Whirl delivers a speech to an unknown group of people. He expresses embarrassment, and says he's not good at speeches. he thanks the unknown party for helping him work through his issues. Then Cyclonus walks in looking for one of his friends, and the audience sees that Whirl is talking to a bunch of Sweep Corpses that he's been mutilating, and is about to destroy. It's horrifying, and then this little bit of dialogue is exchanged
Whirl "Haven't you heard of knocking?"
(Cyclonus) "What the Hell are you doing in here?!"
MTMTE ISSUE 2:
Some Black Comedy when Brainstorm and Rodimus talk about the Lost Light's quantum jump error:
Brainstorm: [...] The first rule of interstellar travel—never stand next to a quantum generator when it's about to flout the laws of physics. Rodimus: So who broke the rule? Brainstorm: Um... good question. One of the Duobots, I think. Shock? Ore? I can never remember which is which... the blue one. Ore. He's sort of been—what's the scientific term?—Totally mashed into the generator itself. Rodimus: That sounds—that sounds terrible. Brainstorm: Oh, in many respects it is. But look on the bright side: at least it'll be easy to tell 'em apart from now on.
Tailgate's reaction to finding out that he's been out of commission for six million years.
Swerve explaining the quest of the Lost Light to Skids:
Swerve: Nah, I'm just messing with you. We're actually looking for the Knights of Cybertron, a mythical group of supremely powerful do-gooders who left our homeworld 10 million years ago to civilize the galaxy, leaving a trail of breadcrumbs in the form of a star map inside a dead Matrix.
Skids: Yeah...I kinda liked the first one better?
Whirl had beaten up and thrown Cyclonus off a cliff in a previous issue. Whirl apologizes, by dodging all responsibility and trying to glaze it over. Cyclonus gives him a hug, and then whispers that he will kill Whirl, someday.
MTMTE ISSUE 3:
This gem, after Trailbreaker asks if anyone has ever seen a Sparkeater before.
Ultra Magnus: "I once arrested a Decepticon who thought he was a Sparkeater. He called himself the Dark Assassin, Devourer of Souls and Propagator of Infinite Sin. His real name was Blip."
Whirl comes face to face with the Sparkeater and nearly blows it up. Trailbreaker spots him and stops him, because hitting an open spark could destroy half the ship, Whirl's response: "Which half?"
"I'M TOO SMART TO DIE!"
MTMTE ISSUE 4:
This exchange between Ultra Magnus and Tailgate:
"I'm not convinced you're paying attention."
"...what? Oh. Sorry—I, er, I thought I saw some graffiti on your desk. Yeah, some—some really tiny graffiti. 'Ultra Magnus is an O.C.D. control freak who uses learning to hurt people.' But it was just a speck of dirt."
"It's okay, sir—it's gone. It can't hurt you now."
This exchange between Ratchet and Drift, right after Drift slashed the infected Dent:
Ratchet: "What was that?"
Drift: "I don't know, but I think it was infected."
Ratchet: "I'm talking about you! What's with all the-slicing?"
After Ratchet makes a backhanded comment, Drift responds with this:
"You know Ratchet one day you'll say something nice to me. Right before you tell me I have a terminal disease or something."
MTMTE ISSUE 6:
Trailcutter goes on a drunken rant about how overrated Fortress Maximus is. Fort Max then walks into the bar.
Trailcutter: I mean, 'Fortress Maximus'—come on. What kind of a name is that? But everyone's like, 'Oh, Fortress Maximus, you're my hero! You've got guns in your legs and you killed tons of 'Cons at Simanzi...' And I'm like 'That was a thousand years ago!' He's a relic! He's a has-been! He's—
Chromedome: Just walked in.
Trailcutter: Great to see you, Max! Come on over! We were just talking about Simanzi! With the thing and the—the stuff! So... oh wow! You've got guns in your legs! How's that working out for you? That's awesome, man. You're awesome.
Issue 6 is a goldmine of dialogue for Whirl:
When Fortress Maximus losses it and takes Whirl and Rung hostage This exchange happens.
Whirl: I give up. You win. Three hours I am so bored I think I'm going to-. Max I seriously doubt you have what it takes to see this through but if you have, then please just skip to the end and kill us.
