Title: The Department of Truth #1
Words: James Tynion IV
Art: Martin Simmonds
Published: September 30, 2020
Publisher’s Summary: “Cole Turner has studied conspiracy theories all his life, but he isn’t prepared for what happens when he discovers that all of them are true, from the JFK assassination to flat Earth theory and reptilian shapeshifters. One organization has been covering them up for generations. What is the deep, dark secret behind the Department of Truth? Bestselling writer JAMES TYNION IV (Batman, Something is Killing the Children) debuts his first Image ONGOING SERIES alongside breakout artist MARTIN SIMMONDS (Dying is Easy)!”
It turns out that it is all true, has been all along, and it is the Flat Earth Society that figured it all out. Every whacked-out conspiracy theory is real, and behind those little people who think themselves heroes for pulling back the curtain is an even deeper conspiracy run by old white guy billionaires with bad breath. But, it is never as simple as all that, is it?
James Tynion is a pro, usually working the big-name IPs for the big publishers, and it is always fun to see him behind something new and offbeat. The Department of Truth is a fine example of a twisted tale, steeped in intrigue that plays with the readers expectations of the state of the world and their perception of it. Sure, we might be living in the darkest timeline, but it could be much worse and Tynion shows us how.
Martin Simmonds has a style that really adds to a story about a break with reality, giving a genuine sense of the unreal as gospel, while also evoking a lovely unease on each page.
The Bottom Line
Conspiracy theories abound, and maybe aren’t so funny these days, but The Department of Truth is a solid reality bending thriller that charmingly twists the reader’s mind.