List of Transformers comic books


List of Transformers comic books

There have been three main publishers of the comic book series bearing the name Transformers based on the toy lines of the same name. The first series was produced by Marvel Comics from 1984 to 1991, which ran for 80 issues and produced four spin-off miniseries. This was followed by a second volume entitled "", which ran for 12 issues starting in 1993. The second major series was produced by Dreamwave Productions from 2002 to 2004 with multiple limited series as well, and within multiple story continuities, until the company became bankrupt in 2005. The third series is currently being produced by IDW Publishing starting with an issue #0 in October 2005 and a regular series starting in January 2006. There are also several limited series being produced by IDW as well.

In addition to these three main publishers, there have also been several other smaller publishers with varying degrees of success. Please see List of Minor Transformers comics for more information.

Marvel Comics

"The Transformers" (Generation 1), Marvel, U.S.

"The Transformers" comic by Marvel was the first and arguably the best known Transformers comic. Although it was originally intended to be a 4-issue limited series, it expanded into an ongoing series, which ran for 80 issues before being cancelled. The final cover read "80 in a 4 issue limited series". Issues #1–56 were written by Bob Budiansky, with Marvel UK writer Simon Furman taking over for the remainder of the comic. The comic did not attempt to follow the show and some elements and characters were completely absent. Most notably was the absence of characters from season 3 like Ultra Magnus, Springer, Arcee, Metroplex and the Quintessons (with the exception of a stand alone issue which adapted "The Big Broadcast of 2006"). The comic started much the same as the show; a crew crash landing the Ark on Earth in the distant past. They are befriended by Buster Witwicky. His brother Spike eventually joins the cause as Autobot leader when he became the head of commander Fortress Maximus. There occurs a considerable amount of fractioning and in-fighting in both the Autobots and Decepticons. However the series climax occurs when both sides, Autobots and Decepticons, form an uneasy peace to defend Cybertron from Unicron. Simon Furman himself says the final issues of the US Transformers comic are his favorite.Fact|date=February 2007

Marvel UK

The sister title in the UK, which ran for 332 issues, was weekly and spliced in original stories into the continuity of the reprinted US issues, was mostly written by Simon Furman. At the start, it had a more serious science fiction approach. Because of the weekly approach, the UK comic was able to flesh out characters and ideas more; in the US comic, the Aerialbots and Stunticons are first shown having just been built and being given life by the Creation Matrix program, where as the UK comic fleshed it our more and showed the two teams as being created out of new techonology created by Soundwave after scanning Buster Witwicky while he had the Matrix downloaded into his brain. Furman also tried to maintain continuity with "", and wrote several stories set in the future after the movie's ending, as well as bringing characters from the future (i.e. Galvatron) into the present day. Due to his epic and mythological approach, he was highly praised and succeeded Bob Budiansky on the US title at issue 56. The mythic tone continued to influence Furman's work on the Dreamwave and IDW comics.

"G.I. Joe and The Transformers", Marvel, U.S., 1986

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A four-issue limited series that teamed-up the Transformers with the other popular Hasbro property of the 1980s, G.I. Joe. The Joes, the Autobots, and Cobra (after being betrayed by the Decepticons) must join forces to stop the Decepticons from activating an energy drill device to suck up energy from the Earth's core, which would destroy the planet in the process.

The story was hampered by continuity issues (though the storyline was only referenced in the pages of the Transformers comics, as G.I. Joe writer Larry Hama opted to ignore the mini-series) and the absence of several key characters from both franchises, most notably Cobra Commander, Optimus Prime, and Megatron as the three characters were presumed dead at the time of the mini-series' publication. The series does have some importance towards it though, as the story featured Bumblebee being destroyed by G.I. Joe forces and rebuilt as Goldbug (a plot point that is ignored in the UK comic, where the story was not reprinted until much later in the comic's run and resulted in an alternate story being conceived to transition the character into his "Goldbug" persona).

