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This December Transformers: The Death of Optimus Prime

Official Press Release

IDW ANNOUNCES

TRANSFORMERS: THE DEATH OF OPTIMUS PRIME

Celebrating 125 issues of IDW’s TRANSFORMERS comics

In stores this December, IDW is proud to announce TRANSFORMERS: THE DEATH OF OPTIMUS PRIME, setting a whole new direction for the AUTOBOT leader and the TRANSFORMERS comic book universe.  IDW’s CHAOS event, spanning throughout 2011, represented the closing of a chapter in TRANSFORMERS history for the comic book universe. On Earth, the AUTOBOTS learned of the treachery of their human allies–and their loyalty was pushed past the breaking point. In space–with the fate of the universe at stake–the TRANSFORMERS waged the final battle for the fate of CYBERTRON. With the end of CHAOS, the war between the AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS is over.

Now the hard part begins, as the survivors must confront their future head-on. The TRANSFORMERS’ homeworld is reborn–but it’s not the safe home the AUTOBOTS had hoped for. Amidst a hostile planet–and an angry population–AUTOBOT leader OPTIMUS PRIME must try to unite the divided loyalties of his fellow TRANSFORMERS. In the process, he is forced to question whether he is the ruler a united CYBERTRON needs. IDW’s December comic, TRANSFORMERS: THE DEATH OF OPTIMUS PRIME, answers that question, once and for all.

TRANSFORMERS: THE DEATH OF OPTIMUS PRIME will be available in comic stores and through the Apple iTunes store this December. The futures of Earth and CYBERTRON culminate together in this monumental issue, launching an all new-era for IDW’s TRANSFORMERS comics. TRANSFORMERS: THE DEATH OF OPTIMUS PRIME will feature 32 pages of full-color, action-packed story, written by John Barber and James Roberts, with art by Nick Roche. Fans are encouraged to ask their retailers about the different variant covers, including a Livio Ramondelli cover, and an exclusive wraparound cover featuring all 125 IDW TRANSFORMERS covers, with foil enhancements. This special issue sets the stage for two new ongoing TRANSFORMERS comic series starting in January!

TRANSFORMERS: THE DEATH OF OPTIMUS PRIME ($3.99, 32 pages; full color) will be available in December 2011.

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SEPTEMBER

Transformers #25

Mike Costa (w) • Brendan Cahill (a) • Marcelo Matere, Cahill (c)

“The Last Story on Earth” part 1 of 3! While there is much “CHAOS” on Cybertron, there’s no less bedlam here on Earth as our remaining Autobots investigate the accusation that Spike, their trusted human ally, murdered a TRANSFORMER in cold oil(?) Now it’s up to our heroes to find the truth and decide the fate of human/Cybertronian relations for years to come! Prowl and Jazz take center stage!

*2 regular covers will be shipped in a 1-to-1 ratio.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

In-store date: 9/7/11

*Variant:

variant Black & White Brendan Cahill cover

Bullet points:                                                                                             

  • Chaos continues! It’s all been building to this!
  • TRANSFORMERS goes bi-weekly!

 

Transformers #26

Mike Costa, James Roberts (w) • Livio Ramondelli (a) • Livio Ramondelli x 2 (c)

“CHAOS” rages on! A hole is punched through to the core of Cybertron itself—but what for? Where’s Galvatron?! And why is Megatron, deep in the Autobot base and stuck in his cell, laughing? It all spells one thing—TROUBLE with a capital “Crush the Heroes!” CHAOS part 2, in which things go from bad, to holy-hell-how-are-we-gonna-get-out-of-this-alive!!!

*2 regular covers will be shipped in a 1-to-1 ratio.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

In-store date: 9/21/11

*Variant:

Order 10 copies and get one free variant Black & White Livio Ramondelli cover

Bullet points:                                                                                             

  • Two covers from rising star Livio Ramondelli!
  • See? We told you TRANSFORMERS was bi-weekly!

 

OCTOBER

Transformers #27

Mike Costa (w) • Brendan Cahill (a) • Marcelo Matere, Cahill (c)

“The Last Story On Earth” continues with shocking revelations into what the humans have done to Cybertronians and what they plan to do! Alliances between the two races are on the brink—can Jazz, an Autobot who killed a human, possibly bring both sides back before utter destruction occurs? Here’s a hint: Not bloody likely! CHAOS continues right here!

