So, let me start by apologizing for the wall of text, and with a slightly off-topic introduction, being that this is my first post and all; I'm sorry if I'm breaking any rules. I'm a newly minted Marvel comics fan. My only experience with Marvel before last month has been reading Heinberg/Cheung's Young Avengers and its sequel Avengers: The Children's Crusade, along with most of the Young Avengers tie-ins between these two (for example, the crossover with the Runaways and Young Avengers Presents.) Seriously, I can't get enough of the Young Avengers; if it weren't for them I'd never have continued reading Marvel. About a month ago I found out all about Marvel NOW! (I know, I'm late to the party) and hunted down all the past Young Avengers NOW! issues. They are BRILLIANT. More importantly, they, along with The Avengers movie last year and Iron Man 3, have inspired me to delve deeper into the Marvel universe, specifically with Marvel NOW!
I have so far bought the hardcover collected volume 1s of Avengers (Hickman) and All-New X-Men (Bendis.) As someone who is relatively new to the labyrinth that is Marvel continuity, I have thoroughly enjoyed these two volumes with only minimal Wikipedia-ing of backstories, and I've already pre-ordered the next couple hardcover volumes for both these series and for Uncanny X-men and New Avengers, as well as volume 1s for both Indestructible Hulk and Thor: God of Thunder.
I now need you fine people's recommendations for my next few comics. My only stipulation is that I prefer waiting for trades, hardcover if possible, with the only exception so far being Young Avengers.
Iron Man: I am a big Iron Man fan, though based solely on the movies, lol. I ordered Vol 1 of Iron Man (Marvel NOW!) by Kieron Gillen and Greg Land, based on two assumptions: 1. I LOVE Gillen in Young Avengers, and 2. I'm figuring since it's a first issue it should be easy for me as a newbie to jump in. But now, after reading reviews all over the web, it appears that most people seem to think Iron Man NOW! is "meh" at best. Most of the hostility seems to be directed at Land's artwork (apparently he's a chronic tracer?) On the plus side, I've heard that Greg Land has left this series after the first arc. So my questions to you guys: should I cancel my order of Iron Man NOW! Vol 1 and wait for Vol 2, or ignore NOW! altogether in favor of another past collected series? And if I should ignore NOW!, which series should I start with? Extremis? Invincible Iron Man by Fraction/Larroca? Lemme know!
Uncanny Avengers: Is this series worth it? I've been reading individual issue reviews for it, but since some issues read better back-to-back in trade format than as monthly issues, I'd like your opinions on the series as a whole. Is it redundant to read this alongside Avengers and New Avengers?
Avengers Arena and Nova: I'm a sucker for Hunger Games-style bloodbath stories, so Arena appeals to me; but is it "cheap" and "shallow" (read: cash grab) or legitimate, quality entertainment? Also, I'd like to pick up Nova purely because: 1. the hero looks awesome and 2. I know nothing about his past so I'm not going in expecting to be disappointed. But is it too Peter Parker-esque?
"Events": I read a couple pages of the new "Age of Ultron" event at my local comic book store, and personally, I loved the post-apocalyptic feel. But I'm seriously confused about when this is supposed to be happening (616? Alternate timeline?) and I'm afraid it'll get too convoluted to keep track of this while just getting into NOW! Should I just man up and get AoU regardless? Or is my time and money better spent on past events like AvX?
Thank you so much for reading and providing your thoughts. I apologize again for the long post. Looking forward to being a part of this community :D