Continuing fanfiction: Batman and Iron Man begin their mission. Batman discovers the leader of HYDRA’s actions, a criminal he knows as Bane.
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Twenty minutes later, Batman maneuvered through the warehouse’s ventilation ducts. He’d found the Widow and KGBeast in an open area. He was talking; she wasn’t listening. They both waited for something.
Continuing, Batman stopped over a room deeper in the warehouse.
A seven-foot-tall knockoff version of Stark’s Legionnaire stood in the center of the room. Various cables attached to it from a bank of computers.
At the end of the row of computers, a helmet rested on a small table. It too was wired to the computers.
A SCUBA-like suit, also with cables to the computers, lay draped over a chair at the table.
Vanko plugged away at the computers, carefully watching gauges on what Batman presumed were generator power supplies for the robot.
A hulking man accompanied the Russian scientist.
The man wore an odd mask, something like a gas mask. Cables ran from the mask to a backpack the man wore. A single electrical cable ran from the pack to a dial on the man’s left arm.
Batman deduced there was something inside the pack that gave the man relief or enhancement.
Remembering his nightly review of crime data, the Dark Knight vaguely recognized the man. Using his Batcomputer link, he recovered the datasheet he remembered. It identified the man before him a criminal named Bane.
He’d been a small-time hood who eventually took over the criminal underworld near Santa Prisca. A rival couldn’t defeat him, so instead, they turned Bane in.
Bane used guile and brawn to assume control of the prison, then used his contacts to gain control of the island. He operated his criminal empire from prison — until he decided it was time to go.
There was no sign of a motive for the escape; Bane simply disappeared. He’d remained underground ever since.
But what had brought him to HYDRA?
They’d have to ask him after getting him into custody and finding a prison that could hold him.
Turning on his cowl’s commlink, Batman contacted Iron Man. He confirmed the six guards on patrol outside and warned of KGBeast and the Black Widow’s clone inside.
When Iron Man started his diversion, they’d inevitably get into the action.
Batman told Iron Man to get to work.
“Showtime!” Iron Man said. He threw back the rest of his third martini, turned to Coulson and asked, “How far away is that cavalry?”
“Five minutes,” Coulson replied. “Should Batman recover the data chip.”
Iron Man shook his head. “Politics.”
With a roar of his boot rockets, Iron Man blasted into the air toward the warehouse. The guards would know he was coming, which is exactly what he and Batman wanted.
“Okay, Friday,” Iron Man began. “Let’s see if we can’t find these guys before they fire at us. Don’t want to wreck the third suit in as many days!”
Friday pulled up Iron Man’s HUD. The artificial intelligence scanned the area, searching for heat signatures from the men Batman had identified in his surveillance. In seconds, he had a lock on all of them.
“Okay,” Stark said. “Let’s distract.”
Batman watched as Vanko stood triumphant. Turning to Bane, he said, “I’ve completed the breakdown of the information from the data chip the Widow recovered.”
Batman noted that Vanko and, presumably, Bane didn’t realize the Widow they knew was an imposter. He wondered if she even knew.
“And?” Bane said in a low, raspy voice muffled by his mask.
“The interface will be functional for your employer.”
Bane looked to the robot. “Can it be functional now?” he asked.
“Of course! We merely require someone willing to —”
“Are you not confident in your work, Mr. Vanko?”
The scientist hesitated. Bane leaned into the man. “I am confident in your abilities to manufacture the robot parts,” he said.
“But if you could create the interface, we would not have required the trip to Gotham. We would not have Batman nor Iron Man’s interference.
“Since you have brought these burdens upon us, it is fitting that you confirm the fruits of your labors.”
Vanko looked to the Legionnaire knock-off, then his bank of computers.
Bane grabbed the man by the front of his shirt and lifted him off the ground. Vanko grabbed Bane’s arm in a vain attempt to steady himself.
“Be thankful I am not asking you to take it into the field,” Bane said.
Vanko stared in horror at Bane. He began fervently nodding his head.
Bane dropped Vanko to the floor. “Do what is required,” he demanded.
To be continued…
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DC Adventures, Copyright 2011, Green Ronin Publishing; Author Steve Kenson. Mutants and Masterminds, 3rd Edition
Advanced Player’s Manual, Copyright 2005, Green Ronin Publishing: Author Skip Williams.
The characters Iron Man, Tony Stark, Pepper Potts, Vanko, Black Widow and Nick Fury are Copyright Marvel Comics
The characters Batman/ Bruce Wayne, Batgirl/ Barbara Gordon, Black Mask, the Penguin/ Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot, Renee Montoya, Commissioner Gordon, Alfred Pennyworth, Robin/ Dick Grayson, KGBeast and Bane are Copyright DC Comics
The character Juri Han is Copyright Capcom
None of the characters belong to me as this is fanfiction, done for fun, and as a creative exercise.