Thank you in return for reacting gently rather than jumping down my throat in return. I don't mean to get too personal, but I do have a bit of a ranting side. More often than not it's meant as humorous, channeling the style of Denis Leary and Sam Kinnison to make a point in an over the top fashion, or George Carlin to make a point with dry, piercing wit. I am not these great masters, however, and betimes I fail to utilize the style correctly. Especially when I type from emotion.
Anyhow, to the meat of your post.
Can it really be argued anymore that the comicsverse is so convoluted and scattershot as to be completely broken? Think about it this way: I've been into Batman literally for as long as I can remember. I grew up watching the 60's show in reruns, and the cartoons on TV back when Casey Casem was still voicing Robin and Hannah Barbera still had the license. I was in line for Burton's Batman on opening day. And I absolutely fell in love with the Animated Series.
I should be a perfect mark for DC, and yet even I can't get into the comicsverse. How the hell can they expect anyone else to come aboard if even someone like me won't?
Like almost everything at DC these days, it only makes sense if you've read it that way for years. If you're in the club already, hey great!... if not, well sorry. If you're coming over from outside comics, or from Marvel, or even if you just haven't read any books in a few years, forget it. You're out in the cold. Everything is keyed to the hardcore fan and to hell with everyone else.
It wasn't always like that. DC had that problem in spades once, with a confusing universe that catered only to the core base and labored on with an unwieldy mass of legacy ideas and stories that were often decades out of date. They recognized it, and fixed it. Post Crisis, they streamlined their universe, pruned away the clutter that had built up over the decades, and modernized their characters and settings. They took what made the characters tick at their core and updated them for a modern audience. At that point I started reading not just Batman, but Superman as well. And it rocked. They took all of Marvel's best innovations and went one better on them. They -owned- the decade, firing on all cylinders while their rivals were devolving into the "Xtreeem!" era.
Then the Silver Agents started bleating. They wanted Krypto back, they wanted Kara El back, they wanted all the Robins back, they wanted Superman to be upber-powerful again, they wanted the multiverse back, they wanted "fun!" (read silly and random) stories back, etc etc etc ad infinitum ad nauseum.
Well, they got their way. Their comics are just like they remember them, and no one else wants to touch them.