Review – The Infinite Loop TP (IDW Publishing)

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Publisher: IDW Publishing
Writer: Pierrick Colinet
Artist: Elsa Charretier
Release Date: 18th November, 2015

I love this book.

For a start, it’s beautiful with relatively simple, almost old fashioned artwork balanced by dynamically arranged panels and a soft range of colours to create a very pleasing visual experience.

The story itself – and I don’t want to give too much away – deals with a time travelling cop who erases potentially harmful anomalies from the time stream, until one turns out to be a pretty girl and she fall in love with her. Of course, this doesn’t sit well with our heroine’s superiors and all hell breaks loose, across and between time.

As a bonus there are little nods to pop culture icons like Star Trek, Star Wars and the Steve Jackson Choose Your Own Adventure books which light me up like a Christmas tree.

There is also some pretty heavy philosophy thrown in, from the story of Aun San Suu Kyi to a little Nazi propaganda by way of balance. This is not your common or garden comic book.

There are themes being explored here which go far beyond the norm for the comic medium and what’s most refreshing is the almost offhand way that issues like same sex relationships and non-binary gender identity are presented and the way issues like authority’s right to kill and people’s willingness to be prejudiced against others are tackled head on.

This book will challenge your preconceptions and make you think about your decisions, and that is almost the most complimentary thing I can say about any work of art.

Infinite Loop is a beautifully crafted tale of duty, oppression, forbidden love, challenging authority, fighting for what you believe in and it’s sexy, action packed, intelligent and though provoking.

Rating: 5/5.

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The writer of this piece was: Chris Napier
Christopher Tweets from @chriscrowing

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