"The Transformers: Headmasters", Marvel, U.S., 1987–1989

A four-issue mini-series introducing new characters that were incorporated into the ongoing series (issue #38) at the conclusion of the mini-series. The series introduces the Headmasters, Targetmasters, some of the movie Transformers, Monsterbots, Horrorcons, Technobots and Terrorcons.

"The Transformers: The Movie", Marvel, U.S., 1986

A three-issue mini-series adaptation of , with no continuity ties to the regular comic series. Differences to the animated feature include the original designs for the Autobot Matrix of Leadership and Ultra Magnus' original death at the hand of Scourge and his Sweeps.

"Transformers Universe", Marvel, U.S., 1986

A four-issue limited series in the style of "Marvel Universe" and "G.I. Joe: Order of the Battle", featuring lengthy bios of all the Transformers of the period. Most of the text was the same as the tech specs found on the toy boxes, only much more expanded. The first three issues contained all of the first, second and third year Transformers. The fourth issue dealt with characters new to "" (1986), including characters that were not made as toys at the time.

"Transformers Generation 2", Marvel, U.S., 1993

:main|Transformers: Generation 2 (comic)A 12-issue series, the series expanded the original G1 mythos from the small war on Earth and Cybertron to enclose the whole of the Galaxy that was fast being altered into a likeness of Cybertron itself by the Cybertronian Empire, a race of later generation Transformers that evolved while the earthbound Autobots and Decepticons were deactivated. The events of this series were actually set in motion with a crossover from the G.I. Joe comic books #138–142, in 1993. Megatron returns in his new tank body to reclaim his leadership from Bludgeon and by the end of the series joins with Optimus Prime to fight against the G2 Decepticons and their genetic offshoot, the Swarm. The series ended with an epic battle between the "Generation 1" Transformers, the Cybertronians and the Swarm. It also introduces the Liege Maximo. However, the series was cancelled with issue #12 due to low sales, forcing a quick conclusion to the series' various plot threads.

"New Avengers/Transformers"

A crossover with the original holders of the Transformers license, Marvel Comics, this series will take place in both Marvel's ongoing continuity, (pre-Civil War), and IDW's G1 continuity, set in between "Infiltration" and "Escalation". The 4-issue series is written by Stuart Moore and drawn by Tyler Kirkman. [http://forum.newsarama.com/showthread.php?t=102772] Captain America, Iron Man, Wolverine, and Spider-Man all appear, as well as many of the Transformers cast of "Escalation". [http://forums.idwpublishing.com/cgi-bin/ikonboard.cgi?s=87e9e0df7b91b33235216dfacd50d587;act=ST;f=21;t=3636;st=70]

Note

The Marvel Comics character Death's Head, a character created by Simon Furman, appeared in certain Marvel UK Transformers stories. In the third issue of the "All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A–Z" (released on March 22, 2006), the entry for Death's Head's describes his encounters with the Transformers to have taken place in an alternate reality, referred to as Earth-120185, thus separating these stories from existence in standard Marvel Universe continuity. This raises the question of whether or not any of the Marvel Comics "Transformers" stories take place in the Marvel Universe "proper" (Earth-616), despite such tie-ins as Spider-Man's guest-starring appearance in the original Marvel limited series and Circuit Breaker, a character that originated in the "Transformers" comics, having a cameo appearance in Marvel's "Secret Wars II" limited series, which featured nearly every character then existing in the continuity of Earth-616. A case can be made that only the stories that featured Death's Head are separate from standard Marvel continuity, since the character's adventures often involved travel across time and dimensions, not to mention genres; Death's Head also encountered the British science fiction icon the Doctor from "Doctor Who" on occasion.

Dreamwave Productions

In early 2002, Dreamwave Productions acquired the Transformers comics license and went on to produce a highly successful return of Transformers to the comic world. They started with a limited series focusing on the Generation 1 characters and a monthly series dedicated to "". The G1 stories were not bound by the previous Marvel stories nor the animated series. Dreamwave produced a large amount of material, but would go bankrupt and lose the Transformers license in early 2005.

