When I heard that cross-overs were being canned and each title was getting its own continuity, I was elated. I imagined writers being given more scope for their own invention, less confusion as we lept from title to title. Wrong!
Instead, what we have is even more complex interation, with no numbered sequences to tell us what order to follow the plot in. The cross-overs and heavy editorial influence is still there, just not referred to any longer. You still have to buy all four titles to keep up. Me, I find I pick up my months comics, and then get last months comics out of the box and glance through all eight of them, sorting them into an approximate order before I sit down to read for real. I still often find I get halfway through a story and realise I guessed wrong. Verrrryy frustrating!