POLL: One Year Later...What Do You Think About "The New 52" Now?

It's been just about a year since DC Comics launched their "The New 52" reboot, wiping out decades worth of continuity and restarting all their books with #1 issues. So, has it been a success? Well, here's your chance to decide!

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By Josh Wilding - 8/23/2012

Starting with Justice League #1, DC Comics rebooted their convoluted (and arguably confusing) continuity this time last year with 52 new #1 issues. Some titles featured characters who hadn't been featured prominently in their own books for quite some time (Animal Man, Swamp-Thing), others wiped untold amounts of stories from history (Supergirl), and a few even offered an entirely new perceptive on iconic heroes (Aquaman). A few titles actually remained pretty much the same (Green Lantern) or just had impressive creative team shake-ups (Batman).

Personally, I've dropped most of the books I started reading last September, but thanks to "The New 52", I do now read a much larger selection DC titles featuring characters I had never previously considered checking out. However, it's really down to the creative teams more than the fact that most of them are a little easier to understand in this continuity. Was a reboot really necessary? Apart from a few series' (Justice League for example) it's hard to imagine them not working in the regular pre-New 52 universes with just a few cosmetic changes. It has also been far from perfect. Superman still doesn't have a must-read solo comic book series. There are too many Batman books. Many titles failed to maintain the same writer and artist for more than a couple of issues at at time. I'm sure you too can think of similar problems.

The question however, is whether or not you guys consider it to have been a success? Well, here is your chance to decide...




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evyllsummer - 8/23/2012, 1:23 PM
Snyder's Batman has been fantastic! Nightwing has been ok. Haven't read anything else, but, again, Snyder's "Court Of Owls" storyline would make a great movie...best Batman I've read since Hush...
JDUKE25 - 8/23/2012, 1:26 PM
Yeah there's too many Batman titles.

I've really enjoyed Justice League and Green Lantern. Same for Aquaman and Flash.

Superman has been ok.

Bout to start on Wonder Woman.
marvel72 - 8/23/2012, 1:28 PM
i voted "it's far from perfect,but i've enjoyed it for the most part."

i love the following books,not really that intrested in anything else.

-animal man
-aquaman
-batman
-green lantern
-red lanterns
-swamp thing
-the flash
-wonder woman

8/52 isn't that great,i've read the odd issue of justice league dark & the night of owls storyline.
CaptainObvious - 8/23/2012, 1:29 PM
Synder's Batman is the best title of the New 52. I'm thinking about picking up Wonder Woman since I've heard how good it is.
superotherside - 8/23/2012, 1:29 PM
Snyder's Batman has been the best, I didn't really like most of the other Bat titles, boring after awhile. JL is good, all the GL books are good. WW is ok, Superman and action comics are ok. Got board of Flash sadly, so I dropped it. Oh Batwing is pretty good too. Need to catch up on that one though.
Asterisk - 8/23/2012, 1:30 PM
I've enjoyed it for the most part.
superotherside - 8/23/2012, 1:30 PM
Oh Aquaman is good too.
myparentsaredead - 8/23/2012, 1:32 PM
Not much has changed. The best titles got better, I guess? But yeah, same stuff. Batman, B&R, GL and Flash are all great. Everything else is subpar, unfortunately.
longbowhunter - 8/23/2012, 1:32 PM
The New 52 gave me back Swamp Thing and Animal Man and for that I'm thankful. Batman has been great and Aquaman and Wonder Woman have become hit books which is no small feat. Still I loathe what has been done to Tim Drake and Green Arrow. Two of my favorite characters just wrecked.
GUNSMITH - 8/23/2012, 1:35 PM
I REALLY TRIED TO GET USE TO THE COLLAR THAT THEY GAVE SUPERMAN...I STILL DO NOT LIKE THAT DAMN COLLAR.
DEATHbyEXILE - 8/23/2012, 1:37 PM
Stumblin - 8/23/2012, 1:38 PM
Animal Man is an awesome series.
TheFox - 8/23/2012, 1:40 PM
My only disappointment with this reboot has been the muddled direction they've taken Superman in. It's like they had two different models for how to reboot the character, and so they decided to use BOTH of them, and tried to get them to meet in the middle. But that's all, really.

... Okay, that's a lie. I HATE what they've done to Superboy and the Teen Titans, and the new look for Mr. Freeze is kinda lame (I'm also not entirely keen on his new origin). And turning Red Hood into a superhero is a bad idea that DC's been trying to cram down our throats for a couple of YEARS now, but they just won't let it go; why can't they see that Jason Todd was most interesting as a villain?

