Due to their recent actions to save the city, the heroes are invited to an awards ceremony. They’re sitting around Dr. Strange’s house musing over the invitation. All of them except Batman, that is. Dr. Strange encourages them to go as it is good exposure and they deserve the recognition, though he won’t be attending himself on account that he has become incresingly weakened by all the demonic proceedings. While they were talking a news report came on the tv stating Black Widow had attacked Maria Hill and fled the Helicarrier, possibly killing the Director of SHIELD. Batman, meanwhile, thinks over the same question in the Batcave. His predicament is that Batman AND Bruce Wayne were invited. If he went in his secret identity then his allies could recognize him since they had seen him before (when they were captured in the Savage Land) but he couldn’t go as Batman as he thought the awards ceremony was unecessary. To further his internal struggle, Alfred dropped a newspaper nearby that showed the city knew Bruce Wayne was back in town and they were now theorizing the reclusive trillionaire was crippled. He opted to go, but he would watch from a nearby rooftop.
During the ceremony many different heroes were being recognized for their efforts. The mayor began with the Avengers, of which only Captain America was present, and moved on afterwards to the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, and other lone wolf types. During the speeches given by the heroes, Batman watched and listened from his post near Central Park when he was approached by a woman in a black leather outfit lined with fur. She introduced herself as Black Cat and made playful banter at the Dark Knight before excusing herself. Batman finished watching the proceedings knowing he could pick up her trail in a few minutes. As the ceremony came to a close, Safer, Ollie, Grey, and the missing Batman were recognized. The mayor gave a rousing speech stating that these ‘outsiders’ had come to the city’s aid when they needed it the most and deserved their gratitude. Ollie gave an impromptu speech to the crowd and the proceedings drew to a close.
Shortly after the ceremony the heroes were met by the Mayor with a set of keys. It seemed several wealthy donors of the city had decided to bequeath a base of operations to the heroes. It wasn’t much, just a warehouse on the edge of town next to the river, but it was more than they had. They accepted the keys and went to check out their new home at the same time Batman was leaping off a rooftop in pursuit of the mysterious Black Cat. He found her several blocks away in the Museum of Modern Art. He had the Batjet he had used to pursue her scan the building to try and locate her. Making his way to the center of the building, he found her stealing all of the paintings from the gallery donated by the Wayne Foundation. Talking with her he learned she had been sent specifically to steal only the stuff donated by the Wayne Foundation and that she knew it was some bid against Bruce Wayne’s power.
While Batman spoke to Black Cat, the other heroes had arrived at a dingy warehouse. The security fence around the property was badly damaged, though the lock still hung unnecessarily from the front gate. They entered the warehouse and Safer conjured some lights to see how big the place actually was, only instead of being empty like they had thought two women were standing there. They did little to introduce themselves before a group of ninja’s appeared out of nowhere next to them. The heroes would learn later their attackers were Elektra and Typhoid Mary, but for the moment they were more worried about their swords than their names. They made short work of several of the ninjas, but had a problem after Typhoid Mary had been hit several times and apparently was losing control.
Fire erupted from the girl who was now squatting in the middle of the warehouse and burst forth to burn the heroes. Ollie and Grey managed to dodge out of the way while Safer conjured a large fan to blow it back towards Mary. A few more hits from Grey rendered her unconscious while Ollie worked against Elektra who had moved into the rafters above. As their new home burned, Batman found himself suddenly attacked by Black Cat. Not trusting the hero to let her thieve and get away with it she whipped out her whip and tried to strike the Batman. A quick batarang thrown lightly turned her hand away and he stepped forward offering to let her go if she would only give him the information about who was paying her for the job. She made the deal.
A few minutes later she was riding away in the back of a truck when she threw a envelope at the Batman and blew him a kiss. Opening it, he found a cell phone inside. Calling the only number on it, he had the Batcomputer trace the call to an address on the other side of town before hanging up on the man who answered. Hopping into the Batjet, he made haste to the address but on the way he saw a building on fire and turned to help. Inside, his allies were surprised at the Batman’s arrival as he quickly helped to dispatch the last of the ninjas and take Elektra down. SHIELD arrived shortly after to take all of the attacker into custody. The rookie who spoke with the group let slip that the beacon placed on the members hadn’t gone off early enough, a beacon they were unaware of. Ollie was being summoned to the SHIELD Helicarrier by Maria Hill herself and was asked to come alone.
After quickly conferring with his teammates, Ollie boarded the SHIELD aircraft along with a camouflaged Batman. They were taken aboard and Ollie led into a conference room. Sneaking past Maria Hill, Batman waited in a corner as they spoke. Maria Hill informed Ollie that Black Widow had turned traitor and had tried to kill her. She was offering Ollie a position with SHIELD again if he agreed to track her down. She held the file that contained all the information on Widow including her current whereabouts, but SHIELD didn’t want to pursue her incase she rabbited. Ollie turned down the offer to rejoin SHIELD, still not trusting Maria Hill entirely. At this point she informed Batman (much to his surprise) and Safer that they should feel free to leave the boat. Ollie tried to convince her to let him have the file and even went so far as to try and take it from her. He failed to do so and had several guns trained on him now. Leaving peacefully, the heroes headed back to their base while pondering their next move.