I'm not sure how I feel about IDW coming to an "end," but I've actually long expected it...
Remember way way way back when (in 2012 or 2013)? There was an interview with James and John about their post-Death of Optimus Prime plans and they both envisioned a 100-issue arc for each book. MTMTE/LL is currently at issue 73 (as of Jan. 2018). Assuming once a month releases for the rest of 2018, that brings us to 84. If there was a MAJOR EVENT wrapping this continuity up, then I could see them releasing multiple issues a month of each book for the event. So I think we are roughly on "track" to fulfill the original plan that John & James had. I think it's possible that they "lost" a year, which might explain why Lost Light has been accelerating from a plot perspective for the past few months. But I have faith in both John and James to tie up loss ends with characters AND plot before the end. That post-Unicron (which is clearly what both books are working towards IMO), the IDW-verse would be rebooted makes sense. But I'm NOT convinced we are getting a full reboot.
First, IDW Transformers is a special kind of comic book. As a fictional property, Transformers is distinct from Marvel/DC/Etc. - the Transformers exists to sell toys. I don't think it is that far-fetched that Hasbro wants a refresh to bring in new fans. I think the half-announcement that the cinematic universe is getting a reboot is not a coincidence. Total Brand Activation would be more total and more activated if all the tv shows, comics, and movies were in their own, all-new, all-different, continuity. As others have said, the Transformers defining characteristic is their 4 million year+ civil war. It would be hard to get back there, Optimus vs. Megatron-style, without a hard reboot. I'm not saying that keeping the status quo wouldn't be as profitable or even more profitable. I'm saying that I can see a room full of suits at Hasbro saying "Business things! Let's reboot it all because BUSINESS!"
Second, and more importantly, I don't think we are going to get a hard reboot/reset. James Roberts retweeted something interesting in the last day (or so). James re-shared the 2012 article discussing/teasing Death of Optimus Prime and the "reboot" that was happening after Chaos. As we all know, that wasn't REALLY a reboot. I think (based on nothing) that that is James's way of saying "Chill. This isn't a real reboot." In my view, I am MORE concerned about an Death of OP-style "reboot" that leads into a renewed war for Cybertron. All of our boys and girls have. GROWN. SO. MUCH. I don't want it to go back to "business as usual" Autobots vs. Decepticons. I'd almost rather a hard reboot. (I mean, I'd RATHER a post-Unicron book where all our guys just get to live happy lives doing mundane things with 500% more canoodling...but I'll never get that...
Also remember: the current IDW-verse is the longest-running, most-consistent, most-voluminous iteration of Transformers in the history of the franchise. I think this cuts both for a hard reboot (we're overdue) and against (why throw all that away?!). If there is a hard reboot, maybe IDW will do what they do with GI Joe - have one book that is a continuation of the current-IDW-verse and other books set in the rebooted-verse. Not ideal...but I could see the financial appeal...
It's me (Jenevieve)! Queer trans*lady who's been into robots since she was a little girl watching Prime die the first time in a movie theater. I'm JenApparently on Twitter and Whisky26 on TFW.
Life-long trebuchet enthusiast.