Transformers: The Animated Movie is a comic book adaptation of 1986's The Transformers: The Movie, published by IDW Publishing in 2006–2007. It was part of the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the film, which also included a new DVD release.
|The Animated Movie issues:|
|#1 | #2 | #3 | #4|
As Unicron destroys the planet Lithone (not named in the comic), the Autobots plan to retake Cybertron from the Decepticons. Optimus Prime sends a group to Autobot City on Earth to acquire the energon needed for the assault. His mission is discovered by Megatron, however, and the shuttle is hijacked, the crew is killed, and Autobot City is attacked.
When all seems lost, Prime arrives and turns the tide of the battle, engaging in a colossal battle with Megatron. Both receive grave injuries, and as Prime dies, he passes the Matrix of Leadership to Ultra Magnus.
The Decepticons dump their injured into space, including Megatron, and battle for leadership. Unicron reformats the abandoned Decepticons into powerful warriors in order to destroy the Matrix—the only thing that could harm him. Megatron is now Galvatron, and he regains the leadership of the Decepticons by killing the traitorous Starscream.
Unicron eats Cybertron's moons while Galvatron's crew attacks the Autobots, sending them fleeing into space. The Autobots' two shuttles crash on separate planets. While Hot Rod's group battles the Quintessons and Sharkticons and learns about Unicron, Ultra Magnus' crew crash-lands on Junk and is attacked again by Galvatron, who steals the Matrix.
Galvatron attempts to use the Matrix to enslave Unicron, but only angers the behemoth, inciting him to transform and attack Cybertron. The Autobots and their allies travel to destroy Unicron and crash their ship into Unicron's eye. They rescue the Moonbase prisoners while Hot Rod battles Galvatron. Hot Rod opens the Matrix, transforming into Rodimus Prime. He disposes of Galvatron and helps everyone escape while using the Matrix to destroy Unicron. Rodimus exclaims that this event will end the Cybertronian wars.
The series was four issues long, with a script adapted by Bob Budiansky and artwork by Don Figueroa. The comic is very faithful to the finished film, with most of the dialogue being lifted directly from the movie, aside from the characters saying each others' names more often. Figueroa's artwork in this series is a bit of a departure from his usual style, with character designs that are much closer to the standard Floro Dery models that were used in the original G1 comics and cartoons.
- Transformers: The Animated Movie TPB (Apr 2007) ISBN 978-1600100512