This comic is just plain bad. The "deviation" is just an excuse to put Hot Rod through the wringer and make fun of him. All the characters with the exception of Optimus are turned into massive jerks (Seriously, watch the original movie, they are all nice, understanding Robots) when they have no reason to be. And the worse part is nothing changed, the only difference is that Hot Rod died when he uses the Matrix of Leadership for some reason. Honestly, I think this comic would have been much better if it had had the courage to portray a really screwed up future, it is quite possible that Unicron would of WON if Hot Rod hadn't gotten the Matrix at the juncture that he did, and I feel the comic would of been more interesting if it had portrayed that dark scenario.