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The Best Transformers Comic Book Series, Ranked

Updated September 27, 2019 658 votes 81 voters 2k views42 items

List RulesOngoing 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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  • 1

    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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    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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    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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    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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  • 5

    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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  • 6

    IDW, 2012

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

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  • 7

    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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  • 8

    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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    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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    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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    IDW,  2016-2018

    Rodimus and his crew continue their quest to find the Knights of Cybertron. They return to Cybertron only to realize they have been transported to an alternate reality.

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    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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  • 13

    IDW, 2016-2017

    A White House under seige; a rogue Seeker saving the world; outlaw Deceptions running for their lives - all this and more on Transformers: Till All Are One.

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    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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    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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    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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  • 17

    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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    IDW, 2018

    After the fallout of Garrus 9, the Wreckers are scattared and distant. After an old foe comes into the spotlight, the remaining warriors must reunite in an epic race against time.

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  • 19

    IDW, 2005

    The Decepticons have already decided Earth's fate. It's up to some ragged Autobot warriors and three humans to stop the destruction.

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  • 20

    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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  • 21

    IDW, 2018-2019

    The end is near. Unicron, the chaos bringer, has arrived near Cybertron and it's up to the Autobots and Decepticons to band together before time runs out. Can Prime and co. save they day?

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  • 22

    IDW, 2007

    Unicron creates ripples in time with the power to destroy worlds. Vector Prime returns into the fold to save the universe from this dangerous threat.

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  • 23

    IDW, 2018

    The USS Enterprise receives a distress call from a nearby planet. The crew soon runs into Optimus Prime, and they have to hurry. Megatron has teamed up with the Klingons, so a battle is brewing. 

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  • 24

    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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  • 25

    IDW, 2006

    The Transformers show up during the Industrial Revolution. An ordinary hammer-man discovers his steam drill is actually Bumblebee, which causes the Decepticons to end up on their tail.

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