OK, as we near completion of the Marvel material, I've started to take stock of how out-of-sequence these volumes are. I think the plan by Hachette to “theme” each book makes sense from an advertising point of view, but it entirely works against one of the great achievements of the Marvel UK run, which is to tell a sprawling, interconnected patchwork of tales that all work together. By changing the original publishing order, and even the intended narrative order, you end up with storylines bent out of shape or entirely out of sequence. I've run through the volumes I have to check where the divergences from narrative order are. This is by no means intended to be a comprehensive list, and some of my personal preferences for story order will undoubtedly be in play. Please throw in any comments and I'll update the post. Volume 1 – Power Play: Marvel US #1–4 / Marvel UK #9–#21 Fine. The UK stories technically take place between pages in the US comic, but there’s no easy or neat way to splice them in, so this makes sense. Volume 2 – New Order: Marvel US #5–#10 / Marvel UK #29–#32 / "And There Shall Come...a Leader!" Fine – this splices the stories together as intended and works well. Volume 3 – Dinobot Hunt: Marvel UK #41–50 / Marvel US #11–#12 Not fine – the first major misstep: the US strips should come before the UK strips to make sense of Optimus being back. Volume 4 – Second Generation: Marvel US #13–16 / Marvel UK #59–65 / "To a Power Unknown!" Not fine – UK Victory from vol 5 should come before UK #65 here. Volume 5 – The Smelting Pool: Marvel US #17–#20 / "Victory!" / Marvel UK #74–77 Not fine – UK’s Victory should come before UK#65, which is at the end of Vol 4. Volume 6 – Target: 2006: Marvel UK #78–88 / Marvel US #21–23 Fine Volume 7 – The Harder They Die: Marvel UK #96–104 / Marvel US #24–26 Fine Volume 8 – Wanted: Galvatron: Marvel US #27–28 / Marvel UK #113–120 / "Vicious Circle!" Fine Volume 9 – presumably Spacehikers? Volume 10 – Trial by Fire: Headmasters #1–4 / Marvel US #38–39 / Marvel UK #130–132 Not fine – By moving US#38 and 39 here to have a chunk of the Headmaster’s story together, they cause a continuity problem: Shockwave launches his Desert Island base and knocked out of action, before a run of UK stories where he and the base should be on earth: UK #137, 138 ‘Ladies Night’ in vol 11 UK #152, 153 ‘Enemy Action’ in vol 12 Then US #38, 39 should come before UK #160, 161 ‘Salvage’ in vol 12 Volume 11 – The Legacy of Unicron: Marvel UK #133–138 / "What's in a Name?" / UK #146–151 / "Ark Duty" / Marvel US #40–41 Not fine for reasons stated above affecting UK #137, 138 ‘Ladies Night’ Volume 12 – Cosmic Carnival: Marvel UK #145, 152–153, 160–161 / Marvel US #42, 44–46 Not fine for reasons stated above affecting UK 152-153 ‘Enemy Action’ ALSO - #US46 features the Firecons Sparklers and should – to my mind – take place after Deadly Games in vol 13. Volume 13 – City of Fear: Marvel UK #164–171 / Marvel US #47–50 / "Dreadwing Down!" / "Plague of the Insecticons!" Not fine – besides the US#46 note mentioned above, the whole Underbase saga should take place after Time Wars – the body counts don’t match up otherwise. Volume 14 – Space Pirates: Marvel UK #172–173, #180–189 / Marvel US #43 & #51 / "Altered Image!" Not fine – US #51 should come after Time Wars (as it follows on from the Underbase saga) Volume 15 - Time Wars We don’t know the exact content of this volume yet, but it should come before the Underbase saga. Volume 16 – The Primal Scream: Marvel UK #198, #213–222 / Marvel US #56–61 Not fine, as UK #198 should come before Time Wars. It’s a precursor to it. The Demons saga should occur between Skin Deep and Yesterday’s Heroes. Rise of Thunderwing from vol 19 should come before Yesterday’s Heroes. Mind Games should take place before Race with the Devil Volume 17 – Matrix Quest: Marvel US #62–66 / Marvel UK #223–239 Essentially, all the UK material should come before all the US material. Volume 18 – Edge of Extinction: Marvel US #67–75 Fine! Well, unless you want to move the Earthforce material from vol 20 in here... Volume 19 – Perchance to Dream: Marvel UK #240–260 / Marvel US #76–77 Not fine – UK strips Out to Lunch, Rage, Assault on the Ark should all come before Yesterday’s Heroes in vol 16 UK Mind Games and Two Megatrons should come between Decpticon Empire and Race with the Devil in vol 16 UK Demons trilogy should come before Yesterdays Heroes in vol 16 UK Fallen Star, Whose Lifeforce / Greatest Gift should come before the start of the Matrix Quest in vol 17 To my mind, The Void 4 parter should come after Aspects of Evil and before Rhythms of Darkness in vol 17 UK Perchance to Dream kicks off the Earthforce stories, which are impossible to place smoothly, but I’d suggest they should come after Rhythms of Darkness in vol 18. Volume 20 – End of the Road: Marvel UK #261–289 / Marvel US #78–80 Not fine – Again, there’s no easy way to place the Earthforce storyline, but somewhere in vol 17, perhaps between Price of Life and Surrender.