Whirl: Seriously, all of this is a bit—it's a bit pathetic though, isn't it? Even for an epic, epic failure like you. I mean, not only do you practically beg the Decepticons to take G9 off your hands, but you curl up into a ball the moment Overlor—
(Fortress Maximus pistol-whips Whirl.)
Whirl: Wow. If I'd known that was the best you've got, I'd have said something genuinely offensive.
MTMTE ISSUE 7:
Issue 7 focuses more on the Decepticons, and they have their own comic relief in the form of Misfire.
Krok: Oh my. Look at that...
Misfire: What? What is it? Should I be running? Am I wasting precious running away time by talking to you?
To be fair, most of the Decepticons in issue 7 provide some entertainment:
Fulcrum: Mark my barely audible words: this is the last time I ever team up with Spinister. He just attacked our torch because it was glowing at him funny. I'm a bit scared.
When the Scavengers are sitting around their campfire, Spinister provides us with this little gem:
Spinister: The fire's giving me funny looks Krok. I think I'm gonna shoot it.
Misfire: Nice to meet you, loser! They call me Misfire. Long story. Actually, you know what? It isn't. It's a very short story involving a machine gun, a misunderstanding, and a dozen dead Decepticons.
Fulcrum: I'm Fulcrum. I—wait a second. Is that my fuel pump?
Misfire: (glances down at what he's holding) What, this? Um...yeah. Can I keep it?
Ultra Magnus:Whirl?! You let Whirl inside my body?!
His smile. It saved hundreds of lives.
MTMTE ISSUE 8:
In the B-plot, Skids asks Chromedome to see if he can restore the former's lost memories. While the results are some off-panel Nightmare Fuel for the latter, the exchange beforehand is pretty damn funny:
Chromedome: "Anyway, I thought you liked having amnesia."
Fulcrum: "...It's suicide with delusions of survival!"
When the dust settles, Fulcrum is shown how the Scavengers pay their...respects...to their fallen:
Misfire: "A senseless waste. His ludicrous search for the Necrobot ends unfulfilled. A terrible, terrible tragedy. Boo hoo."
Fulcrum: "'Boo hoo'? I thought Flywheels was your friend! You're just going to leave him here?"
Misfire: "You're right. What were we thinking?"
Crankcase: "I'm having his rotor system—"
Misfire: "There's probably enough for a sip of innermost Energon each..."
Spinister: "Leave the knees for me."
MTMTE ISSUE 9:
From issue 9: Some of the crew get together in the bar where they witness Rewind's over-dramatic presentation of a repaired Rung.
Rewind: It's True you see - Wait For it - We're going to repair Rung's Brain!.
Ratchet: By the vaulted heights of-
Drift: You had him hidden behind the Bar?!
Chromedone: (Face palming): So Embarrassing.
Skids: -not seriously telling me he was hidden behind there this whole time?!
MTMTE ISSUE 10:
Whirl messing with Rung's eyebrows to make him seem cross.
After hearing about Orion Pax, Swerve accidentally splashes Whirl in the face with his drink.
MTMTE ISSUE 11:
Whirl makes Swerve tell him the super secret password before he lets him in. The password? "Whirl is a million billion times tougher than Cyclonus".
In issue 11, Tailgate ends up having to take notes to help him keep track of all the characters in the story Rewind's telling. Later he's shocked to discover that after the story Orion Pax became Optimus Prime.
MTMTE ISSUE 12:
This exchange in issue 12:
Rodimus: This is what you get for kidnapping innocent people, Snap Trap: a ship load of Autobots in your face! Wam, bam, in the van!
Rodimus: "Ultra Magnus informs me that running through the Lost Light shouting 'Who's up for a fight?' doesn't technically qualify as a 'briefing.' "
On top of that, Tailgate tries to defuse a bomb. Rewind has this to say:
Rewind: "D'you mind if I film this? If I die, I don't want my last recorded footage to be of Whirl punching himself in the face to prove he's 'super-unvincible.'"
