hey, I wanna get into the Transformers lore, is there an order/list or do I just start w the original show and work my way up? Or do I just start w IDW comics?
tbh the original G1 show and the idw comics continuity as well as the bayverse (aka the transformers movies) are completely different!!!! well not super completely because they share elements and all but they pretty much all do their own thing with the only shared thing being the cybertronian civil war! so you don’t have to consume all of them. all i’ve done is read the current idw season comics, but they’re really good!
and g1 is awesome (and i recommend watching the movie that was done in the 90s or 80s, shit maybe even in the early 00s, but it’s old, idr) and a LOT of things are based on the original g1 series, but a lot of things are also no. the bayverse is Bad (and michael bay seriously sucks). i’d say start with idw comics because neither of them tie to each other besides the characters and major conflict, plus it’s what people blog about/get news about nowadays.
there’s this masterpost (it’s super big). what i did was start from 5. post-war (season 1) which, as the title says, it’s after the goddamn cybertronian war is over. aka reading more than meets the eye (and lost light which is currently on-going right now) and robots in disguise, windblade is also incredible and till all are one. but i think reading the transformers (which started before any of these and i think ended before any of these too) is a good idea of a comic to start with, though, well, i only read the parts with rodimus in them. lol.
tl;dr read the idw comics. they’re super good. give me your address so i can go and explain you my robot passions