I liked it. (It did the thing that pretty much everybody saw coming, I would expect, that allows the book/Earth 2 to forge its own path).
Again, readers have always gotten screwed over with the perception that we won't try anything new. That's always been a crap argument that creators and companies toss out there when they push out products that fail miserably at launch.
I have no reason to nitpick this book. It's a first issue, will feature new takes on characters. I knew what it was when I bought the digital version. I bought it because I want James Robinson to tell me a good set of stories.
It won't fail because I long for an older Jay Garrick, or the "Jay Garrick I know." The reason I'm reading it is because I know who Jay Garrick is in the first place. So instead of beating readers up about nostalgia all the time, DC should appreciate the fact that those of us who understand the concept of Earth 2 are, indeed, picking this up.
And that's the crux of this stuff: I bought this issue. I'll read the next one. And I'll keep reading as long as Robinson, etc., tell good stories.
It's that simple. It's always been that simple. Readers give these books a chance. If the execution is there, we keep reading. If you fail, don't blame us for "wanting it to be the way it's always been."
If anybody cares, I think the 'Rama overrated it; it's not a 9-level book. The art was pretty good, the story/execution was above average. It was more like a solid 7.5. Nothing earth-shattering, sets up some material for the next issue, and it got the point across about what it needed to accomplish in the issue.
I recommend a read. It's worth that, to see the setup and decide if you want to follow along.
*Sniff, sniff* "Damn it, Diana...If I'd known they would trade us in for a JT Krul-written Captain Atom and "The Savage Hawkman," I'd have let Superboy-Prime destroy all reality.""Superman flies and is really strong...what the fuck else do you need to know?!"
-- Hitler, expressing his displeasure about DC rebooting and complaints about continuity