Yeah I have no idea what's happening anymore. The lore building is so scattershot and unrelated to what's actually happening in the moment that I have absorbed none of it especially with the huge waits between issues. The Exarchon reveal was supposed to be some big deal and I have no attachment to it. And why on earth would Shockwave randomly pipe up and say that when he did? It didn't even make sense. Even if everything up until now was successful and I actually gave a crap about Exarchon, that reveal still would have thrown a wet blanket on any sort of dramatic build up. It's the same way the moment where Orion becomes Optimus was contrived and lacking any weight. This series has no dramatic flair and I'm running out of reasons to keep reading it.