Here's the thing. When people come into the thread and are like, "ugh! gay robots! ew! trans girls! these things make the comic bad!", that's not a value-neutral thing. I'm not gonna think, "oh, that's just an issue of taste, it's no different than if they wrote that root beer was gross". It's a judgement, and I'm going to put it to question. And it isn't (just) that I find such distaste distasteful, it's that it's accompanied by a lack of commitment to discussing the work beyond reporting on the state of their enjoyment, how it made them feel, whether it was to their taste. The demand that you're making, to keep everything on that level, is a demand to be divorced from the responsibility of making a judgement. Imagine if someone outright said, "Furman's run was my favorite because I hate women", and then tried to hide behind "that's just my opinion, maaaaaaan". But the same thing also happens from the opposite direction -- "oh! trans lesbians! that makes the book good!". That can be questioned too, no matter how happy people are about it. Like, the big thing to me is, why do people even want validation from Roberts/IDW/Hasbro in the first place? It's weird that that's the direction comics and the fandom surrounding them are going in -- pay $4 a month and the creators will give you a pat on the head and be your friend on twitter. And it's directly related to the content of the books. With Megatron's " redemption", the social antagonism has been papered over with the promise that the traumatic encounter with the Other can be avoided if only everyone would learn to recognize and respect each other's identities. I've chosen to side with the Other.