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The Best Transformers Comic Book Series, Ranked  

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List Rules Ongoing and limited series only - no one-offs.

Every Transformers comic series, ranked by fans everywhere. Debuting in 1984, the original Transformers comic introduced readers to a whole new universe of alien robots who crash-landed on Earth. The Autobots, led by the heroic Optimus Prime, were tasked with safeguarding the planet, while the evil Decepticons were hell-bent on mining all its natural resources.

From Marvel Comics to now-defunct Dreamwave Productions, and, more recently, IDW Publishing, The Transformers line has undergone many different transformations (excuse the pun), but it’s always kept the original roster of characters, constantly reinventing them and adding to the lore. From the fan-favorite Marvel UK series to the critically acclaimed Lost Light issues and more, this list includes every comic series in the Transformers canon. Which comic books are your favorite?

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The Transformers: More Than Me... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Transformers Comic Book Series, Ranked

IDW 2012 - 2016

Rodimus and his crew of weary travelers board the Lost Light in search of the fabled Knights of Cybertron. With tons of adventures along the way - some fun, some not so fun - Rodimus soon realizes the fate of the entire galaxy rests in his hands.

 

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Transformers: Last Stand of th... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Transformers Comic Book Series, Ranked

IDW, 2010

The Autobots' crack commando team, The Wreckers, drop into a Decepticon stronghold only to be met with one of the strongest Decepticons of all time. It's a fight to the finish as the Wreckers take on Overlord and his maniacal crew.

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The Transformers: Spotlight is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Transformers Comic Book Series, Ranked

IDW,  2006-2013

Each issue of The Transformers: Spotlight focuses on a different character. Every issue is a one-shot that provides fascinating insight into everyone's fan-favorite Transformers.

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The Transformers (Generation 1... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Transformers Comic Book Series, Ranked

Marvel, 1984-1991

Transformers: Generation 1 featured three unique arcs: Prime Directive, War and Peace, and Vol. 3. Prior to the events of the comic books, the Transformers have been missing for years. The Transfomers return to ensure the Decepticons can't destroy anything else, but the U.S. government has other plans.

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The Transformers: Stormbringer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Transformers Comic Book Series, Ranked

IDW, 2006

Thunderwing discovers Cybertron will soon be destroyed due to the ongoing Autobot/Decepticon conflict. No one will listen to him, so he tests an experimental process on himself to try to save the planet, which leads to devastating consequences.

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Transformers Marvel UK is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Transformers Comic Book Series, Ranked

Marvel, 1984-1990

Headed by Simon Furman, the Marvel UK comics weaved in an out of the original Marvel storyline. Epic events include Time Wars, Dinobut Hunt, and Target 2006. Furman would go on to helm the Marvel series in the comics' latter years.

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Transformers: More Than Meets ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Transformers Comic Book Series, Ranked

Dreamwave, 2003

The Transformers embark on a new journey that will take them to the farest edges of the universe. Rodimus and his team travel far and wide to find the Knights of Cybertron, but they still know how to have fun along the way.

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Transformers: The War Within is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Transformers Comic Book Series, Ranked

Dreamwave, 2007

The Autobots have always believed in the One. While Optimus Prime has to defeat the Decepticons, the only way he can accomplish that is to look inward and decide whether he should save Cybertron at all. 

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G.I. Joe and The Transformers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Transformers Comic Book Series, Ranked

Marvel, 1987

The Transformers team up with a true American hero in this comic series. Both Cobra and the Decepticons want a new piece of technology designed by G.I. Joe, and it could easily lead to war.

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The Transformers: The Movie is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Transformers Comic Book Series, Ranked

Marvel, 1986

The old war between the Autobots and the Decepticons rages on. With new heroes, such as Hot Rod and Ultra Magnus, coming onboard, the Autobots must do everything in their power to make sure the Matrix does not fall into the wrong hands. 

