1 month after Operation:Firestorm in Egypt, Autobots Brawn and Gears were lieing on a repair bed (next to the injured Arcee sisters), extreamlly wounded. Brawn breifly woke up, before passing out again, and having a flashback of earlier that day:
Brawn was with Gears, along with other Autobots and Humans, gaurding N.E.S.T prison #0001. They had captured Reverb and Bludgeon in China, thanks to Jolt and Bumblebee. A Scrapper unit was captured in Japan. Lockdown, Skywarp (got to Earth before Thundercracker) and Breakdown were captured in Italy while trading Cybertronian tecnology for powerful weapons (they were trading with famous Italian crime boss Bruno White). And Tankor willingly surrenderd when his renforcment ran away from battle. Breakdown started making fun of Bludgeon for being captured by a cadet (Jolt). But then Bludgeon revealed his little friend (his personal Scalpel drone). The Scalpel released Bludgeon and the other Decepticons. Bludgeon then killed Breakdown as an example to the others. The new Renegade Decepticons then killed the humans, and then grieviosly wounded the Autobots, and executed most of them. Brawn and Gears were the only ones not killed by Bludgeon's men, and before Brawn slipped into stasis lock, he saw Optimus Prime Sideswipe and Ironhide move in the base...
Seeing Brawn waking up, then falling in stasis again, Prime asked Ratchet for a status report. Ratchet said that Brawn and Gears wouldn't be ready to rejoin the war for at least 2 more months, as for Arcee, she was functioning, but her sisters were still not ready for combat. As for Bludgeon, it seemed that that Scrapper and Reverb had deserted him, so he was left with a crew of Lockdown, Skywarp, Tankor, and one Scalpel unit. Also, Arcee wanted to know how the Decepticons got away from Prime. Prime answerd that Tankor had grabbed the decesed Smokescreen's smokescreen gun, created a smokescreen, an in all the confusion, Bludgeon and his crew escaped from the base. But, now Prime had to go assist Bumblebee, Sideswipe, a newly revived Jazz, and Blaster against some Starscream clones .