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The Department of Truth #17

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The third arc of Eisner-nominated THE DEPARTMENT OF TRUTH concludes here, as breakout star JORGE FORNES (Rorschach) joins the team to reveal the long-awaited secrets behind one of the biggest conspiracy theories of all time. Strap in, folks: Richard Nixon has a moon landing to fake.

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  • 100

    DC Comics News

    I keep wondering how long Tynion can keep this story going before running out of conspiracy theories and urban legends to work with, but he somehow keeps revealing newer and deeper layers to his epic. This story is like nothing else I have read before and Tynion has me utterly hooked.

  • 96

    You Don't Read Comics

    The nonlinearity of the series seems to be working at its advantage as Tynions take Continues towards the end of the first half of its second year. Finally, readers get some sort of a story that may or may not be the actual origin of the organization referred to in the title. This far end, it almost feels like other series starting again but in a completely different direction with a completely different past. And yet theres nothing in this issue that specifically contradicts anything mentioned in the past. (Not really.) One of the more provocative issues in the series regards One of the more absurd conspiracy theories. It has been pointed out that vastly more resources wouldve been needed to fake the moon landing. It wouldve cost a fortune to do on a soundstage in the late 1960s what it cost relatively little to do on the moon. Despite the silliness, the creative team managed to make it work.

  • 89

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: James Tynion IV delivers some scary and entertaining moments in this issue by leaning into conspiracies that continue to live on today. The story has great character layers to it and I continue to be both impressed and engaged with the mystery in the story. Lee is becoming a more rounded character and his arc is compelling. I love the progression of this issue and the wonderful surprise at the end of it.

    The Art: Jorge Fornes delivers some fantastic art. The visuals are vibrant. There is a wonderful use of shadow throughout and the imagery beautifully sets the mood of the story.

  • 80

    The Department of Truth provides readers with another glimpse into the past, but this time we see an actual concrete example of what the Department of Truth was originally established to do and get a more firm scope of what challenges the Department faces. Using a fake/real moon landing as a backdrop, we see how much the Department has changed. There’s some real clarity of purpose in this issue, and I think this is the first issue that really provides a clear and impactful statement to its readers.

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