MTMTE ISSUE 13:
In issue 13 we get to see Cyclonus singing. Cyclonus. Singing. Even funnier, he's singing in an ancient, basically dead language. It sounds so horrifying that Swerve, Drift, and Aquafend barge into his and Tailgate's room because they think he's killing Tailgate. It becomes a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming at the end of the issue.
Swerve mentioning that Whirl likes to introduce himself by saying he has "no known weaknesses".
In a meta-example... Hitler reacts to Issue 15#, specifically Rewind's death.
Before the battle Swerve and Rewind are in the Science Lab talking to Brainstorm. Swerve fiddles around with a device in the lab which Brainstorm explains is a "Meta-Bomb" which causes it's victims to think they're characters in a narrative. After he warns Swerve not to mess with it this happens:
Swerve: Guess what? I pressed it and nothing happened.
Rewind: I didn't see you press it.
Swerve: Yeah it must've happened off-panel.
Rewind: What does that mean?
Swerve: I have no idea.
Swerve than spends the entire battle afterwards spouting off fourth-wall breaking comments.
MTMTE ISSUE 17:
At the end of issue 17, after the crew discovers a field of sparks waiting to be born Cyclonus points out one green superspark. Brainstorm points out how rare and precious this sort of thing is... than starts trying to rip it up from the ground. This causes Perceptor and half of the crew to flip out in shock.
MTMTE ISSUE 18:
Swerve's "My First Blaster", a toy-like rifle with flashy colors, a smiley face, and even yells "Hooray! You scored a direct hit" when it hits something, courtesy of Brainstorm!.
It also seems to play Sad Trombones when he misses, encouraging him to keep practicing: "Aww, you missed! Keep Practicing!"
The best part is the orange tip, a Mythology Gag relating to how toy weapons in America must have bright colors and how all gun-style iterations of Megatron, including the Masterpiece version, have to be sold with their tips painted orange.
After the crew is accused of crimes against the universe by Chief Justice Tyrest, he asks if they have anything to say. Rodimus responds with this:
Ratchet: No. If we kill him, we're no better than him. If we kill him, he wins.
First Aid: Yeah except we are better than him and he doesn't win. He doesn't anything. He's dead. That's the point.
Whatever it is the Scavengers have been up to since we last saw them. Apparently Misfire got himself captured by the Galactic Council, and Fulcrum devised a plan to bust him out of one of their high-security detention facilities alone. Apparently everything was going flawlessly until Misfire insisted on stopping for snacks.
MTMTE ISSUE 21:
Whirl asks Cyclonus if they can finally bury the hatchet. Cyclonus responds by shoving Whirl into a smelting pool... except Cyclonus was just having an Imagine Spot. He was really looking forward to killing Whirl.
MTMTE ISSUE 22:
Ultra Magnus gets permission to edit Rewind's documentary. He exploits this to censor clips that make him look like an idiot.
Swerve sets up a bet that whoever finds out what Rung transforms into gets 100 shanix. Cue the crew getting into various insane schemes as they conspire to find out Rung's alt mode. Swerve and Waverider's idea is to throw stuff at the back of Rung's head to cause an involuntary transformation.
Tailgate, on the other hand, hosts an "alt-mode party," consisting of himself and several others sitting around in their vehicle modes, which he claims to have been popular in his day (which was also Rung's day). Rung immediately spots a rather significant flaw in the concept.
Rung: How do you reach your drinks?
Tailgate: Good point.
Skids and Whirl get into a contest with a group of Stentarians to find out which species is cooler. They get utterly trumped in every single way. The kicker is that they're small — the combiner form they brag about is the size of Skids.
And then Whirl reheats Ammonites-Terradore War by casually murdering the Terradore leader.
Ultra Magnus hugs Thunderclash.
Rodimus walks into the Bridge wearing a bucket. Blaster asks why and Rodimus explains that Swerve is having a costume theme night at his bar. "People You Want To Punch".
The opening with Brainstorm and Nautica discussing the practicality of color-coded lasers.
Prowl when discussing Megatron's possible outcomes.
Prowl: "We have two options: Public Executio, Indefinitive Spark Containment, or Public Execution."
Ultra Magnus: "You said Public Execution twice."