Generation 1

Transformers: Generation 1

When they acquired the Transformers licence from Hasbro, Dreamwave Productions initially produced a six-issue mini-series, written by Chris Saccarini and drawn by company President Pat Lee, entitled "Prime Directive". Despite mixed critical reaction and the late shipping of several issues, the series was a huge sales success. Encouraged by this, Dreamwave produced a second series, this time written by Brad Mick, called "War and Peace". When the second series emulated the sales of the first, Dreamwave decided to upgrade the "Generation One" to an ongoing series focusing on the Earthbound Autobots and Decepticons, written by Brad Mick aka James McDonough and Adam Patyk, and drawn by Don Figueroa (although Lee and Joe Ng helped draw the preview issue, and issue #4 featured a back-up story drawn by James Raiz). However, Dreamwave's eventual bankruptcy meant that the series would never be concluded past issue #10. It is notable that this is the first piece of Transformers fiction to use the term "Generation One" in the title. After Dreamwave's bankruptcy, the first two miniseries were redistributed in trade paperback form through IDW Publishing.

"Transformers: The War Within"

After the success of their Generation One series, Dreamwave decided to do a series focusing on the war on Cybertron before the Transformers came to Earth, and recruited Marvel Transformers writer Simon Furman and former fan artist Don Figueroa for a six-issue series focusing on the rise of Optimus Prime. Later, a second volume appeared entitled "The Dark Ages", again written by Furman and drawn by regular Marvel Transformers artist Andrew Wildman. A third volume, called "The Age of Wrath", written by Furman and drawn by Joe Ng, was released up through issue #3, but due to Dreamwave's bankruptcy it was never completed. The first two series are due for re-release in trade paperback form by IDW Publishing in March and May 2007.

"Transformers: Micromasters"

"Micromasters" was a four-issue mini-series written by Brad Mick aka James McDonough and Adam Patyk and drawn by Rob Ruffolo. Set on Cybertron after the disappearance of the Ark, the series focused on the history of the titular Micromasters and the discovery of a mysterious Golden Disk with links to the origins of the Transformers. Despite some vocal readers' complaints regarding the series and its art, it also received its share of praise and sold well to the direct market. [http://www.icv2.com/articles/home/5357.html Top 300 Comics June 2004] [http://www.icv2.com/articles/home/5523.html Top 300 Comics July 2004]

"Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye"

An eight-issue limited series from 2003 written by Brad Mick aka James McDonough and Adam Patyk (the shapers of Dreamwave's "G1" title and its overall "Transformers" continuity) with art by most of the Dreamwave artists, it featured bios of all the Transformers released as toys in the United States (with the exception of several of the Action Masters). The character entries were done in the same style as the 1986 Marvel limited series, "Transformers Universe", with page long bios and art of the characters in both their robot and alternate forms. The character bios included expanded information from the original toys' tech specs, as well as new character development from the Dreamwave "Transformers" continuity. Issues one through seven contain the character bios, while issue number eight contains entries for key Transformer locations, ideas and technology. The first pages of issue one and the last pages of issue eight feature a mini-comic about where all the information presented in the limited series is coming from, and who is accessing it, which was a prequel story to the "Beast Wars" television series. The series proved to be popular, and a subsequent "More Than Meets The Eye" miniseries debuted the next year, this time covering . However, in light of the comics success, there was some negative reception by fans who felt that the biographies of characters in the generation one cartoon series (more notably the female autobots and devcon) should have been added to the comics.

Armada/Energon

"Transformers: Armada" (2002–2003)

This comic series was based on the new Transformers toyline of that year, '. The continuity, while following elements from the cartoon series of the same name, was wholly its own continuity. Differences included the Mini-Cons' ability to talk in a normal way rather than the beeps and boops from the cartoon series. Also, the resolution to the Armada saga was quite different and involved cross-dimensional travel and several Generation 1 characters. The series ended at issue #18 and was retitled as ' with the following issue. Originally written by Sarracini, Simon Furman came onboard to do a 2-part filler story and ended up as the ongoing writer as a result.

