Comics Alliance interviews Mark Waid about his restart on the Hulk. In it, I think he nails the problem that I have with the "reboot" of Justice League for the New 52 that I wrote about earlier, when he discusses how he approaches writing a new #1 issue:
He goes into some detail about what he did (and missed) specifically on Hulk, but I think that sentence there sums up my issues with the New 52: I don't think everything you'd need to know as a new reader is there, and a lot of the stuff that you need to know isn't integrated into the story as much as it's a perfunctory drop-in. I stand by my assertion that the major problem of New 52 Justice League is that it assumes you already know a lot about these characters while trying to tell you, "But this is the first time" and I don't think those two things added together leads to anything good.you sit down and you make a checklist for yourself of everything you need to know as a new reader, if you’ve never picked up the book before. Then you find a way to integrate it into a story.
He also has some choice words for the New 52 which reinforces my idea that DC is trying to Marvel-ize their comics more than they really should, but the whole interview is worth reading even if you're not reading Hulk. And I might have to see if my library has those reprints so I can read Mark Waid's Hulk because it sounds fascinating.