The Department of Truth #8
Written by James Tynion IV
Art by Martin Simmonds
Letters by Aditya Bidikar
The Rundown: Cole Turner’s past leads him directly to the Department of Truth.
Oswald meets with the mysterious Hawk at the feet of Lincoln to discuss the times they are in, the late 80’s. The “Me First” era has its own set of issues that the Department is keeping track of, but one of the biggest is the rash of child abuse scandals that are rocking the country and one of those scandals involves a young Cole Turner.
In the present, the adult Cole contemplates his place in the Department as well as its mission as his plane descends for he and his partner to begin a mission which even she calls weird. Ruby explains more about her job and mission within the Department. A conversation that encapsulates just how dangerous emerging fictions can be to the rest of the world. As Cole continues to question whether he’s on the right side, Ruby tells him that their job is more complicated than he imagined. Something he will discover for himself when he finds himself face to face with a man who will force Cole to question things even more.
The Story: James Tynion IV does a brilliant job of taking the familiar tropes of conspiracy theories and making them interesting, entertaining and thought provoking. I love how this series and this issue challenges the reader about the power of belief and how dangerous those beliefs can be when they manifest. This series continues to hit the correct marks on story, character and world building. I love the style of the story, its dialogue and how rich and interesting the characters are.
The Art: Simmonds delivers some beautiful art throughout the issue. There are some brilliantly engaging visuals and I love the style of the art.