Based on this convo from the IDW forums.
The bonus story in the LSOTW called bullets, say that Agent 113 was the Autobot's inside man in the DJD.
Lots of people think that it was Punch/Counterpunch, the Autobot Double-spy, because he's one of the few Autobot spies there is, also he's the most iconic (IDW might have been talking about giving him a mini-series). I, however, think that it's Warmonger. He's just the obscure kind of guy that Roberts would include.
Based on what we know so far, I'm guessing Skids is Agent 113, and his binary gun was used to fire messages to the Autobots. He was discovered, however, by Tarn (hence the whole music thing and shutting out a whole year of his life), and imprisoned. He escaped, and showed up in issue 2.
The thing in the basement is Grimlock
And he's not happy. He's going to be in the series at least by issue 8. Besides, the thing in the basement says Me kill over and over, who else talks like that?
Unless it's actually saying "Kill me" and they just didn't happen to start listening at the beginning of the loop.
It was saying "Kill me" but the character really was Overlord
Deathsaurus is in the DJD
He's a big name Con who hasn't appeared yet in the IDW verse. Also, the cover with Grimlock has him attacking two apparent Decepticons, one has a head that resembles Deathsaurus.
For fans of relatively obscure and/or foreign Transformers, having Deathsaurus turn up in this series would be quite a victory.
Jossed, the guy in the picture is Misfire, he isn't part of the DJD, and neither is Deathsaurus
The Members of The Decepticon Justice Division
There would be about 5, because the solicitation said so. They are the 5 most deadly and loyal cons.
Skids: Based on the above WMG, The forum on the link says that Crosscut (From the Wreckers series) was mistaken for a DJD member. There is another guy named Crosscut, an Autobot (Or is he?), and his retool is Skids.
Warmonger: same WMG, he's obscure, and he's an Autobot Spy, possibly Agent 113 in this continuity.
Punch/Counterpunch: many people's idea of Agent 113, same WMG.
Deathsaurus: The con on the issue 8 cover looks like him, based on the above WMG.
Blackshadow: One of the phase sixers, and therefore most powerful, in the only scene he appeared in, he seemed loyal to megatron, besides, it will be another call-back to Wreckers.
Jossed with a vengance, he's seen tortured and killed by the DJD because he took a bribe.
Sixshot: Probably repaired after Spotlight Metroplex. Like Blackshadow, one of the most powerful cons, though he's not as loyal, judging from Devastation, so maybe not.
Turmoil: The member who goes to Cybertron instead to disrupt the peace, based on the fact he'l appear in the July issue of RID.
Thunderwing: Not an actual member, but maybe they found his body and will control it and use it against the Autobots.
Obsidian and/or Strika: this one's a little far out, but maybe Roberts will make G1 incarnations of these guys, and they'll be loyal to this Megatron.
Gideon: A con mentioned in passing in Bullets from Wreckers. Roberts made plenty of call-backs to the series, and Gideon did kill plenty of Bots with Ironfists chemicals sold to him by Skyfall
Trannis: An obscure decepticon dictator from the comics. James might bring him into the modern day, complete with new design.
Lugnut: Loyal, deadly, and already seen in Autocracy.
Hailstorm: Big, intimidating, and had a scene with Lugnut in Autocracy
Heavyload and Rodablock were also seen in close proximity to Lugnut, perhaps that group became the DJD.
Valve: the traitor from the Wreckers who became a con, again, another callback to the Wreckers, and he was mentioned in passing in this series.
He was even in charge of Squadron X, before Macabre took over.
On the cover there is a guy with the Decepticon faction symbol for a head (And it is a closer representation than Soundwave) He is probably part of the DJD, possibly their leader. The head is so unfamiliar that I'd have to say it's probably Valve, with Gideon coming in for a second guess.
Jossed, it's Tarn
They're really 5 original characters, Tarn, Vos, Kaon, Helex, and Tesarus; named after the first five cities which fell to the Decepticons, though they are only code names.
The Knights of Cybertron are Really
Quintessons: they created the Transformers in several continuities. Also, The 6th issue mentions that every one of Drift's theories on who they are are wrong, implying that they will defy expectations. Also, the only time they appeared, in a carving in Spotlight Wheelie, will be revisited in the other ongoing, where Orion Pax goes to the system the carving was in.
Roberts is Putting the Franchise Back Together Again
Basically, if you read Transformers: Last Stand of the Wreckers and his Ongoing issues as a Deconstruction of the franchise, showing all the brutal ugliness of what Cybertronian society and the Cybertronian Civil War would actually be like... this series feels a lot like it's trying to Reconstruct the franchise again. It still takes an in-depth deconstructive look at things like names and transforming and psychological effects of the war, and it's still gritty and creepy in many ways, but with an overall feeling of adventure, humor, glory, and the good guys triumphing over the bad ones. Even characters like Drift are a microcosm of this; he's essentially had all of his elements deconstructed (how his fundamentalist nature, preaching, and turncoat-ness would actually be viewed by the others), and then put together in a way that is more enjoyable and sympathetic to the audience.
Who are the DJD looking for
DJD say the crime of the traitor was that he lived.
Crankcase: In Stormbringer, he and his team tried to defend the planet from Thunderiwng, and most got killed, he survived, and let the planet fall (which Darkwing was worried would upset Megatron). So maybe he's the target. The Division is angry that he didn't die for his cause (The others that survived; Thrust and Dreadwind, are also dead, but Darkwing is alive).
