HA! I remember when "a whole long box" was impressive.
Those were the days.
I think I would've primarily thought of myself as a "Marvel" guy when I started because it was Transformers and GIJoe to begin with. Then Punisher. Then X-Men, X-Factor, Amazing Spidey, etc and it spread from there. I think 'Acts of Vengeance' really opened the floodgates on me just devouring Marvel.
Whereas DC, I primarily stuck to Batman for the longest time, and got into New Titans because of a Batman crossover. And then Hawk&Dove, but that got cancelled (aka fucked) around Armageddon2001. But the rest of the DC stuff I didn't get into until the Death of Superman. And I generally wasn't that interested in much of what DC was offering. As much as I had that "completist" bug in me, I stopped getting a LOT of DC stuff just because it was frankly, fucking boring. Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, JLA, Superman, etc etc. So I know where you're coming from.
But also I never really got the whole DC/Marvel artificial rivalry because I realized very early on that most of the writers and artists were bouncing back and forth between the two. Why would John Byrne at DC suck, if Byrne at Marvel was kewl? Plus, in hindsight, I can tell that Stan Lee was doing the whole thing very tongue-in-cheek. Whereas today, guys like Quesada and Geoff Johns are just real dicks about the whole thing. Its like, immature much?
But anyway, back to the topic. I see Grifter is one of the new titles, so I guess the Wildstorm got swallowed by the DCU. It would've been interesting if they decided that the Wildstorm stuff was all "history" that had happened at a specific point in time, like the 80s and 90s. So in the greater DCU timeline, the JSA stuff happened back in WWII, then have like the Charlton Heroes from the 60s and 70s, the Wildstorm in the 80s and 90s, and then the current DCU start around the new millennium (or I guess, now like last week according to the new timeline.)