The Department of Truth #6
Written by James Tynion IV
Art by Elsa Charretier
Colors by Matt Hollingworth
Letters by Aditya Bidikar
The Rundown: Oswald is introduced to the Department of Truth and discovers one of its earliest secrets.
In the aftermath of Lee Harvey Oswald’s “death” the man himself is brought to the heart of Washington DC by his new mysterious handler. He explains to Oswald about his new role and how his life will be lived underground for the foreseeable future. As the two descend into the depths, Oswald is introduced to the Department and its library of information. Once alone, he is tasked with reading one of the earliest accounts in the department’s records.
Centuries in the past, a darkly familiar face leads a monk to the home of an old woman in the woods who is suspected of being a witch by the local adults. The monk discovers the old woman living in a serene environment and acting in no way like he expected. As she talks to the monk, she reveals that she knows why he is there and proceeds to challenge his perception about the nature of truth.
The Story: Tynion takes the story back to its roots to give the overall arc some great structural context. It’s an interesting story and the plot is both revealing and engaging. Not a lot of action to be had, but that’s ok for what this issue was trying to say by giving the reader insight into the history of the department and the how this fight has evolved. There is some great dialogue throughout and I enjoyed seeing the pieces come together.
The Art: Charretier does a great job with the art in the issue. The style works perfectly for both the modern day characters as well as the narrative being played out in the past.