A Book About Time Travel

The Infinite Loop, written and lettered by Pierrick Colinet, and illustrated and colored by Elsa Charretier, was published in 2015. It is a graphic novel.

The first line of dialog is: “We’re doing today what someone did yesterday, and another will do tomorrow.

Infinite LoopTeddy is a professional time traveler. Her job is to hunt down anomalies and preserve the natural order of time. Every grain of sand must come back to its exact position. The infinite loop of events must not be broken.

As the story opens, Teddy is driving across the Nevada desert in 1964. She just got back from 1809. Teddy and her teammate Ulysses are protecting the world from time-forging terrorists.

Out in the desert is a stash of time anomalies stored away, waiting to be suppressed: a phonograph from 1889, a bird cage from the near future, a light saber from a long time ago and far far away, a T-Rex, and so on. That’s Teddy’s job.

Meanwhile, Ulysses has a crush on Teddy, but she rebuffs him.

In 1970 New York, near Christopher Street, Teddy finds another sort of anomaly: A beautiful, mysterious, purple-haired woman who calls herself Ano. Teddy knows she should do her job and suppress the anomaly. But she can’t seem to do it. Teddy wonders if she has fallen in love.

By failing to suppress the anomaly, Teddy suddenly becomes wanted as a suspected time terrorist.

Poor Ulysses is torn between protecting his friend and doing his job, all while dealing with the jealousy of seeing his crush in the arms of someone else.

The Infinite Loop is a story about lovers on the run, forming a forbidden relationship. It’s also a complex tale of time loops and paradoxes.

It’s a story about universal civil rights across time.

Infinite Loop panelI loved the artwork. It’s simple, with just enough detail to get the point across. The colors are vibrant. The page layouts are inventive and interesting. Action is shown in surprising ways.

There’s a flow chart on one page in which you can determine if you’d survive a fight with a T-Rex. When Teddy faces a decision, the page splits down the middle, vertically, and becomes a mini “Choose Your Own Adventure”, with one side leading to “The End” and the other instructs you to continue to the next chapter.

The weak part of this story, for me, was the characters. I never really connected with anyone. Teddy is devoted to doing the right thing, but even when it’s shown that she has a dark side, her decision to break the law for the sake of love didn’t feel like she was making that tough of a decision. Ulysses, when he was dealing with his feelings versus his duty, was interesting, but then he settles into a predictable pattern and sort of disappears. Tina is given enough of a back story to give her a very good reason to be a bad guy, but she is ultimately the standard power-hungry “annihilate them all!” bad guy. And Ano is just there, having trouble keeping her clothes on.

There is nudity in The Infinite Loop.

So, this is my impression of The Infinite Loop: I loved the artwork, I liked the story, and felt okay about the characters.

Why I chose this book:

I chose it entirely by chance.

There is a folder on our computer that contains some eBooks that Phillip bought from Humble Bundle a long time ago. I’ve never really explored these eBooks because I simply forget they’re there. Even in times when I’ve been looking for something to read, I don’t think to look in the Humble Bundle folder.

Recently, something made me remember that folder. I picked The Infinite Loop at random, knowing nothing about it, and uploaded it to my Kobo Mini eReader – just to have it there in the future. It turned out to be a graphic novel. My Kobo Mini does an excellent job of displaying text, but it’s not suited for graphic novels, because of its size, and the fact that it displays only black and white. So, I downloaded Calibre to our computer. Of course, I had to test out our new toy. I read the first few pages and realized that The Infinite Loop fit at least two categories in the Challenge. So I kept reading.

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