‘This Comic Advocates Female Characters’ The Infinite Loop #2 ReviewMay 31, 2015
This intriguing comic series continues in this thrilling and very entertaining second issue, which follows our time agent Teddy as she is conflicted about what to do with the anomaly. I won’t go far into the storyline, but this was a very satisfying instalment in this incredibly original and ambitious comic.
Teddy is a great lead character and she really helps the comic stay very engaging and enjoyable. She is, if I’m qualified to say, a relatable woman who struggles with the internal conflict on whether to do what she’s told, or to follow her heart. Her conflict is handled very well in this issue as we are introduced to manifestations of her mind and how she is going through the motions on what to do with this anomaly.
The artwork that sexualises the two female characters does not adhere to the conventional aesthetic aimed to please heterosexual males. While it does do that, this aspect aims to go for the feminist side of this comic and go for an impact on the lesbianism and gender equality, rather than the objectification of females for male readers and characters.
This comic has to be applauded for its feminist themes and tone. I’ve mentioned it multiple times but the comic is unapologetically advocates female characters and central roles. I applaud what this comic does and hope it is popular with the masses. It’s annoying that it has to brought up how a narrative follows a female instead of a male, but in our contemporary society, it’s worthy of note when a film, TV show, video game, or comic book takes this approach.
This issue does very well to set up the future of the comic and the characters that will serve as the antagonists. We get to see another side of the ‘time agents’ and how people can be mentally indoctrinated to follow orders. It holds quite a good social commentary on the wilful ignorance of soldiers and how they have been brainwashed to forget morals and independent thought. It’s always great to see messages like these embedded in comic books, and it certainly worked here.
It was this issue that really sets the tone for the series, that’s for sure. This issue is very crude and certainly not for children. I was surprised by the humour in this issue and how it doesn’t care about social context. There is one crude visual gag that definitely took me aback and made me look at the comic in a new light. It doesn’t care what you think about it, it marches to the beat of its own drum and is proud to do so. I for one, cannot wait to dive into the third issue upon its release.