*2 regular covers will be shipped in a 1-to-1 ratio.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Expected in-store date: 10/5/11

*Variant:

Order 10 copies and get one free variant Black & White Brendan Cahill cover

Bullet points:                                                                                             

  • CHAOS Tie-in!
  • Jazz returns!

 

 

Transformers #28

Mike Costa, James Roberts (w) • Livio Ramondelli (a) • Livio Ramondelli x 2 (c)

CHAOS part 3 rocks Cybertron as the return of an unlikely Decepticon faces off agains Sunstreaker who is looking for a little redemption—Megatron suits up for what might very well be his final battle—and you are introduced to something we had to call… the DeceptiGOD! “Chaos” goes insane!

*2 regular covers will be shipped in a 1-to-1 ratio.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Expected in-store date: 10/19/11

* Variant:

variant Black & White Livio Ramondelli cover

Bullet points:                                                                                             

  • CHAOS Tie-in!
  • Megatron goes to war!

 

 

NOVEMBER

Transformers #29

Mike Costa (w) • Brendan Cahill (a) • Marcelo Matere, Cahill (c)

“The Last Story On Earth” ends here! When Prowl makes a breakthrough in his investigation, he assumes that he has the answers to all his questions… until a shadowy adversary brings some shocking revelations to the Autobot’s attention. Could this be the end of the human/Autobot truce? Mike Costa and Brendan Cahill bring this tale to its unexpected conclusion!

*2 regular covers will be shipped in a 1-to-1 ratio.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Expected in-store date: 11/2/11

 

*Variant:

     Variant Black & White Brendan Cahill cover!

Bullet points:                                                                                             

  • CHAOS Tie-in!
  • The truth comes out!

 

Transformers #30

Mike Costa, James Roberts (w) • Livio Ramondelli (a) • Livio Ramondelli x 2 (c)

CHAOS part 4 brings events to a devastating head: Megatron confronts his most formidable opponent yet… The Autobots scramble to keep out of the way of the Decepti-god’s unstoppable rampage… and Optimus Prime faces off against Galvatron, in a battle where the fate of the whole planet rests on the outcome! CHAOS concludes here and TRANSFORMERS will never be the same again!

*2 regular covers will be shipped in a 1-to-1 ratio.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Expected in-store date: 11/16/11

* Variant:

     Variant Black & White Livio Ramondelli cover!

Bullet points:                                                                                             

  • CHAOS ends here!
  • Cybertron no more!

 

 

 

DECEMBER

 

Transformers #31

Mike Costa (w) • Casey Coller (a) • Casey Coller, Photo Cover (c)

CHAOS is over. The future holds many mysteries, but the past can never be forgotten. As Ironhide looks back at what was, he comes to realize that it may hold the key to what lies ahead. A new peace has settled, and a new time has come for the Autobots, for the Decepticons… for Cybertron.

*2 regular covers will be shipped in a 4-to-1 ratio (4 Photo, 1 Casey Coller)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Expected in-store date: 12/14/11

*Variant:

Variant Trevor Hutchison cover!

Bullet Points:

  • Part of IDW’s photo-cover month! A diorama cover featuring Hasbro Toys!

 

 

 

Transformers: The Death of Optimus Prime

John Barber, James Roberts (w) • Nick Roche (a) • Nick Roche, Photo Cover (c)

Celebrating 125 issues of IDW’s Transformers! After Chaos, Optimus Prime’s fate was shrouded in mystery. Was he truly gone or could there be a way he had emerged unscathed? Now, Optimus sits in contemplation, in a place he does not recognize as home. And with the cost of the battle finally taking its brutal toll, does Optimus Prime even have the will to carry on? CHAOS changed everything, and Transformers #125 sets a new direction for the Autobot leader…

*2 regular covers will be shipped in a 4-to-1 ratio (4 Photo, 1 Nick Roche)

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Expected in-store date: 12/28/11

*Variants:

Variant Livio Ramondelli Variant cover!

Variant wraparound cover featuring all 125 IDW TRANSFORMERS covers, with foil enhancements!

Bullet points:

  • This special issue sets the stage for two new ongoing Transformers series in January!
  • Part of IDW’s photo-cover month! A diorama cover featuring Hasbro Toys!
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