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The Department of Truth #9

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Mixed or average ratings

Based on 10 critic ratings.

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

    DC Comics News

    The Department of Truth #9 is another fascinating chapter of Tynion’s story of a world shaped by belief. And it’s fascinating to see the implications that would have on the world’s various myths, conspiracies, and urban legends. The Department of Truth is a title quite unlike any other comic title I have ever read before, and I’m absolutely loving it.

  • 98

    Comic Watch

    Issue #9 is a clever issue telling two complete stories at the same time. On one hand, it’s a history lesson and on the other, it’s a clear demonstration of just how far people like Connor Hawk will go to control the prevailing truth… as always it’s disturbing and plays on the psyche with things we know and identify from the real world in new and interesting ways

  • 90


    The Department of Truth #9 continues to deliver complex ideas told in a prose style, blended well with an art style that goes for broke with many different ideas. The Department of Truth remains one of the most sophisticated comics on the shelf, blending the weird and unnerving through a prism of utter madness and darkness. Now, bring on Bigfoot!

  • 84

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: James Tynion IV continues to craft an interesting and expansive world with this issue. There is a lot of exposition in this issue and all of it serves both the characters and the direction of the story. There are some really intriguing ideas being talked about as well and those ideas are what keep me engaged with this story, its characters and its world.

    The Art: Martin Simmonds continues to craft some beautiful and thought provoking imagery on every page of this story. I love the style of this series and how the hard evokes emotion connected to the tone of the story.

  • 84

    Forces Of Geek

    Tynion does a great job of keeping it all together. The story is complicated for sure but he never loses sight and keeps his eye on the ball. I wish the artwork was better but at this point all I can do is accept it.

  • 80


    ‘The Department of Truth’ #9 continues to join the dots between the various conspiracy theories oft-discussed (and believe) in this alternative world history. The Department’s fixer – Hawk Harrison – rudely returns to visit Cole Turner and eulogises on the power of magic, symbols and religion in another intriguing and thought-provoking issue.

  • 80

    You Don't Read Comics

    The world of magic in the universe of The Department of Truth should have had a deeper connection than the one that Tynion is managing here. As it is, the author seems to be going over basic lore about magic and occultism that could have been carved together off of Wikipedia. There isnt enough to ground it firmly in the style and attitude of the series to make it feel all that integral to the story.

  • 50

    But Why Tho?

    When all is said and done, The Department of Truth #9 is a significant letdown. The exposition that dominates this issue becomes overbearing far too quickly, and its delivery coming from the most unlikable character in the series doesn’t help it run any smoother. Hopefully, this will prove to be a singular bump in the road for this series.

  • 40

    The Department of Truth continues its dig into its own mythology with another exposition-heavy issue. At this point, almost every issue of Department of Truth seems like an exposition-heavy issue, which honestly makes reading this series a bit of a slog. It’s not that I don’t enjoy issue-long unwieldy “true histories” of the world as told by unreliable narrators, but at some point I feel like the comic needs to do a little more “showing” and a little less “telling.” There are bits of interesting storytelling and clever artistic flourishes here and there, but I feel like most readers that have stuck with the comic this long gets how the power of belief fuels just about everything in this world.

  • 40

    Lyles Movie Files

    Tynion introduces an angle late that might get the story back on track, but the reality is my interest in the series is starting to wane. Issues like this with glacial developments isn’t encouraging me to stick around much longer.

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