I would suggest, based on the various documented interviews and comments and forum issues around AHM, you were right to feel distrustful of IDW editorial. That ushered in a period of creative who seemed almost embarrassed to be working on a "toy book" outside of the artists (and while I still really dislike his movie-style designs, boy did fandom destroy Don F during the ongoing). I agree with basically everything you said. What drew me in about Infiltration was that it was "something new." It actually went back to "robots in disguise" as a concept and took it in a different direction. Dead Universe seemed like more of the same; his mystical stuff didn't land at all. It feels like IDW, then, and right now, needs some level of "direction." Like where is this going? What is the end game? How can we work this together? If SimFur ended up just pulling things out of his arse with no clear throughline or plan, it feels like Barber and JRo are doing the same now. I know Roberts says he has the ending in mind, and I believe him. As a writer, things change, and it certainly feels like editorial has both hampered him and not helped him at the same time... if that makes sense? Between crossovers or forced things, but then not stepping in to help guide or make more concise his stories.