So I just finished up season one of Transformers: Prime and I liked it quite a bit. I recently sat down and re-watched all of G1 (inlcuding the movie) for the first time since my childhood and it completely reawakened my interest in the franchise. I've even started collecting figures. Think I'm sitting around thirty or so at the moment. All are Generations Thrilling 30 and onward but I did recently pick up Make Toys Cross Dimension Striker Manus and MMC Reformatted Zinnia. I digress. Right before I started watching Transformers: Prime I had also picked up IDW's Transformers: Collection 1, Volume 1. I haven't gotten particularly far in it, probably somewhere in the last issue of Megatron Origins. But while watching the ending story arc for season one of Prime the stories between the two were clearly one and the same or, at the very least, Prime was heavily influenced by the IDW materiel. The exposition that Ratchet goes into for the sake of Jack, Miko, and Raph was pretty cool. How intertwined and related are these two properties? I've also heard the term "aligned" thrown about but I really have no idea to what, exactly, it refers to. I presume this is some level of canon akin to Star Wars' old G level stuff (material laid down by George Lucas himself)? Or is it murkier than that?