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The Homeland Directive

By Robert Venditti and Mike Huddleston

Publisher: Top Shelf Productions

Format: Softcover, 10x7, full color, $14.95

ISBN: 978-1-60309-024-7

Reviewed by: Diamond BookShelf

Robert Venditti and Mike Huddleston's conspiracy theory-driven action thriller imagines what would happen if the worst threat to national safety came from those assigned to stop terrorism. In a plot that touches on issues of politics, security and public health, a group of rogue government operatives bands together to protect Laura Regan, a doctor with the Center for Disease Control, who is the only one who can stop the spread of a deadly disease unleashed by the Director of Homeland Security, who naturally wants her dead.

The cool and frenetic artwork sets the mood by constantly changing colors, textures and styles to echo the central characters in each scene and reflect their environments. It strikes a nice balance between photorealism and stylized cartoon, which serves the story well. While it raises many questions about privacy, security and individual freedom, The Homeland Directive is best enjoyed for the action, adventure and suspense.

A great pick for mature readers who like suspense, action and conspiracies, The Homeland Directive proves that the graphic novel medium is excellent for political thrillers. The many intriguing questions it raises may also inspire readers to learn more about governmental systems.

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