IDW's Transformers Chronological Reading Order Checklist

IDW’s Transformers Chronological Reading Order Checklist

Since 2005 IDW Publishing has excelled with their Transformers comics. Using the concepts the classic Generation 1 canon as their base, IDW took the classic characters and concepts and made it their own while still staying true to what makes Transformers so good. I would even argue that they’re far superior to the Michael Bay movies.

But with multiple series, dozens of one-shots, different timelines and so many transformable characters, IDW’s Transformers comics can appear to be an impenetrable wall. But it doesn’t have to be!

To help make sense of the world’s most loved robots I have put together the Transformers Chronological Reading Order Checklist. In it, I’ve put together a reading list in chronological order of events in the Transformers comics. Well, actually it’s two lists. I’ve broken it up by the single issues and then by collected editions for those who prefer reading in that format.

But before we dive into the lists, here a few questions answered for clarity.

Which Comics Does The Reading Order Include?

IDW has done a lot of different types of Transformers comics, but the ones I am focusing on are the ones that are part of the IDW Generation 1 continuity. So this means comics such as Regeneration One, Transformers Vs G.I Joe, Marvel/Dreamwave reprints or anything that ties into movies/tv shows are not included in this.

Do I Have To Read Everything?

No.

If you don’t want to you don’t have to. I have listed everything for those who are interested in reading everything. For those who don’t want to take the plunge into the entire run then you can start anywhere you see a bold issue. These are intended to be jumping on points.

What Is The Difference Between Phase 1 and 2?

There are two distinct phases in IDW’s Transformers comics.

  1. Phase 1 is mostly based on Earth and is concerned with the war between the Autobots and Decepticons.
  2. Phase 2 is based on Cybertron and focuses on what happens when the war between the Autobots and Decepticons has ended.

Where Can I Find These Comics?

Transformers comics can be found at any good comic book store as well as on Comixology, eBay, and Google Play. You can find out more about where you can buy comics in this handy guide.

Transformers Escalation #1 cover by E.J. Su.
Transformers Escalation #1 cover by E.J. Su.

Phase 1

This is where it all begins! As I mentioned before, Phase 1 mostly consists of the conflict between the Autobots and Decepticons on Earth, although there are some stories set in the early days of the conflict on Cybertron.

In the early days, IDW released the Transformers comics in range of miniseries which built up on each other. These were then supplemented by various one-shots which gave the spotlight to a particular character.

Megatron Origin #1

Megatron Origin #2

Megatron Origin #3

Megatron Origin #4

Transformers: Autocracy #1 cover by Livio Ramondelli.
Transformers: Autocracy #1 cover by Livio Ramondelli.

Autocracy/Monstsrosity/Primacy Notes

This trio of miniseries are set millions of years in past at the start of the war and follow after the events of Megatron Origins. These series were originally digital-first and were later released in print.

Spotlight: Orion Pax

Spotlight: Blurr

Autocracy #1

Autocracy #2

Autocracy #3

Autocracy #4

Autocracy #5

Autocracy #6

Autocracy #7

Autocracy #8

Autocracy #9

Autocracy #10

Autocracy #11

Autocracy #12

Spotlight: Wheelie

Monstrosity #1 (NOTE: Monstrosity was originally 12 digital chapters and was then collected into 4 print comics. I have included the print comics in this list.)

