The current storyline of IDW's Transformers ongoing Chaos will culminate in the death of arguably the most popular Transformer ever. Set to be released in December 2011, The Death of Optimus Prime will feature the character's second death in the past 30 years. He first died in the tear jerking scene from the 1986 Transformers animated movie.
This will be however the first time that Prime has been killed in IDW's continuity. Transformers: The Death of Optimus Prime will be written by John Barber and James Roberts and illustrated by Nick Roche. The issue is scheduled to ship in December 2011 with a cover price of $3.99. IDW also promises that the issue will set the stage for two new ongoing Transformers comics in 2012. More Than Meets The Eye and Robots in Disquise will both be the traditional paper comic books but IDW is also launching a new ongoing web series titled Autocracy which will be set prior to the great war that sets the stage to the Transformers traveling to Earth.