There have been three main publishers of the comic book
series bearing the name Transformers
based on the toy lines
of the same name. The first series was produced by Marvel Comics
, which ran for 80 issues and produced four spin-off
miniseries. This was followed by a second volume entitled Transformers: Generation 2
, which ran for 12 issues starting in 1993
. The second major series was produced by Dreamwave Productions
with multiple limited series as well, and within multiple story continuities, until the company became bankrupt in 2005
. The third series is currently being produced by IDW Publishing
starting with an issue #0 in October 2005 and a regular series starting in January 2006
. There are also several limited series being produced by IDW as well.
In addition to these three main publishers, there have also been several other smaller publishers with varying degrees of success. Please see List of Minor Transformers comics for more information.
The Transformers (Generation 1), Marvel, U.S.
comic by Marvel was the first and arguably the best known Transformers comic. Although it was originally intended to be a 4-issue limited series, it expanded into an ongoing series, which ran for 80 issues before being cancelled. The final cover read "80 in a 4 issue limited series". Issues #1–56 were written by Bob Budiansky
, with Marvel UK writer Simon Furman
taking over for the remainder of the comic. The comic did not attempt to follow the show and some elements and characters were completely absent. Most notably was the absence of characters from season 3 like Ultra Magnus
and the Quintessons
(with the exception of a stand alone issue which adapted "The Big Broadcast of 2006
"). The comic started much the same as the show; a crew crash landing the Ark on Earth in the distant past. They are befriended by Buster Witwicky
. His brother Spike eventually joins the cause as Autobot leader when he became the head of commander Fortress Maximus
. There occurs a considerable amount of fractioning and in-fighting in both the Autobots and Decepticons. However the series climax occurs when both sides, Autobots and Decepticons, form an uneasy peace to defend Cybertron from Unicron
. Simon Furman
himself says the final issues of the US Transformers comic are his favorite.
The sister title in the UK, which ran for 332 issues, was weekly and spliced in original stories into the continuity of the reprinted US issues, was mostly written by Simon Furman
. At the start, it had a more serious science fiction approach. Because of the weekly approach, the UK comic was able to flesh out characters and ideas more; in the US comic, the Aerialbots
are first shown having just been built and being given life by the Creation Matrix
program, where as the UK comic fleshed it our more and showed the two teams as being created out of new techonology created by Soundwave
after scanning Buster Witwicky
while he had the Matrix downloaded into his brain. Furman also tried to maintain continuity with The Transformers: The Movie
, and wrote several stories set in the future after the movie's ending, as well as bringing characters from the future (i.e. Galvatron
) into the present day. Due to his epic and mythological approach, he was highly praised and succeeded Bob Budiansky on the US title at issue 56. The mythic tone continued to influence Furman's work on the Dreamwave
G.I. Joe and The Transformers, Marvel, U.S., 1986
A four-issue limited series that teamed-up the Transformers with the other popular Hasbro
property of the 1980s
, G.I. Joe
. The Joes, the Autobots
, and Cobra
(after being betrayed by the Decepticons) must join forces to stop the Decepticons from activating an energy drill device to suck up energy from the Earth's core, which would destroy the planet in the process.
The story was hampered by continuity issues (though the storyline was only referenced in the pages of the Transformers comics, as G.I. Joe writer Larry Hama opted to ignore the mini-series) and the absence of several key characters from both franchises, most notably Cobra Commander, Optimus Prime, and Megatron as the three characters were presumed dead at the time of the mini-series' publication. The series does have some importance towards it though, as the story featured Bumblebee being destroyed by G.I. Joe forces and rebuilt as Goldbug (a plot point that is ignored in the UK comic, where the story was not reprinted until much later in the comic's run and resulted in an alternate story being conceived to transition the character into his "Goldbug" persona).
The Transformers: Headmasters, Marvel, U.S., 1987–1989
A four-issue mini-series introducing new characters that were incorporated into the ongoing series (issue #38) at the conclusion of the mini-series. The series introduces the Headmasters
, some of the movie Transformers, Monsterbots
The Transformers: The Movie, Marvel, U.S., 1986
A three-issue mini-series adaptation of the feature film
, with no continuity ties to the regular comic series. Differences to the animated feature include the original designs for the Autobot Matrix of Leadership and Ultra Magnus' original death at the hand of Scourge
and his Sweeps
Transformers Universe, Marvel, U.S., 1986
A four-issue limited series in the style of Marvel Universe
and G.I. Joe: Order of the Battle
, featuring lengthy bios of all the Transformers of the period. Most of the text was the same as the tech specs
found on the toy boxes, only much more expanded. The first three issues contained all of the first, second and third year Transformers. The fourth issue dealt with characters new to The Transformers: The Movie
(1986), including characters that were not made as toys at the time.
