Again, that's what the editor would be for to remind the writer of.
The Prowl thing was doubly annoying as Schmidt edited the book that established Machiavelli Prowl, he could and should have told Costa that having him be the one who rashly played the hero was grossly out of character, but no, then the attempt to 'fix' it with a spotlight didn't really help as it did nothing to help fix his transformation into just another guy.
For all we know, he did. And maybe Costa said, "Thanks, now let me get back to telling my story my way", as is his prerogative.
This wasn't some long-established continuity he was upturning. It was a quite recent change that happened in essentially a backup story. And much as I prefered Roberts' take, I can't fault the writer of the ongoing for not feeling beholden to that.
Took the Ironhide mini to redeem him, though the resurrection that voided all memory of his misdeed did feel like a "get out of jail free" card.
Nothing wrong with that, shared characters like these deserve "get out of jail free" cards. What, am I supposed to hold a grudge against Ironhide forever because one guy wrote him terribly?
If someone writes, say, Preacher 2 and undoes Cassidy's crimes, that's something else, then.
I think McCarthy gets a bit much flak re: "he disregarded Furman's stuff".
I'm not convinced that's actually the case; the way his story was structured, there wasn't really much of anything to touch on in the first 3-4 issues to establish this, and so people read it as "disregarding old stuff".
Nowadays I don't devote much headspace to stories I didn't like, so I don't even remember most of my complaints about AMH. But I do remember being amused that the combiner process was apparently perfected off-panel, and wondering why the Decepticons didn't just fix up the side effects of Ore-13 while they were at it.
To be fair, Mirage's original character was conceived as "unsure of the Autobot cause," as well as being wealthy and aloof (causes friction with more "blue-collar" Autobots?) and the episode writer ran with that, so it does have deeper roots in the franchise than just that one episode.
Yeah, but the Autobots didn't read his bio any more than they watched "Traitor", so the story really should have done more to make us understand why they'd be so quick to believe the worst about Mirage. There was a quick line about him holding different opinions about the war, but that's not nearly enough to justify Ironhide's almost psychotic mistrust.
I stand by my belief that a large percentage of fans who got pissy about that only did so because they don't actually read other comics, and Transformers comics had never actually truly had to deal with the pretty standard "one writer booted, new writer takes over with a fresh start" process before AHM, nor the "time skip, OMG things are different/that's the point, you doofus, DC literally JUST did this" narrative.
As someone who's spent more time on comic book message boards than Transformers ones...no. Pissiness about this is not tempered by knowledge that it happens a lot.