A series of inter-connected mini-series published by IDW Publishing, the first in their version of the Transformers continuity. Most of these stories were written by Simon Furman. These stories tell a much different story than fans were used to, where the war between Autobots and Decepticons is more of a cold war, Cybertron has been abandoned, and Earth is not the frontline but an mostly unimportant dirt-ball, that is until the Decepticons find an all-new fuel source, one that could give them the edge.

The mini-series first started in 2005, with Infiltration, followed by Escalation, then Devestation, and finally Revelation. Also released concurrently were the Spotlight issues, which usually followed one character while setting up future plot points for the main series. These series were eventually halted in favor of ComicBook/TransformersAllHailMegatron, though Furman was given the chance to wrap up several of his plot points in [[ComicBook/TransformersMaximumDinobots Maximum Dinobots]].

!!These series contain examples of:

* AbortedArc: There was a growing storyline about the Decepticons replacing a corrupt US senator for their own ends, and having his replacement enter the presidential race, which utterly vanished after the change in writers.
** Simon Furman implied that something had happened to the Matrix long ago, but due to Revelation's hurried ending, this didn't happen.
* AbusivePrecursors: [[spoiler:Nova Prime and Jhiaxus live and breath this trope.]]
* ADayInTheLimelight: The purpose of the Spotlight issues.
* AlasPoorVillain: Iguanus gets this after Bludgeon murders him in a moment of insanity.
** Optimus and Jetfire have this reaction to [[spoiler: Nova Prime's death. Prime's final words to Nova are about how saddened he is by the fact that Nova succumbed to the Dead Universe's corruption.]]
* AnArmAndALeg: Wheelie loses an arm to the Chaosterous. He eventually finds it again, but it's functionally dead, and when he transforms, it just hangs limply from his undercarriage.
* ApocalypticLog: Nightbeat's narration in his Spotlight issue.
* AxCrazy: The experiments that gave her gender have left Acree more than a bit angry.
* AwesomeMccoolName: The whole reason Grindcore exists is because Simon Furman used a Movie-toyline character with the same name, and liked it.
* {{Badass}}: There's a lot of 'em.
* BadassCrew: The Wreckers, the Dinobots.
* BigBad: Megatron's the main villain on Earth, but we also have [[spoiler:Nova Prime, Shockwave, Bludgeon and Scorponok elsewhere.]]
** NonActionBigBad: [[spoiler:Nova Prime doesn't confront his predecessor until the final issue of Revelation. Justified, as he knows the Darkness, like the Matrix, would pass to Optimus if they met.]]
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: The Dead Universe and the Machination have been defeated, the universe is saved, Sunstreaker and Hunter reunite with their friends, the Dinobots are absolved of their crime, Shockwave is carted off to prison, Doubledealer was exposed and killed, Arcee gets her revenge, and the Micromasters are freed from Nova Prime's control, allowing them to begin a new society. But the Decepticons are still causing trouble throughout the galaxy, the Transformers have been exposed to the public, Hardhead had to condemn himself to the Dead Universe, Grimlock takes the fall so the other Dinobots can go free, the Decepticons now have Monstructor in their army, and a lot of good people had to die to make it all happen, including Nightbeat.]]
* BigDamnHeroes: Trailbreaker, in Spotlight: Kup.
* BlackAndGreyMorality: The Autobots are not absolutely squeaky-clean good guys this time 'round.
* ButtMonkey: Sunstreaker. [[spoiler: It's why the writer had him turned into a Headmaster, because he's the Autobot who'd hate it the most.]]
* ByTheBookCop: Ultra Magnus, Duly Appointed Enforcer of the Tyrest Accord.
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Prowl implies Ratchet has tried to play hero on other planets before.
* CombiningMecha: Monstructor, who in this continuity is not a Decepticon. Also, the experiments done to create it have rendered the 'bots who comprise it utterly insane.
* ConspiracyTheorist: Hunter [=O'Nion=].
* CoolShip: The Autobots have whole fleets of Arks.
** The Decepticons have the ''Thanatos'', Megatron's flagship.
* CrazyAwesome: How does Hot Rod get into the most heavily defended Decepticon prison there is? He ''surfs in on a meteor''.
* CurbStompBattle: Shockwave versus the Dinobots, which goes decidedly against the scientist, until he gets [[UnstoppableRage angry]]. Then the Dinobots find themselves on the receiving end.
** Megatron and Starscream's fight. Starscream barely scratches Megatron, while he manages to take out most of Starscream's torso.
** The Decepticon infiltration unit on Nebulos actually try to fight [[spoiler:Thunderwing.]] Almost all of them die, and the last two standing [[ScrewThisImOutOfHere decide to leave]].
* {{Cyborg}}: The natives of Gorlam Prime are all cyborgs. When he sees this, Nightbeat wonders if something similar happened in Cybetron's long distant past.
** [[spoiler: The Headmasters, and their creator Scorponok, become this.]]
* DarkerAndEdgier: A little bit. Optimus is certainly less of a paragon of virtue than normal, and Cybertron was utterly ruined by the war. Whole worlds have been raised by the Decepticons, simply for fuel.
