Best Transformers Books

The Transformers are a species of sentient, living robotic beings (mostly) originating from the distant machine world of Cybertron. The stories of their lives, their histories, and most especially their wars have been chronicled across many different continuities in the vast multiverse.

The designation “Transformer” stems from the species’ generally-shared ability to transform, to change their bodies at will, rearranging their component parts from a robotic primary mode (usually, but not always, humanoid) into an alternate form; generally vehicles, weapons, machinery, or animals. In some continuities this ability to transform is innate to all members of the species, in others it was a wartime innovation that was adopted by most, but not all, of the populace.

Although “Transformer” is the most common term for these beings, there are others, mainly “Cybertron” as a reference to any being whose origin traces back to the planet in question (the adjective form being the more frequently used “Cybertronian” and occasionally “Cybertronic“).

Many millions of years ago, on the planet Cybertron, life existed. But not life as we know it today. Intelligent robots that could think and feel inhabited the cities.
—A voice from beyond, More than Meets the Eye, Part 1



Narration boxes don’t lie!

They were the dream–mechanical beings able to transform their bodies into vehicles, machinery and weapons; a last line of defense against the chaos bringer, Unicron! They are at war, heroic Autobot pitted against evil Decepticon, both on their homeworld, the metal planet called Cybertron, and here on our Earth. They are the galaxy’s last hope, they areTRANSFORMERS The Transformers comic introductory blurb
Just how exactly did these towering marvels of technology become living, sentient beings with the ability to transform their appearance to adapt to their environment? Two words: WHO CARES?”Transformers: Animated story bible

The origin of the Transformers species differs according to continuity, and not all continuities have given the race a specific stated origin at all, but, of those that exist, the most prominent are:

  • Atechnogenesis — Spontaneous evolution from “naturally occurring gears, levers and pulleys” on Cybertron’s surface. This rather questionable origin was given in the first Marvel Comic issue and then rarely mentioned again outside of rumor and legend, or as a belief held in-fiction by Transformers who do not ascribe to the idea of creation by a higher power.
  • Quintesson-made — Created as consumer goods and military hardware by the alien Quintessons, who employed Cybertron as a planet-sized factory. This was the origin given for the Transformers in the original Generation 1 cartoon. Although well-known because of the cartoon’s prominence, it has been given relatively little attention in subsequent media, and when it is mentioned it is usually in the form of “corrections to the historic record” that depict the Quintessons as merely interfering with the Transformers’ development, as seen in 3H’s Universe comics and the Aligned continuity family.
  • Primus-created — Created by the god-like “Lord of the Light” Primus to carry on his age old battle with the “dark god” Unicron. This origin sprang from Simon Furman’s United Kingdom comics and then carried back to the later American Marvel books. It is also the origin that has been embraced and adopted by pretty much every subsequent Transformers work/continuity — and a retcon created by the Transformers Universe and Fun Publications Cybertron comics and related fiction has unilaterally applied the Primus/Unicron backstory to all Transformers continuities in the multiverse, past and future. It remains the origin in the Aligned continuity family.
  • Cube Creationism — Introduced in 2007 for the live-action movies and Transformers Animated, this origin claims the cube-like AllSpark, created by forces unknown, mystically gave birth to the Transformers. This origin was folded into the Primus-creation story by the Aligned continuity family, which depicts the AllSpark as simply the object through which Primus acts—something which had, in fact, already implied by a few comics set in the live-action film universe.

Also perhaps worthy of mention is the process of biomechanical evolution, the process by which the Transformers’ sister race the GoBots came to be, transitioning from organic beings to mechanical by upgrading and replacing their forms over time. Fiction such as Beast Machines and Kiss Players has shown that Cybertron used to be an organic world, and IDW’s Spotlight: Nightbeat featured the world of Gorlam Prime, whose Transformer-like inhabitants evolved this way, leading Nightbeat to speculate that Cybertronians could have had a similar origin, but no continuity has ever established this as a proven origin for the Transformer race.


A list of which Transformers novel or comic book is the best of them all.


1 The Transformers Spotlight: Megatron 
by Nick Roche
1 Transformers: All Hail Megatron, Volume 1 
by Shane McCarthy
3 Transformers: Ghosts of Yesterday 
by Alan Dean Foster
4 Transformers: Exodus: The Official History of the War for Cybertron 
by Alex Irvine


5 Transformers: Robots in Disguise #26 – Dark Cybertron Part 9 
by John Barber
6 The Transformers: Regeneration One (Special Vol 2012) 
by Simon Furman
7 Transformers Spotlight: Hoist 
by James Roberts


8 Transformers: The Veiled Threat 
by Alan Dean Foster
9 Transformers: Dark Cybertron #4 – More Than Meets the Eye #24 
by James Roberts
10 Transformers 
by Alan Dean Foster


11 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 
by Alan Dean Foster
12 Transformers: Dark Cybertron #1 
by James Roberts
13 Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #23 – Dark Cybertron Part 2 
by James Roberts
14 Transformers: Robots in Disguise #23 – Dark Cybertron Part 3 
by John Barber
15 Transformers: Dark Cybertron #5 – Robots in Disguise #24 
by John Barber


16 Transformers: Robots in Disguise #20 
by John Barber
17 Transformers: Dark Cybertron #6 – More Than Meets the Eye #25 
by John Barber
18 Transformers: Dark Cybertron #7 – Robots in Disguise #26 
by John Barber
19 Transformers: Dark Cybertron #8 – More Than Meets the Eye #26 
by James Roberts
20 Transformers Dark of the Moon 
by Peter David
21 Transformers: Exiles 
by Alex Irvine