Issues 1–5, written by Chris Saccarini and drawn by James Raiz, would give some background to the original war on Cybertron, detailing how Megatron's campaign started on Cybertron and how the Mini-Cons originally came to Earth, escaping Megatron's grasp. One million years later the arc would introduce the three main human characters (Rad, Alexis and Carlos) and see both sides battle and gain Mini-Cons for the first time.

Issues 6–7 would see Furman take over the scripting, with Pat Lee on art, detailing the discovery of several more Mini-Con teams on Earth. Issues 8–11, with Guido Guidi taking over on art, would see the discovery of a mysterious Mini-Con monolith that would assemble all the Mini-Cons on a base on the moon, leading the Decepticons to attempt a full-scale assault to capture them all. Issues 12-13 would see Megatron construct a superweapon, a powerful laser focusing satellite, in an attempt to destroy the Autobots, as well as capturing enough Mini-Cons to overload Cyclonus' power.

With the series coming to a close and Energon due to take over as the active franchise comic, issues 14-18 were dedicated to the coming of Unicron, with cameo appearances by several G1 characters. With Don Figueroa on art, it detailed the coming of the Heralds of Unicron into the Armada dimension to secure the Mini-Con Matrix and kill all of Unicron's enemies. The arc introduced Jetfire and the concept of Powerlinking, as well as having a battle between Armada Megatron and G1 Galvatron, Unicron's chief Herald. The final issue, again drawn by Guidi, served as a bridge between the Armada and Energon series, detailing Unicron's defeat and Megatron's disappearance.

"Transformers: Energon" (2003–2004)

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The story to "" picks up ten years after events in Armada. The Engergon title written by Simon Furman and drawn by Guido Guidi and Joe Ng. The first issue was #19 since Armada was not cancelled but rather retitled. The series was discontinued at issue #30 due to Dreamwave's bankruptcy.

Launched in December 2003 Energon would retain the numbering system from Armada, as well as the creative team of Furman and Guidi. Issue 19 would pick up where Armada left off, reintroducing the main cast - as well as Unicron and the new threat of the Terrorcons. Issues 20–23 (drawn by Guidi and Joe Ng) saw the introduction of Unicron's Four Horsemen and most of the relevant cast (Prime, Hot Shot, etc) receiving their "Energon" Powerlinking bodies, as well as establishing that Megatron's Spark was trapped within Unicron. It also saw the Terrorcons journey to Earth and saw the return of the principal human cast, as well as the introduction of Kicker. Issue #24, drawn by James Raiz, focused on the past relationship between Ironhide and Tidal Wave. Issue #25, again drawn by Ng, introduced the Omnicons and Snow Cat. Issues 26–29, drawn by Alex Milne, saw a full scale Terrorcon attack on Earth, Prime aiding Megatron's rebirth and Starscream's return in his "Energon" form. Issue 30 saw a confrontation between Megatron and Scorponok — but the bankruptcy of Dreamwave prevented this story from being finished.

"Transformers Armada: More Than Meets the Eye"

In 2004 Dreamwave released a three-issue version of the "More Than Meets The Eye" series featuring all the "" characters released as toys in the United States. Written by Brad Mick aka James McDonough and Adam Patyk with art by many Dreamwave artists (including the interlocking covers by Joe Ng), the layout was similar to the mini-series released in 2003, and included separate character bios for the Minicons as well as for the other Transformers.

The first pages of issue one and the last pages of issue three feature a mini-comic of the human character Alexis studying the history of the Transformers. The comic was set sometime between the events of the "Transformers: Armada" and "" Dreamwave comics.

Before Dreamwave's bankruptcy, an "Energon" edition of "More Than Meets The Eye" was also planned but not released.