Transformers Generation 2, Marvel, U.S., 1993
A 12-issue series, the series expanded the original G1 mythos from the small war on Earth and Cybertron to enclose the whole of the Galaxy
that was fast being altered into a likeness of Cybertron itself by the Cybertronian Empire, a race of later generation Transformers that evolved while the earthbound Autobots and Decepticons were deactivated. The events of this series were actually set in motion with a crossover from the G.I. Joe comic books #138–142, in 1993
. Megatron returns in his new tank body to reclaim his leadership from Bludgeon
and by the end of the series joins with Optimus Prime to fight against the G2 Decepticons and their genetic offshoot, the Swarm
. The series ended with an epic battle between the "Generation 1" Transformers, the Cybertronians and the Swarm. It also introduces the Liege Maximo
. However, the series was cancelled with issue #12 due to low sales, forcing a quick conclusion to the series' various plot threads.
A crossover with the original holders of the Transformers license, Marvel Comics
, this series will take place in both Marvel's ongoing continuity, (pre-Civil War
), and IDW's G1 continuity, set in between Infiltration
. The 4-issue series is written by Stuart Moore
and drawn by Tyler Kirkman
. Captain America
, Iron Man
, and Spider-Man
all appear, as well as many of the Transformers cast of Escalation
The Marvel Comics character Death's Head
, a character created by Simon Furman, appeared in certain Marvel UK Transformers stories. In the third issue of the All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A–Z
(released on March 22, 2006), the entry for Death's Head's describes his encounters with the Transformers to have taken place in an alternate reality
, referred to as Earth-120185
, thus separating these stories from existence in standard Marvel Universe continuity. This raises the question of whether or not any of the Marvel Comics Transformers
stories take place in the Marvel Universe
), despite such tie-ins as Spider-Man
's guest-starring appearance in the original Marvel limited series and Circuit Breaker
, a character that originated in the Transformers
comics, having a cameo appearance in Marvel's Secret Wars II
limited series, which featured nearly every character then existing in the continuity of Earth-616. A case can be made that only the stories that featured Death's Head are separate from standard Marvel continuity, since the character's adventures often involved travel across time and dimensions, not to mention genres; Death's Head also encountered the British science fiction
icon the Doctor
from Doctor Who
In early 2002, Dreamwave Productions
acquired the Transformers comics license and went on to produce a highly successful return of Transformers to the comic world. They started with a limited series focusing on the Generation 1 characters and a monthly series dedicated to Transformers: Armada
. The G1 stories were not bound by the previous Marvel stories nor the animated series. Dreamwave produced a large amount of material, but would go bankrupt and lose the Transformers license in early 2005.
Transformers: Generation 1
When they acquired the Transformers licence from Hasbro
, Dreamwave Productions
initially produced a six-issue mini-series, written by Chris Saccarini
and drawn by company President Pat Lee
, entitled Prime Directive
. Despite mixed critical reaction and the late shipping of several issues, the series was a huge sales success. Encouraged by this, Dreamwave produced a second series, this time written by Brad Mick
, called War and Peace
. When the second series emulated the sales of the first, Dreamwave decided to upgrade the Generation One
to an ongoing series focusing on the Earthbound Autobots and Decepticons, written by Brad Mick aka James McDonough
and Adam Patyk
, and drawn by Don Figueroa
(although Lee and Joe Ng
helped draw the preview issue, and issue #4 featured a back-up story drawn by James Raiz
). However, Dreamwave's eventual bankruptcy meant that the series would never be concluded past issue #10. It is notable that this is the first piece of Transformers fiction to use the term Generation One
in the title. After Dreamwave's bankruptcy, the first two miniseries were redistributed in trade paperback form through IDW Publishing
Transformers: The War Within
After the success of their Generation One series, Dreamwave decided to do a series focusing on the war on Cybertron before the Transformers came to Earth, and recruited Marvel Transformers writer Simon Furman and former fan artist Don Figueroa for a six-issue series focusing on the rise of Optimus Prime. Later, a second volume appeared entitled The Dark Ages
, again written by Furman and drawn by regular Marvel Transformers artist Andrew Wildman
. A third volume, called The Age of Wrath
, written by Furman and drawn by Joe Ng, was released up through issue #3, but due to Dreamwave's bankruptcy it was never completed. The first two series are due for re-release in trade paperback form by IDW Publishing in March and May 2007.
