My journey through the Transformers Marvel US continuity *COMPLETED* Let it be known that I am a total n00b in regards to Transformers, and that this is my first real exposure to the franchise outside of a couple childhood toys, a few vague memories of the G1 cartoon, and information I gathered from the wiki in preparation for this read-through. I am, effectively, flying blind into this. Alright, here's how it's going to go. I'm going to go through one issue at a time, typing out my thoughts as they come to me. As for what order I'll be tackling things in, here's a brief outline: Transformers #1-23 G.I. Joe and the Transformers #1 Transformers #24 G.I. Joe and the Transformers #2 Transformers #25&26 G.I. Joe and the Transformers #3&4 Transformers #27-31 Transformers: Head Masters #1-3 Transformers #32-37 Transformers: Head Masters #4 Transformers #38-42 Transformers #44-53 Transformers (UK) #215-218 Transformers #54 Transformers (UK) #235&236 Transformers #55-80 G.I. Joe #138-142 Transformers: Generation 2 #1-12 According to what I've read, that the closest approximation to chronological order. #43 is left out due to taking place in the G1 cartoon's universe (it was adapted from a season three episode). I made an exception to the US-only rule in the case of UK #'s 215-218 and 235&236 because the stories from these issues are explicitly referenced in the US comics, as well as for US #33-34, which were reprints of a UK story. As far as I've read, these are the only times such references are made, but I welcome any corrections. Now, to get this baby on the road. The Transformers #1 (September 1984) by Ralph Macchio Wow. So THAT'S how the Transformers were created: Naturally occurring gears, levers, and pulleys. ... We are not off to a good start. Also, I call shenanigans on Cybertron being shaken from its orbit. A planet the size of Saturn made entirely of metal? Something powerful enough to move THAT would simply have destroyed the whole thing. Wait, how is there still sunlight if they've been thrown out of their star's orbit? And the TFs must be pretty tough to withstand absolute zero temperatures. So that's Optimus Prime. I am honored to witness his first appearance. Over a thousand years?! So I'm assuming the TFs don't age? Well, at least Megatron's not so generically evil that he attacks Optimus BEFORE the asteroids are cleared. Lifeless third planet? Oh my God... they're going to Tatooine! Umm... what secrets does the Ark have, again? I thought they just now built it to deal with the asteroid threat. Also, Optimus, suicide usually isn't considered a viable "Plan A". FOUR MILLION YEARS?! And the ships systems are still operational. They really don't make them like they used to, I guess. So, the one system that WAS damaged is the one that gives the bad guys a new lease on life. Typical. Well, this explains why the TFs transform into Earth-based vehicles. Decepticon roll call! Well, now I can only hope to tell them apart when they aren't named in-panel. Something tells me they would be a lot easier to identify if I had spent every waking moment looking for their toys. Oh, well, too late for that. Onward! And... Autobot roll call! Again, it may be my distinct over-18-ness, but I think I'm going to have a Hell of a time identifying these things. Okay, we get it: They think our machines are alive. I hope this gag doesn't go on for too much longer. Holy crap! Buster's girlfriend is hot! "Hoped to Optimus"? Is he a god or something? Ooh. Dissent in the Decepticon ranks? Starscream has called out Megatron's tactics twice, now. I think the writer's trying to tell us something. Well, can you blame him? Personally, I'd be angry too if my supposed great leader couldn't win a war after A THOUSAND YEARS. Umm... why was Hound using holographic lasers on Ravage? Wouldn't it behoove him to use real ammunition against such a potentially elusive threat now that he has him out in the open? Okay, I got to admit, those last two panels were pretty funny. Well, there goes. Issue number one. Don't take my comments about the implausibilities too personally. It's just my style. I'm a very sarcastic-humor-oriented person (it comes from watching too much MST3K). Hate to cut this short, but I've got homework I should have been doing hours ago. Stay tuned!