IDW’s INFINITE LOOP is one of those books that is topical and real while staying firmly planted in the extraordinary. It takes the time travel trope and does something new by way of highlighting the modern hysteria concerning civil rights issues. Pierrick Colinet and Elsa Charretier paint a grim picture of modern politics while staying somewhat optimistic and throwing in enough flavor to keep a balance between entertainment and education.

The victims in this story are what could be described as time immigrants, called anomalies in the book: displaced from their home time and put into camps separate from the rest of society. While many stories with a political slant feel a need to hammer their point home, or simply take on a grittier tone that associates politics and nihilism a bit too close, INFINITE LOOP #2 uses social commentary as a backdrop for family drama. It’s a dynamic that has existed in comics since at least the X-Men, and one that allows for much more freedom in a narrative. While it’s true that it’s easier to market a character whose image is refined (think Wolverine or Spawn) there has been a rise in comics of stories that the reader can more closely relate to, experienced by characters that resemble them.

Along with an eye for contemporary fashion and an emphasis on diversity, Danielle Di Nicuolo’s art brings life to the everyday struggle of modern politics in a way the news or film never could. This stylized approach common to the medium does more to capture the emotion of the situation, with somber moments given less attention by Nicuolo’s pen. Tense scenes, most notably in this issue a debate in congress over anomaly rights, are visually jarring in the best way, and Nicuolo’s ability to foreshadow without or in a way the compliments dialogue is what comics are all about.

INFINITE LOOP #2 continues a narrative that is equal parts espionage, politics, and commentary on the conflicts that love brings us. There are no heroes in this book, but heroic actions by the few characters you should care about. While you probably haven’t broken through the timestream, you more than likely have felt helpless under a narrow-minded government, or dealt with a fragmented family life. Colinet and Charretier navigate these uncomfortable topics with an ever present hope, which is hard in an era where it is so tempting to give up.

(W) Pierrick Colinet, Elsa Charretier (A) Daniele Di Nicuolo (CA) Elsa Charretier

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