But they've done some things pretty well, too. Aquaman and Swamp Thing are phenomenal reads, and as controversial as the opinion is, I actually like having Barbara Gordon back as Batgirl. Plus, they've done the smart thing by not changing much for Green Lantern and Batman (even if I wish they'd used the opportunity to wipe Batman Incorporated off the face of the Earth), allowing Geoff Johns and Scott Snyder to do some wonderful work on the books without having to completely reintroduce the characters. And personally, I've liked Justice League, and Grant Morrison has actually done some decent work on Action Comics (when he's not throwing in completely pointless detours to talk about Earth-9 Superman or the Legion of Superheroes).

So really, the New 52 has been kind of a mixed bag-- not perfect, but not total garbage, either. As always, you have to go on a book-by-book basis, and just cherry-pick the stuff you like.

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TheDude - 8/23/2012, 1:45 PM
Justice league is ok but I'm more interested in the new Shazam! at the back, wish they'd hurry up and give him his own run.
Iv been keeping up with stormwatch, captain atom and green lantern Mostly because their pretty heady.
Almost forgot, theyve actually made aquaman awesome!
iJackSparrow - 8/23/2012, 1:45 PM
I love Azzarello's Wonder Woman, Lemire's Animal Man, Snyder's Batman, Johns Aquaman, Johns Justice League, Manapul's Flash and I think that's it.

Truly pissed with Superman books, and I feel it's not Grant Morrison's fault. Heavy editorial decisions put me off Superman once again. The concept behind what Morrison was going for I love it, I can even dig the Kryptonian suit, but I just can't enjoy the stories. Justice League is where I'm getting my Superman fix, hopefully Azzarello will find a way to keep Wonder Woman brilliant while working with Geoff Johns developments in Justice League.
StrangerX - 8/23/2012, 1:48 PM
I've stopped reading most of the issues after 8
iJackSparrow - 8/23/2012, 2:01 PM
What I hate about the reboot is that Superman used to be up there with Spider-Man and Batman as one of my favorite superheroes. Right now, I [frick]ing love Slott's Amazing Spider-Man and Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man, I [frick]ing love Snyder's Batman and I'm looking forward for Batman's reboot, Marvel NOW looks to have some cool concepts and I'm even anticipating Bendis All New X-Men since he is quite good writing adolescent characters.

But since Byrne's Man of Steel, I just find too hard to care for Superman. I'm looking forward for Zack Snyder's Man of Steel, but I just [frick]ing hate Superman in comics for SO [frick]ING LONG that is depressing. I just wish DC would give the same care and thought for Supes they do with Wonder Woman and Batman. Superman is completely SCREWED in comics right now. I'd love to see Snyder to come in and have his take in BOTH Superman titles, or I don't know, Lemire or someone. I just cringe when I think that Jurgens is writing Superman and now been replaced with Scott Lobdell. It's just depressing to me and I almost wish they could reboot him AGAIN. If not a reboot, just tell good Superman stories without so many editorial mandates.
TheBatman1 - 8/23/2012, 2:03 PM
I am reading over 20 titles of the New 52. My biggest disappointment was Teen Titans/Superboy, which I have dropped. The thing I hate about the new 52 is the lack of continuity
Ha1frican - 8/23/2012, 2:17 PM
I'm subscribed to Action and Superman and ive been let down o far. Prety poor art and basically nothing ha happened ad at times i hae absolutely no idea whats going on. Switched from only reading graphic novels and im probably gonna stay with that because comics by issue is just boring story wise.
MJPETTY7 - 8/23/2012, 2:18 PM
AQUAMAN
BATMAN
DETECTIVE COMICS (#1-5 especially!!!)
JUSTICE LEAGUE
GREEN LANTERN
JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL
SMALLVILLE SEASON 11
BATMAN BEYOND UNLIMITED

That's all I've read this year. Some Action and Superman here and there, but it's not so good. Looking forward to the upcoming Superman story arc though... "He'l on Earth". Also, "Court of Owls" and "Night of the Owls" were FANTASTIC!!!!!
Carloshll726 - 8/23/2012, 2:20 PM
I'm alittle disappointed by some Justice Society stuff I saw, but I like much of this new DCU. The original Batgirl (Barbara Gordon) is back (really glad about that); DC turning Superman and Wonder Woman into a power couple is awesome news! Go, DC, go!
DeanVanHalen - 8/23/2012, 2:24 PM
I picked up Green Arrow when it first started, (being a huge GA fan), but quit after issue 5. It just didn't do anything for me. From what I've seen of Wonder Woman though it seems pretty cool
DC4everLantern - 8/23/2012, 2:27 PM
One Word: EPIC !!! The reboot is awesome. I liked before the same but the new style especially the costumes are amazing cool. Best Comics JUSTICE LEAGUE, than CATWOMAN than GL and AQUAMAN- Glad they bring back CYBORG ! Hes looking cool! Great new member for the League! DC RULES
JustDame - 8/23/2012, 2:31 PM
Pretty good. It's really got me into the dcu. I'm still picking up Batman, Batman and Robin, Batwing, Swamp Thing, Animal Man and Justice League. Gonna start reading Wonder Woman, also.
plasticman - 8/23/2012, 2:32 PM
Better...now that Rob Liefeld has walked away from DC.
batmanmovie2012 - 8/23/2012, 2:44 PM
Loving it. Wasn't reading comics before this and now I am picking up 23 new 52 books.
marvel72 - 8/23/2012, 2:56 PM
top three dc comics for me are.

