I really have to hand it to Simon Furman. IDW essentially canned the original and very complex Transformers continuity he'd created (often called the "-Ation" series by fans, since the title of each installment ended in the "-ation" suffix) in favor of the bland "All Hail Megatron" series, set about a year after the Revelation miniseries, the too-sudden ending to 2+ years of new Transformers stories. I don't know the exact circumstances by which Maximum Dinobots came about, but Furman could've told IDW to "shove it" when he was asked to write another miniseries to fill in the blanks left by the poor storytelling in All Hail Megatron. But, instead, he wrote what is one of his greatest Transformers tales. It doesn't hurt that the story revolves around his clear favorite character, Grimlock, on a quest to save the other Dinobots from Scorponok and the Machination, but it's clear he put a lot of effort into Maximum Dinobots. After reading All Hail Megatron, Maximum Dinobots is where the series ends for me. Hopefully, someday, IDW and Hasbro may realize the mistake they've made and bring back Furman or another author of his caliber.