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IDW Transformers Chronological Reading Guide

This is more or less the chronological order of the IDW comics. Stuff like Spotlight Sixshot don't exactly have a proper timeframe, so... (updated circa August 2013)

Early War
-Megatron Origin #1-4
-Spotlight: Blurr
-Spotlight: Orion Pax
-Autocracy #1-12
-Monstrosity #1-12
-Spotlight: Thundercracker

About four million years ago, until pre-Infiltration
-Spotlight: Wheelie (timeline uncertain, but takes place in the distant past)
-Drift #1-4
-Spotlight: Shockwave (After Shockwave, any of these could happen in any order, since the timeframe is unspecified, other than Soundwave which happens in the 1980s. This is IDW's "official" order of the Spotlights, though you can read it in the order they were released.)
-Spotlight: Cliffjumper
-Spotlight: Sixshot
-Spotlight: Hot Rod
-Spotlight: Soundwave
-Spotlight: Ultra Magnus

Earth year approx. 2007
-Infiltration #0-6
-Stormbringer #1-4
-Spotlight: Nightbeat
-Spotlight: Kup
-New Avengers/Transformers #1-4
-Spotlight: Ramjet
-Escalation #1-6
-Spotlight: Optimus Prime
-Spotlight: Galvatron
-Spotlight: Blaster
-Spotlight: Arcee
-Devastation #1-6
-Spotlight: Grimlock
-Revelations Spotlight: Cyclonus
-Revelations Spotlight: Hardhead
-Revelations Spotlight: Doubledealer
-Revelations Spotlight: Sideswipe
-All Hail Megatron #14b (Galvatron story)
-Maximum Dinobots #1-6
-All Hail Megatron #15a (Kup story)
(One year gap)
-Spotlight: Drift
-All Hail Megatron #15b (Perceptor story)
-Spotlight: Metroplex
-All Hail Megatron #1-6
-Spotlight: Jazz
-All Hail Megatron #7-8
-All Hail Megatron #13a (Ironhide story; Continuum places this after AHM #12, which doesn't make sense considering the Autobots' location)
-All Hail Megatron #9-14
-All Hail Megatron #16
-Heart of Darkness #1-2 (vague timeline, happens anywhere between AHM 14b and the Ironhide mini)
(Approx. Three Year Gap)
-Spotlight: Prowl
-Bullets/Dead Men's Boots
-Last Stand of the Wreckers #1-5
-Transformers #1-3
-Bumblebee #1-4
-Transformers #4-13
-Spotlight: Megatron -Transformers #14-18
-Heart of Darkness #3-4 -Transformers Infestation #1-2 -Ironhide #1-4 (One year after Transformers #1)
-Transformers #19-27
-Spotlight: Bumblebee
-Transformers #29-30
-Transformers: the Death of Optimus Prime

(Notes: Transformers More than Meets the Eye and Transformers Robots in Disguise happen concurrently in different locations, although the two respsective first issues and the two Annuals happen at around the same time.)
More than Meets the Eye:
-Transformers: More than Meets the Eye #1-5
-Spotlight: Hoist
-Spotlight: Trailcutter
-Transformers: More than Meest the Eye #6-8
-Transformers: More than Meets the Eye Annual
-Transformers: More than Meets the Eye #9-present

Robots in Disguise:
-Transformers: Robots in Disguise #1-5
-Transformers: Robots in Disguise Annual
-Transformers: Robots in Disguise #10-present

Unspecified Time in the future
-Spotlight: Mirage (Continuum places this between Devastation and Grimlock. I do not put any stock in Continuum.)
-Transformers #31 (takes place in a very unspecified time in the future, and sort of retconned by Robots in Disguise as a 'vision' by the present Ironhide)

IDW Transformers Movieverse Comics Chronological Reading Guide

Prehistoric (Really Ancient Times, Approx 10000 BC)
-Tales of the Fallen #3-4

Autobot-Decepticon Civil War
-Foundation #1-2 (flashback scenes)
-Defiance #1-4
-Foundation #1-4 (all other scenes)
-Movie Prequel #1
-Reign of Starscream #1 (flashback scene)
-Movie Prequel #2

Modern Day Earth (events span 1989-2011)
-Transformers Sector Seven #1-5
-Movie Prequel #3-4
-Movie Adaptation #1-4
-The Reign of Starsceram #1-5
-Tales of the Fallen #6
-Alliance #1-4
-Tales of the Fallen #1-2
-Revenge of the Fallen Adaptation #1-4
-Tales of the Fallen #5
-Nefarious #1-6
-Rising Storm #1-4

-Dark of the Moon


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