** Heck, even Bumblebee is less friendly and more pragmatic.
* {{Deconstruction}}: Of CombiningMecha. Putting six minds together in one body is not cool, and drives the resulting creation utterly mad, with the added side effect of creating a gargantuan robot monster lashing out at everything it sees.
* DemotedToExtra: The Dinobots are only present in Spotlight: Shockwave.
** Soundwave was taken out of action twenty-odd years ago, and spends most of the run stuck in tape-deck mode.
* DeskJockey: Prowl practically loves to use the rules as an excuse for inaction. And naturally, he's utterly un-liked by everyone.
* {{Determinator}}: Even as he's slowly succumbing to stasis lock, Grimlock is still trying to grab hold of Shockwave. He almost succeeds.
** Ultra Magnus, Duly Appointed enforcer of the Tyrest Accord. The only thing separating him and his quarry is time.
** Arcee wants Jhiaxus, and she'll cut through anything and everything in her path to get it.
* DragonWithAnAgenda: [[spoiler:Galvatron. Because some things just never change.]]
* DumbMuscle: Skywarp has the fantastic ability to teleport, and almost no ability to think for himself. This has been part of his character for years, but this is the first time it's really been brought to the fore.
* EnemyMine: The fight against [[spoiler:Thunderwing causes Autobots and Decepticons to team-up. Both times.]]
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: Grimlock passes over Slag's first choice for new alt-modes, Ice Age-era animals. Then he sees a projection of a dinosaur.
-->'''Grimlock:''' "''Perfect''."
* EverythingIsTryingToKillYou: Everything on LV-117 wants to eat you. Spiders, mollusks, birds, ''everything''. Given who it's previous owners seem to be, this isn't much of a surprise.
* EvilutionaryBiologist: Jhiaxus, in spades.
* EyeScream: Ultra Magnus shoots at Scorponok as he's fleeing, and apparently just clips him. The next time we see him, it turns out Magnus had managed to shoot out one of his eyes.
* FantasticNuke: What Combiners are treated as. The Decepticons really, really want their own, and are willing to lay siege to Garrus-9, the Autobot's highest security prison, just to get it, and the Autobots are so determined to prevent this that they leave Earth to the Decepticons. The Phase Sixers are also a clear analogue for this.
* GenderBender: Arcee wasn't always a female.
* GenreSavvy: Megatron knew his Phase Six 'bots could turn on him, and has them all implanted with a special shut-down code.
* GovernmentConspiracy: Skywatch, who have devoted themselves to fighting the aliens. [[ComicBook/TheTransformers In the national interest, of course]].
* HalfHumanHybrid: The Headmasters, and later on [[spoiler:Scorponok]].
** [[spoiler:Hunter, after the Machination are done with him.]]
* IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace: The Dead Universe.
* IgnoredExpert: Thunderwing told everyone he could find ([[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and Swerve]]) about what the war was doing to Cybertron's environment, but they all brushed him off.
* ImplacableMan: Sixshot, being a Phase Sixer, can take anything thrown at him. One of Optimus' punches barely leaves a mark.
* TheJuggernaut: [[spoiler:What Thunderwing has become. It takes the combined might of the Autobots and Decepticons to put him down, and even then it doesn't take.]]
* LargeHam: [[spoiler:Nova Prime.]]
* MacGuffin: Shockwave's Ultra-Energon is responsible for almost every single problem both sides face.
** Meanwhile, franchise mainstay the Matrix isn't anywhere to be seen.
* MadeOfIron: [[spoiler:Galvatron takes a hit from weaponry designed to deal with comets. He barely gets singed, and is up and about five minutes later.]]
* ManchurianAgent: [[spoiler:Nightbeat. Beachcomber.]]
* TheMole: Facsimile Counterparts are Decepticon plants, designed to exacerbate local problems for the Decepticon aims. One we see in action seems to know this, and doesn't mind.
* MyCountryRightOrWrong: Cyclonus is dedicated to Cybertron. He hates both sides of the war for what they've done, and is hesitant about unleashing [[spoiler:Thunderwing again. Sideswipe goads him into it.]]
* MythologyGag: Jhiaxus' body looks like the Starscream of the TransformersFilmSeries.
** The Dynobots run into the same problem the Maximals and Predacons did in ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', and adopt the same solution.
* NeverFoundTheBody: The original Ark disappeared, with all hands lost, several million years ago. [[spoiler:Naturally, it and its crew are still out there.]]
* NotAsYouKnowThem: Galvatron eventually shows up, but he's not related to Megatron at all, and in fact they never meet.
* NothingIsScarier: For most of Spotlight: Wheelie, we just focus on the little bot's attempt to survive on LV-117 alone.
* NotInThisForYourRevolution: Shockwave. Or as he puts it:
-->'''Shockwave:''' "Ultimately, I serve only one master. Pure logic."
