ComicsAlliance has just posted an interview with Mairghread Scott, writer of Windblade, about the upcoming Combiner Wars crossover! Revealed is the length of the crossover- six issues over the course of three months - and the fact that Windblade is going to continue on as a book after its conclusion and that Scott has longterm plans for the series and character. Scott also drops hints about a character she's wanted to write for ages making an appearance... Keep reading for excerpts and a link to the full interview!
ComicsAlliance: Windblade returns as the first part of the big Transformers crossover story, “Combiner Wars.” First of all – what are the Combiner Wars? Who is involved in the event?
Mairghread Scott: ”Combiner Wars” is a six-issue event crossing over the books Transformers (written by John Barber) and Transformers: Windblade (written by me). “Combiner Wars” is also an epic, political and actual battle over the future of Cybertron as Starscream (ruler of the entire planet) tries to establish the largest empire Cybertron has ever seen – and pretty much everyone from Optimus to Ironhide tries to stop him.
Sarah Stone and Livio Ramondelli bring some really eye popping art that fans of Transformers are going to love and non-fans are going to be blown away by. A great jumping-on point for the series, we’ve tried to make “Combiner Wars” the sort of summer blockbuster that delivers on story as well as visuals. Secrets will be revealed! Giant robots will beat each other into the ground! If you’ve never given us a try before, now is the time.
CA: The big event of “Combiner Wars,” then, is the arrival of the Combiners to the Transformers Universe – which allows bots to combine with one another and form, y’know, massive robots. What does their appearance mean for the Transformers characters in general?
MS: Combiners are the A-bombs of the Transformer world, but they are A-bombs with their own thoughts and feelings. Whoever can gain the loyalty of Combiners will be unstoppable — for as long as they can hold it.
CA: How have you found co-writing the story with John Barber? Has it changed the way you approach your writing at all?
MS: John has been a great writing partner. He has a hilarious sense of irony that comes through on every page. You can feel Optimus’ frustration that some ‘Bots just… won’t… LISTEN! You get these delicious little character beats and it’s really forced me to up my game in that department. Between my punching and his talking, we make a nice team.
CA: Working with Sarah Stone again, how has your collaboration changed and grown since the first miniseries? Do you find you can both experiment a lot more, now you’re more used to how each other works?
MS: I definitely feel like I have a better sense of how to write for Sarah’s art, but we have a whole new set of challenges in this story and we’re trying to push the envelope as hard as ever. That great sense of movement in Windblade is now going to go up against this tremendous sense of scale as characters the size of office buildings fight against, and among, characters that don’t want to be squished.
Even with giant robots, Sarah’s art never loses its “humanity.” Her characters are bright and expressive in a way that keeps reminding you that these are people. And we put those people through the wringer, which makes for even more good art.
The other artist on the event is Livio, and where Sarah excels at making Transformers more human, Livio really pushes their more alien aspects. They’re big and statuesque. When Livio draws Cybertron, there’s no question you’re on an alien world where things operate on a bigger, grander scale. Both of them together form a dynamic I think readers are really going to enjoy.
CA: What plans do you have for her going forward? Is it right to say that the book will be continuing onwards as a series, even after “Combiner Wars” wraps up?
MS: It is absolutely right to say. Transformers: Windblade will not only continue after “Combiner Wars,” it will be dealing with the events of “Combiner Wars” for a long time. As far as plans go, I have way more plans than I should, for a lot of characters.
Almost none of them are nice though.