Review – The Homeland Directive

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The Homeland DirectiveThe Homeland Directive published by Top Shelf Productions is a fantastic graphic novel that takes a look at security and information in modern times.  The graphic novel, written by Robert Venditti, is a thriller that focuses on some shady government bureaucrats after a scientist as an outbreak of an unknown disease occurs.  Really, the comic is about personal data and the abuses that can come with data farming.  Can personal privacy exist in the modern era of national security?

As a leading researcher at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 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 at the heart of a vast and deadly conspiracy. Aided by three rogue federal agents who believe the government is behind the frame-up, Laura must evade law enforcement, mercenaries, and a team of cyber-detectives who know more about her life than she does—all while trying to expose a sinister plot that will impact the lives of every American.

Set in the Orwellian present, The Homeland Directive confronts one of the vital questions of our time: In an era when technology can either doom or save us, is it possible for personal privacy and national security to coexist?

The story is great weaving in a techno-thriller and a chase story.  The two combined makes you question every little move and every use of technology.  The fact the plot is realistic is also fantastic.  Much like The Big Lie, which was reviewed earlier, this questions the government and it’s role.  Unlike that comic the allegory here works and it weaves conspiracy and reality together.

The art by Mike Huddleston adds to Venditti’s writing style focusing on what I’d expect from a noir/thriller and a pulp sense of writing.  This is up there as one of the best graphic novels of the year as it pulls of an entertaining story along with a politically relevant story.  Beyond solid and a highly recommended read.

Story: 9.25 Art: 9.25 Overall: 9.25 Recommendation: Buy

Story: Robert Venditti Art: Mike Huddleston

Publisher: Top Shelf Productions Cost: $14.95 Release Date: July

Top Shelf Productions provided Graphic Policy with an advance copy of this issue for FREE for review.

2 comments

  • I really enjoyed this book myself and was struck by the fact that it was the first real political thriller that I had read in the medium. This ‘Big Lie’ that you speak of sounds like maybe it needs to be my second.

    To the comic store!

    • There’s some great “political” comic books out there that cross the spectrum as far as story. The Big Lie was interesting….