Review: Infinite Loop #2

The second issue of Infinite Loop came out from IDW this week, and the pressure was on to live up to not only the premiere issue, but to the hype that surrounds the series. Before reading this review, you can go check out my review of the first issue to see what I thought of that issue.

infiniteLoop02-cvrAInfinite Loop #2

(Writer) Pierrick Colinet
(Art/Cover) Elsa Charretier
(variant cover) Tim Sale

As Teddy hides The Girl Anomaly in her old apartment, the two girls get to know each other, and get closer. Until they learn that Teddy’s superiors sent special Unit 70 to hunt them down…. will they escape in time?

Now everything kicks into gear with this series. The science fiction seems extraordinary, yet tangible and real. Elsa Charretier’s art starts to take over, making the story flow from page to page. She draws the female anomaly in a way that makes it believable that Teddy can fall in love with her at first sight, and the longer she’s around, it gets more believable that she’s ready to throw her life to the wind for this woman. She also does a great job of conveying the Unit 70 agent’s ruthless arrogance in the pursuit of their job.

InfiniteLoop_02-pr-4The story is fully conveying the real story, an exploration of the coming out process in same sex relationships. The best science fiction will take modern day concepts and use analogies to get a point across. Here, Pierrick Colinet does an admirable job of conveying the danger many people feel as they find themselves in a relationship that seems magical but feel like they can’t share it without endangering their status at work or with family. The “letters page” also helps with this by allowing a reader to share their story, and in there, we see direct parallels.

C’mon, people, buy this book, even if you’re just a straight, white man. This series is saying something, and this year, that’s a lot more than what most comics are offering.