Writer: Pierrick Colinet
Artist: Elsa Charretier
One of the most common concepts seen in science fiction is time-travel. The concept is about as old as the genre itself, and can easily become stale swiftly if not implemented correctly. However, there are plenty of examples of adding creative spins to the concept and making time-travel a novel idea again. “The Infinite Loop” #1 is the start of a new series that takes the idea of time-travel and adds a love story to that. What really sets the series apart from what we’ve seen before is the implementation of same-sex relationships.
“The Infinite Loop” #1 is about the protagonist, Teddy, as she strives to stop an organization from creating anomalies that disrupt the main timeline. She is assisted by her partner, Ulysses, and works for an organization that sets out to make sure that time stays in the infinite loop that it belongs in. Writer Pierrick Colinet is a new name in the industry, but has crafted a unique and intricate story driven by relationships. It’s clear that the partners have a solid relationship, but like most, it is marred by somewhat bumpy moments. The writer certainly understands how people work, and has no problem creating realistic people with believable motives.
Teddy is a character that is easy to fall in love with. She is likable throughout and has clearly had her heartbroken many times due to her sexuality not being accepted in multiple timelines. There is a lot we still don’t know about her, but I am definitely interested in learning more about her. The end of the issue gives readers hope that maybe she can have something real one day without it being violently taken away from her.
On art, newcomer Elsa Charretier delivers fantastic work to accompany the story. If it weren’t for her art, the story would feel much more a serious and a little less fun. Of course, the story still has its serious moments and none of these feel any less impactful because of the art. It’s delightfully simple, and sometimes looks a lot like Darwyn Cooke’s. Scenes with action are fun and move at a brisk pace, though sometimes it can be hard to piece together exactly where and when the characters are. This doesn’t detract too much from the story though. The characters are expressive, though there aren’t too many qualities that are unique to specific characters, with the exception of the woman we are introduced to at the end of the issue.