Monstrosity #2

Monstrosity #3

Monstrosity #4

Primacy #1

Primacy #2

Primacy #3

Primacy #4

Spotlight: Thundercracker

Spotlight: Cliffjumper

Spotlight: Shockwave

Spotlight: Hot Rod

ROM vs Transformers – Shining Armor #1

ROM vs Transformers – Shining Armor #2

ROM vs Transformers – Shining Armor #3

ROM vs Transformers – Shining Armor #4

ROM vs Transformers – Shining Armor #5

Hearts of Steel #1

Hearts of Steel #2

Hearts of Steel #3

Hearts of Steel #4

Infestation 2 #1

Infestation 2 #2

Spotlight: Sixshot

Infiltration #0

Infiltration #1

Infiltration #2

Infiltration #3

Infiltration #4

Infiltration #5

Infiltration #6

Stormbringer #1

Stormbringer #2

Stormbringer #3

Stormbringer #4

Spotlight: Soundwave

Spotlight: Kup

Spotlight: Nightbeat

New Avengers/Transformers #1

New Avengers/Transformers #2

New Avengers/Transformers #3

New Avengers/Transformers #4

Escalation #1

Spotlight: Ultra Magnus

Escalation #2

Escalation #3

Escalation #4

Escalation #5

Escalation #6

Spotlight: Ramjet

Spotlight: Optimus Prime

Spotlight: Galvatron

Spotlight: Blaster

Spotlight: Arcee

Devastation #1

Devastation #2

Devastation #3

Devastation #4

Devastation #5

Devastation #6

Spotlight: Grimlock

Spotlight: Cyclonus

Spotlight: Hardhead

Spotlight: Doubledealer

Spotlight: Sideswipe

Maximum Dinobots #1

Maximum Dinobots #2

Maximum Dinobots #3

Maximum Dinobots #4

Maximum Dinobots #5

Spotlight: Metroplex

Spotlight: Drift

Spotlight: Jazz

Spotlight: Mirage

Drift #1

Drift #2

Drift #3

Drift #4

Transformers: All Hail Megatron #1 cover byy Klaus Scherwinski.
Transformers: All Hail Megatron #1 cover byy Klaus Scherwinski.

All Hail Megatron

All Hail Megatron is set a year after the previously listed comics in which the Megatron and the Decepticons have won the battle on Earth. No Megatron rules the Earth and who is going to stop him?

This is a good jumping on point if you do not want to read the previously listed comics.

All Hail Megatron #1

All Hail Megatron #2

All Hail Megatron #3

All Hail Megatron #4

All Hail Megatron #5

All Hail Megatron #6

All Hail Megatron #7

All Hail Megatron #8

All Hail Megatron #9

All Hail Megatron #10

All Hail Megatron #11

All Hail Megatron #12

All Hail Megatron #13

All Hail Megatron #14

All Hail Megatron #15

All Hail Megatron #16

Transformers #1 cover by Don Figueroa.
Transformers #1 cover by Don Figueroa.

Transformers Ongoing

Set three years after the conclusion of All Hail Megatron, this ongoing series (and it’s supplemental miniseries) is another good jumping on point.

The Transformers #1

The Transformers #2

The Transformers #3

The Transformers #4

Bumblebee #1

Bumblebee #2

Bumblebee #3

Bumblebee #4

The Transformers #5

The Transformers #6

Last Stand of the Wreckers #1

Last Stand of the Wreckers #2

Last Stand of the Wreckers #3

Last Stand of the Wreckers #4

Last Stand of the Wreckers #5

Spotlight: Prowl

Infestation #1

Infestation #2

The Transformers #7

The Transformers #8

The Transformers #9

The Transformers #10

The Transformers #11

The Transformers #12

The Transformers #13

Megatron: Spotlight

The Transformers #14

The Transformers #15

The Transformers #16

The Transformers #17

The Transformers #18

Ironhide #1

Ironhide #2

Ironhide #3

Ironhide #4

The Transformers #19

The Transformers #20

Heart of Darkness #1

Heart of Darkness #2

Heart of Darkness #3

Heart of Darkness #4

The Transformers #21

The Transformers #22

The Transformers #23

The Transformers #24

The Transformers #25

The Transformers #26

The Transformers #27

The Transformers #28

The Transformers #29

Spotlight: Bumblebee

The Transformers #30

The Transformers #31

Phase 2

We have now entered Phase 2 of the Transformers comics! The war is over and it’s time to return to Cybertron and rebuild society.

Transformers: The Death of Optimus Prime cover by Nick Roche.
Transformers: The Death of Optimus Prime cover by Nick Roche.

More Than Meets The Eye/Robots In Disguise

With the war over the surviving Transformers return to Cybertron to rebuild society, but just because the war is over doesn’t mean that there isn’t any conflict.

This era of Transformers comics kicks off with an introductory one-shot that helps you get up to speed then pushes the story forward. Going forward the Transformers comics are primary broken up into two ongoing series More Than Meets The Eye and Robots In Disguise. The latter focuses on dealing with what is happening on post-war Cybertron. The former focuses on the crew of The Lost Light, who are on a quest to find the mythical Knights of Cybertron.

