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The Homeland Directive

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  699 Ratings  ·  96 Reviews
As head of the National Center for Infectious Diseases, Dr. Laura Regan is one of the world's foremost authorities on viral and bacteriological study. Having dedicated her career to halting the spread of infectious disease, she has always considered herself one of the good guys. But when her research partner is murdered and Laura is blamed for the crime, she finds herself ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published April 30th 2011 by Top Shelf Productions
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Sam Quixote
May 15, 2016 rated it did not like it
I bought a buncha Top Shelf comics recently and I’m really coming to appreciate how bad some of their catalogue is. The Homeland Directive is yet another jaw-droppingly shite piece of work that I’m stunned anyone read and thought “That’s AMAZING - people need to read this, let’s publish it!!”

We’ve all seen/read conspiracy/political thrillers, right? It usually involves people in suits rushing around waving guns while talking to people watching screens who say things like “He’s on your 20”. That
Seth T.
Jan 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
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 rated it it was amazing
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 R ...more
May 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
Didn't really care for this. Conspiracy theory type story where the government is out to kill some people....yawn.
Ron Turner
Mar 12, 2018 rated it did not like it
Disappointing. I was hoping for a take on the Deep State, the military-industrial complex that dominates Washington. Drones, assassinations, torture, widespread surveillance, data mining, there's so much to work with. But instead it was just a cookie cutter political thriller.
May 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 06, 2012 rated it liked it
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.
May 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
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.
Jun 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In Boston, a little boy presents with an unknown, rapidly progressing and debilitating disease. In Atlanta, a scientist is murdered. In New York, his research partner is framed for the crime. Laura Regan is at the centre of a conspiracy so deadly it could undo the foundations of a nation.

I devoured this graphic novel in one sitting, never knowing what twists would be thrown at me next. The pacing is excellent, the characters are lively and the style of the art is incredible! I loved that it drew
Pendra Nachteule
Dec 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Jane Huynh
Mar 05, 2017 rated it liked it
the story was pretty cool but i found the artwork to be really mismatched and messy (which might've been what the illustrator was going for, but i just found it to be in-cohesive, distracting, and ultimately ineffective)
Emily Fritz
Aug 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Homeland Directive is a graphic novel that brings up issues regarding national security, information availability, how much personal information the government should be able to access and whether or not information is ever really erased from the internet.

This graphic novel was jam packed with information, action, and some amazing artwork by Mike Huddleston. In fact one of the things I really enjoyed about this novel was the fact that each setting had its own color scheme. The White House, t
Davenport Public Library
Jul 30, 2013 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
Dani Shuping
Aug 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
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
Jul 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
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
Jun 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
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
Mar 09, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Jul 01, 2013 rated it liked it
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
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
Emilia P
Nov 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic-books
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
Skye Kilaen
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Venditti basically tells a spy story with no James Bond character. Something's making people sick. An FBI agent, a Secret Service agent, a bureaucrat, and a doctor are trying to stop it - while on the run from the folks who unleashed it in the first place. The art style varies from abstract to detailed, from black and white to greyscale to various types of coloring, and there are a few photographs worked in, such as buildings. It's like a complex collage. Someone could write a paper on the varyi ...more
Miléna A.
Apr 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
J'ai lu ce comics sur les recommandations d'un collègue et je peux dire que j'ai été tenue en haleine du début à la fin. Aucun secret quant à l'identité de l'antagoniste, c'est son plan qui est dévoilé petit à petit, nous faisant comprendre les tenants et les aboutissants de ses actes. J'ai eu envie à plusieurs reprises de sauter des pages pour en découdre et connaître le fin mot de l'histoire mais, pour être franche, j'adore avoir ce genre de ressenti, j'en savoure d'autant plus la lecture. Bre ...more
Patrick Murphy
Jan 21, 2015 rated it did not like it
I hesitate to rate this so poorly, because I genuinely enjoyed Venditti's Surrogates series. In contrast, this shorter narrative presents a cartoonish plot replete with tired cliches, unsympathetic protagonists with no depth, even shallower villains, and little to no sense of place or setting. Venditti dips his pen into everything from Three Days of the Condor to Watchmen, or maybe he simply never looks beyond the dog-eared tropes of the genre. Either way, this is in no way equal to its inspirat ...more
Fraser Sherman
Sep 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
This is a competent thriller, but way too formulaic. A DHS Chief decides a major terrorist incident might make it easier for people to give up freedom, so he launches a biowarfare attack and blames it on CDC researcher Laura Regan (this seems influenced by the accusations after the anthrax attack back in 2001), the requisite innocent civilian caught up in games of deceit and death. Can she reach someone in authority or stop the plague before DHS with its overwhelming surveillance reach finds her ...more
May 20, 2012 rated it really liked 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
Aug 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
In a time where fast-paced epidemiological thrillers will jump in popularity, The Homeland Directive does an excellent job of fitting the bill. As only a casual graphic novel reader can rave, the color scheme and frames were of captivating composition. I really enjoyed the vibrant colors and clean lines of the layout, and the difference of styles (between presidential conversations and action scenes) was neat. If you're looking for a government thriller with medical and technological overtones b ...more
Kim Herrington
Nov 07, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novel
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
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Robert Venditti is a New York Times best-selling author whose characters and concepts have been adapted to film and television. He has written the monthly comic book series X-O Manowar and Wrath of the Eternal Warrior for Valiant Entertainment, Green Lantern and the The Flash for DC Comics, and the children’s novel series Miles Taylor and the Golden Cape for Simon & Schuster. He currently writ ...more

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