The GeeksverseThe Death of Optimus Prime (one-shot)

The Death of Optimus Prime (one-shot)
Published on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 by

The subtle photo cover of a worn familiar toy reveals a tale of a changing Cybetron. This comic recaps the end of the war and details the beginning of a new type of problem, a problem that is not fixed by war. This issue of IDW’s Transformer comics, the 125th issue of IDW’s bots, truly starts a new chapter.

From, “I remember it well, the day I died” to “Optimus Prime is Dead…and Orion Pax is Reborn” is 22 solid pages of story. This issue packs in more than just another robotic war story and sets the stage for the complications of upcoming peace. Peace will prove harder than war because peace has less rules and ultimately more chance for chaos. Chaos has always been the enemy of the robotic nations. I am amazed how deftly they wove the complications of peace into this world of war.

G.I. Joe may not exist once the war is over, but Transformers can prove to more than just the war. This harkens back to the side tales from the Marvel run that featured other worldly tales. Below is the full run-down on the two stories diverging from the events of The Death of Optimus Prime.


Optimus Prime has split the matrix of leadership between two noble bots, each who have carried the responsibility of leadership in the past: Rodimus and Bee.

Optimus has renamed himself Orion Pax, or rather he embraces the label Orion Pax. One of the stories not overtly covered in the two titles below is where is Orion Pax heading, and what will he be doing. That is a story that I would like to follow. The quest for the Knights by Rodimus sounds interesting. Bee’s story of rebuilding also has excellent potential. But where is Orion Pax heading? Will he find the lost Megatron there? If Orion finds Megatron will he once again take up the faceplate of war and beat his breast or will he succumb to the harder path of peace?

I suppose that we’ll have to read and find out.

Story by: James Roberts and John Barber

Art by: Nick Roche

Colors by: Josh Burcham

Letters by: Shawn Lee

Production Assistance by: Alice Sokolova

Editor: Carols Guzman

Discuss the change in Transformers on the Pryde Forum.

Two Series to follow shattering TRANSFORMERS: THE DEATH OF OPTIMUS PRIME issue in December.

Launching in January, IDW Publishing is proud to offer TRANSFORMERS and comics fans everywhere two new ongoing TRANSFORMERS comics series– TRANSFORMERS: MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE and TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE. Under license from Hasbro, the two interrelated series are a direct continuation of IDW’s CHAOS event and spring directly out of the special TRANSFORMERS: THE DEATH OF OPTIMUS PRIME issue releasing in comic stores and online on December 21st. Both series will appeal to existing TRANSFORMERS fans and new readers. Featuring two great stories under one TRANSFORMERS comic universe, each series offers never-before-seen action, new threats and new villains that both current readers and those new to the series will enjoy.

“The response to the TRANSFORMERS ongoing series has been phenomenal,” says IDW senior editor John Barber. “This relaunch is a chance to jump onboard for anybody who might have been missing out. We’ve got big stories planned, and there’s never been a better time to read TRANSFORMERS.”

Created as a stepping on point for both fans of super-heroic and science fiction comics, as well as fans of the TRANSFORMERS characters, TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE and TRANSFORMERS: MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE each explore the new status quo coming out of IDW’s CHAOS event including BUMBLEBEE’s new leadership position for all TRANSFORMERS. The war between AUTOBOT and DECEPTICON is over, and now the hard part begins. In the new world of CYBERTRON, there are only two choices: stay or go.

Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #1Helmed by writer James Roberts with art and covers by Nick Roche, RODIMUS calls on his fellow AUTOBOTS to leave CYBERTRON in search of the KNIGHTS OF CYBERTRON in TRANSFORMERS: MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE. This lost tribe of TRANSFORMERS characters is, according to legend, the guardian of the original Cybertronian culture and RODIMUS and his followers begin a quest that will stretch to the farthest reaches of the galaxy to find the KNIGHTS and restore CYBERTRON to its past glory.

TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE, written by John Barber, with art and covers by Andrew Griffith, follows BUMBLEBEE and the AUTOBOTS remaining on CYBERTRON. Without OPTIMUS PRIME, BUMBLEBEE finds himself in command of a world gone mad. TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DIGUISE brings readers through the struggle to rebuild CYBERTRON as the AUTOBOTS, DECEPTICONS and civilian TRANSFORMERS, who don’t distinguish between the other two groups, all vie for control.

Each series will feature four interconnecting covers for issue #1. Marcele Matere creates the Cybertronian mosaic for TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DIGUISE, with Alex Milne bringing the explorers to life for TRANSFORMERS: MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE.

Transformers: Robots in Digsuise #1These two new, action-packed series are the direct result of IDW’s CHAOS event, culminating in December’s TRANSFORMERS: THE DEATH OF OPTIMUS PRIME and TRANSFORMERS #31.

In addition to the print editions, IDW’S TRANSFORMERS comics are available digitally through Apple’s App Store in the free TRANSFORMERS app, which features every TRANSFORMERS comic in one place. Many TRANSFORMERS comics are available in the Sony Digital Comics store.

TRANSFORMERS #31 ($3.99, 32 pages; full color) will be available in December 2011. Diamond order code OCT11 0323.

TRANSFORMERS: THE DEATH OF OPTIMUS PRIME ($3.99, 32 pages; full color) will be available in December 2011. Diamond order code OCT11 0326.

TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE #1 ($3.99, 32 pages; full color) will be available in January 2012. Diamond order code NOV11 0260.

TRANSFORMERS: MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE #1 ($3.99, 32 pages; full color) will be available in January 2012. Diamond order code NOV11 0264.

TRANSFORMERS comics are available for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch through the Apple App Store.

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