In his reading journeys, aardy has come to a brilliant realization that I had completely missed.
Edmond Dantes, the Count of Monte-Cristo, is the G*DD*MN BATMAN. Just in 19th-century France. Or maybe even XANATOS G*DD*MN BATMAN, given how he uses plots within plots within plots to destroy the people who ruined his life, helped kill off his parents, and took his fiancee.
And THERE is how you could sell the book to a whole new generation! It's BRILLIANT! (All according to plan...)