The Department of Truth #8

Writer: James Tynion IV Artist: Martin Simmonds Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: April 28, 2021 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 25
8.3Critic Rating
8.6User Rating


Cole Turner thought he joined the right side of the war for the Truth. But now that he's learning more about Lee Harvey Oswald's tenure leading the Department, he's not so sure. The answers Cole seeks are hidden behind a pair of unsolvable riddles: WHO is the Fictional Woman, and WHAT does she want from him? The second arc of the smash-hit THE DEPARTMENT OF TRUTH begins here!

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    Major Spoilers - Robert Mammone May 1, 2021

    Cole Turner is about to be shown how the Department of Truth turns back the insanity of the Black Hats. But before that, he is taken on a tour of one of the landmark sites of conspiracy theories. Department of Truth #8 is an entertaining venture into some very dark areas indeed. Read Full Review

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    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Jun 6, 2021

    The Department of Truth #8 takes us even further the rabbit hole, which is miles deep at this point. This title is quite unlike anything else on the shelves at the moment, but I'm loving every bit of it. Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    Comic Watch - Ross Hutchinson Apr 28, 2021

    The new arc begins with more questions and the introduction of a compelling new character as Tynion IV continues to twist reality with the help of brilliantly psychologically jarring and impactful art from Simmonds. Read Full Review

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    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff Apr 28, 2021

    Its worth mentioning that this is an improvement over earlier attempts at this sort of serial. TVs The X-Files wasted little time in losing a hell of a lot of coherence in the government conspiracy end of the show. The usual pitfalls of this sort of ongoing serial seem to be solidly avoided in Department of Truth. Tynions challenge is to dive into the mystery in a way that reveals just enough without weaving hopeless convolutions into the story. Tynion seems to have carefully constructed the backstory of Cole, Oswold and the DOT. Its satisfying following a series knowing that the creative team has the mystery well under control. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Apr 28, 2021

    Simmonds delivers some beautiful art throughout the issue. There are some brilliantly engaging visuals and I love the style of the art. Read Full Review

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    Horror DNA - James Ferguson May 15, 2021

    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. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Apr 28, 2021

    Still the story works well enough, and this series is one hell of a ride. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - Charles Hartford Apr 30, 2021

    The Department of Truth #8 delivers lots of world-building and setup infused with a generous portion of character to keep the story from growing stale. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    COMICON - Olly MacNamee Apr 27, 2021

    The Department of Truth #8 returns us to ourregularscheduled programmingwith yet more conspiracies to be over-explain and thereby side-stepping anyreal action. Again. Is this series becoming too formulaic for its own good? Read Full Review

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    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Apr 28, 2021

    Department of Truth has hit a bit of a wall plot wise, but Simmonds' art makes the issue as haunting as it's always been. Hopefully kicking off a new arc slowed Tynion down somewhat from significantly advancing the story and it's gets smoother from here. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Christian Hoffer Apr 28, 2021

    Of course, this comic still seems to feel that the best way of presenting its ongoing mysteries is through extended bits of exposition, which frankly doesn't always work with the more abstract art style and even more abstract premise of the comic. Read Full Review

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    Comic Crusaders - Lucas Fashina Apr 28, 2021

    It is easy to forget that Department of Truth is supposed to be a Sci-fi horror. It feels more like a psychological documentary at this point. Read Full Review

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