Of course, that’s a bit of an oversimplification. The issues in both the first arc and in this one are a lot more complex than that, and the metaphors and imagery used to highlight them are quite effective. Still, they’re not especially subtle.
If you’ll recall, Teddy, former time agent turned outlaw and freedom fighter, has found herself in a town wherein the citizens are all addicted to a virtual reality headset. Wearing the headset allows them to experience the lives they want, rather than forcing them to deal with the pain and sadness of their lives in the real world. Now, Teddy finds herself captured by the people who are keeping the townspeople addicted and docile.
Meanwhile, Ano, Teddy’s ex-wife and current secret paramour, addresses Congress and tries to show them evidence that the people called Anomalies, introduced in the first arc, are being woefully mistreated as they’re held in refugee camps with terrible living conditions. Congress doesn’t seem to want to listen.
There’s less action in this issue and more discussion of important social issues, affecting Teddy and Ano’s world, as well as our own. Still, it’s anything but boring. Whether it’s exploring the timestream or discussing the ins and outs of democracy vs. dictatorship, this comic is smart, interesting, and well written.
I’m fascinated to see how things play out in future issues, as well as how the issues and situations the characters deal with continue to parallel the problems in our own world. Science fiction has been used as a tool for social and political commentary pretty much since its inception. If you’re a fan of either and want to see them done well, then you’ll want to check out The Infinite Loop.