The Department of Truth #1
Written by James Tynion IV
Art by Martin Simmonds
Letters by Aditya Bidikar
The Rundown: An FBI analyst will find himself at the heart of a shadow war.
On a significant date in US history, the man at the center of the event finds himself brought in on a secret he never expected. Years later, FBI agent Cole Turner is brought in to a secret meeting in Washington to discuss some recent events that have left him shaken.
He reveals an encounter with a shadowy group of well connected and well financed men who use their wealth and influence to spread conspiracy theories around the world. When they take Cole on a trip to prove their theory is correct, he discovers something unbelievable and is brought in to learn news that could change the course of the world.
The Story: James Tynion IV crafts a dark and richly layered story in this first issue. Not only is the premise exciting, but it is filled with some interesting and engaging ideas along with an unexpected twist that is exciting in itself. There are a lot of big ideas at play in this first issue and the story keeps the attention of the reader. I can’t wait to see how the plot and the characters develop.
The Art: Martin Simmonds brings a unique visual style to this issue. Many of the pages are brilliantly composed and interesting. There are a couple of moments where the visuals could be distracting from what the story was trying to convey, but the tone of the art definitely draws in the reader.