Jossed, it's Fulcrum, the suicide bomber who wouldn't detonate.
The person who sent the message to the past is Red Alert
After all, he's focused on all the bad things, and he says "Don't look in the basement", not "Don't let Red Alert look in the basement".
Possibly jossed, considering that issue 9 ends with Rodimus, Pipes, and Drift finding Red Alert's decapitated corpse.
The Crew of the Weak Anthropic Principle will be killed
They found Grimlock in the ship, and judging from the cover of the next issue, it won't turn out well for them. Grimlock is known as one of the most feared Autobots out there.
On the other hand, Roberts is known to make minor cannon fodder more interesting, and allow them to survive.
Flywheels didn't make it, but he was killed by the DJD, not Grimlock. The others are still alive. For now.
Prowl is the one responsible for Overlord
being on the Lost Light.
This was foreshadowed way back in the first issue; Overlord was Prowl's "plan" to keep Rodimus and his crew from leaving. To whit, Overlord was repaired, at least physically, on Prowl's orders, secretly moved out of the Autobot penal system, and was the cargo loaded into the Lost Light by Shock and Ore. It seems likely that Overlord's presence was supposed to be revealed in order to get Rodimus to turn his ship around, and head back to Cybertron to offload him, since even Rodimus would probably pause at keeping Overlord around, and Prowl most likely intended that once that happened, he'd ensure that the ship wouldn't be able to take off again. Shock and Ore's deaths derailed this however, since they were the only ones who knew about Overlord's presence before Red Alert found out. This level of extremism, and the ability to cover up Overlord's location-remember, Rung told Fort Max that Overlord had been imprisoned-fits with Prowl's characterization in the IDW comics.
Or he may have put him there to attract the DJD. Kill Overlord and decimate the crew. This seems too needlessly cruel for Prowl, and not pragmatic enough, but one must also think of the consequences of letting loose Overlord and a now peaceful society. If they put Overlord on trial, then it could open the door for more trials for War crimes, which would certainly turn the NAILS against the Autobots and Decepticons.
This may explain why Prowl was so insistent that Chromedome not go.
Confirmed in issue 14. Prowl had Overlord sumggled aboard the Lost Light because he wanted to learn how Phase Sixers were created and needed Chromedome to perform mnemosurgery on him to find out how. Chromedome didn't want to do it, so Drift was to manipulate him into doing it.
Chromedome used to be called "Stylor".
When telling his part of the shared story in Post Hoc, he begins to say his name was different in the pre-War era, but Rewind cuts him off and says to stick to Chromedome, otherwise it gets too confusing, and in the flashbacks with Prowl, he's never directly referred to by name. Given the more G1-esque version of his body in the flashbacks, I'm going with the idea that Chromedome was originally known as "Stylor", the name of his Nebulan Headmaster partner in the cartoons as part of a Mythology Gag.
Jossed. His real name was revealed in 14 to be Tumbler.
The final instruction from the future that was cut off was "Do Not Resuscitate Rung".
...Because he will come back wrong, get a severe case of Break the Cutie, and cross the Moral Event Horizon, because isn't that just the sort of horrible, horrible thing that James Roberts would do? Considering what he's been through-being held hostage and abused by Fort Max, being shot in the head by Swerve on Rodimus' orders even though Max was already disabled-will, I don't know, colour his perception of the Autobots a little? And hey, the DJD's on their way to collect Overlord, so, you know, there's an opportunity...and we also know that 18 months from now, more or less, quite a few members of the Lost Light are going to be dead, but Rung ain't one of them.
Seems to be Jossed - he's been resuscitated, and appears just fine.
Who is the Conspirator?
There's someone on the ship who knows the reason why Overlord is there, to defeat and destroy the Decepticon threat forever. He talks to Chormedome through a door, so we never see him, but Chromedome knows him. He might be working with Prowl, Shock and Ore.
Someone on the crew we haven't seen yet. Implicitly, he could have been the one removing the evidence of Red Alert's drive.
Ore was killed, but was teleported out with the Metrotitan, he's still active, and he may have gotten back onto the ship, somehow.
Whoever talked to Chromedome knows Chromedome enough for Domey to recognize his voice without hearing his name. Shock and Ore were interchangeable to such an extent that the other crew members went on for some time about which one was which after they died. Here's my theory, cobbled together from bits and pieces of forum discussions:
It's Brainstorm. He knows Chromedome well, and, based on having helped rebuild Kup a few years back (complete with Prowl's secret personality subroutines) would have the resources and knowledge to rebuild/reprogram Overlord.
An upcoming solicit mentions an Autobot speaking without moving his lips. When Kup was rebuilt, and Prowl was musing over his modifications, his internal monologue specifically mentions that when Kup speaks, you won't even see Prowl's lips move. Now, according to the Conspirator, Overlord's reason for being on the ship is to wipe out the Decepticon threat forever. Who has a fanatical hatred for Decepticons? Prowl. James Roberts has said that, unlike the Sparkeater, Overlord was not present on the ship prior to its takeoff, which means that he's more likely than not the "cargo" that Prowl specified.
How did he get onboard? Brainstorm's briefcase has been assumed, by many a fan, to be the Malevolent Counterintuative Program he invented back in Bullets. It's never been called that, though. Every precaution has been taken not to open it. The annual showed that Brainstorm has access to a shrink gun. Could he have shrunk Overlord, smuggled him onboard, and then re-enlarged him in the secret chamber below, possibly installed onto the ship by Shock and Ore? This, of course, raises the question of Brainstorm's special security clearance in the first issue. Supposedly Rodimus gave him that clearance, but did he really? Are they onboard, and also in cahoots with Prowl's group?
