The Department Of Truth #23 Review: “Stunning”

The Department of Truth #23 review

Read our review of The Department Of Truth #23 from Image Comics, written by James Tynion IV with art by Martin Simmonds.

We reviewed the book on the Stack podcast. But in the interest of highlighting more about the title, here’s a summary of the conversation with our thoughts. And if you prefer the longer audio version, that’s below as well!

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The Department Of Truth #23 Review:

In this issue of the series, we’re finding out more about how Lee Harvey Oswald joined The Department of Truth — specifically working for Frank Capra.

“I’m impressed with how unique of a comic experience this is,” said host Pete LePage. “We take something that’s very well known, and with the art and the tone… It has this eerie uniqueness to it that I think is a very cool.”

Added Justin Tyler, “This book did a lot of building up, slow build, setting a lot of tone and world building around it. And then the last four issues, jumping into this one, have been dropping huge information bombs on us.”

Tyler continued that the introduction of iconic director Frank Capra was “cool and interesting, and it actually helped balance the Lee Harvey Oswald of it all, because it felt like he was owning a lot of story. But having Frank Capra here, the director directed some propaganda films during World War II which are touched on in this… It’s just a great use of history to fold into the story. Which then also rhymes with the premise of the story, that fiction becomes reality.”

Added Alex Zalben, “Not enough can be said about Martin Simmonds’ art. What he did on Universal Monsters: Dracula was great… But this, this is where Martin Simmonds’ heart is, this is where the power is, because the images in here are stunning throughout.”

The Department Of Truth #23 Official Synopsis:


Confronted with an enemy intent on exposing their secrets to the world, the DEPARTMENT OF TRUTH makes a shocking choice—go public first. But to understand LEE HARVEY OSWALD’s risky gambit, we have to return to where it all started: Dallas, 1963, as President John F. Kennedy’s motorcade passed the grassy knoll…

Multiple Eisner-winning writer JAMES TYNION IV and acclaimed artist MARTIN SIMMONDS bring their celebrated series back from hiatus with the bang heard around the world!

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