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The Department of Truth #8

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 12 critic ratings.

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29 pages
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12 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    DC Comics News

    The Department of Truth #8 takes us even further the rabbit hole, which is miles deep at this point. This title is quite unlike anything else on the shelves at the moment, but I’m loving every bit of it.

  • 100

    Major Spoilers

    There’s very little more that can be said about Department of Truth #8 and the series as a whole, other than to go out in a buying frenzy and snap the whole lot up. It’s all nonsense, but it is compelling composed nonsense, told with one of the best creative duos in the business. You don’t have to believe me, just go read the issue!

  • 97

    Comic Watch

    The new arc begins with more questions and the introduction of a compelling new character as Tynion IV continues to twist reality with the help of brilliantly psychologically jarring and impactful art from Simmonds.

  • 96

    You Don't Read Comics

    Its worth mentioning that this is an improvement over earlier attempts at this sort of serial. TVs The X-Files wasted little time in losing a hell of a lot of coherence in the government conspiracy end of the show. The usual pitfalls of this sort of ongoing serial seem to be solidly avoided in Department of Truth. Tynions challenge is to dive into the mystery in a way that reveals just enough without weaving hopeless convolutions into the story. Tynion seems to have carefully constructed the backstory of Cole, Oswold and the DOT. Its satisfying following a series knowing that the creative team has the mystery well under control.

  • 92

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: James Tynion IV does a brilliant job of taking the familiar tropes of conspiracy theories and making them interesting, entertaining and thought provoking. I love how this series and this issue challenges the reader about the power of belief and how dangerous those beliefs can be when they manifest. This series continues to hit the correct marks on story, character and world building. I love the style of the story, its dialogue and how rich and interesting the characters are.

    The Art: Simmonds delivers some beautiful art throughout the issue. There are some brilliantly engaging visuals and I love the style of the art.

  • 90

    Horror DNA

    Writer James Tynion IV has found a nice groove here, pulling in additional conspiracy theories and tweaking them just enough to show the dangers they can play should they take root in reality, while also tying everything back to Cole.

  • 84

    Forces Of Geek

    Still the story works well enough, and this series is one hell of a ride.

  • 80

    But Why Tho?

    The Department of Truth #8 delivers lots of world-building and setup infused with a generous portion of character to keep the story from growing stale.

  • 75


    The Department of Truth #8 returns us to ourregularscheduled programmingwith yet more conspiracies to be over-explain and thereby side-stepping anyreal action. Again. Is this series becoming too formulaic for its own good?

  • 70

    Lyles Movie Files

    Department of Truth has hit a bit of a wall plot wise, but Simmonds’ art makes the issue as haunting as it’s always been. Hopefully kicking off a new arc slowed Tynion down somewhat from significantly advancing the story and it’s gets smoother from here.

  • 60

    The rather bland and depressing protagonist of The Department of Truth got a bit more interesting, as the comic introduces an intriguing tie between Cole Turner and the true nature of the Department of Truth. The comic also introduces an interesting new character, a plumber that seems more keyed into the department’s dirty secrets and has a better idea of what exactly is going on. Of course, this comic still seems to feel that the best way of presenting its ongoing mysteries is through extended bits of exposition, which frankly doesn’t always work with the more abstract art style and even more abstract premise of the comic.

  • 56

    Comic Crusaders

    It is easy to forget that Department of Truth is supposed to be a Sci-fi horror. It feels more like a psychological documentary at this point. The earlier issues demonstrated the way Conspiracies theories can use Confirmation Bias and Proportionality bias to neutralize movement on an issue. In this issue, it feels like the narrative is transitioning to demonstrate Illusory pattern perception: The tendency to see causal relations where there may not be any.

    Secondly there is an interesting sub narrative regarding the people caught in a war between the DOT and the Men in Black, the reporters. It is well known that people with greater knowledge of the news media are less likely to believe conspiracy theories.

    Lastly, I will ask the readers to ponder the fact that one reason for the pervasiveness of conspiracy theories is that they serve as a coping mechanism for people trying to cope with large, stressful events. If Cole was the person who manifested the Star Faced Man, what was the event that triggered it? Is any of this real?

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