IDW back in November (December) of 2015 came out with a gem of a comic titled, The Infinite Loop. They have the second part of this series titled, Nothing But Truth — but we get to that in another segment. Back in 2015, however, I can imagine this comic being a force to be reckoned within the comic book medium. It is stunning, whimsical, and most of all, important.
The Infinite Loop is written by Pierrick Colinet and illustrated by Elsa Charretier. They not only do a wonderful job with the themes of this comic, but they bring the art to life in correspondence to it. Readers should be in awe reading this comic for both writing, art, and the overall theme of what The Infinite Loop brings to the table.
Usually, we are great at being spoiler-free, but if we mention some beware — this may be a three-year-old comic but some might not know about it at all. This comic is 18+ for nudity, sexual advances, and language usage. Or… at least ask your parents!
The Synopsis of The Infinite Loop
The Infinite Loop is a science fiction story about time-travel, for the short synopsis version. The long synopsis version is a lot better, trust me. The Infinite Loop is about a girl named Teddy who falls in love with an ‘Ano’ or an ‘Anomaly.’ An Anomaly is a noun, either something that deviates from what is standard, normal or expected. It could also be a glitch provoked by disturbances in the timestream due to frequent time travel. It can manifest itself into an object or a being, more often the latter.
The question that The Infinite Loop begs to ask is, “What would you do for the price of love?” Teddy is a time traveler — she lives in the faraway future being fine working for the misogynistic man or men in this case. Her job requires her to travel a lot. But, it’s a common practice where she comes from so this is normal to them.
Her job title is to maintain the status quo by correcting time paradoxes. You know those things that turn into Anomalies? Yeah, those. However, on her journey one day she meets ‘Ano’ a time paradox. This is the girl of her dreams, Teddy’s most beautiful dream of a girl in all of the land. Teddy must decide between fixing the time stream or saving the love of her life, both which have… unique consequences.
LGBTQIA+ Themes, Science Fiction, and Lore!
The Infinite Loop deals with LGBTQIA+ themes throughout; there are three main focuses of the comic: LGBTQIA+ themes, science fiction, and the lore of the comic. They all shine quite well in comparison to one another. The LGBTQIA+ themes are prominent because in 2015 (and even still now) being lesbian, homosexual, gender queer, bisexual, and anything of the like was not appreciated as much as it is now.
It has gotten better (or worse) depending on how you look at it and what scope you have. This comic is set in a space and a time where being LGBTQIA+ is not accepted. It is seen as unusual or taboo. Teddy can’t just come outright and say she is lesbian and wants to have intercourse with ‘Ano.’ Granted, Teddy does anyway because she’s a badass, but she isn’t really able to tell anyone.
Throughout the first six issues of this comic, you feel as though these ‘important figures’ are after Teddy because they want to get rid of ‘Ano.’ Bad things can happen when a time paradox is left active, as both Teddy and her authorities know. Nonetheless, I didn’t feel like it was about that entirely. I felt like they (the people in power) knew Teddy and Ano had something going on and they wanted to eradicate that. It was unusual, taboo, and unfamiliar.
But, they underestimate love and the power to change the world. People (both in this comic and real life) don’t like to think of the unfamiliar or change. They want everything to stay the same and in the same order. If one thing changes, everything goes to crazy town. People start freaking out, instead of asking questions. Things go mad.
The Art Is Just… So Grand!
While the themes of this comic are hard-hitting important matters, the art brings that ideal home. It creates a perfect execution to take all of this in. By far, top four in my list of incredible art I have seen in the past few years in a comic. And, again, art is just like the writing — if executed well, you have an unimaginably good story to tell.
The coloring is what was important to note for me, the colors were a bold and great choice to choose from. The color codes in this comic were not harsh or complicated, it was a series of a handful of colors that were used perfectly. The main color that stood out was yellow or a form of yellow, which is in the PRIDE flag.
…And, if you know about the PRIDE flag you will know that yellow stands for ‘sunlight’ or a message about staying true to yourself, being yourself inside of in the shadows. It represents sunlight. Being in the open. One of the overall themes of the comic is staying true to yourself, and standing up for what you believe in. It goes perfectly with the overall concept of the comic.
Now, that is probably just me picking at straws; but, if not, it’s a clever choice for the primary color of the comic and it was beautiful. So, thank you, Elsa Charretier.
And, The Writing?
The writing, oh my goodness the writing. Hello, Pierrick Colinet, so much praise for the writing. The writing was outstanding in terms of conveying exactly what it wanted to. The banter, the comedic aspects (at times), and the overall writing and execution of those themes were breathtaking. With such an important subject matter, you would want to be able to articulate those well.
This is, by far, the easiest comic to read and glide through. Readers will have no problem getting through these first six issues within a half hour. It was so easy to read and so easy to take in the importance of it that you don’t need to sit and think about it. It was so easy to be able to feel empowered after reading each issue.
And, I don’t know about anyone else, but that is hard to do. For comic book medium especially because you have to have pictures that correspond with the words to provide a more profound meaning. Regardless of that, this writing will exceed any expectation you will have going in. It’s elegant when needed, powerful when needed, and above all, executed perfectly.
Read This Comic Again and Again!
There isn’t a verdict I can give that is not 100%. If I did it would be a fib; this comic is one of the genuine 100%s that I have read. We have a few on the site, but this falls right into that 100% easily. They have the TPB of The Infinite Loop, they also have issue by issue just the same if you want to give it a read this month. I suggest you do, it’s an important comic.
“Infinite… my ass!” – Teddy