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The Department of Truth #13

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 5 critic ratings.

Thirty years ago, Cole Turner dreamed up a Star-Faced Man who ate children in the basement of his preschool. Today, Cole is going to make sure that nightmare can never haunt another kid. The second arc of the smash-hit THE DEPARTMENT OF TRUTH ends here with a revelation that turns the series upside down!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Lenght
30 pages
Amazon ASIN

5 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    DC Comics News

    The Department of Truth #13 is another great issue that reveals a bit more of Tynion’s story and raises more fascinating questions. The concept sounds like it would just be a riff on Twin Peaks or The X-Files, there is some serious philosophical depth to this title.

  • 95


    The Department of Truth #13 continues to prove this series is a modern masterpiece. The fact that its creators turn the entire main narrative upside down is amazing further cementing the fact that this is filled with surprises, truths, and the embodiment of the unnerving nature of the power of ideas.

  • 93

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: The mystery continues to get intense and the plot continues to evolve into a rich and engaging look at both the country and the concepts of both truth and power. James Tynion IV presents another challenging issue that is both revelatory and entertaining. There are some big things and ideas being talked about in this issue and it is the fact that these big ideas are part of the plot that makes this series and issue so compelling.

    The Art: Simmonds continues to dazzle me with the art in this issue and the series itself. Every page looks like a painting that should adorn the wall of a gallery. That’s how good the art continues to be.

  • 60

    You Don't Read Comics

    There would be a million ways to draw the story closer to the art. Tynion is constructing a really impressive plot, but it’s largely just an outline. There are only a couple of moments in the issue that aren’t stories delivered entirely in text. It’s a real disappointment as the plot IS interesting. It’s just too bad, so much of it is cluttering-up dialogue balloons.

  • 50

    The Department of Truth would be a very good comic if its creative team could keep away from inserting the equivalent of a Wikipedia article into the middle of each and every single article. Each issue of this series, no matter what events are going on in the actual story, features one character explaining the “true history” of something or another to another character, usually with the backdrop of a multiple single page spreads. The heavy-handed exposition (which usually blends just enough history into fiction that it comes off believable) literally kills the momentum and excitement every single issue. Because we constantly get these explainers in what feels like every single issue, we are left with about half an interesting comic instead. This issue is fine and sets up a cool second act, provided that the creature manifested from nightmares doesn’t try to explain the secret history of canning preserves next issue.

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