Red Lanterns #2 & getting in to X-men?

Hey all-

Did anybody pick up Red Lanterns this month. I didn't, but I've been hearing some positive buzz. Anybody able to confirm?

On an unrelated note, I would like to get in to some Marvel. I mean, I'm not one of those nutters who refuses to read anything unless he knows all the history dating back the last 40 years, but I'm TOTALLY lost. I have no idea what I should be reading right now, and I've got no idea which of the 45000(ish) crossovers from the last 20 years is good/relevant.

Could one of you Marvel-savvy people help me out please? :)

P.S. For those of you that read my blog post about which of the new 52 books I settled on, I'll give you a quick update: I decided to get all of them. Yes it hurt my wallet (a lot), but I decided that I should just take an initial leap of faith, and narrow down my selection later. Plus I got to try out a bunch of new stuff that I wouldn't have otherwise tried.

This past month has been pretty crazy, but after this week, my schedule opens up. I will be posting reviews of ALL 52 number 1's. Yep, all of them! And a whole lot more :)

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Posted by slick23

Ignore the crossovers for now..and focus on the book imo.

Posted by DoomDoomDoom

I wasn't as impressed with Red Lanterns #2 as I was with #1 but it was still a good issue IMO.

Posted by sethysquare

I really enjoyed red lanterns #2. Its a really enjoyable book.

Posted by HotSauceCommittee

For X-Men
You can start reading X-Factor right now from 224.1, really good series
Essentials for catching up are 
House of M
Messiah Complex
Messiah War
Second Coming
From there just take your pick of the Regenesis titles, I'd recommend going back to issue 1 of Uncanny X-Force though, really really good.
I'd also read up on Deadly Genesis, Rise and Fall of the Shi'ar Empire, and Utopia just to fill in a few blanks.

Posted by Renchamp

I second the Uncanny X-Force plug. The book deals with a more advanced type of stories (you'll no doubt wonder who Apocalypse is, as well as Deathlok, and where the AoA is) but this should simply encourage you to dig deeper into the sweet backstories involved.