‘I honestly think Marvel needs to take a note from DC and reboot.’
I am going to go and say…. No
You don’t need to reboot anything to get into a comic or character, seriously why are people intimidated by the long history of comic or a character? My first Marvel comic was a JMS Spider-Man comic and I went in knowing nothing about the character’s continuity except what I knew from the Spider-Man cartoons… And guess what? After two issues or so I caught up pretty quickly and knew what was happening and it wasn’t confusing at all. Pretty much all you need to know is covered in the Marvel movies, and if they aren’t you can just hit a Marvel wiki and you’ll be up to date.
DC reboots every once in awhile because that’s their thing.
Also rebooting willkindof confuse you even more IMO because then you’ll have to research what happened before which reboot and which things they kept intact and what they chose to omit. Right now people are still confused as to what has happened in the rebooted universe and what hasn’t.
And yes, thanks to the internet it’s incredibly easy to at least get a rough understanding of a character’s history. A friend wanted to read Avengers comics and she knew nothing and had only seen some movies, I had found a list of avengers comics and linked it to her (I think I found it on your blog, thanks :D) and then she just picked one and started reading it and she enjoyed them. Often times there’s plot summaries in the beginning of a book, or little yellow boxes telling us what we need to know and if you just go with it and don’t worry about every little detail it works.
AGREED. NO REBOOTS. Marvel creates universes.
Hey!! :) I was in your situation around 2000 when the first X-Men movie came out. Looking back, it’s not the best movie ever, but it’s what got me into reading comics. I also loved X-Men the cartoon series growing up, so it launched me into finally reading comics. So, for the past decade or so I’ve been reading DC comics, X-Men, solo character comics, etc.
Here are some suggestions from experience I’ve gathered over the years:
Since The Avengers is a big thing right now, people want to get to know these characters and story lines before the movie comes out. They want to dive into this different world of storytelling, like yourself! :D
So finally, where to start?!
I’ve done this by checking out the Marvel masterwork volumes that you can probably find in your local library, definitely in your comic book store, and most definitely in the Marvel Digital Comics database. If you can afford the Marvel Digital Comics database subscription (which is actually a really good price considering how much money you would spend on actually buying comics), then you’re set!
If you can’t commit to the full year subscription, try out one month which is only $10 (I think) and get a feel for it. I promise you won’t regret it! :)
I feel like I’ve written too much already, haha, but I promise to sit down tonight and write a post on which comics to start off with if you did want to familiarize yourself with The Avengers universe (I’m assuming that’s what you want to read, right? lol! I’m so Avengers crazy myself that I assume everyone is ;P)