PORTLAND, Ore. 10.7.2020 — The Department of Truth by James Tynion IV (Batman, Something is Killing the Children) and Martin Simmonds (Dying is Easy) launched from Image Comics with over 100K in orders, before selling out instantly at Diamond Distributors last week. It is being rushed back to print to keep up with the whirlwind customer demand.

"I'm honestly speechless. You work on a comic book for a few years in isolation, and you hope that people are going to connect with it, but you never really know,” said Tynion IV. “Seeing the response to this series, both on a critical and a commercial front, has been absolutely staggering. Thank you so much for putting your faith in this little book. I am going to work my butt off to make sure it stays the best comic book it can be."

The Department of Truth #1 is Image's third-highest series launch since Eric Stephenson took over as publisher in 2008, behind Jupiter's Legacy #1 in 2013 and this week's The Walking Dead Deluxe #1.

Simmonds added: “It’s fair to say that the response to The Department of Truth has been quite incredible. To know that so many people have picked up the first issue, and that the reaction has been so enthusiastic, is extra rocket fuel for us to make sure we continue making a book that keeps readers engrossed with every turn of the page. Thank you for all the support, it means the world to us.”

Cole Turner has studied conspiracy theories all his life, but he isn’t prepared for what happens when he discovers that all of them are true, from the JFK assassination to flat Earth theory and reptilian shapeshifters. One organization has been covering them up for generations. What is the deep, dark secret behind the Department of Truth?

The Department of Truth #1 second printing (Diamond Code SEP208030) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, November 4.

The Department of Truth #1 is also available for purchase across many digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play.

Select praise for The Department of Truth:

"Genuinely one of the best comics you'll read this year. Do not miss it." —Scott Snyder

"A wonderfully dizzy mixture of Men in Black, John Carpenter, Stephen King, The Matrix, and 1970s conspiracy thrillers." —Forbes

"A new conspiracy thriller comic that should appeal to anyone with a fondness for The X-Files." —IGN

“Hickmanian conspiracy games, Burroughsian crime, Sienkiewiczian style. The Truth: you want it. Speak to your retailer. (I almost used the line Stray Toasters meets Stray Bullets which is very good, but not exactly it. Stray Toasters meets Stray Bullets with a Hickmanian conspiracy heart’ may do the trick).” —Kieron Gillen

"It is FANTASTIC. Can’t wait to read the whole series!" —Patton Oswalt

"The hype on this is real. A GREAT first issue." —Brian Michael Bendis