What's the worst read order?

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  1. ZeroiaSD

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    We've had plenty of discussion on good read-orders and jumping on points to hook people, but let's inverse that.

    Let's say you purposefully wanted to introduce someone to the books in an order that'd make them most confused and lost, but it still has to sound plausibly legit (i.e. no 'just read things in reverse order' or completely random choices, there must be bare-bones justification).

    What's the worst read order?
     
  2. gregles

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    Ironically considering it was promoted as a jump in point lost light would make a pretty unforgiving starting point considering it goes straight into the functionist universe and a load of call backs to earlier stories.

    If I really wanted to troll someone though I would go with heart of darkness or that chaos D-void nonsense.
     
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  3. Bumblemus Prime

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    Since I don't know a single person who got hooked by any of the jumping-on points--Infiltration, All Hail Megatron, Costa ongoing #1--until the 2012 2-books reboot, I'll go ahead and say anything before 2012.
     
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  5. Michael Howey

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    Infiltration was a great start point. Limited cast. Robots actually in disguise. A genuine sense of things building to something. It was great.
     
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    I jumped on with Infiltration #1, then went back to get #0 to be a completionist. I've got every single issue since then UNTIL recently, where I decided to pass on Revolutionaries or the whatever Hasbro books that only have 1-2 TFs in them.

    And currently my interest is pretty low. I liked a handful of the Costa-era books more than some of the recent stuff.

    Let's be grateful that during 33 years of TF fiction we finally got a true "golden age" with MTMTE and RID. The golden age might be over now but it was pretty damn good there for a few years.
     
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  7. Agamus

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    I'd say by publication date. Imagine reading though all of MTMtE and RID at once while leapfrogging between the two every issue, ugh.
     
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    Start with the Transformers Continuum - The Definitive Chronology by Andy Schmidt. Then, for a good measure, follow through with the Hearts of Darkness.
     
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  9. Magnus' Mate

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    Too true, much better than a lot of the terrible stuff we've got the last few years.
     
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    I'd say the worst "plausible"-sounding order would be chronological order. You know, first Megatron Origins, then the Blurr spotlight...
     
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    Agree. Somewhere in-between is best.
     
  12. ZeroiaSD

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    Just asking out of curiosity really, I don't intend to use this information ^^
     
  13. Danny-Boy

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    That's what I did with the trades. Worked fine for me.
     
  14. Agamus

    Agamus Not an Iguana

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    Really,? I would've thought doing that'd seriously tank the momentum and tone of the two stories.

    The clusterfuffle that was Devastation, Maximum Dinobots, All Hail Megatron, and Revelation's release schedules is a dealbreaker regardless, from my perspective.
     
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  15. flamepanther

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    Are we strictly limited to IDW here? How about start by reading Kiss Players? (Y'know, "to get it out of the way.")

    Gotta be the worst possible jumping-on point. It's cringey. It's not representative of what TF is normally about. It's not canonical to the Western TF continuities, and yet it relies heavily on having an expansive existing knowledge of them.
     
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    Not for me it didn't.

    IMO, publication order is the BEST reading order. The worst is easily chronological order, because certain things are retconned into the past that aren't planned by the originally written stories. It's like marathoning Star Wars and starting with the Prequels. If you're someone who's never seen Star Wars, and watched the prequels first, the reveals in Empire and Jedi lose all their impact.
     
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    To be clear on two things, one I don't actually disagree with you on that point, Origin/ocracy has always been borderline unreadable to me and the only thing you should read before Infiltration #0 if anything at all is the Spotlight prequels (with the exception of Thundercracker), and two Publication Date =/= publication-based reading order...
    ...yeah no.

    If you're reading digitally switching between series is far more of a hassle too.
     
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    But nobody who needs a reading list is going to read individual issues. They're much more likely to pick up trades.
     
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    I just remembered I gave one of my friends my Revelations paperback and he seemed into it haha. Couldn't fathom why, it's not my cup of tea either.
     
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  20. ZeroiaSD

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    I started with the Spotlights, read Stormbringer before the -ations, and then jumped to the Costa run (which I feel was not a bad move, AHM being in between). So my own order was bizarre ^^
     

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