This makes sense, when the Sparkeater attacked, he's attracted to the brightest spark, Rung's, but he's repulsed by the case, if Overlord was indeed in there, the Sparkeater may have sensed the "evil" in his spark, or more likely, the total lack of a goal or willingness to live made his spark dimmer, evidenced by Overlord's desire to be killed, and his one goal being smashed back in LSOTW. When Drift said that Sparkeaters are drawn to pain or emotional trauma, perhaps Overlord feels none of those, to quote Kup "just an emptiness, an absence of presence." That's the look that Kup got when staring into Overlord's eyes, and Zero-Point made the connection that the eyes were windows to the spark.
Jossed in issue 14. The Conspirator is actually Drift. The Duobots and him were working for Prowl the whole time. Brainstorm is involved in the scheme but he was brought into it later on.
Rung is one of the Knights of Cybertron.
Based on a conversation on Tumblr about all the mysteries surrounding Rung.
Rung is old enough to be a household name in psychiatry in Tailgate's day (not that anyone ever remembers him).
Sometimes he does things that psychiatrists are told not to/shouldn't do. Like use absolute time words, or threaten his patients when they attempt to harm him (and continue with the threatening after the danger is over and the attacker is cowering...Whirl, anyone?).
Rung had the "brightest spark", over everyone on the Lost Light, including Rodimus. Wouldn't the Knights of Cybertron have brighter sparks than everyone from the modern era?
The idea of Rung being a Knight was brought up as a joke in the bar back on Cybertron. What if that's foreshadowing?
Overlord will die at the hands of the DJD.
Since we know that the crew is going to be fighting Overlord in issue 14-15 and that the DJD is after him, Overlord will most likely be abandoned to the DJD at the end of issue 15 after they catch up to the Lost Light and they'll go to town on him like they did to Black Shadow. After all, the DJD are the only ones shown so far to be able to take down guys like Overlord so it would make since that they're used to take him down.
Or he will die at the hands of Springer, out of his coma and pissed off, come to finish the job he started in Last Stand Of The Wreckers.
Tarn is actually Dominus, Rewind's missing friend
...and Chromedome had a hand in who he became which is the secret he was revealed to have attacked Prowl to hide in issue 14.
It appeared to have been Jossed in Issue 17, but it turns out it was Minimus Ambus, Dominus' younger brother.
And with the revelation that Minimus is a 1 percenter, it's possible that Dominus is wearing the Tarn armor, since it is known that Tarn is also a Legacy Character.
there is also the fact that both have an affinity for The Empyrian Suite, and Tarn wont allow to get his cog fixed, possibly because he doesnt want others to figure out he's just a tiny robot inside a Powered Armor.
Unlikely. Tarn burns through T-cogs with some regularity, and replacing them presumably involves surgery.
His armor probably also incorporates attention deflectors, like the Ultra Magnus armor, so even if he gets surgery, they wont figure out whom he really is.
Drift will survive Overlord's rampage on the Lost Light and in the aftermath of this event, it will come out that not only was he aware the whole time that Overlord was on the Lost Light the whole time he never told Rodimus about it or enacted more than the flimsiest of security measures to keep him imprisoned. Rodimus will become so furious when he realizes that his second-in-command essentially betrayed them and has cost them Autobot lives that he'll pull out his blaster and shoot Drift right there in the head. Since there's a good chance Ultra Magnus will be dead by then and can't do it himself...
Jossed Rodimus strips Drift of his faction symbol and exiles him from the ship. Hot-Blooded or no, it is still Rodimus, he's unlikely to kill a "fellow" Autobot, no matter how angry he looks in the scene.
Red Alert didn't try to commit suicide.
He was actually actually attacked by someone trying to silence him because he knew of the existence of Overlord aboard the ship.
And that someone was Drift. After all, he installed a security program in the ship's systems to track down who even mutters the word Overlord; so Drift attacked him and ripped his head off for finding the truth about what's in the basement.
The security system did pick up Red Alert confiding to a comatose Rung that he had found Overlord in the basement.
And Drift casts the deciding vote on not reviving Red Alert for the time being.
Also, in the Signal to Noise short story, Rung seems to hint that he doesn't believe Red Alert committed a suicide, referring to it as an accident instead.
Possibly Jossed, since in the short story The Sound of Breaking Glass, Red Alert confirms that he did try to kill himself. Although there's always the possibility that someone made him think he tried to kill himself.
are Quintesson creations.
The solicitations for future issues seem to heavily imply that they have something to do with the fate of Cybertronians as a whole, and they certainly fit in with the G1 Quintessons' naming convention (Judges, Bailiffs, Prosecutors).
Apparently Jossed. They're Tyrest' enforcers.
Chromedome's last words to Rewind have to do with Dominus' fate
It is why we see that scene from Rewind's perspective as we're not supposed to know the fate of Dominus yet.
It is also what Prowl was gonna use as blackmail.
makes a mistake.
