So, after several years I think we can safely judge the DC relaunch. In your opinion what characters were better off after relaunch versus before?
Aquaman- Geoff Johns had already spent BN and BD on the character. but Flashpoint allowed him to sweep the last two decades of abuse away, BIG improvement.
Batman-More difficult to say. Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo keep knocking it out of the park, and Morrison was writing incorporated. The biggest victims were the supporting cast. BQM off of Batgirl, Paul Dini off of Catwoman and company. We also lost Red Robin by FN. I'd say the main Batman books maintained while the supporting titles like Batgirl and and Nightwing were downgrades. Catwoman started good with March and Winnick, so If I just take their year long run I'd say Catwoman was a not an improvement to the character overall.
Flash-Geoff Johns pre flashpoint reboot benefitted from decades of work by the top writers in the field. Post point he dumped flash to Manipul. I feel like going from that rich mythology for the rogues weapons being turned into themselves wasn't a good trade, so worse.
Green Lantern-Same, Johns sheltered the character from any serious changes while continuing so Lantern gets a wash.
Superman-Post flashpoint Superman proper is a mess. I think it had three different writers:Perez, Giffen, Jurgens in its fisrst year. Action had Grant Morrison though so yippee. Supergirl had Mike Green, and Superboy had two writers within the space of a year. Pre reboot, Supergirl had Kelly Deconnick, so Supergirl was a downgrade. Superboy had Jeff Lemire pre-boot so downgrade again. Action preeboot was by Cornell, who was honestly pretty awesome. So that is a wash. It all comes down to the main title. pre-boot had JMS and Roberson writing. I feel like this was better than the trio of writers who didn't seem to know what they were writing from day to day. I'd say Superman was a worse than before.
JLA- Pre-boot, James Robinson and his pets versus Geoff Johns and his pets. I feel like both writers underwhelmed, so artists. Jim Lee makes this a major upgrade. you could cover up every word ballon and it would still be awesome so, improvement.
Swamp Thing-Didn't have a title, one before was by Andy Diggle. Snyder did great job bringing swamp thing
back to the bayou. improvement
Wonder Woman- Pre-boot JMS and Phil Hester versus Azzerello. Surprisingly, I didn't dislike JMS' soft restart of Wonder Woman. Allot of Azzy's run is kind of foreshadowed. If you read 600 to 604 together, they are some of the most enjoyable Wondy comics since IC. That said, unlike Roberson, Hester never captured the spirit of what JMS was going for. So the pre-boot Wondy is rough to look at. On the other hand, Azzy's run is, incredible. eye pleasing art from my new quintessential character artist chiang. A revamped modern origin. A vastly improved supporting cast. And classic issues and stories. the biggest improvement.
Overall, I'd say the universe improved from before. But with the caveat that the characters that worked before were mostly broken if they weren't being worked on by Johns or Morrison. Batman is unique in that the main book improved with Snyder given an A list artist and creative control to tell stories, while the supporting cast was stripped of talent or had that talent shackled with editorial mandates that lowered quality. Overall, the batverse is weaker but Batman itself is better off. Further, Superman lost Morrison, but gained both Snyder and Lee. So the character is better off despite having lost its major creator.