Ok not sure if this comment goes with the threads guidelines, but I would like to add that if you’re really itching to get into comics START NOW, meaning with current issues. If they’re close to number ones even better. And This is what I did each time I came back.
Now this isn’t for everybody. I know for someone like me I’d feel overwhelmed with so many issues.
I also don’t mean to ruin the thread and the work others put in, cuz they did a great job. Also this reply isn’t meant to say “hey don’t bother with that stuff Just Do It.” You’ll still need those lists when trying to go back and understand more about a character and even if they aren’t canon they can still be great reads for that character.
For reference here’s some useless info of how I did it.
1990-91 superhero comics was more on my radar out with Archie and Richie Rich, etc. I was lucky cuz Robin #1 just came out (Tim Drake). I went from there and back tracked some. At that time it wasn’t as easy. These days you got internet, trade paper backs, digital services etc.
2007- it’s been “iiits been” a while since I read a comic at this point. I stumbled on to a current issue of Infinite crisis #7 on a rack in Barnes and Noble, and seen something happen to one my fav characters. I bought it not caring it was issue 7. read it and was like OMG I need to go back, we need to go back Marty. So much changed since 1998. Like Hal being back and the rest of the green lanterns. Superboy wearing T-shirt and jeans and young justice was now Teen Titans. So I continued reading all of DC comics as they came out, the characters I liked as well as the weekly 52s, big issues leading to Final Crisis and then my favorite Darkest Night, then Brightest day. while also searching for paperbacks and old issues leading into Infinite Crisis, starting with identity Crisis, and then the four mini-series leading to Infinite Crisis, like Omac, Villians United, and crossover issues. Also went back to Green Lantern Reborn cuz that was a HUGE part of DC comics for the next 10 or more years. and more and eventually I even bought the 1985 Crisis. Then using wiki and dc encyclopedia to fill in some gaps.
And then we have NOW and I didn’t know where to start LOL. I dropped off half way through The New 52. But I just decided recently I had to just dive in as it goes and try to read older issues and I will use (and so should you) the list above to help. some spoilers get ruined by doing it this way. I would’ve liked to read the whole 3 crisises of the 2000s and everything leading into it but still a great experience
sorry if this was too long. I’ve could’ve left my comic history out lol. But I’m just trying to say do it your way and encourage them that there’s more ways to do it and you can always find help here. One of the best communities I ever been a part of, and that’s rare for Internet forums