When he shows up at Clemency to record Flywheels' death, an event that hasn't actually happened yet, his list notes Chromedome as one of the dead Cybertronians he's already recorded. But he actually made, or will make a mistake. He'll find the ruined slow cell out in space before he gets to Clemency, and happen to come across Chromedome's severed arm that was sliced off when Rewind successfully closed the door, while no trace of Rewind remains. The Necrobot sees the arm, assumes given the circumstances in which he's found it that Chromedome must have perished, and records his death, and not Rewind's. This means that eighteen or however long it is until the scene on Clemency with Flywheels, Chromedome will still be alive.
He's survived worse. But it would damage him enough to allow the DJD to swoop in and collect him, and their leader is a Phase Sixer himself...
There's more than meets the eye to Spinister
He's been around since before the war started. He's taken part in several major Decepticon operations, including being part of the forces that the Decepticons sent to fight Thunderwing. And he's still alive. Impressive for the "Dumbest being in the universe". My theory is that he's like Skids. He was sent to investigate the same thing Skids was running from. And like Skids he got his head mucked with. Only it affected him a lot worse. Things like shooting fires and torches, and interrogating his fingers? Residual paronioa.
One of the current members of the Decepticon Justice Division is Agent 113.
With the two most likely candidates being Kaon and Vos.
Vos transformers into a Sniper Rifle, which would allow him the excuse to shoot a special bullet at the autobot insignia. He also speaks only in Old Cybertronian to avoid detection, and oh yeah... he has a spare Autobot face.
His habit of asking Tarn questions and the description that Rodimus and Atomizer gave of a very different Vos seem to suggest that this Vos hasn't held the title very long...
Kaon seems to have the least lethal alternate form of all the DJD, he is also their communication office and the person in charge of maintaining the DJD hit list.
The ship the Scavengers find in issue 7 has something to do with the Legislators.
I assume this because of one specific scene. While the Scavengers are looking around the ship, Krok and Flywheels find a bunch of aborted protoforms. Krok assumes their cybertronion but notes that they're different in some ways. Perhaps those are actually unformed Legislators and the ship was involved in their creation.
The Legislators are creations of Chief Justice Tyrest.
Solicits for August mention, amongst other things, an ancient visionary is about to eliminate the Cybertronian race with a wave of his hand. That visionary is Chief Justice Tyrest, architect of the Tyrest Accord, and former Autobot. He's been lurking around the fringes of the series from the beginning, and was name-dropped as early as the Annual. We know that Tyrest is no longer affiliated with the war and is still held in high esteem by the Galactic Council, which hates most other Cybertronians, a view which Tyrest has also adopted. He may have become so disgusted with what his race has degenerated to that he's decided it would simply be better to wipe them all out. The Legislators are his own creations to help him in his plan to eliminate his own race.
Is now evil!. Silver and Green coloration. Red Eyes. C'mon! Completely obvious!
Solicitations for Issue 20 hint that Ambus is not only evil, but also that he's the one behind the Legislators.
Pretty much Jossed. Issue #18 reveals that it's not Dominus Ambus, but rather his spark-brother Minimus Ambus. Who is also, apparently, Ultra Magnus. He also doesn't appear to be behind the Legislators either, since Chief Justice Tyrest reveals that both they and Lockdown's Decepticons work for him.
There's a second set of moles about the Lost Light
Sorta confirmed: It turns out that Rodimus was also in the Overlord conspiracy, after he was goaded by Prowl.
Actually died every every single time in those flashbacks from issue 16. It just happens that his body has a failsafe that automatically makes his body go to wherever Tyrest is, so Tyrest can give him a replacement body. The only difference this time around is that Magnus allied himself with Rodimus, which Tyrest considers a conflict of interest, therefore not giving him a new body and leaving him as his true identity, Minimus Ambus.
Or instead, is a Legacy Character. Every time he died, Tyrest would chose a new 'bot to take on his identity, and Minimus Ambus is merely the most recent holder of the title, which would explain why he was apparently "arrested" by Magnus in the past (as well as the drastic differences in Magnus' personality over the years, since he was actually different 'bots). Ambus is locked up and no longer Magnus because he failed Tyrest in some fashion (perhaps the conflict of interest spoke of above) and has been stripped of his status as the current Ultra Magnus. By the end of Remain In Light, the character of "Ultra Magnus" will be retired and he will have "died" in that sense, but Minimus Ambus will continue on his place on the Lost Light, thus why Magnus' name appeared on the Necrobot's list.
CONFIRMED, CONFIRMED AND CONFIRMED in issue 19.
why Star Saber attacked Skids is because Skids is, whether by accident or on purpose, responsible for the fall of Crystal City. There is also the chance that Skids, Star Saber or both were former agents of Tyrest.
Star Saber being Tyrest's agent is confirmed in issue 19. Also partially confirmed that Skids is responsible for something, something big and something bad, we just haven't been told what.
Skids is not one of Tyrest's agents and does not work for Tyrest.
Brainstorm and Perceptor
Are indeed actually brothers. Skyfall once mentioned, probably while being sarcastic, that Brainstorm is Perceptor's brainier spark brother. Brainstorm's issues with Perceptor comes from being The Unfavorite.
Jossed. Perceptor was forged, Brainstorm was constructed cold.
Whirl is gonna be among the casualties at the end of Remain in Light
Judging by the ominous cover for Issue #21
Jossed. Everyone lives.
Star Saber is Ultra Magnus' Brother
With Star Saber being basically the Powered Armor version of Dominus Ambus. It would also count as a Mythology Gag since the original Star Saber was a Powered Armor of sorts for the smaller Saber.
He is also brainwashed / remotely controlled by Tyrest's new "adaptational accord".