Transformers/G.I. Joe

Dreamwave and Devil's Due, owner of the G.I. Joe license, each produced their own six-issue mini-series and with separate continuities. Dreamwave's approach, rather than follow the previous efforts of Marvel Comics, had the story set in an alternate continuity, and was written by John Ney Reiber and drawn by Jae Lee. Here, Cobra had discovered and awakened the Decepticons, reformatting their vehicle modes into 1940s era war vehicles and weapons. The two evil forces conquered much of Europe in an alternate version of World War II. G.I. Joe, here a group of American infantry men, find the Autobots who aid them in stopping both Cobra and the Decepticons.

Transformers/G.I. Joe: Divided Front

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A second volume, "Divided Front", was produced. It was written by the writing team of James McDonough and Adam Patyk (who also worked to develop the story treatment for the first volume) and drawn by Pat Lee. [http://forum.newsarama.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=15475 Newsarama interview regarding new series and involvement in first miniseries] Despite strong initial sales of over 44 thousand copies and positive reviews stating the series "exceeded expectations," Dreamwave released only one issue before their financial troubles put a halt to their operations. [http://www.icv2.com/articles/news/6161.html Top 300 Comics November 2004] [http://www.icv2.com/articles/news/6483.html Top 300 Comics January 2005] [http://www.comixfan.com/xfan/forums/showthread.php?t=31133 ComixFan Reviews] The story followed G.I. Joe/Transformers but took place 40 years later, in 1985, and would have explained the connection to the first volume's story. [http://www.comixfan.com/xfan/forums/showthread.php?t=30019 Solicitation info for subsequent issues]

"Transformers Summer Special"

The "Transformers Summer Special" was a one-shot produced in the summer of 2004 that featured stories from "Generation 1", "Energon", "Robots in Disguise", and "Beast Wars". The latter two were put to a vote by fans, and the winner ("Beast Wars") was to be the next "Transformers" comic series (see "Beast Wars" (Unreleased) and "Beast Wars" (IDW Publishing) Background for more information). The "Summer Special" was to be an annual mini-series, but due to Dreamwave's bankruptcy only one issue was published.

The "Generation 1" segment, written by the main "G1" creative team of Brad Mick aka James McDonough and Adam Patyk and drawn by Pat Lee and Joe Ng, focused on Megatron and the Predacons. The Predacons were once warlords on Cybertron who were cast into exile in space. Settling on Planet Beest, (a homage to the Battle Beasts toy line), the Predacons sank into a feral state, and lived as inhabitants of that world for untold years, until Megatron arrived. Having been jettisoned into space by Starscream and restored from the brink of death by Wreck-Gar, Megatron now had his sights set on reclaiming the Decepticon leadership, and required the Predacons to bolster his army. Abandoning his personal weaponry, Megatron pursued Razorclaw through the jungle and soundly defeated him in hand-to-hand combat. Subsequently, he re-engineered the Predacons to give them the ability to combine into Predaking. This would later impact the ongoing "Generation 1" comic when Megatron brought them to Cybertron to help defeat Shockwave and later to Earth.

There were three other stories, including a "" tale written by Simon Furman and drawn by James Raiz. The tale focused on Slugslinger, Sharkticon and Snow Cat, who had been defeated in an assault by Omega Supreme, telling lies to Megatron in order to excuse their failure. Megatron eventually appoints Slugslinger as his lieutenant, as his lie was the most impressive.

The other two, both written by Brad Mick aka James McDonough and Adam Patyk, focused around "Beast Wars" and "". The "RiD" tale, drawn by Rob Ruffolo, focused on Scourge and Sky-Byte stealing a nuclear reactor, while Optimus Prime and learn the value of teamwork to stop them. The "Beast Wars" tale, drawn by Don Figueroa, focused on Rattrap reminiscing on a time when he was attacked by Dinobot 2, only to be saved by a trio of mysterious Maximals.