* OrcusOnHisThrone: Justified with [[spoiler: Nova Prime; he can't survive outside of the Dead Universe for long and he secretly knows that if he confronts Optimus personally than the Darkness will try to abandon him for Prime.]]
* OffWithHisHead: [[spoiler:Scorponok has been reduced to a head by the time we first see him in the main series.]]
** [[spoiler:Sunstreaker's fate at the hands of the Machination.]]
* PintsizedPowerhouse: Bumblebee may be small, but he's a crack shot and an expert spy.
** The Micromasters are a whole race of these.
* {{Redshirt}}: Poor Leadfoot.
* ReimaginingTheArtifact: A whole slew of Transformers gimmicks are re-used in more serious lights here
** The Micromasters, combiners and female Cybertronians are all attempts by Jhiaxus to accelerate Cybertronian evolution. And in the case of the latter two, it droves those he experimented on insane.
** Pretenders, here re-invented as a perversion of science that ultimately resulted in their creator going mad and needing both armies to fight him. The process is also incredibly dangerous, and destroys the minds of whoever undergoes it. At first, anyway.
** The Headmasters are presented as far more dangerous, and the method behind creating them is far more sinister.
** The Dinobots, whose alt-modes would sort of ruin the cloak-and-dagger themes of these series, have their designs justified because they came to Earth when it was covered in Energon, and rather than risk stasis lock chose those alt-modes in order to fight Shockwave.
** Megatron turning into a gun, which is noted to use mass-displacement technology, which eats up a ton of energy and can't be kept up for long.
** Wheelie's rhyming, which is justified because he's stuck on a planet with an alien whose translator is stuck on rhyme.
* SanitySlippage: Kup, Thunderwing, Bludgeon.
* ShockAndAwe: [[spoiler:Nova Prime suddenly starts zapping Optimus in their confrontation.]]
* ShoutOut: The planet LV-117 is a reference to Film/{{Alien}}. It's not the first time this has happened in Transformers.
* ShownTheirWork: Whenever Don Figuroa designs a character, he designs them so they could actually transform if turned into a figure.
* SilentAntagonist: [[spoiler:The Micromasters never say a word.]]
* TheSpock: Shockwave, who while fighting the Dinobots actually freezes up because he cannot ''logically'' comprehend their motives (petty revenge). He then turns this to his advantage by logically making himself angry. The Dinobots quickly find their asses getting kicked.
* TheStarscream: It's what kicks off the entire plot, and what brings Megatron to Earth. Starscream has found a new source of energon, and has become so overconfident because of it he's breaking protocol. During their fight, Megatron mentions that Starscream's treachery was supposed to be a thing of the past. A quick ass-kicking re-establishes the pecking order.
* StrappedToAnOperatingTable: [[spoiler:Hunter and Sunstreaker are abducted by the Machination for this purpose.]]
** [[spoiler:Nightbeat. Only he's awake when it happens, and aware.]]
* SuperSoldier: Sixshot, one of the 'bots called in when Megatron wants a world broken for good. He angst about it, and the fact that it doesn't make him popular. For a while, at least.
* TheUndead: [[spoiler:Anyone who enters the Dead Universe becomes this.]]
* TheyKilledKennyAgain: Optimus and Megatron's first fight on Earth goes badly for Optimus, to the extent that he very nearly dies.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Runabout and Runamuck.
* TookALevelInBadass: Thunderwing goes from a meek little scientist to [[spoiler:an unstoppable monstrosity that can barely be scratched by the combined might of both armies. It take an explosion large enough to ruin Cybertron's atmosphere to take him out of the picture.]]
* TouchOfDeath: Anyone from the Dead Universe is capable of killing on touch, as Leadfoot finds out first [[IncrediblyLamePun hand]].
* UltimateUniverse: Essentially, yes.
* VisionaryVillain: Shockwave just wants to save Cybertron, and will do whatever it takes to do that.
** Bludgeon wants to restore Cybertron. It's the whole "burn other worlds to the ground" thing that everyone takes exception with.
* WasItReallyWorthIt: Springer even asks himself this after rescuing Kup. Bearing in mind, several good Autobots [[spoiler:were killed in the attempt, and even after being rescued, he still needs to be keep on constant life-support.]]
* WhamLine: Jetfire summing up what happened to Gorlam Prime: [[spoiler:"They call it Cybertron."]]
* WhamShot: The last page of Spotlight: Wheelie shows the interior of the ruined building that he and his friend Varta had found a spaceship in. In an otherwise disused corridor, a ran scurries away from something, and we pan up to see a mural of a familiar five-faced alien... and [[OhCrap its eyes are glowing]].
** Much earlier on in the issue, after days of tracking across a desolate void following a signal, Wheelie finds an obviously unnatural bridge.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: It's not exactly clear what happened to Thunderwing. [[WordOfGod Simon Furman suggested]] the Autobots probably chucked him into a black hole.
* WhatTheHellHero: Optimus is less than impressed with how Omega Supreme handled the Pretender Monsters.
* YouHaveFailedMe: Hot Rod finds the last Headmaster that attacked him as a smouldering ruin. He guesses that this trope was the reason why.
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