Last edited by charlesthehammer; 08-08-2011 at 10:00 PM.
You don't need to know the details about a character to follow and enjoy the books. The writers don't write the comics that way. You can always go back and read the previous stories if you end up taking a real liking to the character and his world.
Just jump on at the beginning of a story arc and you'll be just fine.
So if I started reading at 648, what really important events would I be missing? Some deaths for example, resurrections or something like that?
I remeber there was some sort of relation between Felicia's Black Cat character and the Captain Amaerica if I'm not mistaken, some sort of supersoldier relation, would I be missing some of that too?
If you start reading from 648, you'll have missed a lot of first appearances, some weddings and some deaths and resurrections.
But you'll still learn everything you need to know to enjoy those issues.
Later, if you're interested, you can explore more of the backstories of the characters, to find out how they got to where they are in 648.
It's like watching a long-running TV show. Those are usually designed so that you don't have to start at the very beginning.
But if you want to read a Spider-Man series from the beginning I would recommend trying out Ultimate Spider-Man, because it has only 160 issue and it is a more modern and stronger take on the main Spider-Man series.
I collected 7 of the essential amazing spidermans, and a lot of Brand New Day. I like Amazing Spider-Man, and I plan to try to read the whole series. Is there any reason to read all of the other core titles such as Web of, Spectacular, and Friendly Neighborhood? I heard Venom was introduced in Web of, which makes me think that I won't see certain villains in Amazing.
Big question here: How much do the other core titles have to do with Amazing? Are they just alternate universes, or what?
start this Wednesday with the new issue that comes out.
as to reading the other books. that depends on how far back you wish to go. During the 90s spidey had 4 monthly books and 1 every 3 months for a total of 5. all of them crossed over from time to time. Maximum Carnage or Clone Saga are good examples of what i mean. Reading just ASM will get you lost during those times.
Ultimate Spider-man is the only monthly thats in an alternate universe.Big question here: How much do the other core titles have to do with Amazing? Are they just alternate universes, or what?
Depending on when you mean, the other monthlies could be quite essential or completely skipable.
"The Other" and "One More Day" are the last stories to go across all the monthly books. "Back in Black" and "Civil War" are pretty self contained stories.
Mmm what happens after the last issue of Ultimate spiderman? is there a continuity or something?
Damn it, am I reading something that is not the main timeline of spiderman?