John Barber and Steve Kurth sat down for an interview with Flickering Myth regarding their work on Schick Hydrobot and the Transformers which acted as a tie-in comic book (albeit loosely) for Transformers: The Last Knight.
John, you’ve been working with IDW on Transformers for several years now and are currently writing the Optimus Prime title. What’s the difference for you between writing in that universe and the movie-verse?
JB: The biggest thing is that the IDW comics have a vast universe where the comics are fully driving the storytelling. Everyone at Hasbro and IDW and the people that are working on the comics are all focused on the comics’ stories. It’s important to tell a story that still has importance for the characters and that means something, but the movies are so big, cost so much, take so long and involve so many people to make them—they’re necessarily driving the storytelling car. That said—I got my start writing Transformers on movie tie-in comics, and I’d love to get to do some again in the future.
What can you tell us about the new Autobot, the Schick superhero Hydrobot?
JB: It’s interesting because, you’ll see in the new comic book, nobody knows if he’s an Autobot or a Decepticon. Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, and Hound think the Schick Hydrobot is a Decepticon, and when they try to track him down, they learn the truth: he’s a superhero fighting for good, helping to protect and defend against irritation, and just wants to help people with his quick wits and acrobatic abilities. Prior to this, you might have seen him on TV commercials, and through the new comic book, “Schick Hydrobot and the Transformers,” we finally learn his origin.
SK: My favorite thing about Hydrobot so far is that he expresses himself through actions. He’s tiny with a big heart and, because of his lack of speech, is showing you everything you need to know about him through his actions.
Check out the full interview at Flickering Myth.