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The Homeland Directive

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  297 ratings  ·  65 reviews
As head of the National Center for Infectious Diseases, Dr. Laura Regan isone of the world's foremost authorities on viral and bacteriological study.Having dedicated her career to halting the spread of infectious disease, she hasalways considered herself one of the good guys. But when her research partner ismurdered and Laura is blamed for the crime, she finds herself at t...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published July 26th 2011 by Top Shelf Productions (first published 2010)
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Seth Hahne
The Homeland Directive by Robert Venditti and Mike Huddleston

Thrillers are fluff. There's really no way around it. Even the best are designed not to engage the philosophical beast but to entice the reptile man. Thrillers appeal to our base instincts, our demand for survival. They stoke the fires or our adrenaline and even the smartest of them fail to thrill if they get too smart. At that point, they cease to be thrillers and become some kind of careful literature that makes knowing use of the thriller's mode. Either that or they become bad thrillers.

Aug 16, 2011 Rick rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: comics
For his first creator-owned work since the groundbreaking Surrogates , Venditti delivers a taut thriller that elevates the genre within the comics medium. After Dr. Laura Regan's research partner is murdered and she is blamed for the crime, police, the FBI, cyber-detectives, and mercenaries hunt for the CDC researcher. Why does everyone want Regan dead? What are the upper echelons of the federal government trying to hide? Who are the mismatched quartet of inter-agency spooks trying to protect Re...more
In Talking Head's song "Don't Worry About The Government" David Byrne paints a portrait of typical (American) naive complacency.

This book does an excellent job at shaking one's complacency and assumptions up.

Well not me so much, as I already mistrust the government.

I do not think it is outlandish to imagine forces in our government fabricating a "terrorist" attack if it gave them more control and power over it's citizens as a result.

See: Operation Northwoods.
Full review posted at Worn Pages and Ink.

The most alluring thing about this graphic novel is the absolutely stunning artwork and illustrations scrawled elegantly across the pages. From page one, this graphic novel had my attention wholly. What’s absolutely fantastic about this one is that each location—geography, characters, setting—is defined not only by a different style of artwork that encompasses the feel and tone and character of each location, but is further enhanced by the colours that dr...more
A fast-paced, paranoia-fueled thriller. I wouldn't look for much in the way of depth or character motivation here. But it is enormously fun to read. There are some really interesting choices in the art, as well. I especially liked the panels that had anatomy text-like illustrations overlaying the simpler line art that carried the action. I think this would make a really fun movie, and it makes for a very entertaining read.
3.5 stars
After not finishing a book for too long I finish two in one day. Ok then I am perfectly fine with this.
So this was my first graphic novel. At least I'm pretty sure it was. I normally don't read "political thrillers" either, so this was a step out of my comfort zone in more than one way. I really liked a lot of the artwork and the different colors used. The storyline was really interesting, especially the disease part of it. I don't know why, but contagious disease books/movies. Give me...more
I enjoyed the art/artist. Wonderful shading, abstraction, and a minimalism that I personally really like.

Story was timely and griping, while not being too far fetched or too easily figured out.
Davenport Public Library
Jul 30, 2013 Davenport Public Library added it
Recommends it for: Fans of Brian K. Vaughan’s Y: The Last Man series or Mat Johnson’s Right State
I wouldn’t call myself a paranoid person. I do sometimes run to get into bed and pull up the covers as quickly as possible after watching a Law and Order: SVU marathon. After reading George Orwell’s 1984, I did start regarding every tv or computer screen with a small fear that it was a potential 2-way telescreen. Despite this, I am typically a level-headed librarian that loves to drop the phrase “peer-reviewed research” into regular conversations.

But Robert Venditti’s The Homeland Directive bro...more
Andrew Shuping
I really wanted to like this book. It has such an interesting premise being set in the US right after 9/11 and there's murder, intrigue, and conspiracy...and the government may be behind it all. draws way too much inspiration from V for Vendetta and from political thrillers like Enemy of the State.

The story, while well written, is predictable if you've read "V for Vendetta" before or any political thriller where the government has gone bad. It follows the same basic pattern and there's...more
The Homeland Directive is a good read. It's got good pacing and doesn't feel overly drawn out. If anything, it may have benefitted from slowing down a smidgen to provide a better background on some of the characters, especially the "rogue agents" who get very little exposition as to their origin and connection to each other. In favor of moving the story along, depth is set aside. There are elements of typical "conspiracy theories" here, but they don't make the story overly formulaic. The conspir...more
Considering I've never really read any graphic novels before, I really enjoyed this book. It kept me on the edge of my seat, I LOVED the colour scheme, and the illustrations were just amazing, putting the point across without being too complicated. I also liked how some of the images were real life images not drawn, but incorporated into the illustrations to make them look cool and quirky.
Jul 12, 2014 Kyle rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: comics
This book is an interesting take on your typical outbreak themed story with a built in conspiracy. It is a fast paced thrilled that was likable but missing something that would make it truly memorable. The art is inconsistent, though excellent at times. This is a serious book where the good doctor is on the run from killers in pursuit; therefore, when the art takes a turn to the more cartoon-esq style, it feels out of place and distracts from the story. In fact, it sometimes feels like it is sea...more
Ginny Pennekamp
This was a Christmas gift in 2011, which means it's been at the bottom of a book pile that has not been touched since my son was born...

But I pulled it out this week and read it, and the art is fantastic. The different styles are neat, and the book has a great look and a really killer central idea. Like all comic books, you kinda wish the central idea was developed a little bit further and deeper than it was but, hey, it was a great ride.
Eric Piotrowski
The only reason I'm giving this four stars is because the concept is pretty intriguing. The rest of the book is a fairly standard government conspiracy thriller and cat-and-mouse tale. The writing is clear and the dialogue is good overall, but there's nothing too gripping about the story, except for the "what's it all about" element, which makes it worth reading. (But I don't blame anyone who waits to find it used or to find a library copy.)

The art style is intriguing and the color palette works...more
A compelling plot and creative art. Wow, what more could I ask for?

This book starts us out slow and builds fast. It tells a story from "on the ground", not as if there's a narrator or any inkling that outsiders are peering in and wondering what's going on.

This was a lot more fun to read than I usually give credit to non-capes graphic novels. So many lack a really tightly-plotted story and imaginative backstory - this must've taken Venditti quite a while to put together.

The art is quite a mix of...more
Nicolas Ronvel
Un comic "one-shot" très réussi. Tout simplement. Du thriller politique avec une patte graphique particulière, qui arrive à distiller différentes ambiances en traitant différemment chaque niveau de l'intrigue.