was a four-issue mini-series written by Brad Mick aka James McDonough and Adam Patyk and drawn by Rob Ruffolo
. Set on Cybertron after the disappearance of the Ark
, the series focused on the history of the titular Micromasters
and the discovery of a mysterious Golden Disk
with links to the origins of the Transformers. Despite some vocal readers' complaints regarding the series and its art, it also received its share of praise and sold well to the direct market.
Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye
An eight-issue limited series from 2003 written by Brad Mick
aka James McDonough
and Adam Patyk
(the shapers of Dreamwave's G1
title and its overall Transformers
continuity) with art by most of the Dreamwave artists, it featured bios of all the Transformers released as toys in the United States (with the exception of several of the Action Masters
). The character entries were done in the same style as the 1986 Marvel limited series, Transformers Universe
, with page long bios and art of the characters in both their robot and alternate forms. The character bios included expanded information from the original toys' tech specs, as well as new character development from the Dreamwave Transformers
continuity. Issues one through seven contain the character bios, while issue number eight contains entries for key Transformer locations, ideas and technology. The first pages of issue one and the last pages of issue eight feature a mini-comic about where all the information presented in the limited series is coming from, and who is accessing it, which was a prequel story to the Beast Wars
television series. The series proved to be popular, and a subsequent More Than Meets The Eye
miniseries debuted the next year, this time covering Transformers: Armada
. However, in light of the comics success, there was some negative reception by fans who felt that the biographies of characters in the generation one cartoon series (more notably the female autobots and devcon) should have been added to the comics.
Transformers: Armada (2002–2003)
This comic series was based on the new Transformers toyline of that year, Transformers: Armada
. The continuity, while following elements from the cartoon series of the same name, was wholly its own continuity. Differences included the Mini-Cons
' ability to talk in a normal way rather than the beeps and boops from the cartoon series. Also, the resolution to the Armada saga was quite different and involved cross-dimensional travel and several Generation 1 characters. The series ended at issue #18 and was retitled as Transformers: Energon
with the following issue. Originally written by Sarracini, Simon Furman came onboard to do a 2-part filler story and ended up as the ongoing writer as a result.
Issues 1–5, written by Chris Saccarini and drawn by James Raiz, would give some background to the original war on Cybertron, detailing how Megatron's campaign started on Cybertron and how the Mini-Cons originally came to Earth, escaping Megatron's grasp. One million years later the arc would introduce the three main human characters (Rad, Alexis and Carlos) and see both sides battle and gain Mini-Cons for the first time.
Issues 6–7 would see Furman take over the scripting, with Pat Lee on art, detailing the discovery of several more Mini-Con teams on Earth. Issues 8–11, with Guido Guidi taking over on art, would see the discovery of a mysterious Mini-Con monolith that would assemble all the Mini-Cons on a base on the moon, leading the Decepticons to attempt a full-scale assault to capture them all. Issues 12-13 would see Megatron construct a superweapon, a powerful laser focusing satellite, in an attempt to destroy the Autobots, as well as capturing enough Mini-Cons to overload Cyclonus' power.
With the series coming to a close and Energon due to take over as the active franchise comic, issues 14-18 were dedicated to the coming of Unicron, with cameo appearances by several G1 characters. With Don Figueroa on art, it detailed the coming of the Heralds of Unicron into the Armada dimension to secure the Mini-Con Matrix and kill all of Unicron's enemies. The arc introduced Jetfire and the concept of Powerlinking, as well as having a battle between Armada Megatron and G1 Galvatron, Unicron's chief Herald. The final issue, again drawn by Guidi, served as a bridge between the Armada and Energon series, detailing Unicron's defeat and Megatron's disappearance.
Transformers: Energon (2003–2004)
The story to Transformers: Energon
picks up ten years after events in Armada. The Engergon title written by Simon Furman and drawn by Guido Guidi
and Joe Ng. The first issue was #19 since Armada was not cancelled but rather retitled. The series was discontinued at issue #30 due to Dreamwave's bankruptcy.
