The first issue of Transformers: Till All Are One
is right around the corner, being due some time in June. It reunites the Combiner Hunters
team of writer Mairghread Scott and artist Sara Pitre-Durocher, and we're really looking forward to it here at TFormers. To promote the book, Scott has given an interview to Newsarama explaining her vision for the book as the "most human" of the Transformers titles, and the state of Cybertron as the series begins. Keep reading for excerpts, textless previews of the interior art and a link to the full interview!
Newsarama: "Till All Are One" is a very hallowed phrase in the Transformers mythos. What does it mean here for this new series?
Mairghread Scott: “Till All Are One” is a double-edged sword in our series. Our characters' main challenge right now is integration: Autobots and Decepticons, colonists and Cybertronians, various religious and political factions. These people know they need help to survive, but getting that help from former enemies is a hard pill to swallow. On the other hand, the threat of empire is always there. If Cybertron falls back under a totalitarian government and 'all' are forced to become 'one' it can be just as damaging. So everyone is working toward this single phrase, but in very different ways.
Nrama: So how does this fit in with the other Transformers titles at IDW?
Scott: Till All Are One is the dominant title for all things Cybertron. While John Barber continues to do great work on Earth in Transformers and James Roberts explores the outer reaches of space in More Than Meets The Eye, we want to cover what's happening on the home front. Of course there will be overlap when needed, but we're all striving for stand-alone series for those who can't make it through three books a month. But really...you should get them all, they're great!
Nrama: How did this series come about? Is it something you pitched to do, or something IDW asked you to work on specifically?
Scott: We weren't sure when Windblade ended if we'd be able to do any more so we crammed as much plot in as we could. So when John Barber asked what I'd do with an ongoing, it took me a minute to figure out which of the many toys I'd grabbed I'd like to play with first. I'm glad I took the time to find it.
Till All Are One is going to explore and spotlight a variety of characters from across the spectrum of Transformers works, but in a single cohesive story. My goal isn't to hit everyone at once, but to bounce back and forth, to touch on the people that are rebuilding this world so that we're less of a classic 'team' book and more the story of a people and their struggles. Of course, some characters will always be at the heart of things, Windblade and Starscream in particular. But I've always been a character-focused writer and I want it to feel like Cybertron as a planet is changing and growing, not just a single character or a handful of them.
And for the record, Sara Pitre-Durocher has posted to Twitter that the colors seen in the previews are not final: