‘The Infinite Loop #1:’ Advance Comic Book Review

Time is a flat circle. Everything that has happened, will happen, forever. That philosophy, previously expressed in True Detective, is also a good description of the philosophy in The Infinite Loop. At least, it’s the philosophy of the society in the comic. Whether the creators actually agree with it remains yet to be seen.

Teddy is a time agent. Her job is to find anomalies caused by temporal saboteurs, terrorists, and general mischief-makers and fix them to preserve the timeline. Guided from her present by her friend Ulysses, she traipses all over history, locating out-of-place artifacts and occasionally doing battle with T-rexes.

The world Teddy comes from has eliminated the hatred that causes pain, suffering, and destruction in the world—and in so doing has also eliminated love, which has been identified as the source of much of that hate. Will this philosophy pan out, or will love in all of its messy, stupid glory conquer all? Well, it’s only the first issue, so we don’t really know yet. I’m guessing it’ll be closer to the latter, though.

This is a fun comic so far, with an interesting premise and, of course, plenty of awesome time travel. The way I’ve described the plot sounds fairly standard, but it’s told in a unique and engaging way—which involves flowcharts.

There are also just tons of pop culture references. Seriously, tons. Most of them are subtle, some of them subtle enough that they might go over a lot of heads. Others are a bit more direct, but still not obtrusive. They’re just there. Everywhere. From Star Trek to Star Wars to Community to Jurassic Park, and more, this comic is like a pop culture scavenger hunt. Not that that’s a bad thing.

This is a pretty fun introduction to what promises to be an engaging and action-packed mini-series (with 6 issues total). If you’re a fan of time travel, you’ll want to check this one out.

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