Launched in December 2003 Energon would retain the numbering system from Armada, as well as the creative team of Furman and Guidi. Issue 19 would pick up where Armada left off, reintroducing the main cast - as well as Unicron and the new threat of the Terrorcons. Issues 20–23 (drawn by Guidi and Joe Ng) saw the introduction of Unicron's Four Horsemen and most of the relevant cast (Prime, Hot Shot, etc) receiving their Energon Powerlinking bodies, as well as establishing that Megatron's Spark was trapped within Unicron. It also saw the Terrorcons journey to Earth and saw the return of the principal human cast, as well as the introduction of Kicker. Issue #24, drawn by James Raiz, focused on the past relationship between Ironhide and Tidal Wave. Issue #25, again drawn by Ng, introduced the Omnicons and Snow Cat. Issues 26–29, drawn by Alex Milne, saw a full scale Terrorcon attack on Earth, Prime aiding Megatron's rebirth and Starscream's return in his Energon form. Issue 30 saw a confrontation between Megatron and Scorponok — but the bankruptcy of Dreamwave prevented this story from being finished.
Transformers Armada: More Than Meets the Eye
In 2004 Dreamwave released a three-issue version of the More Than Meets The Eye
series featuring all the Transformers: Armada
characters released as toys in the United States. Written by Brad Mick
aka James McDonough
and Adam Patyk
with art by many Dreamwave artists (including the interlocking covers by Joe Ng
), the layout was similar to the Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye
mini-series released in 2003, and included separate character bios for the Minicons as well as for the other Transformers.
The first pages of issue one and the last pages of issue three feature a mini-comic of the human character Alexis studying the history of the Transformers. The comic was set sometime between the events of the Transformers: Armada and Transformers: Energon Dreamwave comics.
Before Dreamwave's bankruptcy, an Energon edition of More Than Meets The Eye was also planned but not released.
Dreamwave and Devil's Due, owner of the G.I. Joe license, each produced their own six-issue mini-series and with separate continuities. Dreamwave's approach, rather than follow the previous efforts of Marvel Comics, had the story set in an alternate continuity, and was written by John Ney Reiber
and drawn by Jae Lee
. Here, Cobra
had discovered and awakened the Decepticons, reformatting their vehicle modes into 1940s era war vehicles and weapons. The two evil forces conquered much of Europe in an alternate version of World War II
. G.I. Joe, here a group of American infantry men, find the Autobots who aid them in stopping both Cobra and the Decepticons.
Transformers/G.I. Joe: Divided Front
A second volume, Divided Front
, was produced. It was written by the writing team of James McDonough and Adam Patyk (who also worked to develop the story treatment for the first volume) and drawn by Pat Lee. Despite strong initial sales of over 44 thousand copies and positive reviews stating the series "exceeded expectations," Dreamwave released only one issue before their financial troubles put a halt to their operations. The story followed G.I. Joe/Transformers but took place 40 years later, in 1985, and would have explained the connection to the first volume's story.
Transformers Summer Special
The Transformers Summer Special
was a one-shot
produced in the summer of 2004 that featured stories from Generation 1
, Robots in Disguise
, and Beast Wars
. The latter two were put to a vote by fans, and the winner (Beast Wars
) was to be the next Transformers
comic series (see Beast Wars (Unreleased)
and Beast Wars (IDW Publishing) Background
for more information). The Summer Special
was to be an annual mini-series, but due to Dreamwave's bankruptcy only one issue was published.
The Generation 1 segment, written by the main G1 creative team of Brad Mick aka James McDonough and Adam Patyk and drawn by Pat Lee and Joe Ng, focused on Megatron and the Predacons. The Predacons were once warlords on Cybertron who were cast into exile in space. Settling on Planet Beest, (a homage to the Battle Beasts toy line), the Predacons sank into a feral state, and lived as inhabitants of that world for untold years, until Megatron arrived. Having been jettisoned into space by Starscream and restored from the brink of death by Wreck-Gar, Megatron now had his sights set on reclaiming the Decepticon leadership, and required the Predacons to bolster his army. Abandoning his personal weaponry, Megatron pursued Razorclaw through the jungle and soundly defeated him in hand-to-hand combat. Subsequently, he re-engineered the Predacons to give them the ability to combine into Predaking. This would later impact the ongoing Generation 1 comic when Megatron brought them to Cybertron to help defeat Shockwave and later to Earth.
