I was curious as to how many issues IDW produced in their 13 year Transformers run, so I decided to look it up. Couldn’t find an exact number, so I’m doing the math here.
Infiltration 1-6, plus 0. It all started in 2005 with Furman’s first mini. (Wiki has this listed as 0-7, which is 8 issues, But CBDB only has 6 listed 7
Evolutions:Hearts of Steel 1-4. This was more of an ‘Elseworlds’ type story, but they eventually retconned parts of it into the main continuity. I’m leaving it off for now, but with an asterisk.
Stormbringer 1-4. 11
Spotlight. This was a series of oneshots that came out in groups of 5-6 issues at a time between 2006 and 2013. It’s easier to just put them all here together as a single “series”. Wave 1; Shockwave, Nightbeat, Hot Rod, Sixshot, Ultra Magnus. Wave 2; Soundwave, Kup, Galvatron, Optimus, Ramjet. Wave 3; Blaster, Arcee, Mirage, Grimlock, Wheelie. Wave 4(aka Revelation);Cyclonus, Hardhead, DoubleDealer, Sideswipe. And also Blurr. Wave 5; Jazz, Drift, Cliffjumper, Metroplex, Prowl, Orion Pax. Wave 6; Thundercracker, Megatron, Bumblebee, Trailcutter, Hoist. 31 in all. 42
Escalation 1-6. The sequel to Infiltration. 48
Megatron:Origin 1-4. 52
Devastation 1-6. The conclusion of Furman’s initial “trilogy”. 58
All Hail Megatron 1-16. Originally a 12 issue series, extended to 16. 74
Maximum Dinobots 1-5. 79
Transformers 1-31. The first official ongoing. 110
Bumblebee 1-4. 114
Last Stand of the Wreckers 1-5. 119
Ironhide 1-4. 123
Drift 1-4. 127
Infestation 1-2. Part of a line wide IDW event that ‘crossed over’ all their licensed properties. 129
Heart of Darkness 1-4. The first “event”. The end of The War. 133
Death of Optimus Prime oneshot. 134
Continuum. Handbook/History style oneshot bringing readers up to speed on everything published so far. 135
More Than Meets The Eye 1-57, plus an Annual. One of two ongoings spinning out of HoD and Death of Optimus. Also, the greatest comic book series ever published. Fight me. 193
Robots In Disguise 1-57, plus an Annual. The other ongoing. Eventually dropped RiD and just became Transformers. 251
Autocracy 1-12. This was a digital first series, that later got published in print as a giant oneshot/TPB. I’m counting it as 1, not 12. 252
Infestation 2 1-2. Another loosely connected line wide event. 254
Monstrosity 1-12. Another digital series... sequel to Autocracy. Later published as a 4 issue series. 258
Windblade 1-4. 262
Punishment 1-5. A digital first series later published as a oneshot. 263
Primacy 1-4. Sequel to Autocracy and Monstrosity. 267
Drift:Empire of Stone 1-4. Drift’s second mini. 271
Windblade vol2 1-7. 278
Combiner Hunters oneshot. 279
Redemption oneshot. Sequel to Punishment. 280
Sins of the Wreckers 1-5. Sequel to Last Stand. 285
Til All Are One 1-14, plus an Annual. Windblade’s “third’ ongoing. 300
Revolution 0-5. The Event that retconned all of Hasbro’s properties into one continuity. 306
Titans Return oneshot. 307
Transformers:Revolution oneshot. Tie-in to the Revolution event. 308
Transformers:Til All Are One:Revolution oneshot. Tie-in to the event. 309
More Than Meets The Eye:Revolution oneshot. Tie-in to the event. 310
Optimus Prime 1-25, plus an Annual. Ongoing that replaced main TF book until the end of the saga. 336
Lost Light 1-25. Ongoing that replaced MTMTE until end of saga. 357
Revolutionaries 1-8. Spinoff of Revolution event. 365
Annual 2017. Oneshot. 366
Salvation oneshot. Sequel to Punishment and Redemption. 367
First Strike 0-6. Second ‘Hasbro’ Event. 374
Rom vs Transformers:Shining Armor 1-5. 379
Optimus Prime:First Strike oneshot. Tie-in to the event. 380
Transformers:First Strike oneshot. Tie-in to the event. 381
Transformers vs Visionaries 1-5. 386
Unicron 0-6. The grand finale. 393
Requiem of the Wreckers oneshot. 394
Historia. Final Handbook/History oneshot that retold the entire story in chronological order. 395
So if you wanted to add the Hearts of Steel back in, you’d get to 399 issues.
Additionally, once the ‘Hasbroverse’ became a thing, there were a few series that were specifically written as part of the continuity. I did NOT add the retconned GIJoe books into the list. The series were.
Action Man 1-4, plus a Revolution oneshot. 5
Micronauts 1-11, plus an Annual, plus a Rev oneshot, plus a First Strike oneshot. 19
Rom 0-14, plus Annual, plus Rev oneshot, plus First Strike oneshot, plus another oneshot called Tales of the Solstar Order. 38
M.A.S.K. 1-10, plus Annual, plus Rev oneshot, plus First Strike oneshot. 51
Micronauts:Wrath of Karza 1-5. 56
Hasbro Heroes Sourcebook 1-3. Handbook style reference guide with everyone in it.59
Rom and the Micronauts 1-5. 64
Scarlett’s Strike Force 1-3, plus Revolution and First Strike oneshot. The only Joe series specifically tied into the larger universe continuity AFTER Revolution. 69(nice.)
Maybe I’ll do a separate list of all the Joe books at some point, but the majority of the GIJoe books(up until Snake-Eyes;Agent of Cobra) were published before the Hasbroverse was a thing and were only clumsily retconned in after the fact, so I ignored them.
IDW also did a bunch of Transformers movie-related mini series, and U.K. reprints, but they weren’t part of the main continuity, so I didn’t list them either.
And lastly Jem and the Holograms had a 26 issue ongoing and three follow up minis, that also weren’t in the main continuity, so they were also left out.
I don’t think I missed anything, but ‘nark will bring it to my attention if I did.
But the final total, barring any mistakes, stands at 468 issues.
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