"Beast Wars" (unreleased)

In the Summer Special, a competition was run to choose whether the next Dreamwave Transformers series would be "Beast Wars" or "Transformers: Robots in Disguise". "Beast Wars" won, and the "Generation One" team of writers James McDonough and Adam Patyk and artist Don Figueroa were slated as the creative team. [http://www.silverbulletcomicbooks.com/news/109830672541024.htm "Prepare for Beast Wars!" - Press release announcing series and creative team.] However, Dreamwave's bankruptcy would mean that no issues were ever published, although images and issue synopses have appeared on the Internet. [ [http://seibertron.com/comics/list.php?f_series=35 Transformers Comic Books - Transformers: Beast Wars by Dreamwave Comics ] ] After McDonough and Patyk left Dreamwave due to the company's non-payment, writer Simon Furman was added to the series with Figueroa. They would eventually become the creative team on IDW Publishing's "Beast Wars" series.

IDW Publishing

After Dreamwave's collapse in the winter of 2004, Hasbro awarded the Transformers comic license to IDW Publishing the following spring with plans to relaunch the property. Two miniseries were initially planned: one featuring the Generation One characters and the other focusing on the "Beast Wars". The success of these has led to several other projects as listed below. Long-time Transformers writer Simon Furman was brought aboard and given the creative reigns over both series, as well as their spin-offs. He took the opportunity to reboot the Generation One universe, going in a new direction from any previous incarnation, though retaining key elements such as character personalities and paint schemes.

Generation One

"The Transformers: Infiltration"

"The Transformers: Infiltration" premiered in October 2005 with issue #0 and properly launched with issue #1 in January, 2006. Simon Furman wrote and E. J. Su penciled a new six-issue re-imagining of the Transformers arriving on Earth. The story concluded in July to be continued by "The Transformers: Escalation" (see below). A trade paperback of "Infiltration" has since been released, as well as a pocket sized Manga edition.

A recent press release indicated that "The Transformers: Infiltration" #0 set a record in the five-year history of IDW Publishing, surpassing over 100,000 copies in initial pre-orders. [ [http://forum.newsarama.com/showthread.php?threadid=45430 TRANSFORMERS #0 SEES 100K COPIES - NEWSARAMA ] ]

"The Transformers: Stormbringer"

"Stormbringer" debuted in July 2006 and is set during the same time frame as "Infiltration" as in the first issue, Optimus Prime receives Ironhide's message from "Infiltration". The setting is far from Earth, and the Transformers are scattered across the universe since Cybertron had been made uninhabitable by war. The series' main villain is Thunderwing, and key protagonists include Jetfire and the Technobots. The mini-series was promoted with the tagline "No Humans on Cybertron!", referring to many fans' discontent over the human cast of "Infiltration". The four-issue series was written by Simon Furman and drawn by Don Figueroa. The two had previously collaborated on several projects for Dreamwave, as well as IDW's own "Beast Wars: The Gathering".

The first issue of "Stormbringer" contains the number 7 on the UPC code, continuing from "Infiltration"' numbering, meaning that despite being sold as mini-series, the G1 comics by Furman are essentially being considered by IDW as a single comic series. This also is continued in "Escalation" which starts at #10 on the UPC.

"The Transformers: Spotlight"

The "Spotlight" series is also set in IDW's new Generation One universe and consists of one-shots focusing on characters who have not yet appeared in IDW's main series. However, their tales will have repercussions on the main story, setting up future events or explaining the history behinds events already seen. All issues have so far been written by Simon Furman, except for the issue for Kup which was written by artist Nick Roche. Released "Spotlight"s have included Shockwave, Nightbeat, Hot Rod, Sixshot, Ultra Magnus, Soundwave,Kup, Galvatron, Optimus Prime, Ramjet, Blaster, and Arcee,with upcoming issues on Grimlock, Mirage, and Wheelie

"The Transformers: Escalation"

The sequel series to "Infiltration". "Escalation" (again written by Furman and drawn by Su) focuses on the Machination, an organization dedicated to capturing Transformer technology, and on Optimus Prime attempting to stop Megatron's attempts to bring about a war which will decimate humanity. The story began in November 2006 and concluded in April 2007, with Megatron's plans stalled and Sunstreaker captured by the Machination. The story will be followed by "The Transformers: Devastation" (see below).

