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The Department of Truth #3

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 10 critic ratings.

Mary never knew what “false flag” or “crisis actor” meant, until her son was murdered in a mass shooting, and the threats and accusations began. But as her reality starts to bend around her, it’s the job of the Department of Truth to keep these dark conspiracies from coming true…at any cost. JAMES TYNION IV (Batman) & MARTIN SIMMONDS (Dying is Easy) continue their breakout thriller.

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27 pages
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10 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Comic Watch

    Tynion never points a finger in his writing or dialogue at gun lobbyists or any specific organization other than the fictional one he has created with the idea of them being responsible for this horrible event but instead Simmonds does so through the art and does so brilliantly in both subtle and far less subtle ways which if you look carefully you can spot from page 1 (look carefully enough you’ll catch it) There are several amazing splashes which juxtapose the characters journey against backgrounds filled with the red white and blue of the American flag, bullets and heaps of money and several others that really make a comment on the state of the world we are in and how being wrapped up in a conspiracy and false media is actually is ultimately making us responsible for the deaths of countless children in our society…it’s disturbing but exceptionally compelling at the same time and that’s great comic storytelling when both the writing and the art can speak to you on two or more levels while still being a cohesive story as a whole.

    Department Of Truth #3 tackles an exceptionally tragic real-world topic through the lens of fiction in a deeply disturbing but very compelling and brilliantly executed manner, employing both writing and art to tell the story and make commentary.

  • 100

    DC Comics News

    The Department of Truth #3 was Tynion’s best issue yet. This series just keeps getting better and better – it’s like nothing I’ve ever read before. Tynion’s The Department of Truth is well on its way to becoming an all-time classic comic saga.

  • 100

    You Don't Read Comics

    The first couple of establishing issues were a nice introduction into the world of The Department of Truth. With that firmly in place, Tynion IV and Simmonds can start to explore how different specific events involving conspiracy theories relate to this world. This issue shows a willingness to get into the deeper emotional aspects of how and why people believe what they do. Its remarkably compelling stuff.

  • 100

    Lyles Movie Files

    This title has really come out of nowhere to bring an incredible mix of Men in Black and The X-Files in one of the best books going to close out 2020.

    With this quality the only truth that matters is you need to start reading this book right now.

  • 100

    Horror DNA

    Department of Truth #3 solidifies the forces working against Turner and the rest of this group as a very real and terrifying threat. They will stop at nothing to sow chaos in this world. That includes playing with a grieving mother’s emotions.

    I finished this comic and had to take a breather. I had to go read some super hero comics to cleanse my mind after this deep and disturbing book. Department of Truth pulls no punches. It’s powerful, horrifying, and frighteningly relevant to current events. Imagine every weird conspiracy theory you’ve seen pushed on Facebook and Twitter. If belief in any one of them take hold, reality itself warps to bring them to life, regardless of how insane they are and that scares the crap out of me.

  • 90


    The Department of Truth #3 delivers a personal and tragic tale of one mourning mother. A mother open to suggestion, which causes problems for our men and women in black who are on the case. Looks like there may be more than one truth out there. And those others must be quashed to maintain the status quo.

  • 90

    But Why Tho?

    The only major struggle I have with The Department of Truth #3 is one question I cannot answer: Whats the point? With the way the story resolves itself, the reader can be left with some uncomfortable feelings about the book’s narrative

  • 85


    The Department of Truth #3 is a great example of how strong the premise of this series is and the infinite possibilities we’ve yet to see three issues in. The creative team is on fire, delving into new conspiracy theories on each issue and showing how evil lurks amongst us. Given a supernatural push, The Department of Truth turns the horrors of fringe conspiracy theorists into the scariest things imaginable.

  • 80

    Forces Of Geek

    James Tynion IV does a great job writing this book and his passion for it shows through. It is definitely one of the better books that he has written. The stories are strange yet very entertaining. There is also a lot of interesting places that this can go as well.

  • 20

    The Department of Truth #3 flops really hard this week. The comic focuses on a parent whose child was killed in a school shooting and was subsequently harassed by conspiracy theorists claiming that the shooting was a “false flag” operation. On the surface, it’s a powerful issue, one that really touches on how isolated those targeted by these fringe theorists can feel as they are bombarded by harassment on every front. The comic colossally falls apart when it reveals that the parent has started to believe the “false flag” theories due to the reality-warping manipulations of the shadow-y Black Hat organization, and leads to the Department of Truth rather brusquely intervening. However, I feel that there’s a colossal disconnect here—a reality that grieving parents, people who have actually lost children, deal with that can’t be shaken by any amount of videos or disinformation. There’s a reason why you never see any ACTUAL parents of children injured or killed in school shootings put any sort of stock in these theories. Regardless of the supernatural elements involved in The Department of Truth, this issue callously disregards the actual people hurt by these fringe conspiracy theories, while also feeding into the actual reasons why these theories take root. Suggesting that a parent who lost their child would actually believe for a moment that “a George Soros” operation faked their child’s murder is both unbelievable and crass. Clearly, the creators of this book need to do a bit more research about the people harmed by these fringe theories than the fringe theories themselves.

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