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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Even In-Universe, it's debated how much Shadowplay influenced Shockwave. He thinks he was always a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing while others think he was genuinely a good guy.
  • And the Fandom Rejoiced: Bludgeon and Monstructor finally die.
  • Awesome Moment of Crowning: No matter what one might think of the finale, one can't deny it was awesome to see Superion return.
  • Base Breaker: Slide and Pyra Magna. Their frustrations with Optimus are understandable but given that... Unicron is attacking, you'd think they'd stop whining for a second and try to help out.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The skeletal Maximals boarding Bludgeon's Worldsweeper. These "true forms" of the Maximals (which visuals suggest are in fact a mutation brought about by Unicron's power) are never touched on again.
  • Broken Base:
    • Involving the other franchises in the battle against Unicron. Make sense on account of it being their galaxy as well or unnecessary in a blatantly Transformers event?
      • And if it does make sense, was it the right thing to by having them all be Demoted to Extra and leaving the Transformers as the stars or should they have had a more prominent role in the fight?
      • The real problem is this being both written and perceived as just a Transformers comic, when in reality it's the Grand Finale to the Hasbro Comic Universe. As such, none of the other titles (ROM, Micronauts, Action Man, G.I. Joe, M.A.S.K.) get proper closure.
    • Unicron's origin with him being a Mad Scientist's creation (ala the G1 cartoon) instead of the dark god he's usually portrayed as. Made even worse since not only does magic and cosmic horror exist in the 'verse, both Optimus Prime and Lost Light had shown everything mystical about Transformers (Primus, the Thirteen, Vector Sigma) is mundane in this timeline.
    • Unicron destroying Cybertron and Earth escaping unharmed. Especially since the reason Unicron doesn't instantly attack Earth is a giant Plot Hole (He doesn't attack due to the Talisman being on Earth, yet attacked Cybertron despite the device being present) and that the increased focus on Earth has been a large point of contention ever since All Hail Optimus wrapped up.
    • The Prysmosians again escaping without any consequences. Some are happy to pretend the Visionaries never showed up while others would rather they suffer horrible deaths.
    • The Lost Light crew sitting out the battle. Was it best to leave their adventures as the only purely Transformers stories left in the HCU or should they have joined in? This question seems to have split the fanbase right down the middle.
    • The series as a whole. A good ending to IDW or a rushed, underwhelming, mess? It's generally agreed that the first half of the story (the half that has Cybertron) was stronger than the second.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • The Maximals. They're just Cannon Fodder for Unicron and are so petty that they're willing to let him kill everything because Shockwave took advantage of their religion.
    • Unicron. Despite being the title character, he's just a Generic Doomsday Villain and isn't even sentient, just a superweapon used to fulfill Shockwave's goals as opposed to the massively arrogant god he usually is.
    • Pretty much all of the non-Transformers characters. The only ones who get to affect the plot in any way are Rom and the Space Knights, and even then, nothing in this comic ties in with their war against the Dire Wraiths beyond a single moment of tension between the two factions. 
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • The story starts In Medias Res with Unicron having destroyed most of the Cybertronian colonies. Given that Unicron is a Transformers villain (and that this is, for all intents and purposes, a Transformers comic) having the Transformer planets (who'd been the subject of rich World Building before a bridge was dropped on them) fight against the Chaos Bringer could have made for a much more endearing plot to many.
    • Given that the Transformers comics were rebooted the following year, many anticipated Optimus pulling a Flashpoint style ending that gave the Transformers their second chance.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic:
    • Given that they reforged their planet into Unicron and sent their weapon out to destroy the whole galaxy, does anyone actually feel bad for the Antillans? What happened to them was a tragedy, and no one would blame them for hating the Cybertronians, but you'd be hard-pressed to find a fan going into Draco in Leather Pants territory with them.
    • Pyra Magna and Slide. Given that they're still more concerned with their personal beefs with Optimus in the middle of the apocalypse, their complaints start coming off more as Wangst than anything else. Even the other characters want them to shut up at this point.
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