Chris Sims of Comics Alliance has done fantastic series of write-ups on this era of comics called The Transformed Man. It’s definitely worth the read if you have the time.

Death of Optimus Prime

More Than Meets the Eye #1

More Than Meets the Eye #2

More Than Meets the Eye #3

Robots in Disguise #1

Robots in Disguise #2

Robots in Disguise #3

More Than Meets the Eye #4

More Than Meets the Eye #5

Robots in Disguise #4

Robots in Disguise #5

Spotlight: Trailcutter

Spotlight: Hoist

More Than Meets the Eye #6

More Than Meets the Eye Annual

More Than Meets the Eye #7

More Than Meets the Eye #8

Robots in Disguise #6

Robots in Disguise #7

Robots in Disguise #8

Robots in Disguise #9

Robots in Disguise #10

More Than Meets the Eye #9

More Than Meets the Eye #10

More Than Meets the Eye #11

More Than Meets the Eye #12

More Than Meets the Eye #13

Robots in Disguise Annual

Robots in Disguise #11

Robots in Disguise #12

Robots in Disguise #13

Robots in Disguise #14

Robots in Disguise #15

Robots in Disguise #16

More Than Meets the Eye #14

More Than Meets the Eye #15

Robots in Disguise #17

Robots in Disguise #18

Robots in Disguise #19

Robots in Disguise #20

More Than Meets the Eye #16

More Than Meets the Eye #17

More Than Meets the Eye #18

More Than Meets the Eye #19

More Than Meets the Eye #20

More Than Meets the Eye #21

More Than Meets the Eye #22

Robots in Disguise #21

Robots in Disguise #22

Transformers Dark Cybertron #1 cover.
Transformers Dark Cybertron #1 cover.

Dark Cybertron

The first crossover between More Than Meets The Eye and Robots in Disguise.

Dark Cybertron #1 – Part 1

More Than Meets the Eye #23 – Part 2

Robots in Disguise #23 – Part 3

More Than Meets the Eye #24 – Part 4

Robots in Disguise #24 – Part 5

More Than Meets the Eye #25 – Part 6

Robots in Disguise #25 – Part 7

More Than Meets the Eye #26 – Part 8

Robots in Disguise #26 – Part 9

More Than Meets the Eye #27 – Part 10

Robots in Disguise #27 – Part 11

Dark Cybertron Finale – Part 12

Post Dark Cybertron

More Than Meets the Eye #28

More Than Meets the Eye #29

More Than Meets the Eye #30

More Than Meets the Eye #31

More Than Meets the Eye #32

Robots in Disguise #28

Robots in Disguise #29

Robots in Disguise #30

Robots in Disguise #31

Robots in Disguise #32

Windblade #1

Windblade #2

Windblade #3

Windblade #4

More Than Meets the Eye #33

More Than Meets the Eye #34

More Than Meets the Eye #35

More Than Meets the Eye #36

More Than Meets the Eye #37

More Than Meets the Eye #38

Robots in Disguise #33

Robots in Disguise #34

Transformers #35 (NOTE: Formally known as Robots in Disguise)

Transformers #36

Transformers #37

Transformers #38

More Than Meets the Eye #39

More Than Meets the Eye #40

Drift – Empire of Stone #1

Drift – Empire of Stone #2

Drift – Empire of Stone #3

Drift – Empire of Stone #4

Punishment

More Than Meets the Eye #41

More Than Meets the Eye #42

More Than Meets the Eye #43

More Than Meets the Eye #44

Transformers: Combiner Wars cover.
Transformers: Combiner Wars cover.

Combiner Wars

Another Phase 2 crossover which involves Transformers (formally known as Robots In Disguise) and Windblade.

