So, as I was sitting watching Iron Man on TV last night, I turned to my wife and said: "I wonder, if its possible to just walk into a comic store, pick up an Iron Man, or Spider-Man comic and actually know what the hell is going on with the story". We ended up comparing it to TV Soap Operas and how unless you have watched them on and off for awhile, you likely wouldn't have a clue what was going on.
I think in my entire life, I might have read 2-3 comics, and I sure never bought any of them, just whatever might have been laying around a friends house when I was a kid. I know the general idea's behind most of the more common characters from TV cartoons and movies, but again, have never read any of their comics. This lead to me wanting to maybe pick up a few and give a go at reading or getting into one or two of the more main stream characters.
So, can anyone enlighten a rather clueless person on any good starting points for comics?
As a related side question, my 6 year old son is a really good reader and loves to read anything. Are there any particular line of comics that might be good for him to start reading as well?