Let’s go to the stored pull list and see what I bought a decade ago. My comic shop has my lists going all the way back to 2005.
BATGIRL: I was absolutely thrilled to see Barbara back as Batgirl where she belongs. Even better, Steph and Cass were gone. Unfortunately, Gail Simone’s heart never seemed to be into writing this series. In the last decade, I wouldn’t rate any of Barbara’s books as good. But I never did drop the title.
BATMAN: I’m not as big a fan of the Snyder/ Capullo team as most. It was good until the “Bat Chappie” Gordon era started.
BATMAN & ROBIN: Good
BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT: meh, didn’t last past issue #7
BATWING: An inspired creation where a child soldier grows up to become Batman. When David left, so did I.
BATWOMAN: I prefer her pre New52 appearances. Not even the JH Willaims III art could keep me around after a year and he left shortly after that.
BIRDS OF PREY: Never should have picked up the first issue. Dropped after the first arc.
CATWOMAN: also dropped after the first arc
DETECTIVE COMICS: First of all, EWWWWWWWW. There was some great Jason Fabok art in there. Just good enough to stay on the pull list.
NIGHTWING: Average, but GRAYSON down the line was great.
GREEN LANTERN CORPS
GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS
The downward slide had already started, but the first year or so was still very good.
AQUAMAN: The best creative team of the New52 and the best Aquaman series in his eighty year history.
CAPTAIN ATOM: dropped after the first arc
FLASH: My least favorite completed Flash run since 1991 and it was still consistently good.
JUSITCE LEAGUE: The first arc wasn’t all that good, but it’s still one of the ten best JLA runs of all time. The SHAZAM! backup was great as well. Geoff Johns was basically carrying DC on his back at this point.
JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL: I read it until its end, but it wasn’t good. The later JUSTICE LEAGUE 3001 didn’t last very long on my pull list either.
MISTER TERRIFIC: Terrible, especially on the art side. I was going to drop it when it announced its last issue, so I got the whole series.
SAVAGE HAWKMAN: Also bad, but I got out well before Liefeld arrived.
WONDER WOMAN: Just good enough to stay on the pull list, but I never did really enjoy the series.
Grant’s stuff was great, Geoff’s stuff was great, Pak and Kuder were a surprise package, Yang made lemonade out of the lemons he was given. I’ve instructed the secretary to disavow the rest of it. For decades I had to hear that to make Superman popular again DC had to cut his powers, get rid of the red underwear, have him take on social justice issues and maybe lose the outdated secret identity. DC tried all that and it still failed miserably.
SUPERBOY: I like the back half a bit more than the first half.
SUPERGIRL: It had potential, but it never got above satisfactory.
BLACKHAWKS: dropped after issue #3
MEN OF WAR: dropped after issue #3: the solicitations sounded good to me, just didn’t like he results
STORMWATCH: bought it for J’onn J’onzz, dropped after the first arc
BLUE BETTLE: not as good as the first series, but I still read it to the end
LEGION OF SUPERHEROES: Not really an era I’ll reread much
LEGION LOST: didn’t like any of the characters, except Gates, so I never read it
STATIC SHOCK: Was on the pull list the entire eight issues, but it wasn’t very good.
TEEN TITANS: I liked Bunker and uh… I think that’s it.
EARTH 2: The WORLDS’ FINEST series was OK and it was great to see Helena Wayne again. The Earth 2 series though, very good. Got a bit out of control at the end, but still worth having a look.