So, let’s try an AU where the bats are complete isolationists.
I mean, they’ve had contact with the world outside Gotham and villains outside Gotham, but they’ve completely and totally avoided other heroes.
So, There’s a Justice League, but no Watchtower.
There’s a Teen Titans, but without the Robins.
There’s a Red Hood, but no Outlaws.
Tim’s Young Justice never existed because they just joined the Titans.
No one is allowed in Gotham - meta or not. Gotham is theirs.
So, you have all the other heroes and then you have the Bats.
And, frankly, the other heroes are a little wary of the bats. They have no idea who they are or what they’re capable of?
They’re from Gotham - they live in Gotham and take care of Gotham and Gotham is one of the most dangerous cities in America, if not the world. Gotham’s villains are crazy.
And if the bats are taking care of that, then they have to be… well, pretty dangerous. No one wants to cross them. And even though they want to find out what their powers are, no one wants to risk going into Gotham after that time Superman tried it and came out 5 minute later with a sliver of kryptonite embedded in his arm (just because no one knows about the bats, doesn’t mean the bats don’t now about everybody.)
And then comes the moment when the bats have to break their isolation.
Young Justice Ra’s al Ghul and Dynamic Duo by Christopher Jones
Ra’s al Ghul by Howard Porter
Red Robin and Ra’s al Ghul by Marcus To
Batman and Ra’s al Ghul by Eddy Barrows and Patrick Gleason
RA’S AL GHUL
Independently wealthy. Utilizes his vast fortune to finance and further his goals. Incredibly intelligent. A brilliant strategist. Master martial artist. Allied with a host of expert warriors under his command.
He is Ra’s al Ghul, the Demon’s Head, leader of the League of Assassins and the only person in the world capable of going toe-to-toe with the Bat on every level.
Ra’s al Ghul first became aware of Batman after the Dark Knight became entangled with his daughter, Talia. As another man of power who was fully committed to his cause, Ra’s al Ghul saw Batman as a worthy heir to his position as leader of the League of Assassins, a shadowy group that seeks to cleanse the world of corruption and achieve perfect environmental balance. However, the Dark Knight refused, seeing Ra’s al Ghul’s methods—such as killing half of humanity through biological warfare—too ruthless and brutal.
Utilizing the regenerative powers of the Lazarus Pit, Ra’s al Ghul can heal himself from any injury and has often been resurrected from death itself. His exact age is unknown, but he has been around for hundreds of years, giving him an immeasurable amount of knowledge and resources. He is easily one of the world’s greatest threats and can be seen as the embodiment of Batman’s desire to be more than a man, to be a symbol. For long after Bruce Wayne is gone, Ra’s al Ghul shall live on.
This isn’t a very long list; these are just the ones on my to-read list.
Also, there are some works from the included authors that I have not listed because I haven’t looked too closely into their other books, or they aren’t up my alley genre-wise. If you don’t mind female authors or authors of any other genders, feel free to check out this list.
If you have more to add, feel COMPLETELY free to reblog and do so.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Ash and Echoes; Ice and Embers; Iron and Ether; Cairn and Covenant; Calling and Cull; Wine and Roses (I don’t know exactly where this one fits in or if it does) by August Li
At Swim, Two Boys by Jamie O’Neill
The Beauty’s Brother by Leon Hart (read; ☆☆☆)
Call Me by Your Name by André Aciman
Captured Shadows by Richard Rider
The Cat in the Cradle; From Darkness to Darkness by Jay Bell
The Chosen; The Standing Dead; The Third God by Ricardo Pinto
Dangerous Moonlight by Mel Keegan
The Devil in the Dust; Tower of the King’s Daughter; A Dark Way to Glory (doesn’t say LGBT on Goodreads; unsure if it actually is); Feast of the King’s Shadow (doesn’t say LGBT on Goodreads; unsure if it actually is); Hand of the King’s Evil; The End of All Roads (doesn’t say LGBT on Goodreads; unsure if it actually is) by Chaz Brenchley
Dreamer by Steven Harper
An East Wind Blowing by Mel Keegan
Fortunes of War by Mel Keegan
The God Eaters by Jesse Hajicek (enjoying this one so far; not super far into it)
Haffling by Caleb James
The Lightning-Struck Heart by T.J. Klune
The Lonely War by Alan Chin
Lord Mouse by Mason Thomas
Maurice by E.M. Forster
Mordred, Bastard Son by Douglas Clegg
One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva
A Royal Affair; Aleksey’s Kingdom by John Wiltshire
The Sallee Rovers; Men of Honor; Iron Men; Heart of Oak; Man in the Crescent Moon; The Sea Leopard by M. Kei
Seidman by James Erich
Shadowdance by Robin Wayne Bailey
The Sheltered City by John Tristan
The Steel Remains; The Cold Commands; The Dark Defiles by Richard K. Morgan