Or Conversely, Tyrest is Dominus Ambus. Minimus was always the black sheep of the family, and Tyrest/Dominus is disappointed he squandered his chance at an improved clean slate/new life by being a Super OCDNeat Freak.
All seemingly jossed.
Tyrest is Crazy...
because he got shot in the head. Ultra Magnus mentions right away what's up with all the bullet holes, and he has one right in the middle of his forehead.
More or less confirmed, though the wound is self-inflicted and it seems that Tyrest's issues were already reaching a breaking point before he drilled his head.
Tyrest himself is actually Brainwashed and Crazy by the Council, thus explaining the condition of his body, so they can use an actual Cybertronian to push their anti-Cybertronian agenda by getting Tyrest to destroy his own race for them. The Council has occupied a vaguely antagonistic position since they were introduced, and much like Tyrest himself has been hanging around the edges of the series for awhile now, most prominently in the Annual. Most of the rest of the galaxy seem prejudiced against Cybertronians too due to their incessant infighting and pre-war imperialism under Nova Prime, and now the Galactic Council has decided to remove them permanently in an effort to save the galaxy from "the mechanical threat". But in order to maintain the appearance of neutrality, they brainwashed or manipulated Tyrest, the one Cybertronian who was actually still on good terms with their organization, to handle the actual dirty work for them. Thus, it would appear to be an internal matter or just "Cybertronians being Cybertronians" and the Council would appear innocent. The only real evidence I have to support this is the fact that Tyrest is riddled with bullets (from when the Council initially captured him) and when he appears before Rodimus in his base on Luna-2, when he silences Rodimus protests with "Shut up or be held in contempt. You're in no position to demand anything of anyone, least of all me." Then he pauses and goes "Hm?" before reiterating "Least of all me." Almost like he was hearing something, like a voice in his head telling him what to do. Also note that Tyrest is sitting on a whole moon of one million potential Cybertronians waiting to be born, which is exactly the sort of thing the Council would not be in favour of, which is why Tyrest is making sure they don't get made into little Autobots and Decepticons.
Jossed. The Galactic Council doesn't have anything to do with what Tyrest is doing.
Tyrest mentions that he's found religion, and Star Saber is known as the "Dark Evangelist".
Another theory is that it is actually Shockwave behind Tyrest. Tyrest can kill many cybertronians with the flick of a switch, and Shockwave can resurrect them with Ore-13.
Cyclonus will abruptly, and without warning, kill Whirl at the end of Remain In Light.
Despite Whirl's best efforts to either kill Cyclonus (locking him and Rewind in the room with the bomb on Temptoria) or get him to call it off via becoming Bash Brothers, Cyclonus has remained tight-lipped on whether or not he still intends to murder Whirl. In fact, he still does, and will at the very end of Remain In Light. There'll be absolutely no build-up to it, or forewarning it's coming. He'll just whip around and shoot Whirl in the head (or in the back), and it will serve as one hell of a Gut Punch to all of Whirl's many fans.
Parodied: Whirl asks if they're cool, and Cyclonus pushes him into the smelting pool where he dies horribly, only to have been all an Image Spot of one of Cyclonus's fantasies.
Tailgate is a Loadbearer and will become Ultra Magnus at the end Remain in Light
His innermost energon is not green because it's curdling, it's because he's actually a Point One Percenter, of the Loadbearer class.
Or perhaps he does have the disease, but the Magnus Armor will be rigged up into a life-support device keeping alive as long as he's in it, provided Tailgate is a load-bearer. Or maybe he'll be cured with some of the tech and take up the armor to honor Magnus.
Jossed; Minimus survived Remain In Light and retains ownership of the Magnus Armor, but Tailgate also manages to pull through as well.
The portal goes to
Either Nova Prime and the Deadverse, or to Cybertron and Shockwave.
The reason why it would go to Nova Prime would be because the portal is made out of parts of Dead Titans.
Seems to be Jossed. It definitely didn't go to Nova Prime, or to Cybertron, and didn't appear to be part of the Dead Universe.
Pharma is still infected with the Red Rust virus and will suffer a Death by Irony
Issue 20 confirms that Pharma chose to fall from Delphi rather than transform and become infected. Notably, ever since he showed up again, we haven't actually seen him transform back to his jet mode. While that could simply be that he hasn't had a reason to, it might also be foreshadowing that if he transformed, it would activate the virus still inside him and kill him. Maybe it's because being used as a guinea pig by Tyrest to see if the Universal Killswitch wouldn't target forged Cybertronians somehow mutated the virus to such a degree that the cure that was developed no longer works and for all his bluster about his skill and the cutting edge tech his new medibay has, he can't figure out how to cure the now-mutated virus. His hands still being able to transform into anything might not trigger the virus because it's not a full-body transformation, which is why he's been using them to such a degree; it's literally the only method of transformation left to him. In any event, the fact that Pharma is still infected will end up being the way in which he is finally killed, which will also sidestep Ratchet's vow to not kill him.
The Legislators will turn on Tyrest
They are programmed to follow the law ruthlessly and without regard. So maybe Tyrest will step out of line with his plan, and be too far away from the computer that lets him edit the laws, they'll see him as a threat and attack him. The Weapon of Mass Suggestion looked like a crime of Thought Warfare.
Somewhat confirmed. Tailgate repeals all the laws using the editing computer, and they stand down, allowing Tyrest to be taken away.
