Zombies are invading the multiverse, and the only people who can stop them are Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning! Wait, that’s not quite right. Abnett and Lanning – affectionately known as DnA – are the architects of IDW’s massive crossover Infestation, which pits zombies against G.I. Joe, Star Trek, Transformers, and Ghostbusters. DnA are taking the writing chores on Infestation #1 and #2, as well as the two issue Transformers mini-series in the middle.
With the crossover just getting rolling, we decided to check in with DnA about how they got involved, why there are more robot vs. robot fights in part one than robot vs. zombie fights, and where Infestation may head next:
Geek: Now that the first issue of Infestation is out there, I think we have a clearer idea how this event is working; but for those that didn't pick it up, give us the lowdown.
DnA: Originating in the ‘IDW’ Universe, the home Universe of CVO, Zombies versus Robots etc, there’s been a deadly viral outbreak. The infestation is making zombies out of organic and inorganic creatures alike! CVO fights to stop this plague, but disaster strikes and it escapes via an interdimensional portal, infecting OTHER iterations of reality... The universes of Transformers, Star Trek, GI Joe and Ghostbusters. Then the REAL fun begins!
Geek: Given the amount of hype for the "crossover" elements of this story, it was surprising to see us start with lesser-known vampire characters. Why was this important?
DnA: We wanted to ground it in a ‘core’ universe, and also in a continuity that we could fully control and mete out evenly (and appropriately) between the other books. It seemed much more unbalanced to start it in, say, GI Joe, and have, say, Star Trek be obliged to play along.
Geek: How much coordination goes into having, essentially, five series telling the same story?
DnA: A lot. It’s not the differences in continuity that present the biggest headaches; it’s crafting something that is malleable enough to suit the very different tones of the brands involved. We want individual stories that are true to the spirits of the universes we’re visiting. Read More...