So it's been 3 years since the reboot. This whole endeavor has become a real mixed bag of nuts hasn't. While I still stand by my belief that the New 52 was a good idea, DC's execution of the whole ordeal has been their greatest enemy. I still remember the excitement I had learning about all the new titles and being surprised at some of the chances DC was taking. Now I just feel like some great chances were wasted. First I have to take issue with the tone they set for everything. It just comes off as joyless, which is weird for DC. I guess they want to shed their older image while also trying to match the image of the Nolan Batman movies. The problem is it's still DC and they made us believe a man could fly. DC is meant to fun, silly, and square-jawed. They are meant to have heroes that fight the good fight and are pillars of justice. Since the reboot a lot of that old spirit seems to have left the company, with characters no longer allowed to be happy or have meaningful relationships. I know a lot of people like to compare the reboot to early 90's comics, but at least those books had some sense of wonder. While speaking of 90's comics trends let's bring up crossovers. One the original mission statements for the New 52 was to bring in new readers. The whole line would have "fresh" continuity and with a wide range of titles, they were casting a wide net. Another thing that helped was each book was self-contained, you didn't need to read 10 books each month just for one story. Then came Night of the Owls and since then it feels like there has been a crossover happening ever since. This is not a good method to gain and keep new readers. This is a big reason I ended up dropping most of my DC titles, I just wasn't interested enough in what I was reading to keep following all these crossovers. To compound this even further DC will soon have 3 weekly series. I think DC is now more antagonistic to new readers now than it's ever been. Then there is little things like what is up with Pandora. How was she responsible for this new world after Flashpoint and why was she in every first issue? Where is that Justice league line-up we were promised with Element Woman and Lady Luck? These are just a few of the things I mean by missed chances. Also at the start the line was one of the most diverse for a mainstream in a while, but now it seems even more narrowly focused than before. The Wildstorm part of the universe has all but vanished. Along with the "Young Justice" that now has less titles under it than DC has Scooby-Doo books. Alright with all that said, let's talk about what I think DC is trying to do right. First we have the new Batgirl creative team. They seem to be telling a fun and self-contained story, that is allowing Babs to rise out of the muck and mire. Plus we have one of the best redesigns of superhero that addresses a lot of issues with superhero costumes. Next we have Gotham Academy that does something DC doesn't do enough, have a book that plays with the world they created. One of DC's biggest assets over Marvel is that they can control their world. Their isn't the world outside the window, it's the world of Gotham and Metropolis. Which I guess DC just realized since we are also getting the horror themed Gotham by Midnight. Which also seems interesting mainly since I am curious about the status of Simon Dark (does anyone else remember that book?). The thing about Gotham Academy that catches my attention the most is that it seems DC is trying to reach new readers with this book. And for some strange reason those books seem just to grab me. I know I have said this before (in this very thread) and DC has dashed my hopes against the rocks, but I think the New 52 may be turning a corner. Very slowly but still it is some progress. Also who knows what the new year will bring. We have teases of new Crisis. DC is moving across country in April. Gail Simone is writing Secret Six again. The Multiversity is finally coming out and I can't wait for the Ultraa Comics issue.