The reason the Matrix hurt Optimus Prime while he was it's carrier is precisely because he IS the one supposed to carry it.
When Optimus asked Rodimus how it felt to carry the Matrix and Rodimus answered that it felt good to him, Optimus was dejected because he believed that, since he himself feels pain when carrying it, that the Matrix was rejecting Optimus in favor of Rodimus. However, Optimus is wrong: the reason the Matrix hurts Optimus is because Optimus rightfully sees the Matrix as a burden and a responsibility, and the Matrix reacts in kind. It is not rejecting him, on the contrary, the pain the Matrix is causing is a reminder to Optimus of the huge responsibility it is. None of the previous false Primes (Nova, Nominus, Sentinel and Zeta) felt discomfort while carrying the Matrix because they all saw it as a resource and felt entitled to it. Optimus is the only one who can rightfully be called a Prime, so he feels the weight of carrying the Matrix.
Reflector's inconsistencies will be explained, and be related to the Quintessons.
In Spotlight Wheelie, The Reflector Trio died, and Wheelie lived on the planet for many... years? A later publication, All Hail Megatron, established them as being alive. The writer later said that AHM happened before the spotlight, but the Ongoing had Spyglass, one of the Reflector trio, alive only a few months before the Autobots met Wheelie (Who had gone through several adventures). The time scale is bizarre, and makes AHM happen after Spotlight Wheelie. The writer, John Barber, is known for Arc Welding
, so he'll probably fix the issue.
- Also, at the end of the spotlight, a Quintesson drawing appeared with glowing eyes. It's unknown what happened, but Wheelie is later seen sans his alien friend and using a Quintesson ship. Recent issues point to him going back to the planet system he was stranded on.
- Back on c\Cybertron, Reflector is up and about, the autobots currently have in their possession a space ship that can time travel, and the Reflector bots are spying on it. It also looks like the ship Reflector crashed on.
- Confirmed, Reflector steals the time traveling ship, and the events play out leading him to go back in time and die. No apparent connections to Quintessons though.
Metalhawk's beliefs will be challenged.
He's the guy who preaches equality and such, and life for all. When he sees turmoil, he's the one who says, just kill him. Despite preaching that the decepticons could be good, and that they should help them, he's saying to kill Turmoil, no "He can be helped" no "Bumblebee your being a tyrant and shouldn't decide who lives or dies." He just says to kill him. Turmoil must have done something pretty terrible for Metalhawk to suddenly renege on his beliefs and demand a guy to be killed by the government.
- A few fans are picking up on this. He criticizes and undermines Bumblbee and accuses Be of acting on his grudges, and everyone should be given a chance. When turmoil shows up... Metalhawk acts on his grudges, and doesn't want to give turmoil a chance.
- He admits to have deserted the war because of feelings like that, and that he's on the council to try for peace and deny those feelings.
The Pax Cybertronia is a lie.
Specifically, a lie told to Ironhide and Jhiaxus
by Unicron, since both Robots In Disguise and More Than Meets The Eye have been hinting at his existence as of late. The first major contradiction with the vision appears to have occurred with Megatron walking out of the wilderness and Starscream's monologue implying this signified everything falling apart afterward, because in the vision of the Pax Ironhide was shown, it was implied that Megatron had not been seen since the defeat of Galvatron and his "Deceptigod", which is clearly no longer true. It's even more telling when you realize Jhiaxus revealed to Orion he'd also had the vision of the Pax while the two were on LV-117 in the era of its eerily-Unicronian destruction.
This false vision of a peaceful future where Cybertronians rule the stars probably ties into how Unicron plans to destroy the Transformers because...hey, that's what he does.
Frenzy and Rumble will get an explanation for recent events
In the Transformers Bumblebee Miniseries, Frenzy was left on earth and was going crazy without Soundwave, as almost all the other Cons had left the planet. However, later in the ongoing, he appeared alongside Rumble on the asteroid so many miles away in space. They also had their colors swapped (Even the prequel Autocracy keeps this change). Now what colors they should be is up to debate (RIRFIB or FIRRIB), but the same continuity should keep the colors they started out with. In RID their colors have been restored, so perhaps Barber will fix this inconsistency. Maybe accelerated space travel, or the time ship will come back.
- Possible. Though it's doubtful the time ship will come back since it was presumably still on LV-117 when it was destroyed.
- Jhiaxus and crew actually took the ship and left with it, presumably for more time-travelly adventures to fix the continuity... er I mean future.
- Apparently Jossed. Arcee just dropped in and killed/grievously wounded them.
- Them dead or wounded in the present does not matter if Jhiaxus is messing around with them in the past, or if Barber finds another way to solve the error.
Now that we know the remaining five Constructicons are still alive
they will have been reconfigured... to be able to form Devastator as a five-robot gestalt rather than six to make up for the fact that Scrapper was killed back on Earth. Or there will be a replacement drone limb to take Scrapper's place or...or something. But with everything going down, and given that the Constructicons aren't dead as well as the fact that they seem to have been upgraded along with the rest of Megatron's forces, it seems like the only way things could get worse is if Megatron were able to bring back the full force of Devastator. And just think, Superion is out there in the wilderness and it's implied that Ironhide-who we last saw being rescued from the rampaging Dinobots by Superion-is close enough to Iacon to be able to pick up Metalhawk's broadcast...
