Arc Words: "Starscream cares for nothing and no one but himself". At first, Windblade is crushed by this revelation about Cybertron's new leader but later uses that exact same phrase to realize she can manipulate his ruthless self-interest to her advantage.
Even Evil Has Standards: Swindle and (Tall) Tankor both served with Starscream back in the war and even they think he's bad news.
Swindle:(drunkenly) I mean, there's selling bots out, and there's selling bots out. You know what I mean?
Expy: Chromia's appearance and personality are distinctly reminiscent of Prime Arcee, to the point where the upcoming Chromia toy is actually an extensive remould of the Prime Arcee toy.
Eye Scream: After the Explosion we see the effects through Windblade's eyes which have a bunch of cracks, and her left eye is shut after the explosion implying it was at least partly smashed. Though by the end it's fixed up.
Foreshadowing: Some of Metroplex's ramblings turn out to be descriptions of the lost Cybertronian colonies.
Guile Hero: Windblade. Manages to convince Starscream to drop everything against them, including the fact that Chromia was this close of destroying Iacon, and instead cover everything up in exchange of him getting all the glory of, once Metroplex is in better shape, use his space bridge and bring in all the other cybertronian colonies spread in the universe. Right before that? She was about to be killed by Starscream himself.
Good Guy Bar: Carrying over from RID: Blurr's bar welcomes Autobots, former Decepticons and Neutrals they all get along, tell stories and complain about Starscream.
Hand Wave: The explanation for female Transformers amounts to "their ancestors ended up on another world and they evolved differently" and the discussion of it drops there, continuing the franchise's tendency to use the MST3K Mantra in regards to Transformers having gender. note The IDW continuity is pretty much the only version of the franchise so far to have an actual explanation for Cybertronian gender, even if in the past, its most famous writer back then had pushed for Cybertronians as a One Gender/No Gender race.
Both the subject of their being female and the lack of a detailed explanation are lampshaded by Rattrap, who asks Chromia "what's up with you both being called 'she'" - getting 'being completely ignored' as his only reply.
Hypocrite: Quite easy to miss. Windblade talks about respecting Starscream because he's in charge. In the same breath, she calls him and all politicians creeps. More poignant once you realize that cityspeakers are apparently subservient to figures of authority due to their roles as pretty much Titan maidens.
I Did What I Had to Do: Essentially Chromia's defense for planting the bomb in the Acrolight District that killed three people. She believed that Windblade would be blamed for it and be driven from Cybertron where she would be forced to return to Caminus.
Idiot Ball: It took 6 months for Windblade to try to figure out Starscream. This might be the result of the editiorial choice to have all 3 titles have a 6 month timeskip after the events of Dark Cybertron, thus probably making it more jarring than it should be.
In Vino Veritas: Windblade buys a bunch of rounds for several 'Bots at Blurr's bar, getting all of them drunk in order to try to get more information regarding Starscream. What she finds terrifies her.
Windblade: Starscream cares for nothing and no one but himself.
It's All About Me: Starscream really comes across like this, but it's Starscream so you kind of expect it.
Let's Get Dangerous: Windblade, Chromia and the barguys infiltrate the Metroplex "mine" to stop the Terrorcons.
Lost Colony: Windblade and Chromia hail from one in the form of Caminus, a Metrotitan that crash-landed on another world millions of years ago with a hot spot inside it. It's also apparently in trouble. Issue #4 reveals that there are other lost colonies out there too that are descended from the crews of other Metrotitans and we're given glimpses of a few of them; a world that seems reminiscent of Velocitron, a world of Micromasters, and a world of Fuzors.
Mama Bear: Chromia to Windblade in a big way, to the point where protecting Windblade is her only priority, such as abandoning her Cybertronian allies in Starscream's secret mine because Windblade was in danger. Chromia is so focused on getting Windblade back to Caminus in one piece that she plants the Acrolight bomb, sabotaging Windblade's own mission so that she'll be forced to leave Cybertron and return home in one piece. She basically dismisses the deaths of three Cybertronians in the explosion as irrelevant when Windblade confronts her about it.
Miko: Windblade, and other Cityspeakers like her, are basically shrine maidens for the Titans. She even states they alter their faces to look like Caminus'.
Mind Meld: Windblade with Metroplex, which is how she's able to figure out that Chromia was the one setting up the blackouts to power up the space bridge.
Mook Carryover: With Megatron gone the Terrorcons have moved to working under Starscream.
Mundane Utility: Windblade uses her sword as a sort of torchlight in issue 1.
Mythology Gag: Chromia gets flustered when Windblade jokes about telling Ironhide that Chromia thinks he's mopey, in an allusion to the fact that the two were a couple in the original cartoon.
Starscream acts far more like his Transformers Prime counterpart than G1 Starsceam. Not surprising, given the writer of this series has also written episodes for that series.
A car shows up in the final issue that has a suspicious resemblance to Knock Out of Transformers Prime, and in the letters section Scott mentioned wanting to find a way to make him show up in IDW. Scott later outright identified the car as Knock Out over Tumblr.
Paparazzi: Circuit and Longtooth, continually annoy people with their interviews and filming. This proves to be a double edged sword, they irritate and spy on people, but they also avoid being Strawman News Media by keeping Starscream under a magnifying glass.
Plot Detour: Windblade and Chromia, knowing that Metroplex is having an outage, and if not corrected might lead to his death, decide to call it a day. With Chromia going to her quarters, and Windblade going to the bar. Might come off as an Idiot Ball.
Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Windblade and Chromia tag-up with Blurr and the bar-goers to stop The Terrorcons mining Metroplex.
Red Herring: Rattrap must be the bad guy, and pulling a Starscream on Starscream himself, right? Turns out he wasn't and even Starscream seems dissapointed that wasn't the case.
Red Oni, Blue Oni: Winblade being Red, Chromia being Blue. They'r even colored that way.
The Scapegoat: Starscream tells Windblade outright that if things don't get fixed, he will make sure the populace knows it's her fault.
Chromia planted the Acrolight bomb in the hopes that Windblade would be blamed for it and be forced to leave Cybertron and return to Caminus in one piece.
Small Name, Big Ego: Fizzle thinks he's famous because he used to be part of the Lost Light's crew.
Strawman News Media: Averted, much like Blaster's media pre-war, the post-war news crew doesn't seem to have a political agenda beyond keeping the people both informed and entertained. Though unlike Blaster the current government is powerful enough to censor them.
The Cameo: Optimus, Ultra Magnus, Shockwave, Thunderclash and Nautica appear in flashbacks.
Villain with Good Publicity: Played with, he's managed to get the public under his control to an extent, though there are still numerous people in ever faction who doubt him. As RID showed, keeping up the appearance is very difficult and Starscream always has to watch himself. In Issue 2, Windblade goes public with her concerns to Circuit and Longtooth once she has found evidence of something going on inside Metroplex.