Misfire is a thought crime victim
Skids wiping his mind destroyed all memories related to the diplomatic corp. him forgetting Misfire may mean Misfire was associated with the corps at one point. Maybe he was a ruthless Decpeticon agent, and Skids shot him with a thought bullet which turned him into the aimless "stoner" he is today, or maybe he was something else before and Skids turned him into what he is today.
Or maybe the reason why Skids says Misfire is his rival is because of word association, after all, the whole suggestion gun misfired on Tyrest due to his brain damage
"Primus' Opposite" is NOT Unicron
But we are meant to think that it is because Unicron is always Primus' Opposite. Cyclonus almost mentions him when he relates the Creation Myth back in the annual, but gets cut off before he can say the name. Nova Prime only vaguely alludes to the Opposite in the RID Annual as well, and the destruction of LV-117 in that series also looks a heck of a lot like Unicron's work without Unicron ever actually being shown or directly mentioned. Well, if the Opposite actually IS Unicron, why not just say so? It's not like it's a big secret or anything. In fact, it smacks of what happened with The Reveal about Tailgate. In Shadowplay, Ironfist talked about having the bomb disposal kit used by a member of the Primal Vanguard which at the time we were meant to think was Tailgate based on his claims, but Chromedome cuts him off before he can say the soldier's actual name, and we only see the "Tail" part of the name on the Ark-1 Memorial, which turns out to have been for Tailpipe, not Tailgate, again going just far enough to suggest Tailgate, even though it isn't. Something similar is going on here; they keep alluding to Unicron without actually saying it's Unicron, but if it's going to turn out to actually be Unicron, why keep dancing around the issue? The mythology here is already significantly different from the "established" creation story of the Thirteen, that just because Primus has an Opposite, it doesn't necessarily follow that the Opposite must be Unicron. But they're counting on most fans to default to Unicron based on 25 years of canon and by showing just enough to suggest that it's Unicron so that they can subvert our expectations when Primus' Opposite actually does appear. Basically, my argument is that "because the evidence overwhelmingly points to Unicron, it must not be Unicron" because that's just too obvious and I don't think these are the kinds of series to do that.
The backstory for Skids
is not accurate.
Because the explanation we got does not seem nearly disturbing enough for Chromedome to have noped out of Skids' head the way he did.
Also, we still don't know the significance of the Empyrean Suite.
Drift taking the blame was pre-planned
Prowl knows who makes a good scapegoat and who doesn't, and it may have been why he recruited him in the first place. Of course, this raises other questions, such as why Drift would agree to such a plan.
Apparently confirmed. Drift claims this is the case, but we dont' know what Prowl actually said.
"Cyberutopia" is the home of the Quintessons.
The tentacles that dragged Pharma's body through the space bridge are something of a clue.
Rodimus has had his own memories tampered with
He never actually agreed to bring Overlord on board, he just thinks he did. For example, the details of the meeting seem a bit fuzzy; he can't quite recall what Prowl said to him exactly, and when he said Drift called him an idiot for being hesitant, Drift wonders aloud if he was that blunt. Someone's performed memnosurgery on Rodimus to make him think he was a member of the conspiracy all along when he really wasn't. And it probably wasn't Chromedome who did it, because of the issues with remembering the meeting exactly; Chromedome's work with Overlord proved he was more skilled than that, though it appears that Rodimus has taken his place in the conspiracy. Chromedome is the only one involved who Rodimus does not name check when he lists off the others involved in the conspiracy; Prowl, the Duobots, Drift, and Brainstorm, and the meeting Rodimus had with Prowl and Drift almost seems like it was the meeting Prowl had with Chromedome prior to the start of the series, only altered to include Rodimus and Drift (who weren't actually there, which is why Drift wondered if he'd really have been so blunt). Huh. When I write it out like that, maybe Chromedome did alter Rodimus' memories (and maybe Drift's as well, if he wasn't simply playing along with Rodimus to begin with).
Everyone on the Necrobot's list is still going to die
They just didn't die during Remain In Light. Dark Cybertron is still to come.
Rung is instrumental for...
something... either defeating Galvatron, Shockwave, reactivating Primus, being a part of some weapon... or a ladder... and then he dies.
Whirl is going to be rebuilt into a new body
One that just so happens to look more G1 and looks like his upcoming Voyager toy. Considering the beating his chassis took on Luna-1, that seems like a good pretext for completely rebuilding him into a similar but new body. It certainly fits with Hasbro's recent trend of using the comics (the Spotlight one-shots and RID) to showcase upcoming product. There will also probably be a scene accompanying this of Whirl transforming into a "walking helicopter" since the toy has an official GERWALK-inspired third mode.
Star Saber will join the crew of the Lost Light
But, it will be revealed that his body is Powered Armor in a similar manner to Ultra Magnus. Whoever is wearing the armor will be killed off and Star Saber will become a Legacy Character after another character takes on his identity.
Or: It will turn out he was a victim of Shadowplay. His original personality was just like he Victory G1 personality.
And when he comes back, it'll be in the new Club-exclusive tank body.
Horrible, baseless theory forthcoming: He'll become the new Ultra Magnus after Minimus Ambus is injured/killed, in honor of him and his brother. Granted, he'd have to be be a point-one percenter to do that, more specifically a load-bearer, but come on, how cool would that be?
If you look closely on page 7 of issue 16, an unconscious Overlord is pretty clearly making a fist... but whatever might be in that fist is obscured by debris. Given that Overlord's Nigh-Invulnerability allowed him to survive the explosion with comparatively little damage, it's possible that his fist shielded Rewind from the blast. That still leaves the issue of what'll happen to him when Overlord wakes up (or when the DJD come calling).