The Transformers #39 – Opening Salvo

Windblade (volume 2) #1 – Part 1

The Transformers #40 – Part 2

Windblade (volume 2) #2 – Part 3

The Transformers #41 – Part 4

Windblade (volume 2) #3 – Part 5

Transformers #42 – Epilogue

Windblade (volume 2) #4 – Epilogue

Post Combiner Wars

Transformers #43

Transformers #44

Combiner Hunters

Windblade (volume 2) #4

Windblade (volume 2) #5

Windblade (volume 2) #6

Windblade (volume 2) #7

Sins of the Wreckers #1

Sins of the Wreckers #2

Sins of the Wreckers #3

Sins of the Wreckers #4

Sins of the Wreckers #5

More Than Meets the Eye #45

More Than Meets the Eye #46

More Than Meets the Eye #47

More Than Meets the Eye #48

More Than Meets the Eye #49

Transformers #45

Holiday Special

Redemption

Transformers #45

Transformers #46

Transformers #47

Transformers #48

Transformers #49

Transformers #50

Till All Are One #1

Till All Are One #2

Till All Are One #3

Till All Are One #4

Transformers #51

Transformers #52

Transformers #53

Transformers #54

Transformers #55

More Than Meets the Eye #50

More Than Meets the Eye #51

More Than Meets the Eye #52

More Than Meets the Eye #53

More Than Meets the Eye #54

More Than Meets the Eye #55

Titans Return

Titans Return – Part 1

The Transformers #56 – Part 2

The Transformers #57 – Part 3

More Than Meets the Eye #56 – Part 4

More Than Meets the Eye #57 – Part 5

NOTE: Revolution (see below) takes place between these issues.

Till All Are One #5 – Part 6

Till All Are One #6 – Part 7

Till All Are One #7 – Part 8

Till All Are One #8 – Part 9

Revolution #1 cover by Tradd Moore.
Revolution #1 cover by Tradd Moore.

Revolution

Revolution is a comic book crossover which not only involves The Transformers but all of the other Hasbro properties that IDW has. This includes series such as G.I Joe, Micronauts, ROM and others. This story has ramifications for the Transformers comics and will launch new comics in its conclusion.

Read the Revolution Reading Order Checklist.

As Nik has pointed out in the comments, Revolution takes place in the middle Titans Return story. I’ve put it afterwards in this list for a cleaner read.

Post Revolution

Revolutionaries #1

Revolutionaries #2

Revolutionaries #3

Revolutionaries #4

Revolutionaries #5

Revolutionaries #6

Revolutionaries #7

Revolutionaries #8

Optimus Prime #1

Optimus Prime #2

Optimus Prime #3

Optimus Prime #4

Optimus Prime #5

Optimus Prime #6

Lost Light #1

Lost Light #2

Lost Light #3

Lost Light #4

Lost Light #5

Lost Light #6

Optimus Prime #7

Optimus Prime #8

Transformers Annual 2017

Optimus Prime #9

Optimus Prime #10

Spotlight: Salvation

Til All Are One #9

Til All Are One #10

Til All Are One #11

Til All Are One #12

Lost Light #7

Lost Light #8

Lost Light #9

Lost Light #10

Lost Light #11

Lost Light #12

Hasbro: First Strike Reading Order Guide.

First Strike

Similar to Revolution, First Strike is a Hasbro crossover which involved The Transformers, G.I. Joe and other Hasbro characters.

Hasbro: First Strike Reading Order

After First Strike

Optimus Prime #11

Optimus Prime #12

Optimus Prime #13

Optimus Prime #14

Til All Are One Annual

Lost Light #13

Lost Light #14

Optimus Prime Annual 2018

Transformers vs Visionaries #1

Transformers vs Visionaries #2

Transformers vs Visionaries #3

Transformers vs Visionaries #4

Transformers vs Visionaries #5

Requiem of the Wreckers

Optimus Prime #15

Optimus Prime #16

Optimus Prime #17

Optimus Prime #18

Optimus Prime #19

Optimus Prime #20

Lost Light #15

Lost Light #16

Lost Light #17

Lost Light #18

Lost Light #19

Lost Light #20

Transformers Unicron

This is the final saga of IDW’s Transformers until they do something new with it. The series ends everything, while Optimus Prime and Lost Light wrap up all the threads that have been running in those series.

