Oh, I understand. Trying to "start at the beginning" was my approach when I first tried to earnestly get into comics. I actually sat at Barnes and Noble and tried to read through the Batman Chronicles in order to "catch up" to current story. I realized, like you are, that wasn't going to work and just jumped in at One Year Later. I've since gone back and read many of the older stories and otherwise used the internet to fill me in on other details. You'll get there and, trust me, you'll have fun doing so.