I am posting a similar thread on the Marvel forum. There does not seem to be a neutral board to discuss both on.
I have little exposure to American comics. I grew up reading Brittish comics (eg Buster, Beano, etc), then got into manga in my teens (which I continue to read in my adult life). I have just discovered Comixology and, with great prices and the convenience of digital distribution, I am looking to try out the American offerings.
The only exposure I have is from TV/Cinema. I saw Christopher Reeve as Superman (though that was a long time ago, so my memories are sketchy). I have seen all Batman movies other than the most recent, and Adam West of cause ;) I saw the X-Men cartoon and most of the movies. Also saw the first Spiderman movie, but did not like it. I have heard of the others, but never seen them. I have looked at some of the free comics on Comixology, and believe I have some faint grasp on my interests. There seemed to be two kinds of comics I came across. Some were heavy on action with great art and little text; others let art slide to more text and focused more on narrative and character exploration than action. I found the former really confusing and dull, but liked the look of the latter. Hopefully that is something useful here :)
The Batman forum here has a great thread on where to start with him, and having enjoyed the movies that seems a good starting point. I would like a little more information on other DC comics, however. My impression is that the New 52 is the `core' reading of current DC publication, and seems to be also intended as a starting point for new readers. Am I correct in this impression and that it should be where I start looking (then explore other areas once I have a better grasp of the universe)? Are the different comics here aimed at different demographics that are easily explained? If, for example, Wonder Woman were aimed at 12 year old girls (I doubt it, but for example) then I would not be interested in it. Are there any particular titles I should take particular note of, or particularly avoid?
Thanks for any advice!