Rating if the Book Were a Movie: R
Writer: James Tynion IV
Artist: Elsa Charretier
Colors: Matt Hollingsworth
Letters: Aditya Bidikar
Designer: Dylan Todd
Editor: Steve Foxe
Publisher: Image Comics
The “Dept. of Truth” has taken us on many twists and turns through various conspiracy theories that people in our country have chosen to adopt and embrace as their own. We touched on the Flat Earth Society a few issues back. We’ve also touched on false flags, the moon landing, and JFK’s assassination.
The day after the assassination of JFK is the starting point for issue number six. More accurately when Jack Ruby shoots Lee Harvey Oswald our story goes into motion. Mr. Oswald wasn’t shot. It’s amazing what a good crew of actors and a gun with blanks can do to convince the world of whatever it wants.
After his “death” Oswald can’t exactly go wandering around. After all, it’s 1963 and he’s one of the most recognized faces in America. He’s going to be laying low for a while. The agents at the Dept. of Truth give him a reading assignment. It’s a story that is almost 1,000 years old and tells a tale of the most powerful weapon in history: a calendar.
Artwork: .75 Stars
We have a new artist and colorist on the creative team for this issue. I don’t know if it’s a temporary thing for this one issue or if this will be a permanent change. I do know that the artwork meshed perfectly with this story.
Story: 1 Star
Seeing how far back conspiracy theories and the control of information goes was eye opening. The first response is to think “They wouldn’t do that.” Why wouldn’t they? We get everything laid out step by step on why this was done. We also get to see how many centuries old another conspiracy theory is.
Watching a story through the eyes of Mr. Oswald watching a story was a great way to turn all the information in this story into a conversation instead of a long and drawn out narrative.
Editing: 1 Star
The lettering itself continues to be terrific. The balloons were redone in a way that makes them not be a distraction. That was greatly appreciated.
Mechanics: 1 Stars
This story was very easy to fall into. It doesn’t go at quite the same pace as the previous issues. The slowdown helps the reader soak up the information. Even with a touch less action we still get some twists and turns along the way.
Like the rest of the series “Dept. of Truth” #6 is an eye opener if you’re willing to stay objective. Even if you don’t take everything from the pages as gospel the stories are very entertaining. It’s well worth the price of admission.