Optimus Prime and Autobot Ratchet drice side-by-side down a dark, deserted street while Crankcase lurks in the shadows nearby. The Decepticon is vastly outgunned. He dare not attack the mighty Autobots alone. His job is simply to observe and report. The Autobots are nearly out of view when Optimus Prime slams on his brakes -- his nasal sensors catch a whiff of Decepticon exhaust... the street erupts as the Autobots spot Crankcase and open fire.