@patrickborkland: Its still worth a read. I've reread it a few times and its always just as good. I'm probably in the minority here but as far as new 52 GL goes the Simon Baz stuff was my favorite. Thought it was the best story since Blackest Night.
@queso6p4: I read through all Krul's pre new 52 stuff for Ollie. I was excited when he came on to the book, but those Brightest Day issues went nowhere. I never picked up his post new 52 stuff. It looked even worse.
Hmm...can't really say. Only been to a few in and around my area. Thought about checking out some local shops when I was in Chicago earlier this year. But I was already at C2E2 and it didn't seem that important at the time. We have one shop here locally called Comic Quest that is pretty impressive. It's 3 times the size of most other shops and has a huge gaming room in the back.