Let me start by saying I always loved comics when I was a kid and stopped reading because my primary series (x men) had become too convoluted and confusing, but I have always wanted too start back up again because I never lost my love for these things. Anyway I picked up an invincible iron man omnibus to get a fresh start in a newer series. I started reading and I loved it, then I got tup the part where thor shows up...okay its cause they were both in the avengers ill accept the small crossover. Then mr fantastic...okay ours not a big thing I'll excuse yet another marvel character showing up. Then spider man shows up...this is the point where I start to boil over, since it is not only another crossover but they start referencing civil war. I haven't read civil war but thankfully I know the general story out the book, but if I was a random person just stepping in with absolutely no background knowledge I would be confused and annoyed.finally the straw that broke the camels back is when I finished 5 nightmares and it skips over and says previously: here what happened.picking this book up I was under the impression that everything I needed to know was in the book. But apparently secret invasion happened in between the arcs. So I groaned ams went to sere how much that was on amazon and I tread somebodys review and they say this book isn't the back story though so if you want that go read this this this this and that and you should be good. Well forget that cause not only will u have ro spend 100 bucks for that I'm gonna need the back story to those back srories and so on. Is there anything in this universe that is standalone? I just want to suit down and enjoy a comic without fear that I'm missing something or feeling stupid that I didn't know something.