- Somewhat Jossed. The Constructicons can form Devestator again but with Prowl as the replacement for Scrapper.
Starscream's new body is the result of
- The events of Remain in Light arc as we see Starscream is affected by the killswitch.
- Bit of an issue there. Flatline mentions Starscream's new body isn't ready yet in the latest issue, which seems to happen before the killswitch is thrown (best guess is it happens right after the final scene of the issue), which means Starscream was already planning on ditching his current body. The killswitch is just an unfortunate coincidence.
Bludgeon will become a Herald of Unicron
- Even though he's currently working for Jhiaxus, Unicron's been lurking around the edges of the comics recently, and assuming Jhiaxus is defeated at the end of Dark Cybertron, Bludgeon will once again switch paymasters to the Chaos Bringer and become his chief herald, since Galvatron, Cyclonus, and Scourge aren't available and already have decidedly non-Unicronian origins in this continuity. It wouldn't be the first time Bludgeon has worked for Unicron, directly or indirectly (He worked for The Fallen in War Within, and served Unicron directly as a Herald in the Armada comics, along with Galvatron, Scourge, Thunderwing, and Dirge).
Soundwave is a Mole
- After Megatron's trial, he and Soundwave had a brief chat, in which Soundwave informed him about Galvatron and Megatron brought Soundwave round to his new way of thinking. They reached an agreement, in which Soundwave would monitor Galvatron on Earth, giving Megatron Ravage to help him monitor the Autobots on the Lost Light who Megatron does not entirely trust. This is why he has not as of yet mentioned Ravage's absence (which he would have noticed). Plus it also fits the new Anti-Villain version of the character. And it would be ironic that round about the time Prowl makes a FaceHeel Turn, Soundwave makes a HeelFace Turn.
Each of the three factions is going to end up with their own combiner.
- The Autobots (sort of) have control of Devastator, and Starscream has put Wheeljack to work repairing and rebuilding Superion to defend Cybertron from other combiners. That just leaves the Decepticons, who of course have the Stunticons and their imperfect combined form, Menasor. Menasor will probably be stabilized so that the Stunticons will be able to form him without suffering from the problems Swindle's hamfisted attempt to use combiner technology originally had, which will make him just as dangerous (as the Autobots were able to exploit the weaknesses in Menasor's design to take him down rather easily originally). Then each of the factions will have their own powerful gestalt super-warrior, with Monstructor still out there as a Wild Card (because he's too Ax-Crazy to be controlled by anyone now that Jhiaxus has bit it for good).
Kup is dying.
MTMTE's cybercrosis arc confirmed that Cybertronians can die of old age. Kup is as old as a universe and then some, in addition to being physically dependent on damaging radiation and
corrupted by the Undermind and the Dead Universe. He may be made of badass, but it's all adding up.
Verity Carlo will show.
- The Autobots need a Token Human ally and it would be fun.
Scrapper will return.
- His personality and mind still exist within the group-consciousness of Devastator and is currently trying to manipulate Prowl into reviving him. Prowl has slipped up and referred to a couple of different 'bots now as Scrapper, and is suffering nosebleeds of some effect and privately rages that someone needs to get out of his head; Scrapper's consciousness is the one doing all of this. Somehow, Scrapper will manipulate Prowl into getting a new body (one that is Devastator-compatible) and retake his place within the gestalt, robbing Prowl of both his ability to control the giant and his minions, the other Constructicons, who will rally behind their old pal. The "real life" reason for this is because Devastator is receiving a Titan-class toy that features Scrapper in his usual position as a leg and they need to advertise that.
- The writers seem to have accounted for the toy by having Starscream imprison Prowl and replace him on the team with Scoop, who has a similar enough altmode to Scrapper (and is Devastator's right leg, with Hook going back to the head position) to be an effective visual substitute.
Blackrock is really...
- Onyx Prime in disguise. C'mon. A mysterious and slightly eccentric person who just showed up out of nowhere, capable of using and reverse-engineering Cybertronian technology. Yeah, not suspicious at all. And the name is sort of a hint. After all, onyx is a (occasionally) black gemstone.
- Close. He's actually Sovereign, a Titan Master minion of Onyx Prime.
Despite Titans Return, Galvatron will stay dead.
- Sort of. The writer wasn't aware of the toy when he killed him off, so he probably intended it to be permanent
will appear as a Power of the Primes tie-in
Shockwave has been an unwitting pawn of Unicron all this time
- We now know Shockwave is in fact Onyx Prime, who made the Talisman that, if my understanding is right, summoned Unicron. We also know that he has caused a lot of Chaos and even created the Dead Universe. We ALSO know that he underwent severe mental and physical reconfiguration during 'Shadowplay', what if Unicron somehow spoke to him, manipulated him all this time.
If Unicron HAS been using Shockwave then he'll also have been manipulating others.
- Other characters could also have, unwittingly fallen under the Chaos Bringer's thrall. A particular suspect to me is Tyrest, his actions with the killswitch was done because of his belief in Primus, inspired after he drilled into his brain, what if, it wasn't Primus who reached him, but Unicron, trying to weaken Cybertron?