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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 July 2014)

Stories set early on in the war:
-Megatron Origin #1-4
-Spotlight: Blurr
-Spotlight: Orion Pax
-Autocracy #1-12
-Monstrosity #1-12
(Notes: we do see some other stages set before Megatron Origin in the Chaos Theory and Shadowplay, but those stories have present-day counterparts and are categorized there.)
About four million years ago, until pre-Infiltration
-Spotlight: Thundercracker
-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. The two casts crossover during Dark Cybertron, before separating once more.)
More than Meets the Eye:
-Transformers: More than Meets the Eye #1-5
-Spotlight: Hoist
-Spotlight: Trailcutter
-Transformers: More than Meest the Eye #6-9
-Transformers: More than Meets the Eye Annual
-Transformers: More than Meets the Eye #10-22

Robots in Disguise:
-Transformers: Robots in Disguise #1-8
-Transformers: Robots in Disguise Annual
-Transformers: Robots in Disguise #10-22

Dark Cybertron (takes place in alternating MTMTE and RID issues):
-Transformers: Dark Cybertron #1
-More than Meets the Eye #23
-Robots in Disguise #23
-More than Meets the Eye #24
-Robots in Disguise #24
-More than Meets the Eye #25
-Robots in Disguise #25
-More than Meets the Eye #26
-Robots in Disguise #26
-More than Meets the Eye #27
-Robots in Disguise #27
-Transformers: Dark Cybertron Finale

(six months after Dark Cybertron)
-Transformers: Punishment
-Transformers: Windblade #1-4
-Transformers: Robots in Disguise #28-present
-Transformers: More than Meets the eye #28-present

Unspecified Time in the future
-Spotlight: Mirage (Continuum places this between Devastation and Grimlock, but it seems to take place in an unspecified alternate dimension and practically everyone ignores it anyway so until John Barber comes up and makes an explanation of it we can safely throw this away from the continuity.)
-Transformers #31 (exists as a possible vision of the future during the end of Mike Costa's run, but has been subsequently retconned out of the continuity by Windblade and Dark Cybertron.)

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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