Wait, who has special powers in V for Vendetta (which I presume is the V you are referring to, from context, I could be wrong!)? V sure doesn’t that I recall, he’s just good at killing fascists. Also, frankly, he did the right thing, and he about 1/10th as much of an asshole as most of the people in the comic (I mean he is an asshole, but I think maybe it takes an asshole to ride a death-tube full of explosives to annihilate a fascist government).
Whereas Watchmen, well, yes, quite, they’re all spectacular assholes and failures, no exceptions, just different flavours. It was more or less a pure deconstruction of superheroes and superhero bullshit. Though I think it actually didn’t hit them on every angle - there’s way more to be deconstructed about them, but after that it seemed like Moore was more interested in deconstruction-reconstruction (perhaps understandably). Ozymandias’ plan certainly seemed much more like something someone who regarded themselves a “superhero” might do that most of the street-level crime-fighting bollocks Marvel so loves, or the pro-wrestling-but-with-aliens that is most of DC’s non-Batman output.
I think the problem is that as the world becomes more transparent, and the behaviour and interests of rich people more obvious and less possible to mythologise (not impossible, merely slightly less), figures like Batman becomes completely and utterly implausible. Rich people just don’t behave like that. I think that’s why the comics where he’s treated more as a sort of mythological being, and less as person, or the ones set in a mythologised and romanticised past or quasi-past work a hell of a lot better than the ones set in the modern day and supposed to be a real guy with real problems.
Quite. The only fundamentally implausible thing about him is how good he is at getting shit done given he is clinically insane in a fairly serious way. But it was the '80s, and people, I think even Alan Moore, had more unrealistic ideas about mental illness and the potential success levels of lone nutters than they do now.