There were three other stories, including a Transformers: Energon tale written by Simon Furman and drawn by James Raiz. The tale focused on Slugslinger, Sharkticon and Snow Cat, who had been defeated in an assault by Omega Supreme, telling lies to Megatron in order to excuse their failure. Megatron eventually appoints Slugslinger as his lieutenant, as his lie was the most impressive.
The other two, both written by Brad Mick aka James McDonough and Adam Patyk, focused around Beast Wars and Transformers: Robots in Disguise. The RiD tale, drawn by Rob Ruffolo, focused on Scourge and Sky-Byte stealing a nuclear reactor, while Optimus Prime and Ultra Magnus learn the value of teamwork to stop them. The Beast Wars tale, drawn by Don Figueroa, focused on Rattrap reminiscing on a time when he was attacked by Dinobot 2, only to be saved by a trio of mysterious Maximals.
Beast Wars (unreleased)
In the Summer Special, a competition was run to choose whether the next Dreamwave Transformers series would be Beast Wars
or Transformers: Robots in Disguise
. Beast Wars
won, and the Generation One
team of writers James McDonough and Adam Patyk and artist Don Figueroa were slated as the creative team. However, Dreamwave's bankruptcy would mean that no issues were ever published, although images and issue synopses have appeared on the Internet. After McDonough and Patyk left Dreamwave due to the company's non-payment, writer Simon Furman was added to the series with Figueroa. They would eventually become the creative team on IDW Publishing's Beast Wars
After Dreamwave's collapse in the winter of 2004, Hasbro awarded the Transformers comic license to IDW Publishing
the following spring with plans to relaunch the property. Two miniseries were initially planned: one featuring the Generation One characters and the other focusing on the Beast Wars
. The success of these has led to several other projects as listed below. Long-time Transformers writer Simon Furman
was brought aboard and given the creative reigns over both series, as well as their spin-offs
. He took the opportunity to reboot the Generation One universe, going in a new direction from any previous incarnation, though retaining key elements such as character personalities and paint schemes.
The Transformers: Infiltration
The Transformers: Infiltration
premiered in October 2005 with issue #0 and properly launched with issue #1 in January, 2006. Simon Furman
wrote and E. J. Su
penciled a new six-issue re-imagining of the Transformers arriving on Earth
. The story concluded in July to be continued by The Transformers: Escalation
(see below). A trade paperback
has since been released, as well as a pocket sized Manga edition.
A recent press release indicated that The Transformers: Infiltration #0 set a record in the five-year history of IDW Publishing, surpassing over 100,000 copies in initial pre-orders.
The Transformers: Stormbringer
debuted in July 2006 and is set during the same time frame as Infiltration
as in the first issue, Optimus Prime receives Ironhide's message from Infiltration
. The setting is far from Earth, and the Transformers are scattered across the universe since Cybertron had been made uninhabitable by war. The series' main villain is Thunderwing
, and key protagonists include Jetfire
and the Technobots
. The mini-series was promoted with the tagline "No Humans on Cybertron!", referring to many fans' discontent over the human cast of Infiltration
. The four-issue series was written by Simon Furman and drawn by Don Figueroa
. The two had previously collaborated on several projects for Dreamwave, as well as IDW's own Beast Wars: The Gathering
The first issue of Stormbringer contains the number 7 on the UPC code, continuing from Infiltration' numbering, meaning that despite being sold as mini-series, the G1 comics by Furman are essentially being considered by IDW as a single comic series. This also is continued in Escalation which starts at #10 on the UPC.
The Transformers: Spotlight
series is also set in IDW's new Generation One universe and consists of one-shots
focusing on characters who have not yet appeared in IDW's main series. However, their tales will have repercussions on the main story, setting up future events or explaining the history behinds events already seen. All issues have so far been written by Simon Furman, except for the issue for Kup which was written by artist Nick Roche
. Released Spotlight
s have included Shockwave
, Hot Rod
, Ultra Magnus
, Optimus Prime
, and Arcee
,with upcoming issues on Grimlock
, and Wheelie
The Transformers: Escalation
The sequel series to Infiltration
(again written by Furman and drawn by Su) focuses on the Machination, an organization dedicated to capturing Transformer technology, and on Optimus Prime attempting to stop Megatron's attempts to bring about a war which will decimate humanity. The story began in November 2006 and concluded in April 2007, with Megatron's plans stalled and Sunstreaker
captured by the Machination. The story will be followed by The Transformers: Devastation
The Transformers: Megatron Origin
This 4-issue mini-series, written by Eric Holmes
and drawn by Alex Milne
, was published in the gap between Escalation
. Serving as a prequel story to the current IDW Generation One universe Megatron Origin
detail the rise of Megatron to power, the origin of the Decepticons and the beginning of the civil war on Cybertron. The series was due to begin in May, with alternate covers by Milne and Marcelo Matere
, but began in June due to artist Alex Milne's illness..
The Transformers: Devastation
picked up where Escalation
left off. It is another six-issue miniseries
. Issue 1 of Devastation
was released on October 3, 2007, and was published monthly through March 2008. A follow-up entitled The Transformers: Revelation
is also planned , and will feature elements introduced in the Spotlight
issue on Galvatron
, Optimus Prime
, and Arcee
In addition to their main Generation 1 continuity, IDW has also created a variety of material based on the various Transformers universes, both the original animated series as well as original material and the 2007 live-action movie
Beast Wars: The Gathering
was released in 2006
as a four-issue series written by the Stormbringer
team of Furman and Figueroa. The series takes place after season 2 of the Beast Wars
animated series and features characters that had toys produced but were not featured in the cartoon. The trade paperback was released in August 2006. A second series called The Ascending
is due in August 2007. with a 3-issue bi-monthly series of More Than Meets The Eye
-style profile books titled Beast Wars: Sourcebook
also due in August. The continuity is separate from the new IDW Generation One universe, and is set in-continuity with the original show.
The Transformers: Generations
is a series that reprints key or best-of issues from the Marvel series but with new cover art. Issues containing Marvel characters (such as the original issue #3, which featured Spider-Man) could not be reprinted for this series. Also, using any Dreamwave material is not possible at this time due to legal ramifications from their bankruptcy. After issue #12 was released in March 2007, the series began to reprint the Marvel UK arc Target: 2006
in condensed form, beginning in April, although the Target: 2006 reprints do not feature the Generations
title on the cover. Following this there will be a Best of UK
series focusing on the Dinobots.
The Transformers: Evolutions
is a title that features stand-alone, out-of-continuity tales from rotating creative teams. Chuck Dixon
wrote the first four-part series "Hearts of Steel", revolving around steam-powered Transformers on Earth in the 19th Century, with art by former Dreamwave artist Guido Guidi
. It premiered in July, 2006. At its conclusion, the publishers warned that they needed to be conservative with alternate-reality stories, because both they and Hasbro
didn't want to make things too confusing before the 2007 movie is released. For this reason, the series is on hold until after the movie premieres, but a trade paperback has been released.
Transformers: The Animated Movie
Transformers: The Animated Movie
is a four-issue comic book adaptation of the classic 1986 Transformers movie
in correspondence with the 20th anniversary of the film's release. The first issue was released in October 2006 and the run coincided with the release of the Sony/BMG 20th Anniversary The Transformers: The Movie
Special Edition DVD, released on November 7, 2006. The adaptation was written by former Marvel Transformers writer Bob Budiansky
and illustrated by Don Figueroa. The series included scenes and characters in the comic that didn't make it into the movie.
Transformers: The Movie Prequel
The Movie Prequel
is a four-issue mini-series which serves as a prequel to the events of the 2007 Transformers movie
. It is co-written by Chris Ryall
and Simon Furman, with art by Don Figueroa. The first issue was delayed due to a printing error, eventually being released on March 6th 2007.
Transformers: The Movie Adaptation
IDW also printed a four-issue adaptation of the 2007 film, running weekly in June. It was written by Kris Opresko (who also adapted IDW's version of Underworld
), with art by Alex Milne
. The comic featured bonus material, such as interviews with some of the creative personnel in the film.
The Reign of Starscream
It was announced recently at the San Diego Comic-Con that IDW will also producing a miniseries that acts as a sequel to the Movie, titled The Reign of Starscream
Transformers: Cybertron: Balancing Act
, released by IDW in April 2007, is a collection of stories from the Hasbro Collector's Club Magazine
that were published from 2005–2006. The stories were written by Forrest Lee
and illustrated by Dan Khanna
The Transformers Magazine
IDW also published a bimonthly Transformers Magazine
. It features strips from the original Marvel US The Transformers
series, Dreamwave's Transformers: Armada
comic and IDW's own The Transformers: Stormbringer
series. Spotlight artist Robby Musso provides original covers. The first issue came due out in June 2007.
There have been some promotional comics by various small publishers, often lacking a cohesive fictional universe.