- Motto: "I'm just a simple man trying to make my way in the universe. Oh, and I may or may not have been to Coruscant once or twice. Recently. Possibly."
- Weapon: Dual Solar Powererd Vibro Cannons
I myself don't think that the relationship was a left-field matter. Cliffjumper in prime had appeared for five minutes, give or take; Chromedome and Rewind had been major characters in this monthly comic for over a year. I just got the first two MTMTE trade paperbacks, and there are hints of their relationship since issue one, and in almost every issue since. Granted, it wasn't like someone walking up and saying "Hey Chromedome, how are you and your boyfriend Rewind?" but it IS stated that they are almost constant companions. Then i believe in issue twelve or thirteen, Chromedome is outright stated as some latin-based cybertronian term for partner or significant other.
Also, i don't think this is meant to address homosexual relationships, but just relationships in general. I do agree that the better gender approach is "There are boy transformers and girl transformers, and that's all that will be said" Because you can have both types of relationships. But i also think that this approach is being done well; i see it as these beings are very ancient, and if they did have gender way back when, it has become outmoded by the present day. Since they do not need to sexually reproduce, there is technically no need for gender. This approach is inherently hard to convey, because most languages naturally have a concept for male and female, and i would imagine the IDW version of Cybertronian does not. Chromedome and Rewind are just two beings who love each other, there is no need for them to be male or female. I don't think this approach diminishes the LGBT community either, because since IDW Cybertronians mostly lack gender, then by nature there can be no LGBT in that species. I don't mean this to sound insensitive at all. Just as a barebones to be a transsexual you have to change sexes, and you can't do that if you don't have a sex. Im not trying to say that the LGBT community thing is stupid, it's just a moot point in a sexless society, so the comics can't help but not address it because they weren't writing a homosexual relationship, they were just writing a relationship.
Also, i think gender portrayal depends on the incarnation of the franchise. Several incarnations have had clearly defined genders, like the Beast ones, G1, animated, etc. However, IDW's Arcee is the first Cybertronian in that continuity to be distinctly female; other characters have many traits that can belong to either males or females.
I apologize if my wording offends, i did not mean it to. I am okay with either portrayal, but in this situation, i prefer that one approach, but i will certainly not mind if it is stated to be the other.