Putting aside for a moment the fan debate that will rage forever whether DC resetting/restarting post-Crisis continuity was a good thing, DC can advance a pretty strong argument the New 52 did a lot
of positive things.
Direct Market sales are relatively stronger in 2012 than they've been in a few years and most observers credit DC's fall relaunch as a major component.
Flagship titles like Batman, Wonder Women and Aquaman are largely lauded for the current quality. On-time shipping has no doubt improved, and DC has innovated somewhat with new wrinkles like returnability for retailers and being out in front of same-day digital.
But now one year after the New 52 was announced, it sometimes seems like there's second shoe that we're still waiting to drop.
The typical cycle in contemporary comic books is to launch strong, try to stave off inevitable attrition for as long as possible, and goose with yearly events. And it kinds of feels like the New 52 (a name that could become ironically inappropriate soon enough) is already in that stage. Apparently things will get a bump in September with 52 #0 issues, and then Third Army and Trinity War will follow to buoy things some more.
But as we wrote about last summer, you promised to reshape an industry we all love, DC. And while it has very likely been reinvigorated, reshaped is a tougher argument to make.
Don't let last September be the singular tipping point of the foreseeable future. Innovate, change, create, rethink. Take risks. Do the unexpected.
Never stop putting the new into the New 52.