IDW...newbie help please.

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  1. fatcow

    fatcow New Member

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    I have looked around and am quite confused. I want to read the IDW series up to the current ongoings in their entirety. Ideally, I would like them all to be TPB but it appears that there are some one shots that I will have to buy. I am fine with this and am just hoping for a list of some sort of all the IDW tpb that have been released. I am a completionist and obviously suffer from the same ocd that a lot of tf fans and collector's have.

    If such a list exists it would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Omegashark18

    Omegashark18 Combaticon turned Autobot

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    Wait, so you want to read the WHOLE story?
     
  3. The Iron Magnus

    The Iron Magnus Optimus's Face-in-a-Box

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    I could help if I knew what those abbreviations meant.
     
  4. Omegashark18

    Omegashark18 Combaticon turned Autobot

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    This is my order if this helps.

    Phase 1

    -Part I
    Megatron Origins
    Autocracy
    Monstrosity
    Primacy (upcoming)
    Drift
    Any spotlights taking place before, during, or after.

    -Part II
    Infiltration
    Stormbringer
    Escalation
    Devastation
    Revelation
    Maximum Dinobots
    Any Spotlights.

    -Part III
    All Hail Megatron
    Last Stand of the Wreckers
    Any spotlights

    -Part IV
    The Transformers
    Bumblebee
    Heart of Darkness
    Infestation
    Ironhide
    Any spotlights
    *All the mini series read where they take place in the Ongoing

    Phase 2

    -Part 1
    The Death of Optimus Prime
    MTMTE #1
    RID #1-22 and annual
    MTMTE #2-22 and annual
    The two spotlights where they take place
    Dark Cybertron Chapters 1-12

    -Part 2
    Any upcoming issue with "Dawn of the Autobots" and any upcoming spotlight.
     
  5. Jalaguy

    Jalaguy has no known physical weaknesses

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    If want to read everything, you'll want to track down The IDW Collection Volumes 1-8. These big hardcovers collect every single issue for the IDW G1 continuity up to 2012, and present them in a vaguely chronological reading order. Phase 2 Volume 1, which continues with the 2012-onwards issues is out in August.

    Volume 1
    Volume 2
    Volume 3
    Volume 4
    Volume 5
    Volume 6
    Volume 7
    Volume 8
    Phase 2 Volume 1
     
  6. fatcow

    fatcow New Member

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    Thank you so much!

    Yes I absolutely want to read everything! And have all issues consolidated. If anyone has any more advice I thank you in advance.

    This has made my day.
     
  7. Steel

    Steel Landing Gear Specialist

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    Question: are these abridged in any way or are they the full content of every issue? Some TPBs reduce the content...just curious.

    Thanks for the post!
     
  8. Jalaguy

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    They include all the full original issues, although Volume 6 lacks the bonus material created for the individual TPB and hardback releases of Last Stand of the Wreckers, so if you want every last bit of story you'll also want to grab the hardback release of LSOTW:

    Last Stand of the Wreckers on Amazon
     
  9. halfaway

    halfaway Did you think you were cool?

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    thanks very much for posting this!
     
  10. Thenames9

    Thenames9 D-d-d-d-duel!

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    For someone who'd prefer not to read everything, where would a good jumping on point be that makes sense, and how essential is it to read the first few volumes?
     
  11. Thelonicon

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    Well I think the reading order thread is actually pretty good. Although you can probably leave out Autocracy and Monstrosity.

    Edit: Of course you'll still be missing a number of detail/backstory, so you may want to occasionally check out tfwiki.net to help fill in the blanks but it won't be too vital.
     
  12. noblekale

    noblekale There can be only one!

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    Using the ongoing numbers here rather than volumes, since I've bought all the comics in individual form:

    Ongoing 22, 23, 24, 26, 28, 30, 31, Death of Optimus Prime, and the current series (MTMTE and RiD, along with their respective annuals)

    If you like RiD, then for the current storyline you might want to read the rest of the Ongoing issues I skipped over (25, 27, 29) along with issue 8 for why Prowl feels how he does.