Marvel G1 "The Transformers" (UK) Chronological Reading Order

Discussion in 'Transformers Comics Discussion' started by Agamus, May 19, 2017.

  1. Agamus

    Agamus Not an Iguana

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2017
    Posts:
    1,317
    Trophy Points:
    207
    Location:
    WA
    Likes:
    +2,051
    Now that Transformers '84: Secrets and Lies has wrapped up, I figure new people will be wanting to get into the Marvel fiction, so I'm updating my reading order listing all the Marvel US and UK stories in what I believe to be the correct order.

    You can read most of the issues through the IDW Transformers Classics and Classics UK collections digitally or in print, although the Classics UK series has been put on indefinite hiatus as of Volume 5. The other main options are the Titan Books reprints, which have better printing quality compared to Classics US but don't completely collect some of the earlier UK material, and are only available in print, or the Definitive G1 Collection from Hatchette, which completely reprints US and UK material but is unavailable outside the UK.


    Marvel Transformers US+UK Idealized Reading Order:


    1984-1985

    The Transformers UK Annual 1987 - “State Games” *
    The Transformers UK Annual 1985 - “And There Shall Come… a Leader!” *

    The Transformers ‘84 (2019) #0 *
    The Transformers ‘84: Secrets and Lies (2020) #1-4 *

    The Transformers US #1 - “The Transformers”
    The Transformers US #2 - “Power Play!”
    The Transformers US #3 - “Prisoner of War!”
    The Transformers US #4 - “The Last Stand”

    The Transformers UK #9-12 - “Man of Iron” **
    The Transformers UK #13-17 - “The Enemy Within!” **
    The Transformers UK #18-21 - “Raiders of the Last Ark” **

    The Transformers US #5 - “The New Order”
    The Transformers US #6 - “The Worse of Two Evils!”
    The Transformers US #7 - “Warrior School!”
    The Transformers US #8 - “Repeat Performance!”

    The Transformers UK #29-30 - “Decepticon Dam-Busters!”
    The Transformers UK #31 - “Wrath of Guardian”
    The Transformers UK #32 - “Wrath of Grimlock”

    The Transformers US #9 - “Dis-Integrated Circuits!”
    The Transformers US #10 - “The Next Best Thing to Being There!”
    The Transformers US #11 - “Brainstorm!”
    The Transformers US #12 - “Prime Time!”

    The Transformers UK #41 - “Christmas Breaker!”

    [ * These stories are all flashbacks set in the first few pages of US #1, before the Ark was reactivated on Earth. “State Games” is set between pages 1 & 2, “And There Shall Come... a Leader!” supersedes page 4 panels 5-6, and Transformers: ‘84 is set across page 5 through page 9 panel 2. ]
    [ ** “Man of Iron” was written without any reference to the original miniseries, but “The Enemy Within!” and “Raiders of the Last Ark” are clearly meant to fit between US #4 pages 8 & 9. ]


    1986


    The Transformers UK #42-44 - “Crisis of Command!”
    The Transformers UK #45-46 - “The Icarus Theory”
    The Transformers UK #47-50 - “Dinobot Hunt!”
    The Transformers UK Annual 1986 - “Victory”

    The Transformers US #13 - “Shooting Star!”
    The Transformers US #14 - “Rock and Roll-Out!”
    The Transformers US #15 - “I, Robot Master!”
    The Transformers US #16 - “Plight of the Bumblebee!”

    The Transformers UK #59-60 - “Robot Buster!”
    The Transformers UK #61-62 - “Devastation Derby!”
    The Transformers UK #63-65 - “Second Generation!”

    The Transformers US #17 - “The Smelting Pool!”
    The Transformers US #18 - “The Bridge to Nowhere!”
    The Transformers US #19 - “Command Performances!”
    The Transformers US #20 - “Showdown!”

    The Transformers UK #74-77 - “In the National Interest”

    The Transformers: The Movie #1 - “The Planet-Eater”

    The Transformers UK #78-88 - “Target: 2006” *

    The Transformers: The Movie #2 - “Judgement Day!” *
    The Transformers: The Movie #3 - “The Final Battle!”

    The Transformers US #21 - “Aerialbots Over America!”
    The Transformers US #22 - “Heavy Traffic!”
    The Transformers US #23 - “Decepticon Graffiti!”

    The Transformers UK #93 - “The Gift”

    [ * The future segments of “Target: 2006” are set between TF:TM #2 page 5 panels 3 & 4, or between when Galvatron says “Decepticons, to Earth!” and the second attack on Autobot City in the film version. ]

    1987

    The Transformers UK #96-97 - “Prey!”
    The Transformers UK #98 - “The Harder They Die!”
    The Transformers UK #99 - “Under Fire!”
    The Transformers UK #100 - “Distant Thunder!”
    The Transformers UK #101-102 - “Fallen Angel”
    The Transformers UK #103-104 - “Resurrection!”

