This article is about the 2007 movie's prequel comic. For the first Dreamwave G1 mini-series, see Prime Directive.

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Prime Directive, called Transformers: Official Movie Prequel on the covers, is IDW Publishing's four-issue comic series which serves as a foundation and backstory for the 2007 Transformers live-action movie.

Prime Directive issues:
#1 | #2 | #3 | #4

Preceded (more or less) by: Transformers Movie Prequel
Followed by: Movie Adaptation


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Creative team

Prime Directive was produced primarily by the team that spawned The War Within and The Gathering: writer Simon Furman and penciler Don Figueroa. IDW editor-in-chief Chris Ryall also assisted with the writing.

Publishing dates:

  • Issue 1: February 28, 2007
  • Issue 2: March 21, 2007
  • Issue 3: April 11, 2007
  • Issue 4: May 2, 2007


  • The series was originally released without a story title, as "Transformers Official Movie Prequel". However, the title "Prime Directive" was included in the original scripts, and was also mentioned in early solicitations for the series.[1]
  • Two free comics from Target were also released under the title Transformers Movie Prequel, and tie in to (or at least don't overtly contradict) the story of this series.
  • An animated version of this comic (with voice acting), named Transformers: Beginnings, was included on a special bonus disc included with a Wal*Mart exclusive edition of the Movie DVD.


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