Le scénario est prenant, crédible, et les personnages sont bien caractérisés. Une bonne découverte.
The Homeland Directive is a neat little story about secret government conspiracies that is quite plausible in today's society. The art is nice and storyline is intriguing. Unfortunately, the end wraps up entirely too quickly. The rate of development goes from moving along smoothly to zipping up the conclusion, making it seem like a couple issues were missing at the end. But overall it's still a good story.
What happens when terror is just not scary enough? Robert Venditti tackles the question with his governmental conspiracy tale in The Homeland Directive. Laura Regan, a prominent researcher for the CDC, finds herself at the center of a conspiracy. With her lab partner murdered and the government hunting her down, Laura must incover the truth behind the lies from Washington. Aided by a quartet of defecting agents, the group must stay alive and off the grid in order to determine the true cause behi...more
This was an exciting, engaging thriller looking at terrorism and war, privacy and security. I was very light on character development, to the point where I was confusing characters at times, but well-paced and tightly-plotted around an intriguing premise. The art was fantastic, as well - lots of experimentation with colour and different art styles, but always in service of telling the story rather than experimentation for its own sake.
I am pretty clueless when it comes to art. When I read a graphic novel, for me it is generally ALL about the story, but with this one, the art definitely made an impression. It was...jarring. I'm not sure how best to describe it, but it made me uneasy from the beginning. If it had been music, I would say discordant. Edgy? This is a book that will give you nightmares. We can only HOPE our government officials are not so corrupt. The pages fly by and there is no satisfying ending. Is there justice...more
Emilia P
I picked this up convinced it would suck. I'm not sure why I picked it up. I must have been pretty bored. BUT! It did not suck. It was a thriller, complete with competing branches of government, a super virus, and a complex heroine. I was on my toes the whole time! I have no idea why! I guess it was well-written and pretty well illustrated. The dilemmas at hand were pretty scary, and even nearly believable in a TV-ish way. In fact, I found myself incredulous that it has not been turned into a hi...more
Mathew Carruthers
Deftly told story and plausible enough to make it extremely scary.
As good as a good thriller movie. I recommend it.
We have here a graphic novel to satisfy any and all conspiracy theorist. There is a secret government within the government bent on bringing the government down. And then you have some folks from within the secret government within the secret government bent on stopping the secret government's plot. So that should keep a person happy along with some very interesting artwork that looks like they used in some of the older comics, only with a washed out type of effect. And that artwork style will w...more
Kim Herrington
Typical post-9/11 story of a powerful government officials conspiring against a seemingly ineffective president. A virus being spread using contaminated cash is supposed to be determined to be a terrorist attack, so the government can take away more freedom in the name of security. Caught in the middle is a rather extraordinary American citizen whose job makes her a target for the conspirators. The story is well paced and well illustrated but very predictable. Teenagers would probably enjoy this...more
That anyone would give this less than a 4 amazes me, but there are some snobby people or people who despise anything of a conspiratorial nature... no doubt the sort of people who like to believe that their gov't has their best interests and doesn't just view them as another tax payer and potential vote.

That there is someone who only gave it 1 vote is pretty amazing, I think if you take the r, t h, and o out of his name and throw in a b, that would be more appropriate.

Public library copy. I really enjoyed this book, I kept placing it toward the bottom of the my to-be-read pile and actually renewed the book more than once. I'm glad I gave it chance, it reads with an intensity matched by, say, an episode of the television show 24 or a popcorn flick produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. The artwork isn't quite as fancy as many may want, but the digital colors set the tone and the pictures service the story well enough.
A fun, fast-paced tech thriller with really interesting art. I thought the overall beats for the plot were pretty predictable, but the main character of Regan and some of the fine details Venditti worked in are nice. I don't think I've seen Huddleston's work before, but I really liked the overall look of this. He was able to go from detailed to sketchy, depending upon what the scene called for, and made an interesting use of color.
Guy Gonzalez
Solid conspiracy thriller set in the post-9/11 "Orwellian present" never quite delivers on its ambitious setup, fizzling in the third act with a last-second twist that comes a little too easy. It's almost like Venditti gave his own story a premature Hollywood edit, or perhaps Homeland Security paid him a visit... Huddleston's artwork pulls off double-duty with great visuals that deliver a subtle but compelling soundtrack throughout.
Rich Barrett
There's such an interesting conspiracy at the root of this story about a government-made viral outbreak that I won't spoil it here except to say that this is a sophisticated and plausible tale about that sort of thing. It feels very of the moment and hits all the right notes about national security.

This is also a really nicely designed book with an interesting and unique art style that really helps set the tone for the book.
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Robert Venditti is the New York Times best-selling author of The Homeland Directive and the sci-fi graphic novel series The Surrogates, the first installment of which was adapted into a feature film starring Bruce Willis and Ving Rhames. He currently writes the ongoing monthly comic book series X-O Manowar, Green Lantern, and The Flash. His debut children's novel, Miles Taylor and the Golden Cape:...more
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