Sorry if I'm derailing the thread by any means, but I'm relatively (and unrelatively) new to the comic books world, and have been wanting to get involved for a little bit, but I've never really known where to start.
I've heard good things about Batman Inc. but upon further inspection I found that it hinges plot-wise off of four other Batman series (Batman RIP, Final Crisis, Batman and Robin, and The Return of Bruce Wayne). But even if I did start off on the first volume/issue of Batman RIP, I still might be missing out due to that being issue #676 of Batman and it containing unexplained references to previous issues.
So I'm a bit lost as to where to start out. Would it be at all sensible for me to just start off with the first volume/issue of Batman RIP and hope I understand most of what's going on? I'm not extremely knowledgeable about the Batman series, but I believe I do know more than the average person does.
Something else that came to mind is the revamp New 52, but I'm not exactly sure what DC's plans on that are. Do the revamped comics featured in New 52 follow the same original plotline that their predecessors did (obviously not identical, but close)? Or are they just operating upon the same ideas? Would the New 52 contain unexplained references to past issues?
And, also, for Batman Inc., it's stated that Morrison had finished volume 1 when they New 52 initiated, thus revamping with a new volume 1. If I do read Batman Inc., should I even bother with the original volume? It seems rather pointless if that storyline is dropped only to be replaced with a new volume 1 that will be a precursor for volume 2.
I'd be very grateful for pointers/suggestions as to where to start. (They don't have to be Batman related, of course, any thing revolving comics will do.) TIA.