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The Department of Truth #6

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 9 critic ratings.

Acclaimed artist ELSA CHARRETIER (NOVEMBER) joins JAMES TYNION IV (Batman) and THE DEPARTMENT OF TRUTH to uncover the deep tangled roots of the Department of Truth—roots that stretch as far back as the Middle Ages.

What is the Inquisition? Who are the Illuminati? And what is the truth behind the Phantom Time Hypothesis?

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31 pages
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9 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    DC Comics News

    Tynion is using some strange alchemy to produce something new and wonderful here. This is really nothing like I’ve ever read before, but I’m loving every moment I spend in this strange malleable reality Tynion has created.

  • 90

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Tynion takes the story back to its roots to give the overall arc some great structural context. It’s an interesting story and the plot is both revealing and engaging. Not a lot of action to be had, but that’s ok for what this issue was trying to say by giving the reader insight into the history of the department and the how this fight has evolved. There is some great dialogue throughout and I enjoyed seeing the pieces come together.

    The Art: Charretier does a great job with the art in the issue. The style works perfectly for both the modern day characters as well as the narrative being played out in the past.

  • 90

    Forces Of Geek

    This comic was great and it works very well. Everything worked me finally with both the story and the art in this issue.

  • 80


    We get an interlude from the main storyline in The Department of Truth #6, but an important one nonetheless. We delve into Medical history and learn how far back the conspiracy culture of the series goes. A book that will drag you into its story and smack you with a rather illuminating revelation at the end too. A revelation that will have a part to play in the present.

  • 80

    But Why Tho?

    When brought together, The Department of Truth #6 delivers an enjoyable, if unexpected, detour. While I eagerly await the continuation of the primary narrative, this glimpse into the past helps emphasize the power that the truth has had over human history.

  • 70

    Multiversity Comics

    “Department of Truth” #6 gave a fun side story that had a change in pace and still continues to deliver more questions at the end of each issue.

  • 60

    This issue of The Department of Truth features Elsa Charretier as a guest artist, providing a wholly different feel for a flashback that (allegedly) stretches 1000 years. This issue hints at the presence of the Illuminati and dabbles in some fanciful weirdness involving the creation of Anno Domini and the apparent falsification of Charlemagne. The point of the story (I believe) is that the battle of information dates goes back longer than imagined. It’ll be interesting to see if any of this issue’s claims tie back into the modern day story, or if this comic will continue to just throw things out into the ether to see if it sticks.

  • 60

    You Don't Read Comics

    As poor a fit as Chartiers work seems its not actually bad. And if theres going to be an issue that isnt rendered by Simmonds, it really NEEDS to be an issue that isnt set in the same time and space as the rest of the series has been thus far. Tynion and company have done a fairly good job of lowering a less-than-satisfying issue into an otherwise breathtaking series thats been rolling along with a lot of appeal to this point. With this brief, little flashback finished, it will be interesting to see where things go in the future.

  • 60

    Horror DNA

    The Department of Truth has a deep and intriguing mythos. This issue is a further exploration of that, however it feels like overkill at this point. Confining this type of world-building to fill-in issues may be the way to go to maintain momentum and keep the story going at a brisk pace.

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