    G.I. Joe and the Transformers #1 - “Blood on the Tracks” *

    The Transformers US #24 - “Afterdeath!”

    G.I. Joe and the Transformers #2 - “Power Struggle” *

    The Transformers US #25 - “Gone but not Forgotten!”
    The Transformers US #26 - “Funeral For a Friend!”

    G.I. Joe and the Transformers #3 - “Ashes, Ashes…” *
    G.I. Joe and the Transformers #4 - “…All Fall Down!” *

    The Transformers US #27 - “King of the Hill!”

    The Transformers UK #113-114 - “Wanted: Galvatron, Dead or Alive”
    The Transformers UK #115-116 - “Burning Sky!”
    The Transformers UK #117-118 - “Hunters”
    The Transformers UK #119-120 - “Fire on High!”
    The Transformers UK Annual 1987 - “A Vicious Circle!”

    The Transformers US #28 - “Mechanical Difficulties!”
    The Transformers US #29 - “Crater Critters”

    The Transformers UK #125 - “Ancient Relics! (Part 1)”
    Action Force #24-27 - “Ancient Relics! (Part 2-5)”

    The Transformers US #30 - “The Cure!”
    The Transformers US #31 - “Buster Witwicky and the Car Wash of Doom”

    The Transformers UK #132 - “Kup’s Story”
    The Transformers UK #133-134 - “Headhunt”
    The Transformers UK Annual 1987 - “What’s in a Name?” **
    The Transformers UK #135-136 - “Grudge Match!”
    The Transformers UK #137-138 - “Ladies’ Night”

    The Transformers US #32 - “Used Autobots”
    The Transformers US #35 - “Child’s Play”
    The Transformers US #36 - “Spacehikers!”

    The Transformers UK #145 - “Stargazing”

    [ * G.I. Joe and the Transformers is only canon to the US series, as it was replaced by the Action Force crossover “Ancient Relics!” in the UK. ]
    [ ** The epilogue of “What’s in a Name?” connects between UK #135 page 8 panels 3 & 4. ]


    1988


    The Transformers UK #146-151 - “Legacy of Unicron!”
    The Transformers UK #152-153 - “Enemy Action!”

    The Transformers US #37 - “Toy Soldiers!”

    The Transformers: Headmasters #1 - “Ring of Hate!”
    The Transformers: Headmasters #2 - “Broken Glass!”
    The Transformers: Headmasters #3 - “Love and Steel!”
    The Transformers: Headmasters #4 - “Brothers in Armor!!”

    The Transformers UK #130-131 - “Worlds Apart!” *

    The Transformers US #38 - “Trial by Fire!”
    The Transformers US #39 - “The Desert Island of Space!”

    The Transformers UK #160-161 - “Salvage!”
    The Transformers UK #164-165 - “City of Fear!”
    The Transformers UK #166-167 - “Legion of the Lost!”
    The Transformers UK #168-169 - “Meltdown!”

    The Transformers US #40 - “Pretender to the Throne!”
    The Transformers US #41 - “Totaled!”
    The Transformers US #42 - “People Power!”

    The Transformers UK #170-171 - “Deadly Games!”
    The Transformers UK #172-173 - “Wrecking Havoc!”
    The Transformers UK #180 - “Prologue”

    The Transformers US #43 - “The Big Broadcast of 2006”

    The Transformers UK #181 - “Epilogue”
    The Transformers UK #182-187 - “Space Pirates!”
    The Transformers UK #188 - “Firebug!”
    The Transformers UK #189 - “Dry Dun!”
    The Transformers UK Annual 1989 - “Altered Image!”

    The Transformers US #44 - “The Cosmic Carnival”
    The Transformers US #45 - “Monstercon from Mars!”
    The Transformers US #46 - “Ca$h and Car-nage!”

    The Transformers UK #198 - “Cold Comfort and Joy!”

    [ * “Worlds Apart!” is an extension of the final act of Headmasters #4, set between pages 20 & 21. ]


    1989


    The Transformers UK Annual 1989 - “All in the Minds!”
    The Transformers UK #199-205 - “Time Wars”

    The Transformers US #47 - “Club Con!”
    The Transformers US #48 - “The Flames of Boltax!”
    The Transformers US #49 - “Cold War!”
    The Transformers US #50 - “Dark Star”

    The Transformers UK #213-214 - “The Fall and Rise of the Decepticon Empire”

    The Transformers US #51 - “Man in the Machine!”
    The Transformers US #52 - “Guess Who the Mecannibals are Having for Dinner?”
    The Transformers US #53 - “Recipe for Disaster!”

