Thank YOU for reading!
I just love talking about the project (of course), so the truth is that I was pleased with your questions
"Respect" is the key word to the whole project: mr. Furman (re)built a whole mythology filling it with dozens of clever cues waiting only to be exploited and developed into full stories.
Some were actually used in his -Ation, Spotlights and Stormbringer series, others were added... it was just a matter of focusing on them and bringing them to the extreme consequences.
"The Drought", for instance, is all based on a plot device that was bashed by everyone in the online forums: the Solar Pool.
But why bash it instead of connecting it to other key concepts (like the depletion of Cybertron's natural resources, as seen in another book of the same saga)?
The potential is there, it only needs people who want to see it.
The same goes for the War Within redesigns, which are simply fantastic and should not go wasted - not to mention they were the first official effort at giving us what we wanted since the beginning (Cybertronian robots with a Cybertronian look that was both alien and close to the G1 toys!).
It's not perfect as we wish it were, though: some pages in the project have a different art style, others have small errors (which we pointed out in the notes)... but that's to be expected in a fanproject