Just dipping my toe very gradually into the Marvel waters, thanks to Avengers and its companion pieces. With limited funds, I have some tough choices to make.
I see three approaches I could take: start from the beginning with either Masterworks or Essentials. This appeals to me since I am very interested in seeing where a lot of these characters and their stories are rooted.
Essential storylines. Say with Iron Man, that would be collections of Demon in a Bottle and Armor Wars. With Thor, it would be Simonson. With Hulk, Peter David.
Just get caught up with the current stuff. Brubaker on Cap, Avengers Dissembled, Civil War, etc.
I am just looking for opinions on where my money would be better spent and where maximum enjoyment of the story and grasp of the characters would come from.
Hit me, please.