Loving comics and continuity seem to go hand in hand. Continuity in a character creates the history and ethos of a work of fiction that makes a reader feel invested. Especially a longtime reader who now also has nostalgia. But honestly there really isn't a rational equation in this nor should there be when you feel passionate about something you have enjoyed and loved. For me personaly, although I owned my first comic around age 8 and picked up a comic now and then off a spinner rack at 7/11, I was 11 going on 12 when Wolfman/Perez NTT came out and this was the book that made me a fan. The first book I ever bought on subscription. As an artsy/geeky preteen I loved these over the top dramatic teenagers. The new characters were created to expand the story telling. Raven would add a mystical and occult angle; Starfire opened the sci-fi cosmic corner of DC; and Victor was the product of technological advancement while struggling to remember his heart and human side. The relationships and friendships were so well fleshed out: Victor and Garfield; Dick and Donna; DIck and Kory; Donna and Kory; Wally and Raven, etc. The characters went through some amazing arcs: Raven from issue one all the way to the first arc of the Baxter series; Robin becomes Nightwing after how many years of publication as Batman's sidekick; Wally grows out of being Kid Flash, etc. They were allowed to grow up to the point that they had their own legacy characters follow them in the form of young justice and ultimately a new teen titans. The stories were mature, intelligently plotted and sophisticated wihout needing to slap a MAX label or mature reader's advisory on the cover. The villains like Trigon, Brother Blood, Deathstroke, and others were epic. I loved the run and I miss this corner of the DC universe. Without making comment on the merits or faults of post new 52, I can only say I feel estranged from a whole universe of characters I followed for 30 years and now I don't feel much affinity for new 52. The Young Justice cartoon is/was the only DC product I am really enjoying these days.