Transformers Unicron #0

Transformers Unicron #1

Optimus Prime #21

Lost Light #21

Transformers Unicron #2

Optimus Prime #22

Lost Light #22

Transformers Unicron #3

Optimus Prime #23

Lost Light #23

Transformers Unicron #4

Optimus Prime #24

Lost Light #24

Transformers Unicron #5

Transformers Unicron #6

Optimus Prime #25

Lost Light #25

Transformers: The IDW Collection Volume 3 cover by E.J Su.
Transformers: The IDW Collection Volume 3 cover by E.J Su.

Collected Editions

If you prefer reading your comics in collected editions then I’ve put together a reading order for you too! The way this has been put together is by putting together with the fewest in print collections available.

Phase 1 Collected Editions

Transformers: The IDW Collection Volume 1

Transformers: The IDW Collection Volume 2

Transformers: The IDW Collection Volume 3

Transformers: The IDW Collection Volume 4

Transformers: The IDW Collection Volume 5

Transformers: The IDW Collection Volume 6

Transformers: The IDW Collection Volume 7

Transformers: The IDW Collection Volume 8

The Transformers: The IDW Collection Compendium Volume 1 also exists which covers roughly the same comics as Transformers: The IDW Collection Volume 1-2.

If you want a more affordable collection, which collections a big batch of comics then the Transformers Phase One Omnibus will give you a good taste of these comics.

Transformers: The IDW Collection Phase 2 Volume 1 cover by Sarah Stone.

Phase 2 Collected Editions

Transformers: The IDW Collection Phase 2 Volume 1

Transformers: The IDW Collection Phase 2 Volume 2

Transformers: The IDW Collection Phase 2 Volume 3

Transformers: The IDW Collection Phase 2 Volume 4

Transformers: The IDW Collection Phase 2 Volume 5

Transformers: The IDW Collection Phase 2 Volume 6

Transformers: The IDW Collection Phase 2 Volume 7

Transformers: The IDW Collection Phase 2 Volume 8

Transformers: The IDW Collection Phase 2 Volume 9

Transformers: The IDW Collection Phase 2 Volume 10

Transformers: The IDW Collection Phase 2 Volume 11

Transformers: The IDW Collection Phase 2 Volume 12

Till All Are One Volume 2

Hasbro: Revolution

Revolutionaries Volume 1

Revolutionaries Volume 2

Optimus Prime Volume 1

Optimus Prime Volume 2

Lost Light Volume 1

Till All Are One Volume 3

Lost Light Volume 2

Hasbro: First Strike

Optimus Prime Volume 3

Lost Light Volume 3

Transformers vs Visionaries

Optimus Prime Volume 4

Lost Light Volume 4

Transformers: Unicron

Optimus Prime Volume 5

Lost Light Volume 5

Note: IDW Publishing is still rolling out volumes of Transformers: The IDW Collection Phase 2. These will replace smaller collections when they become available.

How About The 2019 Series?

In March 2019, IDW and Hasbro rebooted the Transformers comic book continuity. So far, it has been an enjoyable comics which is a good place to jump on if you look at the above and decide it’s too messy for you.

Because that series is part of a new continuity, I haven’t included it in this reading order. I suspect there will be a need for a reading order for that continuity in the future, but at the moment it’s pretty clean.

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  • Hi there, thx for the list is completely identical to mine, im reading the serie, im really disappointed about the gender matter introduced in TF, i understand that the brand should have had a twist, too much childish the manga storyline, but the last arcs about the lost light is the straw that broke the camel’s back… in my opinion, even the odyssey about Megatron, the feelings about Ravage… and i think that’s the reason cuz they rebooted everything, hoping the new story won’t be ruined… if you happen to post the new chronological order, due to the many series they won’t to introduce, even these series will be mini-serie, A BIG THANKS!

  • Can I just say this list is brilliant! I am a massive fan of transformers, always have been, always will be but I have never before come across just a simple “this is the order, now READ” kind of website but that is exactly what this is! Thank you sooo much!

  • Doesn’t Stormbringer take place between Infiltration #5 and #6? At the end of Stormbringer, Optimus is told he has a message from the Autobots on earth, and then he goes there. At the end of Infiltration #6 Optimus is on Earth. I think it should be changed to Infiltration #1-5, Stormbringer #1-4, then Infiltration #6.

  • Thank you so much for this list, I’ve been going through start to finish and am blown away by how much I’ve been missing. This made it easy to know where to start and what to read when! Thank you!

