How do you change the way people think? From racism to bigotry there has been a chain of hate that hasn’t broken for centuries. In a way it’s a loop, always culminating to deaths or actions, but never changing a thing. This comic is about that, but woven into a time travel, dimension hopping action story…is it good?
The Infinite Loop #3 (IDW)
The story is all about Teddy, a “time anomalies” policewoman who destroys them before they mess up the timestream. She destroys anything from a T-Rex to an ancient urn from Rome all to ensure these things that pop into the timestream aren’t going to mess up the order. She’s been doing this job for four years now, much longer than most who are still sane, and her latest anomaly has gotten her in a lick of trouble. The problem is the anomaly is a gorgeous woman, a woman she herself finds attractive, and what spins from this science fiction tale is a story about forbidden love and being okay with who you are.
Writer Pierrick Colinet does a great job setting up Teddy’s confusion and frustration with not knowing what she wants. She knows she’s attracted to this female anomaly—the first anomaly that has taken on a human form before—but she doesn’t know how to manage these emotions she’s feeling. We quickly learn she has a system in place to keep herself sane in times of confusion like this. Of course this system is there to deal with mind bending science fictiony things, but it’s safe to say Colinet is exploring an aspect many LGBT people deal with too. How do you live in a world, and with yourself, when you’re told something that is natural to you is sick? It’s a compelling problem and it’s weaved into the science fiction story so well it may just get bigoted people thinking.
The meat of this issue is very much a chase sequence, albeit with some fun, introspective moments for Teddy. The layouts continue to be interesting, like the line above that draws the reader from top to bottom visually as the story unfolds. A big reason why this comic works so well is Elsa Charretier’s art which does a fantastic job with Teddy’s expressions. Subtle eye movements tell a lot of what Teddy is feeling or thinking which helps aid in her discomfort. There is a bit of nudity in this issue, but cast in this cartoony light it’s more innocent and character-driven to the story itself.
The only problem I found with this issue was the exposition-heavy opening as Teddy explains how she keeps her sanity after doing her job for so many years. It’s a very slow start to the issue which makes it tough to want to keep going at times. After these first five pages—which still hold value mind you—the action picks up and the plot thickens effectively.
Mind bending, literally.
Is It Good?
The story of a dimension hopping time traveler is fun and interesting made all the more compelling due to a fantastic story about breaking the infinite loop of hate.
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