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The Department of Truth #4

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 10 critic ratings.

How can a journalist ethically report on a story that they know can’t possibly be true? As packages with proof of impossible stories keep arriving on one reporter’s doorstop, sent by a mysterious entity known only as Q, one reporter must find the answer themselves.

JAMES TYNION IV (Something is Killing the Children) & MARTIN SIMMONDS (Dying is Easy) send the Department of Truth after the Fourth Estate.

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Lenght
27 pages
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10 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    But Why Tho?

    The Department of Truth #4 succeeds in providing a new level of excellence for the story while setting up what could be even better stories for the future.

  • 100

    DC Comics News

    With The Department of Truth #4, Tynion and Simmonds continue to tell a story quite unlike any seen in comics before. It’s a thought-provoking exploration of a world where belief defines reality, and I find this utterly fascinating.

  • 97

    Major Spoilers

    I don’t know if I’ve read a more powerful issue in 2020 than The Department of Truth #4. Its most frightening power is to make you almost think the theories being stitched together to explain Obama’s rise to the Presidency are true. The issue also takes a massive length of timber and starts whacking at the crazies who believe this nonsense, and spares none of them any punishment.

  • 96

    You Don't Read Comics

    Tynion is skillfully gliding his way through a story that gives just enough plot and characterization to crawl around inside the imagination without overpowering. The narrative text involving the conspiracy is hellishly thick, but its all wallpaper for the central drama that resonates on the page with a haunting pulse. Image maintains the steady beat of one issue of the series per month, but the time between issues feels more and more cavernous as Tynion and Simmonds ratchet-up the tension.

  • 95

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: James Tynion IV crafts a story that is brilliant in its execution and scary in its relevance to both our politics and our society today. The story is heavy on exposition, but it is used perfectly as it connects with the bigger story, the characters, their relationships and the stakes. I was impressed with the story on many levels and found it thrilling as Cole is pushed to finally make a decision about his commitment to the department and its mission.

    The Art: Simmonds art is haunting and engrossing as it perfectly captures the dark, ominous mood of the story. All of the panels keeping characters in shadow allowed for the focus to be on the story as it was unfolding.

  • 94

    Comic Watch

    This comic continues to deal in exceptionally relevant topics as Tynion brings in conspiracy ideas from every decade going back to the sixties in this issue touching on current things like Jeffrey Epstein, Trump, QAnon, and weaving it together with past presidential administrations from Obama back to the Bushes, Clinton’s and even touches on Kennedy’s. Again the thing that makes this comic so shockingly powerful is how it touches on real-life events and shapes them into something far darker through a fictional lens. This isn’t new as Tynion has managed this successfully every issue so far but it’s the fact that he makes the narrative so incredibly compelling using these ideas every time which leads to a point toward the end of this chapter and a shocking conclusion.


    Department of Truth #4 continues to be a series that cleverly trades on ideas and theories on the fringe of society in real life, cleverly twisting them through the genre of fiction to make for a riveting thrill ride every issue.

  • 90


    The Department of Truth commands you to slow down and take it in. Its ideas also demand your attention as they are cleverly linked to real-world conspiracies and the horrific implications of an idea gaining strength in a world where truth seems to hold no value. The Department of Truth continues to be an excellent example of how comics are more important than ever.

  • 84

    Forces Of Geek

    The story is very good. Tynion does great work here on this. It is a step above what he normally does. This would have made a great Vertigo book back in the day.

    It has some good sensibilities to it and makes for a great read overall.

  • 60

    After two issues spent getting lost in trying to over-explain its rather simple central premise, The Department of Truth #4 finally returns the series back to its own mythology. This issue at least tries to explain the “whys” of conspiracies—namely how these easily disproven theories gain root in portions of the populace—but it tries to frame that in its own mythology by claiming that the recent rise in conspiracies is an attempt to flush out a shadow-y government cabal. Honestly, this comic seems to be very caught up in a very particular use of conspiracies, and I’m still waiting to see if it will address the fact that it’s peddling in the same fanciful alternative storytelling as the conspiracies the book itself is trying to address.

  • 60

    Horror DNA

    After some incredible opening issues, The Department of Truth plateaus with this chapter. We already know the basics, so there’s no need to show us even more examples. You had me at lizard men and flat-Earthers in the first issue. I’m eager to see what Black Hat is up to and how they plan to effectively destabilize the world with their actions. It’s clear that no one is getting out of this without blood on their hands.

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