  • I’ve been collecting up the comics sporadically for awhile (buying binges on sale) and kept accidentally getting some completely out of order. Thank you for this list, I’ve put the comics I have in order but there are a few that aren’t in the list.

    If you still read this, I have a comic collected miniseries called “Police Action” but the book is Chaos. I think these might come in the issues after Heart of Darkness near the end of Phase 1? The collected mini-books are really bad about telling what issues they were originally.

    Also does Regeneration One fit anywhere in these timelines?

  • Hi and thanks for this list. There is also the ongoing series Transformers (2019). Because I haven’t read it yet I’m not sure where is its place

  • Thank you for this comprehensive list! I started reading series in order and then I managed to get the IDW Phase 1 and Phase 2 collections, all 8 volumes in each, and I just started reading it that way. Even though I’m a seasoned comic guy of 43 years it was quite overwhelming to get into TF comics from IDW in early 2019 when they have been doing this property since the early 2000’s. They have done so many series and one shots, yet they all connect either directly or chronologically. I hate reading series out of order so getting all that I could only to find out I missed a series here and there, very frustrating. Once again, thank you for this list and for also having more information about these comics, like why this and why that, instead of just the issue #’s in order. Very helpful!

  • I feel like the reading order in the Unicron section is wrong.

    Optimus Prime #21 seems to precede Unicron #0 and #1, and maybe Optimus Prime #22 and Lost Light #1 and #2 do as well.

    • It’s not part of the IDW canon and ties in with the Bumblebee: Win If You Dare graphic novel released in September 2018.

  • Where does Starscream: The Movie fit into this timeline? It is an IDW publication that covers a lot of important backstory.

  • Minor errors:
    -Blurr starts before and ends just after Orion Pax
    -Nightbeat happens just before Escalation
    -Ultra Magnus coincides with Escalation #1 (though the flashbacks are to right after Soundwave)
    -Sixshot takes place sometime before Infiltration
    -Kup follows indirectly from Stormbringer
    -ROM Annual and ROM vs TF occur in the 19th century, a few decades before Hearts of Steel
    -New Avengers/Transformers occurs before or during Escalation, not after
    -Mirage takes place during the timeskip between Maximum Dinobots and AHM
    -Wheelie begins between Autocracy and Monstrosity (but time-travel so eh)
    – Drift is set “centuries ago” according to Empire of Stone (but ends during the timeskip between AHM and TF’09)
    -The flashback in Jazz is set between Shockwave and Cliffjumper (though the frame is right before AHM)
    -Combiner Hunters takes place around the same time as TF’14 #44
    -Till All Are One #1-4 take place during/before TF’14 #51
    -Revolutionaries and the other Reconstruction series take place entirely before Optimus Prime #1

    Source: TFWiki IDW Timeline

  • Soundwave comes LONG after Stormbringer. It’s mentioned in there as if it’s an old news event. It also didn’t make sense jumping from Cybertron during the Civil War to Earth and Decepticon Infiltration.ESPECIALLY since it comes before Hearts of Steel and features events in 1984, whereas HOS is 1800s. O_O;;

    • Hey William, thanks for pointing that out. With over 400 comics in this list there were bound to be a couple that are accidentally in the wrong place. I’ll fix it up.

  • hello! where does the Bumblebee Spotlight fit into this list? i know it takes place somewhere during Ongoing, but im not sure between which issues it belongs

  • After Dark Cybertron, can I continue on only reading MTMTE, or are there future crossovers or references to events in the other series that will leave me confused? If so, at what point(s) would you suggest I pause reading MTMTE and go back to catch up with the others? I intend to read all the series eventually, but I much prefer to read one at a time so I can focus on each linear storyline instead of having to keep track of all those different stories at once.

    Also, thank you so much for putting together this reading order!

    • Yeah, you should fine to read one over the other until they crossover again. They have their own stories and deal with different aspects.

    • Yeah, it should be okay to do. If there’s any reference to them in other comics you can always read the plot summary for them on Wikipedia.

  • wait wait wait, shouldn’t tf autocracy be placed on the same time line before or after megatron origins? why is it part of phase 2? shouldn’t that be part of phase 1 chronologically?

