YMMV: Transformers: Last Stand of the Wreckers

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Ultra Magnus giving Prowl the Data Slug and telling him not to destroy it. Magnus's face is obscured by shadows when he says he trusts him. Did he trust Prowl to do the right thing? Did he give it to Prowl to absolve himself of the moral dilemma of the drive, having prior knowledge of its lurid contents? Or did he give it to Prowl knowing full well that the secrets of the Autobots would be better left undiscovered, and Prowl was the best man for the job?
    • For that matter, Prowl. Well-Intentioned Extremist, Knight Templar, Anti-Villain? Prowl's actions on Pova also render some scrutiny. He tells Impactor that he wouldn't send a transport to arrest the captured Squadron X because the planet is neutral and they have no power there. Was Prowl really being an Obstructive Bureaucrat and willing to let the killers go for the sake of the law? Or, being the Magnificent Bastard he is, was refusing to take the cons in just him subtly goading Impactor on to execute them as doing so would remove one of the Autobot's greatest threats, and any legal problems would just be chocked up to a rogue agent that they could just lock away. Both actions are in character, Prowl is a control freak who would let the cons go for the sake of the rules, but he's also willing to bend said rules and push mavericks like Impactor into doing his dirty work.
    • The purpose of the Wrecker's declassified series both in and out of universe. To the Autobots it's a glorious tale of heroism all dedicated to the best of the best in their ongoing dangerous quest in the war against the Decepticons. To the Wreckers themselves it's glamorized stories, embezzling details, and making things seem more dynamic than they are, but at the same time it's endearing and does serve to chronicle their many adventures. The least charitable implication is that it's all just propaganda meant to boost morale and glorify a highly defective, hyper violent, cracked team of killers that the Autobots just need to point at their enemies to make their problems go away.
  • Breakout Character: Ironfist. Since the series started, he's gotten himself two new figures (though they're both exclusives), incarnations in the Transformers Animated and Transformers Prime universes, his counterpart in Wings of Honor turned out to be Not Quite Dead, and he even got himself a cameo in Shadowplay, years after his last appearance in Wreckers. James Roberts admits in an interview that he somewhat regrets killing Ironfist... which, when you consider Roberts's reputation, is quite a compliment.
    • Prowl as well.
  • Breakthrough Hit: Nick Roche had already worked for IDW, and this was James Roberts' first work. Both instantly became fan favorites and are pretty much the equivalent of A-Listers in the fandom now.
  • Complete Monster: Overlord (who later returns in More Than Meets the Eye) is one of the most powerful Decepticons, but unlike the others, he just wants to kill anything and everything he can, in as many sick and twisted ways as possible. He horrifies all Cybertronians, Autobot and Decepticon alike, and Megatron was so wary of him that he had Shockwave alter his brain so that Overlord could never beat him. When he took over Garrus 9, he essentially turned it into a cross between a concentration camp and a gladiatorial arena, with torture, murder, and prisoners being forced to fight to the death for his own sick amusement.
  • Designated Villain: It's revealed through the comic and various side-materials that, Squadron X was this in-universe. They weren't engaged in any sort of violence at the time the Wreckers battled them on Pova (they were just performing some refueling and munitions transportation), the Wreckers started the fights and rivalry with them, most of the team were noble demons (Ferak was planning to retire and Earthquake was going to be either kicked out or executed due to suspicions that he was about to pull a Heel-Face Turn), poor Fang was only a jerk because Impactor maimed his voicebox and left him unable to speak, Triton was forced to join against his will, and Crosscut was only considered a threat because people kept mistaking him for someone else who actually was evil. In fact, if the backstory provided in "Zero Point" is anything to go by, the Wreckers are bigger monsters than Squadron X ever was.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Considering he was mostly a stuffed shirt up until this point, Prowl's characterization as a Manipulative Bastard proved quite popular.
    • Overlord. Think Beast Wars Megatron, but more Badass.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Overlord, with his handsome (for a giant robot) looks and charismatic, almost theatrical mannerisms. Doesn't make him any less scary or creepy, however.
  • Fashion-Victim Villain: Subverted, characters up to and including the infamous Skyquake have sane colors. That said, the Predators are still a little garish - Snare's bio notes that this is for camouflage on the strange worlds they've been stationed on in the past.
  • Fridge Horror: As pointed out by James Roberts, in the epilogue Prowl never bothers asking about the fates of the Autobot prisoners who were the alleged reason the Wreckers were sent to G9 in the first place. In other words, either he didn't care or he was hoping the prisoners would be dead.
  • Hilariousin Hindsight: Rotorstorm's "Wreckers, combine!" joke is a lot funnier given that an actual Wreckers combiner team (being redecos of the Fall of Cybertron Combaticons) was released in 2013... though it sadly doesn't include Rotorstorm.
  • Ho Yay: In "Bullets," it's fairly easy to read First Aid's encounter with Springer as this.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: The series was using secondary characters to create a sense of Anyone Can Die, but few fans believed the big names: Springer, Kup, or Perceptor would bite it (not helped by the final few issue solicitations featuring or mentioning them). While Roche and Roberts did intend to kill off at least one, they were ultimately unable to do so playing this trope straight.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Wreckers, combine!"
  • Moral Event Horizon: Impactor's deeds at Pova, to Ironfist. These included executing Squadron X, while they were chained and on their knees. It's left up to the reader to decide whether Impactor was justified or not. He becomes much less justified after the backstory for Squadron X was revealed later on (see Designated Villain above).
    • This series could be considered one big horizon crossing moment for Overlord... though if supplementary materials and character reactions are to be believed, he's done even worse things than this before.
    • Stalker torturing Impactor, Springer, and Twin Twist which ends up resulting in the Jumpstarters' deaths.
    • Skyfall actually crossed it before the story even began, but you won't realize until the end.
  • OC Stand-in: Overlord was originally this between Megatron: Origins and Transformers: Last Stand of the Wreckers.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Kick-Off, Skyquake, and Squadron X.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
    • Verity Carlo, often considered the most annoying human from Furman's IDW Transformers comics, is actually a pretty likable and funny character.
    • To many fans, Perceptor. All Hail Megatron changed him from a nifty science guy to a Cold Sniper. LSOTW consolidates this by bringing back his intellect, and keeping the badass, resulting in a true Badass Bookworm.
  • Too Cool to Live: Pretty much everyone who dies.
  • The Woobie: Ironfist gets more Woobie-licious with every issue. It doesn't help that he's the Na´ve Newcomer.