1st animal man
2nd batman
3rd wonder woman
AtomicChipmunk - 8/23/2012, 3:14 PM
@Froggy
[frick] yeah Ivan Reis!
MidNightWind - 8/23/2012, 3:17 PM
Thanks to the new 52 I was able to start reading comic books. It was a great idea for new readers but not only that, the whole reboot gave me a reason to read old comic books before the new 52 so I guess thanks to this, i feel more of a DC fan than ever. Marvel never gave me a reason to read their comics except spider-man but dc has me reading batman, nightwing, superman, green lantern and other titles, old and new. People may have mixed reactions but if it wasn't for it, I would've stayed with marvel for all the wrong reasons.
iJackSparrow - 8/23/2012, 3:26 PM
My favorite DC comics:

1. Wonder Woman
2. Animal Man
3. Batman
4. Catwoman
5. Aquaman
6. Swamp Thing
7. Justice League Dark
8. Justice League
9. Flash
10. Supergirl

News and rumors for the creative teams taking over Superman are depressing to me. I don't want neither Andy Diggle or Scott Lobdell taking over. I want Lemire or Snyder, even if that means that they'll have to drop Justice League Dark or Swamp Thing. Superman deserves better.
HelaGood - 8/23/2012, 3:31 PM
best thing to happen to Aquaman
Wingding - 8/23/2012, 3:33 PM
I'm reading:

Justice League
Batman
Aquaman
Flash
Nightwing

And I want to check out Talon when it comes out in Sept. I am thinking about dropping Flash and starting Red Hood and the Outlaws. Just cause Flash hasn't wowed me, the story seems to be all over the place. RHATO looks awesome, and I've heard good things about it (minus the whole starfire thing.) Anyone here recommend it?

tracydavis001 - 8/23/2012, 4:11 PM
I'm only reading Superman, and Justice League, for now and I hope they give Shazam his own title! I did read alot of titles before the new 52 but now only like 3 .
paulyd3 - 8/23/2012, 4:27 PM
Used to Be a DC guy since 72' loved superman. 52 killed my favorite hero. DC give us back our heroes !Bastards!

Christopher-Reeve-Superman-Wallpaper-superman-the-movie-18164074-800-600

crsuperman
Bluestreak - 8/23/2012, 4:51 PM
I don't think the options really capture the way I feel. Mostly it is poor to mediocre. Not everything has been awful but not much has been very good either.

I was interested in about 10 books when it all started but now I'm only reading action comics (and I'll finish when Morrison does), Batman, Swamp Thing, Animal man and Wonder Woman. And Animal Man is look precarious.


ThatOneDude - 8/23/2012, 5:35 PM
Batman is one of the best comics I have read in ages!! Can't wait for Volume 2!
BatSlam - 8/23/2012, 5:47 PM
its been ok. i have stopped reading most of the titles. batman / batman and robin / detective have really been all i have stuck with. superman titles have been so so, death stroke was originally really good then i just kind of lost interest. same thing with teen titans.

I think there biggest mistake was saying that the universe was only 5 years old but still trying to have so much fit into the small time frame.
Ichaos - 8/23/2012, 6:49 PM
I will wait for 10 years until Superman stops being Superboy and is Supeman again. The shortless ironman armor and collar are lame as his his butthole attitude
Wingding - 8/23/2012, 7:36 PM
@earzmundo

I gotcha. Well maybe I'll check out GL instead. It looks great and I've heard good things about it.
Yeah, isn't Ghost Prison awesome? I checked it out cause it sounded interesting and the art looked fantastic. It ended up being pretty sweet. It's one of my regulars now.
Wingding - 8/23/2012, 7:39 PM
Oh and, what's the deal with Animal Man and Swamp Thing? People keep raving about it. Not to offend anyone, but they honestly look ridiculously dumb to me :P
I'm just surprised most people's favorites have been series' called Animal Man and Swamp Thing. Lol.
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