Succinct and eloquent, you've hit the nail on the head with just one post. I love the New 52 Billy Batson. He feels authentic, funny and remains endearing while still being all too human with his own faults & foibles. The character is so much more refreshing now that he is, like Pinocchio, a real boy. The re-emphasis on magic and how unique it is in the DCU post-Flashpoint is absolutely brilliant. Johns has redefined the very role and purpose of magic and its existence in mainstream DC Comics. Magic is something special again; it's no longer just an alternative to science. It matters, it stands out and those entrusted to wield magic seem a bit more important and powerful in this new depiction.
The Geoff Johns formula for reinventing classic DC characters that have languished for decades on the B, C or even D list is unparalleled in its inventiveness and its simple accessibility. Geoff distills DC characters down to their most basic core essence and then redefines their roles in the DCU into something truly special.
I envy and admire his undeniable talents and gifts as a writer. He deserves a world of credit for breathing new life into so many beloved DC characters--from The Flash to Hawkman to Green Lantern to Aquaman, the man is a genius.