In the continuing fanfiction by author Mark Wooden, Batman watches as Bane has the scientist discovered in Vegas start-up their knock-off of Stark’s robot.
Meanwhile, Iron Man takes on the perimeter defenses — including KGBeast.
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Vanko scrambled to his feet, trying to look dignified but failing miserably. He moved to the generators, checked something there. Satisfied, the scientist moved to the table with the helmet.
As Bane watched intently, Vanko put on the helmet. He then slid his hands into the pair of gloves. Tapping a button on the side of the helmet, Vanko waited.
The Legionnaire knock-off hummed with coursing electricity. Its eye lights lit up.
Bane studied the humanoid weapon.
Vanko stood up straight, lowering his gloved hands to his side. A light on the top of the helmet went from red to green. Vanko made a fist with either hand.
The Legionnaire knock-off’s hands also made fists.
Back outside, Stark said to Friday, “For the Mark 38 version, I’m adding some homing rockets and thicker armor.”
Continuing their flight, the warehouse loomed ahead of them. “All right, let’s get this over with,” Stark said.
Swooping down on the warehouse, Iron Man saw one of the guards. He aimed (with Friday’s help) and fired at the man. The shot rang true, taking the man down before he could register to fire a shot.
Right about now, the other men were calling it in, letting his superiors know Iron Man was here. That should give Batman the time to do whatever it was he needed to do.
Inside the warehouse, Bane looked over Vanko’s work. “An excellent display,” he commented.
From his ventilation shaft hiding place, Batman saw KGBeast enter the room with Bane and Vanko. “Iron Man’s on the grounds!” he said.
“Expected, but merely a distraction.” Off KGBeast’s confused look, Bane added, “Batman is the real threat.”
KGBeast held up his left hand, this time armed with the machine gun. “Point me to either one! I owe some payback!”
“Do not let things become personal, KGBeast,” Bane warned. “Make things personal; you make mistakes.”
“Whatever! But those guards outside won’t last long against Iron Man, even with the gauntlets.”
Bane nodded slightly. “Take point against Iron Man.” Bane looked at Vanko and the knock-off Legionnaire controls. “Stall him enough for us to get a suitable response prepared for him.”
KGBeast smiled, then headed out of the room. Bane called after him. “Send in Ms. Romanova.”
KGBeast gave Bane an acknowledging wave of his lethal left hand. He stepped out of the room. Bane turned to Vanko.
“Having confirmed the success of your machinations,” he began, “I believe I would be better suited for what comes next, don’t you agree Mr. Vanko?”
Vanko looked to the gloves. He quickly slid them off, handing them to Bane.
The criminal mastermind didn’t take the gloves. Instead, Bane looked over his shoulder as if expecting something. “But I believe we have another guest to entertain first.”
On cue, Batman smashed his way through the vent beneath him and fell into the room. Vanko screamed, stumbled back into the control table. The helmet, which he’d just taken off his head, fell to the floor.
Batman threw the Batarang with the EMP charge at the bank of computers the second his feet hit the floor. The Batarang struck its target; the charge went off, disrupting the computers. The Legionnaire’s balled fists opened and hung still.
Bane grabbed Vanko, smacked him to bring him back under control. “Get it back up, Vanko, and make use of it.” Bane shoved Vanko aside and looked to Batman.
“The fabled Dark Knight Detective,” Bane said. “Your reputation proceeds you.”
“As does yours, Bane,” Batman growled as he sized up his opponent.
“Good. Then we can do away with pretense.” Bane cracked his knuckles. “You are far from Gotham, Batman.”
The big man cracked the muscles in his thick neck and then took up a fighting stance. “I will send you back in a box.”
To be continued…
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DC Adventures, Copyright 2011, Green Ronin Publishing; Author Steve Kenson. Now it’s 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.