Prowl: "Cognitive bias, look it up."
Starscream and Rodimus bickering.
Starscream: "As I said, my people want a trial."
Rodimus: "They're not your people, they're not your anything. They're ordinary cybertronian citizens who went insane and put you in charge, any day they'll wake up and realize what they've done, and kill themselves. Suicide by face-palm".
Swerve, Crosscut, and Riptide hold fake "crewditions" to try and decide who gets on the Lost Light. Their reasons for rejecting people include being easily distracted, looking too similar to Prowl, and having trisyllabic names. Nightbeat foils their prank by dramatically bursting in Phoenix Wright-style to point out that crewditions isn't a real word, specially after saying they're doing this on Magnus' orders, and Magnus would obviously not let them use a fake word to begin with.
While Cyclonus is filling Tailgate in on what happened while he was in medbay, the two run into Jackpot and Mainframe. Jackpot is drunk off his ass and having to be dragged to Ratchet to keep from him suffering the Transformer-equivalent of a burst kidney. Why? He decided to hang out with Trailcutter.
The issue's plot is basically Trailcutter trying to steal the captain's liquor, while drunk. It's glorious. Until it takes a turn for the horrific at the end.
"I'm at the medibay door—they've done something to it. They've made it all lock-y. I think I want to punch it."
Swerve has fixed up a dead Legislator and reprogrammed it as his bouncer. He calls it Ten because that's the only thing it says. So naturally, he paints a big 9 on its back. Swerve thinks this is comedic gold.
The Lost Light Insider claims that Megatron almost attacked Ultra Magnus over the mysterious coffin. The picture shows Ultra Magnus screaming in Megatron's face while he makes a hilarious trollface.
Starscream's speech at Megatron's trial gets derailed a few times because Starscream can't quit talking about himself.
Nightbeat freaking out after seeing what appears to be Rewind's ghost.
"Information carries weight. It's not corporeal, but it has presence. It can be felt. It hangs in the air like—like words. Like the morning after an argument! Actually, not like that. That's a bad analogy. I'm distracted. Shut up. Stop expecting things of me."
Also worth pointing out is that, throughout Nightbeat and Chromedome's entire conversation, Nightbeat's been unlocking the dozens of locks he keeps on his door.
MTMTE ISSUE 30:
The comic has a lot of fun with a dead copy of Rodimus being in the coffin:
How Rodimus pesters Chromedome into helping:
Chromedome: I could die.
Rodimus: "Could"! The luxury of "could"! I'M ALREADY DEAD!
The crew acknowledges the possibility of a Stable Time Loop, so Rodimus decides to Screw Destiny by chopping his own arm off with a chainsaw; since the dead version has both arms he'll have averted that potential timeline. Skids and Megatron are quick to point out that this is absolutely insane, since his arm might get reattached after he dies but before he's put in the coffin.
Whirl, the psychopathic anti-hero, decides to protest to his confinement by projecting a little girl avatar of himself, braiding his hair, and watching off-world cinema.
It turns out that Rodimus is now "co-captain"... except he's not. That's just something Optimus made up to keep Rodimus from getting upset before the Lost Light left.
Brainstorm is listed as "the Genius" of Team Rodimus, only for a little anecdote to comment "citation needed".
Brainstorm's early early warning system (his early warning system always kicked in too late) with the known ratings "Uh-Oh!" and "Run For Your Life!"
When Megatron orders the Lost Light evacuated, Rodimus can be seen in the background fighting him for the radio.
Later we hear this argument between them:
Rodimus: I'm blaming you for this Megatron! This has you written all over it!
Megatron: Sorry. Not guilty.
Rodimus: Did you seriously just say that to me? Did you seriously.
Ratchet's reaction to Rodimus' gift from the crew.
Not from the comic itself but this message from Jack Angel (the original voice actor for Ultra Magnus in the cartoon series) to James Roberts in which he challenges Roberts to a fistfight over his portrayal of Ultra Magnus. It's amazing.
"Unlike Ultra Magnus I can and willdeal with you now!"
A Fanon piece by the series' colorist, Josh Burcham deals with Ultra Magnus handing Megatron the Autobot book, the unabridged version.