A guide to reading Transformers via IDW reprints

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  1. lazerface

    lazerface Well-Known Member

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    Can anyone help me out with the reading order for the IDW reprints of Marvel's Transformers series? I have all the released US and UK books so far. I was following the reading order posted in this thread.

    I'm up to "Funeral For a Friend" in the US Series. It looks like the next UK book gets into Galvatron and the "Target: 2006" arc. How should that fit in with stories 100-119 of the US series listed above?
     
  2. Ryan F

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    As a general rule (although it doesn't always quite work), it's probably best to read the comics in the order they were published in the UK books.

    Here's how 'Funeral for a Friend' and 'Target 2006' fit into the combined chrononogy...

    20- Showdown (UK 72-73)
    20a In the National Interest (UK 74-77)
    20b Target 2006 (UK 78-88)
    21- Aerialbots over America (UK 89-90)
    22- Heavy Traffic (UK 91-92)
    22a The Gift (UK 93)
    23- Decepticon Graffiti (UK 94-95)
    23a Prey (UK 96-97)
    23b The Harder They Die/Under Fire (UK 98-99)
    23c Distant Thunder (UK 100)
    23d Fallen Angel (UK 101-102)
    23e Resurrection (UK 103-104)
    24- Afterdeath (UK 105-106)
    25- Gone But Not Forgotten (UK1 07-108)
    26- Funeral for a Friend (UK 109-110)

    If you want to slip the 4-issue GI Joe v Transformers series in there as well, they should be probably be read after you've finished Afterdeath (US 24).

    Be warned that the UK issues skipped the GI Joe stuff, and so had their own take on Goldbug's origin. Personally I prefer the UK version of events - not just because I'm English and so grew up with that side of the story, but also because Ravage appears in the GI Joe series (when according to all other evidence he should still be inactive and buried down a mine by that point in the story), which therefore obviously renders that entire miniseries non-canonical. ;) 

    EDITED TO ADD:

    That list you quote in the first post is absolutely shockingly wrong, on so many levels. For example, 'Missing in Action' (number 90 on that list) is in the complete wrong place.

    It should be read either when it was published (i.e. Autumn 1985, between 7- Warrior School and 8- Repeat Performance), or when it was set (it has Cosmos, Prime, Rumble, Tracks, Hoist, Jazz and Brawn all active on Earth, so it must be some point between 47- Club Con and 50- Dark Star... trust me on this.)

    Man of Iron set between the first two US Issues - well that's wrong as well. Man of Iron takes place over the course of at least three days, but we know that US #2 is set the very next day after issue #1 (in issue 2 Jessie and Buster discuss the attack on the drive-in from the previous night), so there's simply no gap there to slot any extra stories into.

    Sorry, I digress...
     
  3. lazerface

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    Thanks! That helps. I read most of the US series when I was younger, excluding the final 10 issues. I was only able to find about 5 UK issues back then, so that is all new to me.

    I'm was planning to read it all now (US + UK + Regeneration One), and do it in the right order to get the best experience.

    I was considering just only reading the US series 1-80 + Regeneration One, then going back to read the UK series later... but am still making up my mind.