Romancing Revenge: The Masked Vigilante Subgenre

I recently completed a five book series centered around a group of vigilantes fighting rich pederasts in New York City. The central romance in the series develops between the first and lead vigilante, a figure known as the Black Mask, and the criminal analyst the NYPD brings in to help catch him. She ends up helping him instead, against the members of the Ganymede organization that he’s been fighting for years. A few people join them in their fight along the way, including a comics-fan FBI agent and young hacker who become a secondary couple. It’s a dark series. Vigilante stories are about the satisfaction of a need for justice, one which cannot be found within the system. These stories are generally critical of either law enforcement, the corruption in the current legal system, or both. In Black Mask, many of the people who end up helping or even becoming the vigilantes are themselves actually members of law enforcement. They speak constantly of feeling their hands tied by a system which favors the rich and well-connected to the point where an entire class of people essentially lives above the law. Ganymede, the enemy organization, is a group of men in this class who use their immunity to harm children habitually. Thomas Ambrose, the Black Mask, is the son of Ganymede’s founder and leader, and his father’s crimes are directly responsible for his choice to become a vigilante. He does what has to be done to make the world safer for children–including the ones he wishes to father with his lady love. Catherine Farrows, the crime analyst who becomes Thomas’s vigilante as well as romantic partner, lost her father to alcoholism, which he fell to from the strain...