Transformers comiXology Sale – Reading Guide!

comiXology are currently running a Transformers sale, but for a new reader, the mass of issues and collections included in the promotion can seem a bit intimidating! We’ve put together a handy reading guide to help you make sense of everything that’s on offer – read on to check it out!

You can find the sale page on comiXology’s website, and the majority of what’s on offer are collected editions, under the ‘Fan Favorites’ and ‘Graphic Novels’ sections. As you may be aware, IDW’s original Transformers universe can be broken down into two “phases”, and that’s how we’ll group the reading guide below. “Phase 1” refers to the comics released from 2005 to 2011, while “Phase 2” refers to the comics published from 2012 to 2018, following the relaunch which saw IDW’s Transformers material break new storytelling ground and earn unprecedented acclaim from fans and critics alike.
Phase 1 – “the -ations”

  • The Transformers: Infiltration
  • The Transformers: Spotlight, Vol. 1
  • The Transformers: Spotlight, Vol. 2

The on-sale selection for the earliest section of Phase 1, known colloquially as “the -ations”  and written primarily by Simon Furman, is limited to just the debut mini-series Infiltration and two volumes of the tie-in Spotlight series. These three collections represent a good way to have a taste of Furman’s IDW stories and see if they’re for you.
Phase 1 – All Hail Megatron

  • The Transformers: All Hail Megatron, Vol. 1
  • The Transformers: All Hail Megatron, Vol. 2
  • The Transformers: All Hail Megatron, Vol. 3
  • The Transformers: All Hail Megatron, Vol. 4

Following the -ations comes All Hail Megatron, the first soft relaunch of the line during Phase 1. The sale includes all four volumes of this heavily 1980s-influenced series – the first two volumes collect the main twelve-issue maxi-series, volume 3 collects the series’ tie-in Spotlight issues, and volume 4 collects the four-issue coda which serves as a lead-in for the next storyline.
Phase 1 – “the ongoing”

  • The Transformers (2010-2011), Vol. 1: For All Mankind
  • The Transformers: Last Stand of the Wreckers
  • The Transformers (2010-2011), Vol. 2: Internation Incident
  • The Transformers (2010-2011), Vol. 3: Revenge of the Decepticons
  • The Transformers: Ironhide
  • The Transformers (2010-2011), Vol. 4: Heart of Darkness
  • The Transformers (2010-2011), Vol. 5: Chaos Theory
  • The Transformers (2010-2011), Vol. 6: Police Action
  • The Transformers (2010-2011), Vol. 7: Chaos

The next soft relaunch saw IDW begin a Transformers ongoing series for the first time, and the complete series is available in the sale, along with three of the six tie-in mini-series (Heart of Darkness was originally published as a mini-series, but collected as volume 4 of the main series).
Notable among these collections are Last Stand of the Wreckers, the ever-popular fan-favourite mini-series which launched a continuing “Wreckers Saga”, and Chaos Theory, which contains the two-part story of the same name, an important prelude to Phase 2’s More than Meets the Eye.
Phase 2

  • The Transformers: The IDW Collection – Phase Two, Vol. 1
  • The Transformers: The IDW Collection – Phase Two, Vol. 2
  • The Transformers: The IDW Collection – Phase Two, Vol. 3
  • The Transformers: The IDW Collection – Phase Two, Vol. 4
  • The Transformers: The IDW Collection – Phase Two, Vol. 5
  • The Transformers: The IDW Collection – Phase Two, Vol. 6
  • The Transformers: The IDW Collection – Phase Two, Vol. 7

The start of Phase 2 was defined by the launch of two simultaneous ongoing series – Robots in Disguise by John Barber, and More than Meets the Eye by James Roberts. Over time, the books would be joined by an increasing number of tie-in series, and eventually a third main pillar in the form of Windblade by Mairghread Scott. In 2016, the three books were relaunched under the new titles Optimus PrimeLost Light and Till All Are One respectively.
The cheapest way to start collecting Phase 2 is via the “IDW Collection” books, each of which collects over a dozen issues, in a suggested reading order. The first seven volumes are available in the sale, which covers up to the start of Phase 2’s “second season”. If you’d prefer to pick and choose individual volumes instead, they’re listed in order below. Books highlighted in red are those also included in above The IDW Collection volumes, so don’t buy them if you’re already getting those larger books.
Phase 2 – Season 1