Here's hoping there might be something to all those theories about Dominus Ambus being Agent 113.
Though that cover sketch eventually became this◊ absolute horror, so it's difficult to say if that heralds his return or just another reaperrance of his "ghost"...
Further compounded by his last message changing into a scream in issue 28.
And in Issue #29 Nightbeat sees his apparent ghost.
Brainstorm will become a Headmaster.
It would be a great plot twist and Mythology Gag. After all, he was at least partially responsible for creating the process in the original series. Naturally, this will lead to a moment of pure comedic gold when he's decapitated... only for his head to transform into a smaller robot and reattach itself as the other Autobots watch in horror.
The point-one percenter spark he found will become Arcana, his original Headmaster partner.
Considering Brainstorm is actually "undead", the spark might actually be a plot by him in order to revive himself.
We've not seen the last of Ore.
He's alive now, and teleported away to parts unknown by the Metrotitan. He'll serve... some purpose later on.
Pharma wantedFirst Aid to shoot him.
The space bridge's forcefield rejects those harboring guilt/not at peace with themselves, and he couldn't pass through it, more or less confirming that he feels some level of guilt for his crimes. Rather than be imprisoned to live a life of regret, he decided to take the "easy" way out and pushed First Aid over the edge.
Rung's Alt Mode is A Sonic Screwdriver
I mean just look at it! All he needs is a timelord big enough to use it.
The DJD is collecting the Ununtrium from the Phase Sixers they destroy.
It's been established as an incredibly rare and finite substance. Money says acquiring for the Autobots it is Agent 113's primary objective.
Tarn's faceplate will be broken, and it will be spoileriffic as all hell.
Based on a theory suggested on Tumblr. There's clearly something weird about Rung. Perhaps Mortilus didn't actually die like the legend says but was actually placed in a weak body as punishment and underwent a Heel Realization, becoming Rung as we know him. This would explain why Rung seems to be nigh-impossible to kill (very few Transformers have survived having their skull exploded) and his useless alt mode (it's meant to be humiliating).
Brainstorm's briefcase has a connection to the Dead Universe.
The reason why he keeps it close to him at all times is because it's what keeps him alive, given the revelation he's undead as well.
Megatron joins the Autobots because...
He promised Bumblebee, as Bumblebee lays dying, that he would make it up to everyone for all what he did as the leader of the Decepticons.
Jossed, but still not far off the mark.
Ratbat had something to do with what happened to Senator Shockwave.
He was supporting Senator Proteus' Clampdown plan and would want someone against it out the way, and as such would support having Senator Shockwave subjected to Shadowplay and empurata.
While Megatron was disabled, Chromedome took the opportunity to do some Heel-Face Brainwashing using mnemosurgery.
During Issue 27, Chromedome got close to the legless Megatron, and while no one was looking, did some reshuffling usptairs, forcibly reawakening Megs' old idealist self and planting the thought that he should end the war.
Jossed though alluded to in that Optimus and Rodimus wanted Chromedome to perform mnemosurgery on Megatron to give Megs evidence at his trial. Megatron objected for precisely this reason; he didn't want his mind tampered with.
Suppose Chromedome managed to do it while recovering him immediately after the Necrotitan's defeat? It would have to be a rush job, and Megatron might have some residual subconscious memory of the event (hence his reaction).
Megs also shows disgust at mnemosurgery in Issue #30, so there may be something here. That or a nasty mnemosurgery-related event in his past
Is a a probationary one. He admitted his guilt in court and yet is seemingly free at the moment. We know thank' to Magnus' POV in issue 1 that there's a reintegration act which is why Drift be tried for his crimes, but due to Megatron's particular record they can't use that in full, so it's been used on the caveat that if he steps out of line for a moment he will immediately arrested by any and all of the crew and his death sentence carried out.
Whirl is working for...
Prowl. Having someone with personal history with Megatron attack him in an attempt to get him to step out of line so they can justify lethal force is exactly his M.O.
Rodimus, ever the pinnacle of maturity.
He's not working for anyone, just in cahoots with a bunch of Autobots out to discredit Megatron. Hence why he's got Atomizer's bow.
What we now know of Atomizer suggests he would be less than happy with someone other than Rodimus as captain.
Brainstorm edited Rewind's last message.
The original message ended with that bloodcurdling scream, but Brainstorm edited that part out and pasted an "I Love You" in order to honor Rewind and spare Chromedome that last nasty bit.
Or someone is transmitting something through that message. Another Metrotitan? The coffin? Rewind himself?
The Legislators are looking for a medic to repair Tyrest and Star Saber.
Since Pharma is dead now and can't treat their injuries.
Maybe they're just some powered-down guards from Luna 1 that reactivated when Fort Max and Red reinstated the (now-corrected)Tyrest Accord.
Money's on Springer, who's both a big name we haven't seen since Roberts' previous comic and a recent toy release, but we might see Roadbuster (who's also getting a toy), or Guzzle and Impactor if we're really lucky.
The message from the future in the first issue was sent by Megatron.
