Writer: Pierrick Colinet
Arist: Elsa Charretier
The Infinite Loop #1 came out of nowhere last month and delivered a fresh take on the science-fiction genre. Teddy’s job is to correct anomalies that result from time paradoxes. She has always done her job without question until she runs into a young woman who appears to be a paradox herself.
The Infinite Loop #2 focuses on Teddy’s decision to hide and protect the woman who has suddenly captured her heart. Meanwhile she must also deal with the repercussions of her decisions as she is hunted by elite agents set to fix all anomalies and punish those who break the rules.
While the plot may sound somewhat familiar or cliché, the delivery of the story makes this series feel fun. The honest and fair depiction of same-sex romance also helps to make this title stand out from others on the shelves. None of the characters or interactions feel forced, making this book a pleasure to read so far. Pierrick Colinet is doing a fantastic job at developing his characters, especially Teddy. The feelings that she is developing for the anomaly feel natural, and her narration and feelings are often humorous.
While the story is enjoyable and provokes thought, it’s the art that ensures that this comic feels as fun as it is. It’s hard to see a different artist on this book, because anything else would significantly change the tone of the series. Most of the jokes rely on the art in order to succeed here. Teddy’s thought process is presented through diagrams and the “opinions” of other versions of her. The layout of the panels is charming and seeing every version of Teddy try to convince her to make the best decision often leads to a few laughs. Having other versions of yourself tell you what to do isn’t exactly normal, but it is presented in a way that feels human, and most readers will find themselves somehow relating to Teddy.
As for the art itself, it’s very cartoony, and is full of expressive characters. Even during times of distress, every panel is fun and makes the story feel light-hearted. The colors are always bright with simple schemes that ensure that there is never too much going on in a panel.