  • The Transformers: More than Meets the Eye, Vol. 1
  • The Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Vol. 1
  • The Transformers: Autocracy
  • The Transformers: More than Meets the Eye, Vol. 2
  • The Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Vol. 2
  • The Transformers: Monstrosity
  • The Transformers: More than Meets the Eye, Vol. 3
  • The Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Vol. 3
  • The Transformers: Primacy
  • The Transformers: More than Meets the Eye, Vol. 4
  • The Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Vol. 4
  • The Transformers: Spotlight – Dark Prelude
  • The Transformers: More than Meets the Eye, Vol. 5
  • The Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Vol. 5
  • The Transformers: Dark Cybertron, Vol. 1
  • The Transformers: Dark Cybertron, Vol. 2

Phase 2 – Season 2

  • The Transformers: More than Meets the Eye, Vol. 6
  • The Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Vol. 6
  • The Transformers: Windblade
  • The Transformers: More than Meets the Eye, Vol. 7
  • The Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Vol. 7
  • The Transformers: More than Meets the Eye, Vol. 8
  • The Transformers: Redemption of the Dinobots (Punishment one-shot only)
  • The Transformers: Combiner Wars
  • The Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Vol. 8
  • The Transformers: Sins of the Wreckers
  • The Transformers: Windblade: Distant Stars
  • The Transformers: Drift: Empire of Stone
  • The Transformers: More than Meets the Eye, Vol. 9
  • The Transformers: Redemption of the Dinobots (Redemption one-shot only)
  • The Transformers (2011-2016), Vol. 9
  • The Transformers: More than Meets the Eye, Vol. 10
  • The Transformers (2011-2016), Vol. 10
  • The Transformers: Titans Return
  • The Transformers: Till All Are One, Vol. 1

Phase 2 – Season 3

  • The Transformers: Lost Light, Vol. 1
  • The Transformers: Till All Are One, Vol. 2
  • The Transformers: Optimus Prime, Vol. 1
  • The Transformers: Redemption of the Dinobots (Salvation one-shot only)
  • The Transformers: Lost Light, Vol. 2
  • The Transformers: Till All Are One, Vol. 3 (issues #9-12 only)
  • The Transformers: Optimus Prime, Vol. 2
  • The Transformers/G.I. Joe: First Strike
  • The Transformers/G.I. Joe: First Strike – Champions
  • The Transformers: Optimus Prime, Vol. 3
  • The Transformers: Lost Light, Vol. 3
  • The Transformers: Till All Are One, Vol. 3 (Annual 2017 only)
  • The Transformers: Optimus Prime, Vol. 4
  • The Transformers vs. Visionaries
  • The Transformers: Requiem of the Wreckers

At this point, trade paperback collections are either not yet out, or too new to be in the sale. However, many individual issues are, and you can finish “season 3” that way if you prefer!

  • The Transformers: Lost Light #19
  • The Transformers: Lost Light #20
  • The Transformers: Lost Light #21
  • The Transformers: Lost Light #22
  • The Transformers: Lost Light #23
  • The Transformers: Lost Light #24
  • The Transformers: Unicron #0 (free issue)
  • Optimus Prime #22
  • The Transformers: Unicron #1
  • The Transformers: Unicron #2
  • The Transformers: Unicron #3
  • The Transformers: Unicron #4
  • Optimus Prime #23
  • Optimus Prime #24
  • The Transformers: Unicron #5
  • The Transformers: Unicron #6
  • The Transformers: Lost Light #25
  • Optimus Prime #25

And with that, you’re through to the end of the first IDW Transformers universe! As you get stuck into the comics, be sure to drop by the Allspark Forums’ comics section or the #tf-comics channel on the Allspark Discord server, where we’re always happy to chat about issues old and new! And if you’ve found this guide helpful, be sure to pass it on to your friends!

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Callum

Callum

Callum somehow managed to avoid Transformers during his actual childhood, but then the live-action films piqued his interest, Animated suckered him in, and IDW's comics made sure he stuck around.
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