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Original Transformers Comics:

Regeneration One (2012-Present)

In 2012, IDW Publishing, which held the license to produce Transformers comics, launched a series that continued the original Marvel Comics continuity. IDW had already done a similar thing with G.I. Joe, hiring that title’s original Marvel writer, Larry Hama, to continue the series. Similarly, the revived original Transformers comic, subtitled Regeneration One (to distinguish it from other Transformers comics), would be written by the most celebrated writer of the original series, Simon Furman. Like IDW’s continuation of the original G.I. Joe comic, Regeneration One would continue the original series’s numbering. Joining Furman as the series’s original penciler was Andrew Wildman, who had penciled the final issues of the original series.

Regeneration One launched with an issue numbered #80.5, which was free as part of 2012′s Free Comic Book Day. Furman structured the series in five-issue arcs, although each of these arcs contained plot threads that continued directly from one arc into the next. During the third arc (titled “Destiny”), a supplemental issue was offered, numbered #0, which took place during the arc, just prior to its climax.

Originally, press reports stated that Furman would be continuing the continuity of the original U.S. series, ignoring both Generation 2 and the original U.K. issues (many of which Furman had himself written). In fact, the series did reference elements from the U.K. issues, although not in an obtrusive way that would confuse readers only familiar with the U.S. series. The new series did indeed ignore Generation 2, and references to the final issues of the original U.S. series abounded. In fact, although 20 years had passed since those issues (both in terms of publication and within Regeneration One), it sometimes seemed as if nothing had happened during this time; characters were still preoccupied by those events, 20 years later.

Loose Ends

Transformers: Regeneration One #80.5

“Counterpoint” -- 16 pages

  • written by Simon Furman; pencils by Andrew Wildman; inks by Stephen Baskerville
  • briefly recaps the series so far, along with showing the current status of the Autobots (led by a distant Optimus Prime) and Decepticons (led by Soundwave) on Cybertron
  • concludes with the destruction of the Last Autobot

produced for Free Comic Book Day 2012; introduction by Simon Furman; published by IDW Publishing; $0.00; cover-dated May 2012; published 5 May 2012

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Transformers: Regeneration One #81

“Loose Ends, Part 1″ -- 22 pages

  • written by Simon Furman; pencils by Andrew Wildman; inks by Stephen Baskerville
  • Optimus Prime has a brief vision of Unicron’s return
  • Bludgeon contacts Soundwave
  • Kup and the Wreckers hitch a ride to Earth from Berko (from “The Cosmic Carnival”), where they find the planet devastated and Megatron alive
  • at the end, Megatron shoots down the Wreckers’ ship

cover by Andrew Wildman; published by IDW Publishing; cover-dated July 2012
Transformers: Regeneration One #82

“Loose Ends, Part 2″ -- 22 pages

  • written by Simon Furman; pencils by Andrew Wildman; inks by Stephen Baskerville
  • reveals that Megatron rules Earth with Starscream and otherwise lobotomized Decepticons
  • reveals that Megatron has incorporated Ratchet into a sled of some sort
  • Grimlock (unable to transform out of his robot mode) arrives at Nebulos, where he finds that the planet has reconstructed the original Headmasters from the heads they abandoned there
  • after Grimlock lands, he gets captured
  • on Earth, the Decepticons capture Kup, before humans (including Circuit Smasher) menace the other Wreckers

published by IDW Publishing; cover-dated Aug 2012
Transformers: Regeneration One #83

“Loose Ends, Part 3″ -- 22 pages

  • written by Simon Furman; pencils by Andrew Wildman; inks by Stephen Baskerville
  • Circuit Smasher is revealed to be Spike Witwicky, who reveals that someone in 1994 revived Megatron from the Ark (left in the Yukon)
  • Spike Witwicky explains that Megatron turned Earth’s nuclear missles back on the humans, targeting military bases, and revived the deactivated Decepticons kept in the Ark (from “The Underbase Saga”)
  • features G. B. Blackrock, who we discover rebuilt Spike Witwicky (as he once did Circuit Breaker, who’s not mentioned by name for legal reasons) after Fortress Maximus (with whom Spike was bonded) was killed
  • Optimus Prime leaves for Earth, Hot Rod senses that Optimus Prime isn’t coming back, and Optimus Prime suggests that Hot Rod has a great destiny (we know he became Rodimus Prime in multiple alternate timelines)
  • filled with references to past stories, including to Auntie (the Ark’s computer), the power suit worn by Buster Witwicky, and Scraplets (with which Megatron has infected Kup)

published by IDW Publishing; cover-dated Sept 2012
Transformers: Regeneration One #84