"The Transformers: Megatron Origin"

This 4-issue mini-series, written by Eric Holmes and drawn by Alex Milne, was published in the gap between "Escalation" and "Devastation". Serving as a prequel story to the current IDW Generation One universe "Megatron Origin" detail the rise of Megatron to power, the origin of the Decepticons and the beginning of the civil war on Cybertron. The series was due to begin in May, with alternate covers by Milne and Marcelo Matere, but began in June due to artist Alex Milne's illness. [ [http://www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/0702/04/idwmay.htm Comics Continuum: Sunday, February 4, 2007 - IDW Publishing for May ] ] .

"The Transformers: Devastation"

"Devastation" picked up where "Escalation" left off. It is another six-issue miniseries. Issue 1 of "Devastation" was released on October 3, 2007, and was published monthly through March 2008. A follow-up entitled "" is also planned [cite news|author=Arune Singh|title=WWLA: SIMON FURMAN TALKS "TRANSFORMERS SPOTLIGHT: GALVATRON"|publisher=Comic Book Resources|date=2007-03-18|url=http://www.comicbookresources.com/news/newsitem.cgi?id=10034|accessdate=2007-03-19] , and will feature elements introduced in the "Spotlight" issue on Galvatron, Optimus Prime, and Arcee.

Other series

In addition to their main Generation 1 continuity, IDW has also created a variety of material based on the various Transformers universes, both the original animated series as well as original material and the 2007 live-action movie.

"Beast Wars"

"Beast Wars: The Gathering" was released in 2006 as a four-issue series written by the "Stormbringer" team of Furman and Figueroa. The series takes place after season 2 of the "Beast Wars" animated series and features characters that had toys produced but were not featured in the cartoon. The trade paperback was released in August 2006. A second series called "The Ascending" is due in August 2007. [ [http://www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/0705/21/idwaugust.htm Comics Continuum by Rob Allstetter: IDW Publishing for August ] ] with a 3-issue bi-monthly series of "More Than Meets The Eye"-style profile books titled "Beast Wars: Sourcebook" also due in August. [http://forums.idwpublishing.com/cgi-bin/ikonboard.cgi?] The continuity is separate from the new IDW Generation One universe, and is set in-continuity with the original show.

"The Transformers: Generations"

"Generations" is a series that reprints key or best-of issues from the Marvel series but with new cover art. Issues containing Marvel characters (such as the original issue #3, which featured Spider-Man) could not be reprinted for this series. Also, using any Dreamwave material is not possible at this time due to legal ramifications from their bankruptcy. [http://comicnewsi.com/article.php?catid=245&itemid=8842 IDW's Plans For Transformers Revealed At The 2006 San Diego Comic Con - Comics News, Reviews & Discussions ] ] After issue #12 was released in March 2007, the series began to reprint the Marvel UK arc "" in condensed form, beginning in April, although the Target: 2006 reprints do not feature the "Generations" title on the cover. Following this there will be a "Best of UK" series focusing on the Dinobots. [ [http://www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/0706/25/idwsept.htm Comics Continuum: Monday, June 24, 2007 - IDW Publishing for September ] ]

"The Transformers: Evolutions"

"Evolutions" is a title that features stand-alone, out-of-continuity tales from rotating creative teams. Chuck Dixon wrote the first four-part series "Hearts of Steel", revolving around steam-powered Transformers on Earth in the 19th Century, with art by former Dreamwave artist Guido Guidi. It premiered in July, 2006. At its conclusion, the publishers warned that they needed to be conservative with alternate-reality stories, because both they and Hasbro didn't want to make things too confusing before the 2007 movie is released. For this reason, the series is on hold until after the movie premieres, but a trade paperback has been released.

