Book Notes: The Department of Truth, Vol 1: The End of the World

The Department of Truth, Vol 1: The End of The World by James Tynion IV and Martin Simmonds
Read Oct 31, 2021 - Oct 31, 2021

I got a copy of The Department of Truth Vol 1 after reading Cory Doctorow gushing about it in his newsletter. Given that I don’t love Doctorow’s fiction writing, perhaps I shouldn’t be putting too much stock in his book recommendations, but his review intrigued me and I got the book.

I don’t regret reading it, even if the story felt a little trite. Our hero gets recruited to work for a shady government agency he has never heard about before. The shady agency battles an even shadier Evil Organization. Slowly, our hero starts to question which side is the real “good guys”. Might he be one of the “bad guys”? The main original twist in this comic is that the agency is battling “conspiracy theories”, under the surreal premise that when enough people believe something, it becomes actually true, essentially rewriting reality.

I liked the art, and it made for an entertaining hour. But I don’t think I need to read the next volume.

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