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The Department of Truth #2

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 11 critic ratings.

COLE TURNER has spent most of his life suppressing false memories of Satanic ritual abuse at his preschool. Now, he’s the newest recruit of the Department of Truth…and he just found out those false memories might be truer than he thinks. JAMES TYNION IV (Batman, Something is Killing the Children) & MARTIN SIMMONDS (Dying is Easy) continue their breakout conspiracy thriller!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Lenght
25 pages
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11 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    DC Comics News

    With The Department of Truth #2, James Tynion IV and Martin Simmonds have proven that their fantastic debut issue was no fluke. This is already shaping up to be one of the best series I have ever read, and we’re only two issues in. This comic is surely destined to be one of the all-time greats. How can I know that? I believe it’s true, so by the book’s own logic, that makes it true!

  • 100

    Horror DNA

    The Department of Truth has shot right up to the top of my favorite horror comics of the year in just two issues. It can be a little tough to read at times because of how close it can skew to reality. That’s saying something considering we’re talking about weird monsters and beliefs shaping the world. It’s more that it explains all of the bizarre conspiracy theories that have flown around the internet during the past few years.

  • 96

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: James Tynion IV is crafting a world full of big ideas and it is fascinating. The premise and the concept are so interesting in their scope and implications that I became instantly engaged in Cole’s journey. I like how the story evolved after that and how James Tynion IV deftly mixes reality and fiction to create a narrative that is both new and familiar. I am invested in this story and where it goes next.

    The Art: Martin Simmonds delivers some beautiful and disturbing visuals throughout this issue. There is some blood curdling imagery in this issue and I like that Simmonds doesn’t shy away from how fear inducing those images are.

  • 96

    You Don't Read Comics

    The first issue in the series established the premise. The second issue delves into Coles personal history with the Satanic Panic of the 1980s. The formatting of the series hasnt fully begun to assert itself yet, but it might be cool if each issue featured a different

  • 95


    The Department of Truth is a series filled with possibilities, feels like it’s breaking new ground, and it’s exciting no matter the medium. You could dislike comics and still find this premise exciting. This is an innovative idea from two creators at the peak of their careers which will affect you emotionally. The sheer invention of The Department of Truth set it apart for horror comics and comics in general.

  • 93

    Major Spoilers

    Department of Truth #2 begins our march deeper into the insanity of American life, as James Tynion IV examines the entrails of America’s fascination with conspiracy theory nonsense. For a nation predicated on notions of truth and justice, the way significant segments of the community have embraced insane nonsense in recent years is both frightening and, alarmingly, exhilarating. Department of Truth #2 allows readers a safe space to examine all this, all within the frame of world shattering possibilities.

  • 90


    Imagine if the tin-foil hat wearing conspiracy theorists were right? Welcome to the dark and dangerous world of ‘The Department of Truth’ and its newest recruit, Cole Turner. A man who has had his own brush with the dayside of life and may well be ready to remember in this creepy horror tainted comic book from James Tynion IV and Martin Simmonds.

  • 90

    Lyles Movie Files

    The Department of Truth is an incredibly rich, deep and thoughtful title and Tynion and Simonds are playing into all kinds of conspiracies to make for an comic I’m more and more excited about checking out each month.

  • 84

    Multiversity Comics

    At the end of the first arc, I would love to see Tynion start to divulge some of the answers for what is going on that he teased at the beginning of the first chapter. Also, I do wish that Tynion explores one particular conspiracy theory in more depth to give his political stance on a topic. Based on the content from the first chapters, I have no doubt that this content is coming up in future stories that reveal more about our satanic antagonist. It also can’t be understated how important the small moments of humor are in the story. “The Department of Truth” has genuine scares, haunting art, and even packs a couple of jokes about breakfast foods.

    “The Department of Truth” #2 digs deeper into the fractured mind of Cole Turner and reveals his fondness for pancakes.

  • 80

    But Why Tho?

    As you have probably figured out by now, The Department of Truth #2 is a further setup issue for the series. With issue one having been devoted to establishing the core concept of the series, issue two now gets the ball rolling on the initial story. This proves to be less of a problem than one would expect given how interesting the concepts being dealt with are. That, combined with the genuine emotion found in a couple of spots, makes for a thoroughly interesting read. It’s a sign of great writing when setup can be go by smoothly and without cause for complaint.

    While the art for The Department of Truth #2 continues to have some struggles for me personally, it works better here than it did in it’s predecessor. With the images of the strange man from Cole’s past feeling perfect for the style. The disturbing nature of the moment really coupled well with the art style. Even for me.

    Lastly, Bidikar’s lettering style works well with the overall presentation. Its imperfect dialogue boxes goes well with the art, as well as some of the more emotional moments in the book.

    When all is said and done, The Department of Truth #2 continues to build an interesting concept as it sets readers up for Agent Cole’s first challenges at his new job.

  • 60

    The Department of Truth veers away from the political and takes a peek into the past in its second issue. Those hoping for a hard-hitting condemnation of conspiracy theories a week before the election will be a bit disappointed, as the book instead opts to explore the Satanic Panic in the 1980s. It’s a perfectly fine issue—one that sets up a recurring nemesis with a personal tie to protagonist Cole—but the book really concedes some ground from the big statements its tried to make last issue. You can’t publish a comic featuring defaced Ronald Reagan imagery on the cover and then expect readers not to get at least a bit more into the nature of conspiracy theorists or at least exploring the root causes of the Satanic Panic (i.e., the conservative movement’s embrace of evangelicalism and its attempt to tie those it disagreed with with an easy to hate belief structure) a bit more critically. There’s still enough intrigue to keep readers invested, but this is a let down after a strong first issue.

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