As Batman and Ollie land back at the warehouse they find a newspaper. The front page is dedicated to the awards ceremony the day before with the headline ‘The Outsiders’. Their team had been given a name. After the recent news of Black Widow’s betrayal and Ollie’s own misgivings about Maria Hill, he opts to track down the superspy and is looking to recruit help to do it. The other heroes are sitting around the base deciding what to do when Batman picks up some strange readings. One of his personal satellites just recorded a ship crashing in a field 500 miles away. According to the information fed to him, the ship did not look human. Relaying this information to the others got Grey excited, hopeful that it could be someone he knows.
They quickly set out and flew to the scene. During their approach they realized someone else was already there. Batman engaged their stealth systems to avoid being seen. He landed nearby and they observed the proceedings. A large group of people in HAZMAT suits were setting up a perimeter and interacting with the crashed vessel. It most definitely wasn’t human, though The Grey didn’t recognize the design. As they watched, a very large figure appeared and moved among the people. It was MODOK. The Outsiders only knew him by reputation and none of them had no prior experience with AIM. Playing on this fact they left the Batjet and approached the salvage team to talk.
MODOK was less than impressed with the heroes. He told them he was salvaging the ship since it was in the public domain to create technologies to better mankind. Safer called his bluff by drawing attention to the acronym of MODOKS name. Feeling they were wasting his time, he ordered his AIM soldiers to attack. A swarm fell upon the heroes, but luckily they had brought more scientists than soldiers. Batman set to work on the normal grunts, bobbing in and out of the scientists he quickly punched and kicked. Safer began to mentally combat MODOK, but MODOK landed the first blow and placed mental blocks in Safer’s head to try and prevent his use of magic. The Grey took MODOK head on.
The battle was furious but lasted a long time. Grey bobbed in close to MODOK but regretted the decision when he was knocked under the large villain. Shutting off his chair, MODOK landed squarely on Grey causing significant damage. He then reached into The Grey’s mind and forced him to attack Batman. Safer quickly set to work trying to reverse the effects, though his own powers were dampened, but not before Grey leapt at Batman with his chain-sickle. Batman reacted quickly and pressed a few buttons which called the Batjet over to slam into The Grey. Safer was then able to reverse the Mind Control as Batman dispatched the last few scientists. With their combined efforts now focused on MODOK, they made short work of him.
Batman landed a final punch to MODOK’s face (with explosive gel on his gauntlet for extra oomph) when the large figure surrendered. The Outsiders told him to give them everything he had salvaged. MODOK, feigning compliance, took himself over to one of the vans they had been loading and while pretending to open it called one of his bases which teleported him and the van out of there. They had lost MODOK, but they still had most of the craft. Quickly searching it they found blood and some alien technology that had been pulled out of it. Safer tried to search the memories within the blood for clues as to the alien. He got flashes of emotion that seemed to do with the crash and something about the country Germany. While he did that, Batman and Grey loaded the tech into the Batjet. As they were doing so SHIELD arrived.
Agent Coulson debriefed the heroes and thanked them for securing the scene, but that SHIELD would have to take it over. Safer asked for a sample of the blood so that it might be used for further investigation. Agent Coulson resisted at first, but they offered to trade him the information they had obtained from it in exchange for the sample. They didn’t mention the tech they had already taken. He accepted and soon after the heroes were heading home to study their findings. They called Ollie to tell him the good news, and he informed them that he had gotten Hawkeye’s support and they knew were Black Widow was.