real-world researched conspiracy theory with a tense and atmospheric fictional narrative brilliantly brought to life by Simmonds art and Bidikars lettering that explores the idea of the truth as a malleable entity that bends shapes reality itself to whatever the majority of humankind believes and in this issue Tynion IV adds the additional layer of twisting the main character's beliefs too as he blurs the lines between "Good" and "Bad." Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff Jan 27, 2021

    Tynion and Simmonds are doing a really good job of pacing the story. Investigations into the unknown and shadowy government secrets can be really, really difficult to keep fresh from one episode to the next without over-rendering a moment and answering too many questions. The creative team has reached the fifth issue of this series without making progression feel too slow OR too fast. Its a really well-balanced approach that has served the series quite well so far.  Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jan 27, 2021

    The Department of Truth keeps raising the stakes of the crazy and unpredictable. While the cliffhanger isnt as strong as earlier issues the book definitely sets readers up for another wild ride next issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Robert Mammone Jan 29, 2021

    Strong writing and fantastic artwork mark The Depratment of Truth as another issue in a really strong, really compelling series that speaks to the moment America is trapped within. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Feb 16, 2021

    The Department of Truth is a reading experience unlike any other. The story is just close enough to reality that you can see it actually happening. That presents an entirely different kind of horror from the likes of vampires and werewolves. This hits deep, right at your core and it will stay with you for some time. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Jan 26, 2021

    The Department of Truth is one of the most exciting new series I've read in years. It harbors dark truths about our own reality while developing an idea that belief is something humanity at large can control as a group. Mixing in demonic nightmares and one man attempting to navigate a dangerous situation, we have ourselves a series you can't put down. You won't. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    COMICON - Olly MacNamee Jan 26, 2021

    Cole Turner has an unexpected visitor in ‘The Department of Truth'. One who tries to offer him an alternative perspective in a world gone mad. A fittingly head-spinning finale to the first arc of this engaging, thought-provoking seers from James Tynion IV and Martin Simmonds. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Jan 27, 2021

    Tynion has written another fine script here. There is a lot to like and it is intriguing throughout. The art isn't my favorite but I am adjusting to it enough. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Spartantown - Enrique Rea Jan 29, 2021

    Despite a misfire in the middle of the opening arc of 'The Department of Truth,' this finale pays off with answers (and some more questions) that should satisfy fans until the next arc. Provocative, unsettling, and head-spinning, Tynion and Simmonds create a sort of 'X-Files' on acid that lingers long after you've put it down.  Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    ComicBook.com - Christian Hoffer Jan 27, 2021

    While the comic captures the sinisterness of these conspiracy nuts and the lies they're peddling, it still struggles to present anything of real substance. Read Full Review

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