“Loose Ends, Part 4″ -- 22 pages

  • written by Simon Furman; pencils by Andrew Wildman; inks by Stephen Baskerville
  • most of the Wreckers are caught by Megatron, while a few go with Circuit Smasher into the Ark
  • on Cybertron, Rodimus Prime hears of a Decepticon attack and realizes the target is Thunderwing’s remains
  • Optimus Prime and company arrive on Earth and begin to confront Megatron

published by IDW Publishing; cover-dated Oct 2012
Transformers: Regeneration One #85

“Loose Ends, Part 5″ -- 22 pages

  • written by Simon Furman; pencils by Andrew Wildman; inks by Stephen Baskerville
  • Kup kills the tortured Ratchet, allowing Optimus Prime to kill Megatron (who’s still bonded with Ratchet, after previous stories), while Circuit Smasher fries Auntie
  • on Earth, Galvatron revives
  • in the final page, we see that Scorponok is holding Grimlock (not seen since issue #82) captive on Nebulos

published by IDW Publishing; cover-dated Nov 2012
Transformers: Regeneration One, Volume 1

collects Transformers: Regeneration One #80.5 and #81-85; cover taken from Transformers: Regeneration One #80.5; published by IDW Publishing; 132 pages; $19.99; published 5 Feb 2013

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Natural Selection

Transformers: Regeneration One #86

“Natural Selection, Part One” -- 22 pages

  • written by Simon Furman; pencils by Andrew Wildman; inks by Stephen Baskerville
  • on Earth, Starscream alone escapes from the rest of the defeated and deactivated Decepticons
  • the humans demand that Optimus Prime and the Autobots leave Earth
  • Soundwave’s break-in on Cybertron to steal Thunderwing’s remains continues
  • on Nebulos, Grimlock agrees to work for Scorponok, who reveals that he’s isolated the part of Cybertronian programming that makes someone a Decepticon (Autobot, presumably, being the default)

published by IDW Publishing; cover-dated Dec 2012
Transformers: Regeneration One #87

“Natural Selection, Part Two” -- 22 pages

  • written by Simon Furman; pencils by Andrew Wildman; inks by Stephen Baskerville
  • after Scorponok proves that he can make Autobots think like Decepticons, he sends Grimlock back to Cybertron, where he infects Perceptor
  • Optimus Prime, saying his resurrection was a mistake, stays on Earth while the other Autobots depart
  • Hot Rod goes looking for Primus inside Cybertron

published by IDW Publishing; cover-dated Jan 2013
Transformers: Regeneration One #88

“Natural Selection, Part Three” -- 22 pages

  • written by Simon Furman; pencils by Andrew Wildman; inks by Stephen Baskerville
  • with Iacon’s Autobots being turned into Decepticons, Scorponok prepares to convert all of Cybertron
  • Hot Rod continues to explore the depths of Cybertron

published by IDW Publishing; cover-dated Feb 2013
Transformers: Regeneration One #89

“Natural Selection, Part Four” -- 22 pages

  • written by Simon Furman; pencils by Andrew Wildman; inks by Stephen Baskerville
  • Grimlock escapes Scorponok and rallies the Dinobots, as well as a few other remaining Autobots in Iacon
  • inside Cybertron, Hot Rod has a vision from Primus and learns that the unthinking beings chasing him are the earliest Cybertronians

published by IDW Publishing; cover-dated Mar 2013
Transformers: Regeneration One #90