Now that the coffin has finally appeared, all the events the future Lost Light crew were trying to warn their (at the time) present selves about to prevent them from leaving Cybertron in the first place have come to pass (except of course for the last, most important one which got cut off). Notably, the sender of the original message was never made clear, as his name was obscured by static when he tried to say it. That's because the message was sent by Megatron after he assumed command of the Lost Light and thus to reveal him as the sender of the message would have been spoileriffic as hell. Most of what the message warned about did happen before Megatron joined the crew, but it could be assumed the future version of him who sent the message had been filled in on what had happened in the first season of the comic (and why doing any of those things would turn out to be bad).
The coffin contains some sort of mind-reading psychic emitter.
This would explain the appearance of Rewind's apparent ghost and why it appears to contain Rodimus' corpse (and besides, there's no way Hasbro would allow the latter to be killed off like that). Absent crewmembers with a lot of negative emotions tied to their deaths/disappearances would stick out like a sore thumb to any mind-reader, and be extremely easy to copy.
Disappearing objects theories
So far, some nucleon rods, the number "8," the letters "E-U-N," an engex vat, the Pyrobots, the medibay door, and part of the hull have disappeared. Trailcutter's drunken observations and the disappearance of the letters from the "Fuel Furnace" sign under super-observant Nightbeat's nose suggest the objects are teleporting away. What gives?
Someone with unusually discreet teleportation powers is stealing materials to build something (likely a ship, given the missing fuel door, and part of the hull).
Megatron's malfunctioning space bridge is opening up tiny space bridge portals all over the ship. Something (possibly whatever pulled Pharma's corpse through the portal on Luna-1) is using the portals to steal objects.
The fuel keeps him from reaching 100% of the power normally available to him (which is why he doesn't like taking it and why it made Trailcutter sick when he tried to ingest it). It's one of the terms of his freedom, that he has to restrict himself in this way as a form of penance. Ratchet controls the supply, which is why its stored in the medibay and presumably can authorize Megatron to use normal fuel in case of an emergency where he'd need his full strength.
Alternatively, it's a way to keep his malfunctioning space bridge from fully powering up, which might very well rip him to bits (or swallow the Lost Light).
Atomizer edited the voting list he gave to Rodimus to demoralize him.
It may explain why we see Rodimus with half his head cut-off inside the coffin.
Partially confirmed. The list was edited (as suggested when Ratchet told Rodimus his name wasn't on the list of people wanting him gone), but the exact reason is yet to be determined.
The Worldsweeper is (or has something to do with) the Nightmare Engine.
For those not in the know, the Nightmare Engine is an unknown object (possibly a Decepticon superweapon) that has been repeatedly referred to ever since Last Stand of the Wreckers, but has yet to be explained in any real capacity. Given the horrific contents of the ship, it's not exactly a stretch to assume that it's somehow related to a probable weapon with "nightmare" in the title. And Roberts did say that the Worldsweeper was an important part of later plot developments...
Is the last existing vestige of the Dead Universe, which broke through into the main reality after Shockwave Warped Reality at the climax of Dark Cybertron. The reason bits of objects are winking out of existence isn't due to them being stolen— reality itself is being eradicated by the Dead Universe's proximity. Notice how there seems to be an unusually heavy amount of object disappearance around Nightbeat, who was turned into a zombie by it five years prior. It might be using him, Cyclonus, and Brainstorm, also infected by the Dead Universe, to "soften" reality before sending in the coffin to actively start destroying the ship.
Tyrest harvested the sparks from the hot spot while the Autobots were imprisoned.
Rodimus may not be captain anymore, but he is still alive and present.
Hence the repaired Rodpod's presence.
The message from the future was from someone trying to lead the crew astray.
What it says not to do is exactly what's supposed to be done. "Don't go to Delphi"? Going there exposed Pharma and brought First Aid and some others onboard. "Don't look in the basement"? If no-one looked, Overlord would still be there and nobody would know about it (outside of the conspiracy). Et cetera.
Also, by opening the coffin, Rodimus is made fully aware of a possible death scenario, and will try to avoid it.
Whirl was left behind when the Lost Light was evacuated.
We only actually see his holomatter avatar flickering (presumably deactivating) after the wall in Swerve's vanished, but he's not in the big crowd scene of people rushing to the shuttles later because his hab suite was locked and no one realized he was still trapped inside. So one of two things have either happened (well three, I suppose I could be completely wrong about this). If the Lost Light just disintegrated then Whirl is probably just floating in space and quite annoyed. But if the ship was instead transported somewhere else then Whirl is still onboard and will be the viewpoint character of the comic that explains what happened to the ship.
Ravage snuck aboard the Lost Light to assassinate Megatron on Soundwave's orders.
After Megatron publicly denounced the Decepticon movement and ordered his former army to stand down in exchange for the captaincy of the Lost Light, Soundwave dispatched Ravage to infiltrate the ship and kill Megatron when an opportunity presented itself. It just hasn't yet which is why right now Ravage is focusing on intelligence gathering (listening in on Megatron and Rung's therapy sessions) and learning the lay of the ship.
Jossed. They're in cahoots.
An alternate timeline/dimension plot is in the works.
We have Rung commenting on his feelings of deja vu right before vanishing through that as-yet unexplained portal back in "Remain in Light," a load of important characters about to bite the bullet (if the Necrobot's list and the rough timeline are accurate), lots of exposition about the faster-than-light quantum engines, and Rodimus' corpse FROM THE FUTURE! and what appears to be the shattered remnants of the Lost Light.
Drift is about to make a return.
If the original Lost Light crew are being teleported to parts unknown, he too is about to be plucked from wherever he currently is by the forces responsible.