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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.