I started getting into comic books (mainly just Batman) this summer. I've ended up buying a bunch and while I can read a lot of them and enjoy them there are often things I don't get. I've been hearing a lot about Infinite Crisis and how it had adverse effects on the DC universe.
What is the point of IC? What does it do to Batman? Would you say it is necessary to read IC to understand some of the more recent Batman comic books? When exactly does IC take place in terms of the comic book issues for Batman? Was it before Hush? or War Games?
I'm planning on getting it, but I'll probably be so lost on so many things so I'm hoping for some understanding before reading.
By the way, do the following titles have any connections to each other? If so, how? Is Batman greatly affected in these issues? I'm talking about the following:
Crisis on Infinite Earth
One Year Later
Are any of these prequels or sequels to Infinite Crisis? I might look into those to just to get em. The reason I mention them is because I've heard of them before in relation to Infinite Crisis but I wouldn't know much more than that.
Anything that can help.