- Angst? What Angst?: Dawn has got an absurd level of this going on in the story. Having next to no problems with failing to save her sister or being stuck with the guy who killed her. Hell She's not even all that interested in finding out what her connection to the white light is. She's more concerned with Boston's problems or being his sudden out of nowhere love interest.
- Crack Pairing: While it started in Blackest Night, there have been comments concerning Atrocitus and his... "attraction" to Mera. Carol Ferris even detects a spark of love in Atrocitus' heart that wasn't there before. It is absolutely helped by the fact that Atrocitus' very first ring construct is Red Lantern!Mera.
Hal Jordan: So, you still have a sweet spot for the Queen of the Seas?Atrocitus: I have nothing to explain to you, Jordan!
- Ensemble Darkhorse: Dex-Starr and the new Rocket Red. Larfleeze continues to steal the show as well.
- Deathstorm, full stop! So much that he's now featured in the DCnU as one of the members of the Crime Syndicate.
- Foe Yay: Maxwell Lord and Booster Gold.
- Fridge Brilliance: Professor Zoom becomes the first of the resurrected to achieve his objective and keep his life. In fact, he completes his mission before it's even assigned. Which makes perfect sense when you consider he's the fastest of them all and is the chief rival to the Fastest Man Alive. He's a time-traveler whose backstory as given in The Flash plays out retroactively.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: Batman: The Brave and the Bold introduced a version of Firestorm that combined Jason Rusch and Ronnie Raymond before it happened in the mainline comics. Doesn't count as Canon Immigrant due to the use of re-imagined versions of Rusch and Raymond (a brainy high-schooler and his ex-jock teacher as the body and mind of Firestorm respectively).
- Doubles with Blackest Night on this one, but there have been critics who have pointed out that Johns relies heavily on Alan Moore and his work on Green Lantern mythos. With the release of Brightest Day #23, this may appear more true: The Dark Avatar is Swamp Thing after the Green was corrupted by Nekron's attack. HOWEVER, one must take a step backward to see that this isn't completely true. While Johns owes Moore a bit (hey, did anyone just want to leave the fertile ground of story potential alone forever, just because Moore wrote it?), it's actually Len Wein that Johns has been honoring the most: Len Wein wrote just as much, if not more work for Green Lantern, created Nekron, AND created Swamp Thing.
- Magnificent Bastard: Maxwell Lord. BIG TIME.
Fire: Slick. For a psychotic, he's got moves.
- Replacement Scrappy: Deathstroke's Titans were poorly received due to their brutal execution of Ryan Choi, done in a way that made it painfully clear the readers were supposed to consider them badass villains. Their very first issue received negative criticism from most comic sites, and even Gail Simone, as gracious as she's known to be, said she hated the issue where Ryan died. Negative criticism of the series didn't stop there, especially when the Marvel Family and Arsenal got dragged into it, worse for the wear.
- Rooting for the Empire: In Fandom; for Max Lord, who's mission is ostensibly to stop Magog from starting a war.
- Strangled by the Red String: Boston and Dawn's romance comes off more as pandering Male wish fulfillment then a meaningful relationship. Really just there to give Boston a ideal supportive female who he can selflessly sacrifice himself for at the end. Dawn shows no real romantic interest in Boston. She is friendly sure but nothing would imply she's attracted to him. Its no wonder that it quickly dies not soon after, despite being one of the few things to carry over into the New 52 reboot.
- The Woobie: Dex-Starr and the JLI, most notably Ice, who's dreams of retirement and a relationship with Guy Gardner were savagely dashed.
- Hawkman and Deadman as well considering how the life entity screwed them over.
- Unfortunate Implications: This series has drawn some raised eyebrows for its frequent Legacy Implosions of minority and legacy characters like Ronnie Raymond replacing Jason Rusch as the lead Firestorm and Ryan Choi being killed off so Ray Palmer could retake the role of the Atom. (On the plus side, Rusch is still half of Firestorm and Blue Beetle Jaime Reyes is featured in Generation Lost.) This is a great article about the matter.
- Unintentionally Unsympathetic: The Life Entity. Even if its actions were meant to serve the greater good, the things it did afterwards (not reviving Hawkgirl and leaving Deadman once more trapped in a state of limbo between life and death) were nothing short of dick moves.