the title gives you an idea of what my problem is. Mainly, I want to get into comics because of the new Man of Steel Movie and thus learn as much as possible about Superman. Now here's where the problems start. I spend countless hours understanding how comic books work and what the chronological order is. Mostly I looked into Superman, since that's where I want to start. Now my main problem is, that I am a completionist and want to know the origins of everything, that happens in the Universe. That's why I dont want to start with the New 52 since I dont even know about the real origin stories of all the different heros ans villians in the DC (and Marvel) Universe.
So I decided to start at the very beginning and began to read the Superman Archives, starting from Issue #1. I made it to Issue #6 so far and I'm starting to doubt this approach. Looking at the first Superman volume, there is a lot to come before I get into the stuff I'm really interested in (as to say the modern age). But would I decide to start with more recent volumes, I would miss so much of the lore, would I? I don't want to be clueless about the origins of villians or sidekicks because I simply didn't read their Golden and Silver Age origins. I hope you understand what I mean and what the issue is.
So I read a lot of "Where to begin with Superman" articles and forum threads and they usually tell you to read Birthright, Man of Steel or All-Star Superman - but here's the same problem: I am still afraid, that some ground knowlege of the universe and all the different characters is requiered to understand these stories. Imagine my position as someone who never read a comic and starts with the Justice League, only knowing Superman out of movies. I would be absolutely overwhelmed by everything that's going on in these comics.
Also, there are so many things that apparently happend in these universes, like the Absolute Crisis on infinite Earths Story Arc and Major Events like that - I don't even know what that means! And it totally screws up my plan to just start at Superman Volume 2 or something, because it resets the storyline overlapping multiple volumes and characters - how the hell is one expected to keep up with that?
I wonder if anyone can help me with my worries. Maybe I'm just thinking to much and should just start with one of the mentioned Stories. Im thinking All-Star Superman or Man of Steel right now. But I want to be sure, before I buy one of these...
Thanks for reading and hopefully I made myself understandable, since this isn't my first language ;)