One of my major issues with the relaunch is the fact they are doing it all in a single month. Fifty two brand new number 1 issues hitting shops in the same month.
It is unlikely a given reader would want to sample all 52 (just because there are going to be some characters/titles they just have zero interest in, regardless of the fact that it may be a significant change to what came before), but if someone actually did want to do that, you're talking a out over $150 out of their pocket (before they buy titles from other publishers they might like). That just isn't reasonable.
I think DC would have been better served spreading the launch across three months. That would give readers the opportunity to only need to check out 17 or 18 new titles in a new month which is much more reasonable for their pocketbook. And since you don't expect they would like all 17 or 18, they would only pick up a handful of those same titles next month, which means they can still sample the new 17 or 18 coming out in month 2.
I expect this would make it easier on retailers as well.
By dumping all 52 titles in the same month, DC is setting up a lot of those titles for failure because far fewer people are going to be sampling titles outside of the normal group they already buy. And if people a not able to take the chance to sample different titles, what is the point?
This is just really poor planning on DC's part. I can only think that their expectation is that outside readers will be sample these titles via the digital route, but if that really is their expectation, they are really fooling themselves. That isn't going to happen at the $2.99 price point.