Transformers vs. The Terminator
Cover to Transformers vs. The Terminator #1. Art by Francesco Francavilla.
Publication information
PublisherIDW Publishing
Dark Horse Comics
FormatLimited series
Science fiction
Publication dateMarch 25 – September 30, 2020
No. of issues4
Main character(s)Transformers (Hasbro)
Terminator (StudioCanal)
Creative team
Created byJohn Barber
David Mariotte
Tom Waltz
Written byJohn Barber
David Marionette
Penciller(s)Alex Milne
Letterer(s)Jake M. Wood
Colorist(s)David García Cruz
Editor(s)Megan Brown
Riley Farmer
Tom Waltz

Transformers vs. The Terminator is an American comic book limited series published on 2020 by IDW Publishing and Dark Horse Comics. It is a crossover event between the Transformers franchise, owned by Hasbro, and the Terminator franchise, currently owned by StudioCanal.[1]


In the year 2029, the Earth has been laid to waste, ravaged by the Decepticons after their complete victory over the Autobots. To prevent this from occurring and ensure their own dominance, Skynet sends a lone T-800 unit back in time to 1984 to destroy the dormant Cybertronians and save the future.[2]

Publication history

Transformers vs. The Terminator is produced by IDW Publishing in partnership with Dark Horse Comics, current license holder of the Terminator franchise.[3]

Co-writer and IDW's Editor-in-Chief John Barber said “I still remember the visceral thrill and terror of my first viewing of The Terminator, and while I’ve seen it a hundred times since then, it still gets my pulse running. I’ve worked on Transformers a lot over the years, and the opportunity to combine these two mechanistic universes together to see who comes out on top (while working alongside Tom, David, and my old collaborator Alex, no less) —well, it’s way too exciting a chance to pass up.”

Artist Alex Milne said “Transformers was a large part of my childhood; I was captivated, wanting to see how Optimus Prime would foil the plans of Megatron. Later, I came across The Terminator and was amazed by the idea of a robot pretending to be a human, sent back in time to hunt down a specific target. Now, as an adult, I’m very pleased to lend my talents to a project which sees these sci-fi icons brought together!”


Main articles: List of Transformers characters and List of Terminator characters

Transformers characters Terminator characters



Issue Title Written by Drawn by Colored by Lettered by Publication date
1 "Enemy of My Enemy, Part 1" John Barber and David Mariotte Alex Milne David García Cruz Jake M. Wood March 25, 2020
2 "Enemy of My Enemy, Part 2" June 24, 2020
3 "Enemy of My Enemy, Part 3" August 19, 2020
4 "Enemy of My Enemy, Part 4" September 30, 2020


Issue Publication date Critic rating Critic reviews Ref.
1 March 25, 2020 7.2/10 9 [4]
2 June 24, 2020 7.0/10 5 [5]
3 August 19, 2020 6.3/10 4 [6]
4 September 30, 2020 6.6/10 3 [7]
Overall N/A 6.8/10 21 [8]

Collected editions

Title Material collected Pages Publication date ISBN
Transformers vs. The Terminator
  • Transformers vs. The Terminator #1−4
96 November 25, 2020 1684057256, 978-1684057252


  1. ^ "'Transformers vs. The Terminator' Crossover Comic Launching in 2020 (Exclusive) | Hollywood Reporter". Retrieved 2020-10-23.
  2. ^ "Transformers vs. Terminator: The Battle of The Year?". ScreenRant. 2020-01-13. Retrieved 2020-10-23.
  3. ^ Spry, Jeff (2020-03-17). "First Look: IDW's Transformers Vs The Terminator series is a riot of robotic mayhem". SYFY WIRE. Retrieved 2020-10-23.
  4. ^ "Transformers vs. Terminator #1 Reviews". Retrieved 2020-10-23.
  5. ^ "Transformers vs. Terminator #2 Reviews". Retrieved 2020-10-23.
  6. ^ "Transformers vs. Terminator #3 Reviews". Retrieved 2020-10-23.
  7. ^ "Transformers vs. Terminator #4 Reviews". Retrieved 2020-10-23.
  8. ^ "Transformers vs. Terminator Reviews". Retrieved 2020-11-01.