The Department of Truth #12
Written by James Tynion IV
Art by Martin Simmonds
Letters by Aditya Bidikar
The Rundown: More secrets are revealed as Cole takes another step down the rabbit hole.
Cole finishes his mission with Hawk and decides to give Ruby a call to let her know what’s going on. As she listens to his story, she reminds him that Hawk is a dangerous man who should not be trusted. Something the younger Cole realized when he met the man before during the infamous Satanic Panic that gripped the nation.
When Ruby tells Oswald that it’s time to bring Cole back in from the cold, the man agrees as the reach of Black Hat continues to grow using social media as a conduit for its disinformation. After recalling Cole, Hawk brings him on board a black helicopter and reveals who he really serves.
The Story: James Tynion IV is absolutely masterful at drawing in the reader and surprising him/her at every turn. This story is brilliantly done and filled with tension throughout. The plot moves beautifully and the twists and turns throughout kept me guessing right up to the very end. This is a great look at who we are as a society and the power of belief. This story is important and just incredibly fun and entertaining to read. I love the cliffhanger that the story ends on and cannot wait for what’s next.
The Art: Simmonds is amazing as an artist and this story showcases that in spades. Not only did I enjoy the throwback style in the beginning of the issue, but the seamless transition to the stark reality of the present was brilliantly done.