    The Transformers UK #215-218 - “Race with the Devil”
    The Transformers UK #219-222 - “Survivors!”
    The Transformers UK #223-227 - “Aspects of Evil!”

    The Transformers UK #232-233 - “A Small War!”
    The Transformers US #54 - “King Con!”
    The Transformers US #55 - “The Interplanetary Wrestling Championship!”

    The Transformers UK #228 - “[Double]Deal of the Century!”
    The Transformers UK #229 - “The Hunting Party”
    The Transformers UK #230-231 - “The Big Shutdown!”
    The Transformers UK #234 - “Prime's Rib!”
    The Transformers UK #235-236 - “Deathbringer”
    The Transformers UK #237 - “Way of the Warrior”
    The Transformers UK #238 - “Survival Run”
    The Transformers UK #239 - “A Savage Place!”
    The Transformers UK #243 - “Mind Games” *
    The Transformers UK #244 - “Two Megatrons” *

    The Transformers US #56 - “Back from the Dead”
    The Transformers US #57 - “The Resurrection Gambit!”
    The Transformers US #58 - “All the Familiar Faces!”
    The Transformers US #59 - “Skin Deep”
    The Transformers UK #240 - “Out to Lunch!”
    The Transformers UK #241 - “Rage!”
    The Transformers UK #242 - “Assault on the Ark!”
    The Transformers UK #245 - “Underworld!”
    The Transformers UK #246 - “Demons!”
    The Transformers UK #247 - “Dawn of Darkness”
    The Transformers UK #248 - “Fallen Star!”

    The Transformers US #60 - “Yesterday’s Heroes!”
    The Transformers US #61 - “Primal Scream”

    The Transformers UK #249 - “Whose Lifeforce Is It Anyway?”
    The Transformers UK #250 - “The Greatest Gift of All!”

    [ * “Mind Games” and “Two Megatrons” are extensions of the flashback in US #57, starting between page 11 panels 2 & 3. ]

    1989

    The Transformers UK Annual 1989 - “All in the Minds!”
    The Transformers UK #199-205 - “Time Wars”

    The Transformers US #47 - “Club Con!”
    The Transformers US #48 - “The Flames of Boltax!”
    The Transformers US #49 - “Cold War!”
    The Transformers US #50 - “Dark Star”

    The Transformers UK #213-214 - “The Fall and Rise of the Decepticon Empire”

    The Transformers US #51 - “Man in the Machine!”

    The Transformers UK #219-222 - “Survivors!”
    The Transformers UK #237 - “Way of the Warrior”
    The Transformers UK #229 - “The Hunting Party”
    The Transformers UK #238 - “Survival Run”
    The Transformers UK #239 - “A Savage Place!”

    The Transformers US #52 - “Guess Who the Mecannibals are Having for Dinner?”
    The Transformers US #53 - “Recipe for Disaster!”

    The Transformers UK #232-233 - “A Small War!”

    The Transformers US #54 - “King Con!”
    The Transformers US #55 - “The Interplanetary Wrestling Championship!”

    The Transformers UK #228 - “[Double]Deal of the Century!”
    The Transformers UK #230-231 - “The Big Shutdown!”
    The Transformers UK #235-236 - “Deathbringer”
    The Transformers UK #243 - “Mind Games” *
    The Transformers UK #244 - “Two Megatrons” *
    The Transformers UK #215-218 - “Race with the Devil”

    The Transformers US #56 - “Back from the Dead”
    The Transformers US #57 - “The Resurrection Gambit!”
    The Transformers US #58 - “All the Familiar Faces!”
    The Transformers US #59 - “Skin Deep”

    The Transformers UK #241 - “Rage!”
    The Transformers UK #242 - “Assault on the Ark!”
    The Transformers UK #240 - “Out to Lunch!”
    The Transformers UK #245 - “Underworld!”
    The Transformers UK #246 - “Demons!”
    The Transformers UK #247 - “Dawn of Darkness”
    The Transformers UK #248 - “Fallen Star!”

    The Transformers US #60 - “Yesterday’s Heroes!”
    The Transformers US #61 - “Primal Scream”

    The Transformers UK #249 - “Whose Lifeforce Is It Anyway?”
    The Transformers UK #250 - “The Greatest Gift of All!”
    The Transformers UK #234 - “Prime's Rib!”
    The Transformers UK #251 - “The Void!”
    The Transformers UK #252 - “Edge of Impact”
    The Transformers UK #253 - “Shadow of Evil”
    The Transformers UK #254 - “White Fire”
    The Transformers UK #223-227 - “Aspects of Evil!”