"Transformers: The Animated Movie"

"Transformers: The Animated Movie" is a four-issue comic book adaptation of the classic 1986 in correspondence with the 20th anniversary of the film's release. The first issue was released in October 2006 and the run coincided with the release of the Sony/BMG 20th Anniversary "The Transformers: The Movie" Special Edition DVD, released on November 7, 2006. The adaptation was written by former Marvel Transformers writer Bob Budiansky and illustrated by Don Figueroa. The series included scenes and characters in the comic that didn't make it into the movie.

2007 film

"Transformers: The Movie Prequel"

"The Movie Prequel" is a four-issue mini-series which serves as a prequel to the events of the 2007 "Transformers" movie. It is co-written by Chris Ryall and Simon Furman, with art by Don Figueroa. [ [http://tformers.com/ig.php?mode=view&album=6608&pic=IMG_3791.jpg&dispsize=800&start=0 Transformers Toys News and Reviews G1 to Movie - TFormers.com ] ] The first issue was delayed due to a printing error, eventually being released on March 6th 2007.

"Transformers: The Movie Adaptation"

IDW also printed a four-issue adaptation of the 2007 film, running weekly in June. [http://www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/0703/15/idwjune.htm Comics Continuum: IDW Publishing for June ] ] It was written by Kris Opresko (who also adapted IDW's version of "Underworld"), with art by Alex Milne. [ [http://www.idwpublishing.com/titles/tf-headquarters.shtml IDW Publishing ] ] The comic featured bonus material, such as interviews with some of the creative personnel in the film.

"The Reign of Starscream"

It was announced recently at the San Diego Comic-Con that IDW will also producing a miniseries that acts as a sequel to the Movie, titled The Reign of Starscream [cite news|author=MattBrady|title=Transformers SDCC '07: IDW Panel Report|publisher=Newsarama.com|date=2007-07-27|url=http://forum.newsarama.com/showthread.php?t=122899|accessdate=2007-08-01] .

"Transformers: Cybertron: Balancing Act"

"Balancing Act", released by IDW in April 2007, is a collection of stories from the "Hasbro Collector's Club Magazine" that were published from 2005–2006. The stories were written by Forrest Lee and illustrated by Dan Khanna.

The Transformers Magazine

IDW also published a bimonthly "Transformers Magazine". It features strips from the original Marvel US "The Transformers" series, Dreamwave's ' comic and IDW's own ' series. Spotlight artist Robby Musso provides original covers. The first issue came due out in June 2007.

Other publishers

There have been some promotional comics by various small publishers, often lacking a cohesive fictional universe.

ee also

* Transformers (fiction)
* List of Transformers TV series
* List of Transformers books
* "Transformers (film)"
* ""

Notes

External links

* [http://www.idwpublishing.com/news/1.shtml/titles/transformers.shtml/ IDW Transformers title] - Current Transformers comic.
* [http://bigbot.com/dreamwave-transformers/ Transformers comics checklist]
* [http://tfarchive.com/comics/ Transformers Archive] - Features issue summaries and scans.
* [http://www.transfans.net Transfans] - Comic reviews and discussion.
* [http://www.electric-escape.net/tf/comics Robert Jung's Transformers Comics Guide] - A guide to the various Transformers comic book series. Includes issue summaries, annotations, and cross-references.
* [http://www.target2006.org/ Target: 2006] - A guide to the two Marvel comics series. Includes [http://www.target2006.org/chronology/ The Transformers Chronology Project] .
* [http://www.oneshallstand.com/index.html Steve's Transformers Fansite]
* [http://www.transformertoys.co.uk/ Transformers @ The Moon] - Largest Transformers toy gallery on the web and a huge Transformers resource, founded in 1999.


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