  • THANK YOU!!!!!! I was driving myself NUTS trying to figure out which order to read the collections in! LOL, I have been reading them BACKWARDS and have been banging my head on a table trying to figure out what series to go to! This is EXTREMELY HELPFUL! Thank you SO MUCH!

  • I believe Transformers Spotlight: Megatron takes place between issues The Transformers #12 and #13, not #13 and #14.

  • How can I buy these? My youngest son likes to borrow the graphic novels of the movies from the library, but I think he would love to have ownership of his own graphic novels. He is now 8 and has loved Transformers since before he was 2. I grew up watching the 80’s Transformers and so in the 90’s my husband and I bought Beast Wars and Beast Machines for our oldest and even the DVDs so my youngest has been watching those and has taken those toys for his own as well as the toys for the movies that were bought for his twin brothers who are 3 years older than him. He loves Transformers and I think he will never not like them. Thank you!

  • can someone help me out, i’m reading through the collected volumes and its hard to make sure i don’t miss any, what with all the one shots and renaming of titles, so i’ve just read Till All Are One Vol2 and it talks about vigilem/carcer like were supposed to know who they are, like they are old characters, and i don’t remember reading about them before. did i miss a book?

  • I think that Heart of Darkness comes after The Transformers #20 because issue 4 of Heart of Darkness recalls events from issues before #21, and the end of Heart of Darkness says the story continues in issue #21.

    Other than that, this list has really helped because the one on tfarchive doesn’t go past MTMTE and RiD

  • Wow…thank you so much for this! I started with The Death of Optimus Prime and read mostly everything up until Till All Are One #2. This list has been super helpful for me, coming into IDW Transformers for the first time!

    • It’s awesome to hear that the list has been useful. i hope you’ve been enjoying the comics.

  • Hey buddy thanks for the list. I have recently started reading Transformers comics and I started with Last stand of the Wreckers. Such a great work. Now reading first five issues of More than meets the eye and must say stories and arts are really gripping. I was wondering what to read and from where to start. This reading order will help me a lot. πŸ™‚

    • No worries, Swapnil. Glad you’ve found the list helpful and have been enjoying the Transformers comics so much!

  • Hi. Can I read say….. more than meets the eye from issue to issue without reading robots in disguise in between. Or do I have to abide by the list for the story to make sense… if you know what I mean πŸ˜€

    • Hi! Great question. You can read Robots in Disguise independently for the most part. It tells its own stream of the story. The only time you’ll be required to read anything else is when there is a crossover.

    • I believe Hearts of Steel and Infestation 2 should be included now with the recent events in the comics revealing that they’re canon to the IDW timeline.

  • I think you forgot to add Monstrosity issues 5-12 because you only have 1-4 there after Autocracy.

    • Monstrosity was originally 12 digital chapters and was then collected into 4 print comics. I have included the print comics in this list. I chucked a note in there to avoid confusion.

  • Where do the spotlights for Megatron, Orion Pax, Thundercracker and Bumblebee fit into the reading order?

    • Hi! Great question. It appears all of those, were missing from the list. I have since updated them. The Megatron and Bumblebee spotlights can be found in the Transformers ongoing section, while Orion Pax and Thundercracker are in the Autocracy/Monstrosity/Primacy section.

  • Hey,
    thank you so much! You did a good job here πŸ™‚
    Are you going to continue the reading guide with the new ongoing series?

    Greeting from Germany

  • Your order for Combiner Wars is wrong.

    Transformers #39 is “Opening Salvo,” (not CW part 2)
    Windblade Vol 2 #1 is CW part 1
    Transformers #40 is CW part 2 (not part 4)
    Transformers #41 is CW part 4 (not part 6)
    Transformers #42 and Windblade #4 are both “Epilogue”

  • Till All Are One #5 and #6 are part of Titans Return and come before Revolution. Also #56 & #57 of the other 2 series should be read together, not apart.

      • Trevor, actually they changed it and added a page to explain why now Till All Are One #5-8 (Which is the conclusion of Titans Return) come after Revolution, although originally they were planned to be before.

      • So Revolution now takes place in the middle of Titans Return, rather than after in between Part #4 and Part #5.