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A science-fiction series that asks the age-old question, "What would you risk for a chance at true love?" Meet Teddy, a young woman who lives in a faraway future where time traveling is a common practice and her job is to maintain the status quo by correcting time paradoxes. But when she meets Ano, "a time paradox" and the girl of her dreams, Teddy must decide between fixi ...more
Paperback, 152 pages
Published December 3rd 2015 by IDW Publishing
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Lindsay
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Teddy is a time-traveller, one of a small group tasked with suppressing temporal anomalies introduced by "forgers". Even though she's quite young she's a veteran in the group at four years of activity. And then she encounters a human-shaped anomaly, and even though love is one of the things that have been done away with in her home time, she immediately has a strong reaction to the person she's meant to "suppress". From there that sets Teddy against her own organization, which we find lots more ...more
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The best thing I can say about The Infinite Loop is that the artwork is quite lovely - very "Batman The Animated Series" feel to it (I kept waiting for the main character to don a Batgirl costume). But honestly, the plot was so heavy handed as to be plodding, dialogue disingenuous, and the story so unoriginally original as to be baffling. Every page is drawn/written not to further the story so much as slap you in the fac
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Mike
Aug 01, 2016 rated it liked it
What I like about this book:
A strong, smart female lead
Strong smart red-head highly competent female lead a la Robert A. Heinlein (only better)
A supportive, smart sidekick
A code of tolerance
Time travel, ray guns, dinosaurs
Beautiful art
Vibrant colors

What I did NOT like about this book:
Dialogue was often very confusing, and made the characters into caricatures.
Hand-waving manipulation of time travel and reality adjustment.
Unexplained time loops and unexplained multiple "timelines".
An
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Katbyrdie
BEST GRAPHIC NOVEL I'VE READ THIS YEAR!!!!!!!!! A time travel story starring a lesbian who will learn that when you turn your back on one group's suffering, there will eventually be no one left to protect you from your own. It's a sci-fi, graphic novel interpretation of Martin Niemöller's "First They Came" poem. I found myself falling in love with the main characters, crying with them, screaming their rally cry, I felt it all. So not only was I beyond captivated by the theme and characters, but ...more
Artemis
Time-travelling lesbian social justice warriors. That's what this comic is, in as much of a nutshell as I can make it.

'The Infinite Loop' is one of the most polarizing graphic novels I've ever read. It is massively political and is not subtle about it in the slightest - like nearly every page contains a political statement. And yet, I don't mind, in fact I think it works to its advantage. A story like this is certainly needed during such difficult times.

Teddy is a time-hopping agent, whose job
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Chantel (BW Book Reviews)
4/5 – This graphic novel was a lot of fun and while I didn’t completely understand the time travel elements, I had a blast. The main character is Teddy, a no-nonsense, strong woman who is also a lesbian. And a redhead. It’s becoming my new favorite trope, honestly.

This graphic novel is very much centered around the romance, which we don’t get a lot of development of, it starts out as lust and then there is a lot of yadda-yadda with regards to them falling in love. The stakes of the whole plot in
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Kristen
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I got the chance to read some of the single issues as they released but didn't catch the whole run so I was a little confused. I liked what I read enough to buy the trade and I am so glad I did!

Unabashedly political. Empowering, feminist, social justice-heavy. This is a book with a message and it's going to make sure you know it. Frankly, I love that about it. Comics are a medium just like any other, and they should be used to illustrate social inequalities and encourage people to break the stat
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Larakaa
Dec 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
this is so so so SO good! it's like the perfect update of Fahrenheit 451 and brave new world in one big time travel story!

FYI: I made a short video about it (in German): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cq6S6...
Cat  (cat-thecatlady)
Oct 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
this is the most confusing graphic novel I've ever read
full review here: https://catshelf.wordpress.com/2015/1...
Aleya
Sep 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I'm not quite sure how I feel about this. I like the message they were trying to send with this book, but it got a little too wibbly wobbly timey wimey. It also bugged me that there was insta-love. That bothered me more than the graphic scenes, although the suddenness of those was related to the insta-love. It was interesting but definitely not my favorite. I think they should have taken their time with this story. It felt too rushed and made it confusing.
Rahma Abdelrahman
Jul 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Cool concept. Intriguing artwork. Fine characters. The only problem is: the time travel concepts are confusing. I mean, what's even a time-space continuum? And how come Ano, for example, keeps appearing out of nowhere? I don't get it... but then again, maybe it's just me.
I'm still going to read the sequel though (we had such an open ending; there has to be a sequel, right?)