    [ * “Mind Games” and “Two Megatrons” are extensions of the flashback in US #57, starting between page 11 panels 2 & 3. ]

    1990-1992


    The Transformers UK #251 - “The Void!”
    The Transformers UK #252 - “Edge of Impact”
    The Transformers UK #253 - “Shadow of Evil”
    The Transformers UK #254 - “White Fire”

    The Transformers US #62 - “Bird of Prey!”
    The Transformers US #63 - “Kings of the Wild Frontier”
    The Transformers US #64 - “Deadly Obsession”
    The Transformers US #65 - “Dark Creation”
    The Transformers US #66 - “All Fall Down”
    The Transformers US #67 - “Rhythms of Darkness!”
    The Transformers US #68 - “The Human Factor!”
    The Transformers US #69 - “Eye of the Storm”
    The Transformers US #70 - “The Pri¢e of Life!”
    The Transformers US #71 - “Surrender!”
    The Transformers US #72 - “All This and Civil War 2”
    The Transformers US #73 - “Out of Time!”
    The Transformers US #74 - “The Void!”

    The Transformers UK #255-260 - “… Perchance to Dream”

    The Transformers US #75 - “On the Edge of Extinction!”
    The Transformers US #76 - “Still Life!”
    The Transformers US #77 - “Exodus!”
    The Transformers US #78 - “A Savage Circle”
    The Transformers US #79 - “The Last Autobot?”
    The Transformers US #80 - “End of the Road!”

    The Transformers UK Annual 1991 - “Magnificent Six” *
    The Transformers UK #261-289 - (…) *

    [ * UK #255-289 (AKA the Earthforce Saga) were written well in advance of the issues they were meant to accompany chronologically, and became gradually decanonized as plans for the series changed. ]



    Alternate Sequels:


    Continuation 1: Another Time & Place (1992)


    The Transformers UK Annual 1992 - “Another Time & Place”

    Continuation 2: Generation 2 (1993-1994)

    Transformers: Generation 2 #0 - “Ghosts”
    Transformers: Generation 2 #1 - “War Without End!”
    G.I. Joe #138 - “Unfoldings!”
    G.I. Joe #139 - “Realignments”
    G.I. Joe #140 - “Goin' South”
    G.I. Joe #141 - “Sucker Punch”
    G.I. Joe #142 - “Final Transformations”
    Transformers: Generation 2 #2 - “All or Nothing!”
    Transformers: Generation 2 #3a - “Primal Fear!”
    Transformers: Generation 2 #3b - “Old Evils”
    Transformers: Generation 2 #4a - “Devices and Desires!”
    Transformers: Generation 2 #4b - “Tales of Earth (Part 1)”
    Transformers: Generation 2 #5a - “The Power and the Glory”
    Transformers: Generation 2 #5b - “Tales of Earth (Part 2)”
    Transformers: Generation 2 #6a - “Tales of Earth (Part 3)”
    Transformers: Generation 2 #6b - “The Gathering Darkness”
    Transformers: Generation 2 #7a - “New Dawn”
    Transformers: Generation 2 #7b - “Tales of Earth (Part 4)”
    Transformers: Generation 2 #8a - “Escalation!”
    Transformers: Generation 2 #8b - “Tales of Earth (Part 5)”
    Transformers: Generation 2 #8c - “Escalation! (Continued)”
    Transformers: Generation 2 #9a - “Swarm”
    Transformers: Generation 2 #9b - “Tales of Earth (Part 6)”
    Transformers: Generation 2 #10a - “Total War!”
    Transformers: Generation 2 #10b - “Tales of Earth (Part 7)”
    Transformers: Generation 2 #11a - “Dark Shadows!”
    Transformers: Generation 2 #11b - “Tales of Earth (Part 8)”
    Transformers: Generation 2 #12 - “A Rage in Heaven”
    Transforce - Alignment

    Continuation 3: Classics (2007-2009)

    Timelines #2 - “The New World (Prologue)”
    Timelines Presents - “The New World”
    TCC Magazine #13-18 - “Crossing Over”
    Timelines #2 - “Games of Deception”
    TCC Special #1 - “Cheap Shots”
    Timelines Presents - “At Fight’s End”

    Continuation 4: Regeneration One (2012-2014)

    The Transformers: Regeneration One #80.5 - “Counterpoint”
    The Transformers: Regeneration One #80-85 - “Loose Ends”
    The Transformers: Regeneration One #86-90 - “Natural Selection”
    The Transformers: Regeneration One #90-94 - “Destiny (Part 1-4)”
    The Transformers: Regeneration One #0 - “Less than Zero”
    The Transformers: Regeneration One #95 - “Destiny (Part 5)”
    The Transformers: Regeneration One #96-100 - “The War to End All Wars”
     
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2021
    • Like Like x 1