The Department of Truth #19

Image Comics

Written by James Tynion IV

Art by Martin Simmonds

Colors by Martin Simmonds

Letters by Aditya Bidikar

The Rundown: Cole deals with a moral dilemma while his husband is approached by a familiar face.

Cole is invited to a theater with Lee to watch the footage of the faked moon landing. He’s also brought into Lee’s confidence as things continue to get darker for the Department of Truth. Things continue to get strained between Cole and his husband Matt as he suggests Cole go away with him so that he can relax. A prospect that becomes moot when Cole is called away on another mission.

After speaking with Cole, Matt goes to have some drinks with a friend when he’s approached by a man at the bar. A man who has some information about Cole. A man who introduces him to a familiar face with information that could change Matt’s relationship with Cole forever.

The Story: James Tynion IV crafts an entertaining story that brings the focus back to Cole as the reader’s eyes in the Department. I enjoyed how the story went back to his relationship and how the Department is effecting it. There is some great tension in the story as Cole has to navigate what Lee needs and wants while also dealing with what he did. The tension gets even better when Matt is brought before a character who is compelling and given a choice that I am excited to see played out.

The Art: Simmonds delivers some beautifully stylized art on every page of the story. I continue to be impressed with the style and the visual choices being made. The give a wonderful weight to the events of the story.

The Department of Truth #19

8.6

8.6/10

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