Correction: I will read the sequel as soon as it's translated to English 🙈
Derenai
Jun 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
Well, this was... not subtle at all. I guess this is supposed to be a feel-good story or something but it just doesn't work for me. The whole plot is just a thinly veiled excuse to convey a message and the whole thing felt more like a lecture than anything else. Also,there's no nuance whatsoever and everything is so rushed, I just couldn't feel any connexion to the characters. I mean, maybe it's my asexuality talking but I have a lot of trouble rooting for someone who decides in a split second t ...more
Hector Ibarraran
Dec 02, 2015 rated it liked it
This book is not as much of a story as it is a meditation on the cycle of violence and division that infects humanity since time immemorial. The protagonist is a vehicle to represent this loop, and the potential to break free from it. This book is timely and powerful. I enjoyed the art and the multilayered ways in which the authors manage to give the reader some agency in the way the story develops. I gave the book three stars because the main character lacked depth, and she really needed it. Al ...more
Noah Appelbaum
Feb 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
There are so many things I really, really liked about this book. Unfortunately, it just wasn't very good? The art is beautiful, the themes are poignant and relevant, and I love the way time travel is applied to the construction of the narrative. I want to like this book so much. Alas, the plot is a thin excuse for the platform, the dialogue is ham-fisted (I'm still not clear if this is a translation or written in a second language, which might give some reason for that at least), and the metapho ...more
Celia
Jul 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: queer, manga-comics
Eh. Wasn't super drawn in by the characters or plot.
Luiza Barreto
Nov 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
i don't read graphic novels but this one is so fun and the main couple is absolutely adorable!
Lo
freedom and girls in love fighting for freedom!!!!!!!!!!!!! and love!!!!!! also they made sartre as a snowman and i think that's beautiful
BrokenMnemonic
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cathryn, Cara Wynn-Jones
On the one hand, this is a little heavy-handed and not particularly subtle. On the other, it's a lot of fun, the artwork is stylized but very clear, and while the message is simple the pacing and the characters kept me reading through to the end. The only reason it took me so long to finish this one is that I had to read it over two occasions - once at work until I hit a part that was definitely NSFW, and then I finished it last night when I had the chance to sit down and read again.

There's a lo
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Cande
Trigger warning: transmisia, antiqueer comments

A science fiction comic with an f/f biracial couple that fights against hate. The story is kinda confusing at first although after some pages I felt so involved that I didn't care about anything else.

There are a lot of messages of hope and "fight back for you and the ones who can't". It was heartwarming and sweet, and I definitely appreciated these messages. There is also a genderqueer side character that calls out misconceptions and ignorance.

How
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Clay
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
I was first questioning the motives of Teddy at the start of the third issue. Why had she done what she had done? I re-read the first couple of pages from the second issue (debating with different images of herself) and got a good idea. The middle bits were good, but it all fell apart for me in the last two issues. It all got too confusing without any explanation or attempt to explain what and why and how. I can suspend disbelief for a lot of SF concepts, and I really love time travel tropes, bu ...more
Mirrun
Aug 01, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was not perfect, but the artwork was stunning, the concept was compelling, and the characters were instantly likeable/understandable/worth emotional investment. The premise of hunting temporal anomalies was simple enough to grasp with a brief introduction, but the execution of the later solutions to the central conflict were both unclear and heavyhanded. I found myself still caring how the story would resolve, but lacking any real interest in the means rendered on the page because they ...more
Kristin
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comixology
A wonderful story! There was a moment when I feared it was going to get too Pollyanna an ending, but while it definitely tied everything up in a convenient ending, it still felt satisfying. I don’t think I agree with the author about how important one specific experience is for the future, but that doesn’t get in the way of enjoying the beautiful, loving story woven around it
reQi
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq
perfekt tajming att läsa mellan ninefox gambit och raven stratagem (yoon ha lee) det blev lite som en tecknad timey wimey version. mä queerkamp! pride up! istället för man up är så jäla bra uttryck <3
Annasara
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
Vilken besvikelse. Tyckte om idén om anomalier och det övergripande budskapet, men manuset var stelt, kärleken omotiverad, karaktärerna klichéer och slutet var så otillfredsställande.
Ashley Lynne
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: i-own-it
I don’t even really know what to say about this. It just wasn’t for me.
Wendy Scodeller
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Best graphic novel I read in 2016.
CJ - It's only a Paper Moon
May 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
I love love love the art. It has a Bruce Timm feel that I adore and it lent itself well to the time slips and the time race with Ulysses.

And then it ended on a cliff hanger.
Tim
I loved the concept of the story and Elsa Charretier's art, but the writing and dialog get super stilted and are too reliant on pop culture references.
Jennifer
May 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
There were a lot of good themes throughout this story. However, I do feel that there were parts in the narrative that were a bit awkward and a bit too heavy on exposition. Love Año and Teddy.
Wolgan
Wow this book was good. It engaged me immediately and just kept getting better the further I read. I got chills at the end. Goddamn.
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