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Transformers: Armada is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Transformers Comic Book Series, Ranked

Dreamwave, 2002 - 2003

Optimus Prime discovers a sinister plan to drain power at Autobot Headquarters. He sends Hot Shot and Jolt to take care of it, but they have more than a few squabbles along the way.

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Transformers Generation 2 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Transformers Comic Book Series, Ranked

Marvel, 1993

Transformers: Generation 2 was meant to capitlize on the relaunch of Transformers in the early 1990s. Various storylines take place within this continuity, including the team-up with G.I. Joe as well as a story about Autobots finding a new threat: the Cybertronians. 

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Beast Wars is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Transformers Comic Book Series, Ranked

IDW, 2006

In 2006, Beast Wars was rebooted. Magmatron is on a mission to capture Megatron, but as one portion of the Beast Wars closes out, another one begins.

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Transformers: Micromasters is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Transformers Comic Book Series, Ranked

Dreamwave, 2004

Micromasters return to a destroyed Cybertron. Micromasters on both sides have to decide whether the planet is worth saving from the destruction caused by their ancestors. 

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Transformers/G.I. Joe is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Transformers Comic Book Series, Ranked

Dreamwave, 2004

Flint is forced to go up against a newly resurfaced Cobra. He has to go up against the likes of Snake Eyes and Shipwreck to prevent the terrorist organization from getting too powerful.

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New Avengers/Transformers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Transformers Comic Book Series, Ranked

Marvel, 2007

Earth's Mightiest Heroes team up with the Robots in Disguise. Dr. Doom has joined forces with the Decepticons, and war is about to break out.

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The Transformers: Headmasters is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Transformers Comic Book Series, Ranked

Marvel, 1987 - 1988

The Transformers: Headmasters is a four-part miniseries that details a group of Autobots led by Fortress Maximus as they seek refuge on a new planet to finally find some peace. However, a group of foes is on their tail, and the Autobots must work together with the inhabitants of the planet to protect their way of life.

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The Transformers: Devastation is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Transformers Comic Book Series, Ranked

IDW,  2007

While Nightbeat still tries to figure out the Machination, Optimus Prime sends the Ark-19 into the Gulf of Mexico for safekeeping. What ensues is a cross-country chase to acquire a powerful tool.

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Transformers/G.I. Joe: Divided... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Transformers Comic Book Series, Ranked

Dreamwave, 2004

The Joes are fighting Cobra when a mysterious technology lands in Oregon. It's a Transformer space ship, and Flint receives briefings about how G.I. Joe teamed up with the Transformers back in the '30s.

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Transformers Armada: More Than... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Transformers Comic Book Series, Ranked

Dreamwave, 2004

Transformers Armada: More Than Meets the Eye includes various tie-ins to other Transformers properties. The series includes such fan favorites as Hot Shot, Jolt, and Jetfire.

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The Transformers: Escalation is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Transformers Comic Book Series, Ranked

IDW,  2006

Optimus Prime sends a group of humans home for their own safety. However, while they are in transit, they are attacked by the Machination, a deadly new threat.

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The Transformers: Megatron Ori... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Transformers Comic Book Series, Ranked

IDW,  2007

Learn Megatron's origin in this fascinating comic book arc. The reader will learn about Megatron's humble origins as a miner who fought against superiors who wanted to automate the miners' jobs.

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Transformers: Energon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Transformers Comic Book Series, Ranked

Dreamwave, 2003 - 2004

Hot Shot and Strongarm find some energon laying around. Before they can call in backup, they're ambushed by a group of Battle Ravage drones.

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Transformers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Transformers Comic Book Series, Ranked

IDW, 2019-present

A new era in the Transformers canon has begun. Taking place before civil war broke out between the Autobots and Decepticons, Cybertron is still a peaceful planet. But can peace really last forever?

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Transformers: Regeneration One is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Transformers Comic Book Series, Ranked

IDW, 2012

21 years have passed since Cybertron was destroyed. Soundwave gathers a new army of Decepticons to retake Cybertron.