On another note, I'm big into comic books now. Actually I just got into them over the last year or so. I'm a DC guy, and a few things got me in serious:
- The recent span of very to excellent superhero movies
- The need of some recreational activities that I can do solo
- The new 52 DC reboot
The main beefs, from my estimation are/were with the following:
- The renumbering of each series with a new number one issue - this comes from collectors; number one issues are major pieces in any collection, and every time you start over it devalues the other number ones
- The younger characters - turns out a lot of people were very attached to Oliver Queen's full beard
- Relationship changes - any and all marriages from the pre-new 52 universe were forgotten. No more Superman and Lois Lane, Green Arrow and Black Canary, or Barry Allen (the Flash) and Iris West.
- Major character changes - Old school heroes like Jay Garrick (the original Flash) and Alan Scott (the original Green Lantern) were shipped off to Earth 2 instead of being the prior versions of their super heroes namesake.
- The absence of several characters who developed their own loyal constituencies - no Wally West, Ted Kord, Stephanie Brown, for example. If you don't know who those people are, don't worry. I didn't either until recently.
And let's be here; everything about the old continuity was not good. Does anyone really want to make that argument? Hello.......Bane and Bruce Wayne becoming best buds and hanging out because Bane thought they were related? Yeah, that actually happened. Go back and read the print version of the 'iconic' X-Men story Days of Future Past, if you can finish it without laughing at it. We tend to overrate things we liked from our childhood and overlook the obvious shortcomings. A lot of the New 52 critics have never even read any New 52 comics; they 'heard that it sucks so they didn't bother'. Yeah, they actually say things like that. These are the people who hate every comic book movie because of changes made from the source material, even things that obviously can't or don't translate to a feature film. Go read some of the dialogue from anything before the late 90s and try not to laugh at the cheesiness that often made it to the page. Go look at some early portrayals of say, Wonder Woman, and compare them to today. The new stuff is better and it's not even close. Is every story in every series great? Of course not. But let's not act like that was ever the case.