The Department of Truth #9

Writer: James Tynion IV Artist: Martin Simmonds Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: May 26, 2021 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 21
7.5Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

Cole Turner has seen firsthand the horrifying ways collective belief shapes the world and how theories can manifest and take physical form... but what happens when those thought forms start to have thoughts - and desires - of their own? What truths about Tulpas lay at the heart of the Tibetan Book of the Dead?

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Jun 19, 2021

    The Department of Truth #9 is another fascinating chapter of Tynion's story of a world shaped by belief. And it's fascinating to see the implications that would have on the world's various myths, conspiracies, and urban legends. The Department of Truth is a title quite unlike any other comic title I have ever read before, and I'm absolutely loving it. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Comic Watch - Ross Hutchinson May 27, 2021

    Issue #9 is a clever issue telling two complete stories at the same time. On one hand, it's a history lesson and on the other, it's a clear demonstration of just how far people like Connor Hawk will go to control the prevailing truth... as always it's disturbing and plays on the psyche with things we know and identify from the real world in new and interesting ways. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke May 25, 2021

    The Department of Truth #9 continues to deliver complex ideas told in a prose style, blended well with an art style that goes for broke with many different ideas. The Department of Truth remains one of the most sophisticated comics on the shelf, blending the weird and unnerving through a prism of utter madness and darkness. Now, bring on Bigfoot! Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally May 26, 2021

    Martin Simmonds continues to craft some beautiful and thought provoking imagery on every page of this story. I love the style of this series and how the hard evokes emotion connected to the tone of the story. Read Full Review

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

    Tynion does a great job of keeping it all together. The story is complicated for sure but he never loses sight and keeps his eye on the ball. I wish the artwork was better but at this point all I can do is accept it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    COMICON - Olly MacNamee May 31, 2021

    ‘The Department of Truth' #9 continues to join the dots between the various conspiracy theories oft-discussed (and believe) in this alternative world history. The Department's fixer – Hawk Harrison – rudely returns to visit Cole Turner and eulogises on the power of magic, symbols and religion in another intriguing and thought-provoking issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff May 26, 2021

    The world of magic in the universe of The Department of Truth should have had a deeper connection than the one that Tynion is managing here. As it is, the author seems to be going over basic lore about magic and occultism that could have been carved together off of Wikipedia. There isnt enough to ground it firmly in the style and attitude of the series to make it feel all that integral to the story. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    But Why Tho? - Charles Hartford May 31, 2021

    When all is said and done, The Department of Truth #9 is a significant letdown. The exposition that dominates this issue becomes overbearing far too quickly, and its delivery coming from the most unlikable character in the series doesn't help it run any smoother. Hopefully, this will prove to be a singular bump in the road for this series. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles May 26, 2021

    Tynion introduces an angle late that might get the story back on track, but the reality is my interest in the series is starting to wane. Issues like this with glacial developments isn't encouraging me to stick around much longer. Read Full Review

  • 4.0 - Christian Hoffer May 26, 2021

    There are bits of interesting storytelling and clever artistic flourishes here and there, but I feel like most readers that have stuck with the comic this long gets how the power of belief fuels just about everything in this world. Read Full Review

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