Title: The Infinite Loop
Author: Pierrick Colinet
Release Date: December 1
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Source: Diamond Book Distributors on NetGalley (A copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.)
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A science-fiction series that asks the age-old question, “What would you risk for a chance at true love?” Meet Teddy, a young woman who lives in a faraway future where time traveling is a common practice and her job is to maintain the status quo by correcting time paradoxes. But when she meets Ano, “a time paradox” and the girl of her dreams, Teddy must decide between fixing the time stream or the love of her life, both of which have unique consequences. A dynamically graphic, science-fictiony, poetical, paradoxical wunderkind of a sexy, time-traveling, adventure-packed comic. (Source: Goodreads)
Teddy is a time traveller who fixez time paradoxes and anomalies. That is until she meets an anomaly she can’t erase, Ano, the girl of her dreams. Together they run away from the consequences of upsetting the time stream, only to upset things even more. As the world spirals out of control around their love the pair must face some tough decisions, fight or keep running?
The Infinite Loop was sort of a mess. It was confusing with a lot of strange twists and turns that were hard to follow. While the story was moving and quite beautiful, two women trying to stay together despite everything in the world trying to rip them apart, but the storytelling was kind of a mess. The art was absolutely beautiful however. This book touches on some really important topics like racial inequality, same sex marriage, and gender equality which was fantastic but of course was lost to the messy story.
Teddy is a woman who fixes time anomalies, she also doesn’t believe in falling in love because she’s seen how much it can screw up people’s lives. Of course this means she falls in love with a time anomaly. I liked this idea, I found it super charming in fact. I was also a huge fan of Teddy, both character wise and design wise. She’s a very strong character, well until a certain point and then suddenly she is such a coward it’s beyond annoying. Her design was absolutely stunning and reminded me a little of Rosie the Riveter. The anomaly she falls in love with, Ano, was also gorgeous. I loved her curiosity and her sense of justice, which were paired with this sort of ethereal beauty that made her seems so otherworldly and just exactly what Teddy needed. They were a charming pair.
The trouble came as they began making paradoxes and anomalies so as to defeat Teddy’s boss and be able to be together. At least I think that’s what was going on? To be honest I was really lost the further I got into the story. Everything got bogged down in these jarring transitions page-to-page and panel-to-panel. It was hard to follow what Teddy was doing as she raced through the past, future, and present trying to save Ano from being deleted from history entirely. They solved things in the end…I think? The art and artistic sense of this book was great, but it kind of left the readability of the book in a weird place because things sort of disappeared into the art and the storytelling got sloppy.
I didn’t really enjoy this, or I was enjoying it and then things just got swallowed up into the messy storytelling and I couldn’t enjoy it anymore. It was sort of a let down, which is a shame because it had some great potential.