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The War Within is a six-part miniseries published by Dreamwave Productions in 2001, Sets in the main Generation One Dreamwave continuity. It depicts the early days of the Autobot/Decepticon war and Optimus Prime's ascension to leader of the Autobots. The series was successful enough to lead to two[1] sequel series.

The War Within issues:
#1 | #2 | Preview | #3 | #4 | #5 | #6
For curing grief of the fans who look at AMADA (TV) and are drowned in sadness.

—Broken translation of Hirofumi Ichikawa's "TWW review"



Eons ago on Cybertron, the Great War is in its early stages, with the vicious Megatron cutting a swath through the ranks of the Autobots. When the previous Prime is killed, the High Council chooses a common data entry bot to step up and become the new leader: Optimus Prime. But not everyone is happy with the new choice, as his initial command decision is to surrender Cybertron to the Decepticons. Meanwhile, Megatron works to activate planetary scale engines which could remake the face of Cybertron. He needs one thing to power them... and Optimus Prime has it.

The War Within was the first of any series to seriously re-imagine G1 characters as they might have appeared on Cybertron. Previously, pre-Earth Transformers were often just simplified versions of their Earthen selves, if they were redesigned at all.

Creative team

The series was written by long-time Transformers scribe Simon Furman, marking his return to mainstream Transformers comics. Pencils were by Don Figueroa, who also did the redesigns of dozens of Generation One characters for the series.

Items of note


  • On the back cover of the trade paperback collection, "Transformers", in one place, is spelled "Transfrormers", including on the IDW reprint.


  • The War Within: The Dark Ages
  • The War Within: The Age of Wrath


  • Transformers: War Within — Pocket novel (July 14, 2004) ISBN 1897105010
  • Transformers: War Within — IDW reprint (March 28, 2007) ISBN 1600100562


  1. Well, one and a half. It was not successful enough to keep Dreamwave from folding halfway through Age of Wrath.

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