“Natural Selection, Part Five” -- 22 pages

  • written by Simon Furman; pencils by Andrew Wildman; inks by Stephen Baskerville
  • Starscream learns that Shockwave has been fused with the Ark
  • Perceptor is revealed to have been faking being converted to a Decepticon (which doesn’t really make sense)
  • Grimlock and Scorponok apparently fall to their deaths
  • on his way to destroy the Ark, Optimus Prime finds it taking off with Galvatron aboard

published by IDW Publishing; cover-dated Apr 2013
Transformers: Regeneration One, Volume 2

collects Transformers: Generation One #86-90; cover taken from Transformers: Generation One #86; published by IDW Publishing; 128 pages; $19.99; published 14 May 2013

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Destiny

Transformers: Regeneration One #91

“Destiny, Part One” -- 22 pages

  • written by Simon Furman; pencils by Andrew Wildman; inks by Stephen Baskerville
  • begins with Hot Rod back on the surface, dealing with the repercussions of Scorponok’s attack
  • Hot Rod commits to uniting with the primitives below, and the Dinobots (minus Grimlock) volunteer to accompany him

published by IDW Publishing; cover-dated May 2013
Transformers: Regeneration One #92

“Destiny, Part Two” -- 22 pages

  • written by Simon Furman; pencils by Andrew Wildman; inks by Stephen Baskerville
  • on Earth, Optimus Prime suggests to the humans that they unite with Nebulos to rebuild Earth
  • Cybertron is in chaos, due to Soundwave, who’s acting as an advance guard for Bludgeon
  • both Galvatron and Bludgeon approach Cybertron

published by IDW Publishing; cover-dated June 2013
Transformers: Regeneration One #93

“Destiny, Part Three” -- 22 pages

  • written by Simon Furman; pencils by Guido Guidi; inks by Stephen Baskerville
  • Hot Rod and the Dinobots arrive at the Primus chamber, where Primus himself seems to be possessing Grimlock’s body
  • Starscream and Shockwave (fused with the Ark) get rid of Galvatron, who descends to Cybertron
  • Cosmos is killed as Bludgeon’s Warworld approaches Cybertron

published by IDW Publishing; cover-dated July 2013
Transformers: Regeneration One #94

“Destiny, Part Four” -- 22 pages

  • written by Simon Furman; pencils by Guido Guidi; inks by Stephen Baskerville
  • Galvatron battles Ultra Magnus on Cybertron, while Warworld’s self-adapting machines lay waste to the planet
  • Primus teleports Hot Rod away, leaving Grimlock’s body for the Dinobots
  • the Autobots on Cybertron unleash Omega Supreme

published by IDW Publishing; cover-dated Aug 2013
Transformers: Regeneration One #0

“Less Than Zero”

  • written by Simon Furman; pencils by Jeff Anderson, Casey Coller, José Delbo, Nick Roche, and Geoff Senior; inks by Stephen Baskerville and Geoff Senior

published by IDW Publishing; cover-dated Sept 2013
Transformers: Regeneration One #95

“Destiny, Part Five” -- 22 pages

  • written by Simon Furman; pencils by Guido Guidi; inks by Stephen Baskerville
  • Hot Rod returns as Rodimus Prime and makes short work of Bludgeon
  • Blaster defeats Soundwave in single combat
  • Starscream and Soundwave bring the Ark to bear against Warworld, which blows up

published by IDW Publishing; cover-dated Oct 2013
Transformers: Regeneration One, Volume 3

collects Transformers: Generation One #91-94, 0, and 95; published by IDW Publishing; 152 pages; $19.99; published 14 Jan 2014

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The War to End All Wars

Transformers: Regeneration One #96

“The War to End All Wars, Part 1″

  • written by Simon Furman

published by IDW Publishing
Transformers: Regeneration One #97

“The War to End All Wars, Part 2″

  • written by Simon Furman

published by IDW Publishing
Transformers: Regeneration One #98

written by Simon Furman; published by IDW Publishing

Transformers: Regeneration One #99

written by Simon Furman; published by IDW Publishing

Transformers: Regeneration One #100

written by Simon Furman; published by IDW Publishing


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