The way you pitch it, it's just a need for a damsel in distress, always.
Saajan, I also think that you do often get exploitative writers, looking for an old hot button to press.
But does it need to be justified, or have you just stopped trusting? Stopped having a little faith that someone isn't just trying to exploit those old hot buttons?
Where has something not been justified to you in the text, but you've taken a leap of faith the authors trying to get to something important? A bit of 'I don't get it, it doesn't make sense to me right now, but I think he's trying to get somewhere with this'?
If you want to say there are too many exploitative writers out there to trust any of them like that, I could actually more than understand such a position. But it's worth keeping in mind it's not the genuine authors fault that there are alot of exploiters out there.
We may need a separate Watchmen thread. I'm reacting to something very specific in the case of Watchmen. Comics with damsels in distress was pretty common in comics. I was specifically thinking of the cock-up that is Identity Crisis...which, again, would need spoiler tags: