Almost a decade ago I was a serious Marvel Comics nut, collecting pretty much every monthly at my local comic book shop. As I got older real life got in the way of my hobby and I gave it up, sold off the thousands of books I had and I thought that was the end of it. But recently I've had a jonesing to get back into it, to a lesser extent (I hope). Back in the day crossovers were king, special issues were coming out on a seemingly monthly basis, and I know how hard it is to just jump in and understand the continunity.
So my question is this, after browsing the Marvel website for subscription information (comic book stores are out of the question, can't find one to save my life) I've decided to just focus on the various
X-Men, and related titles. Is it possible to maintain this hobby through subscriptions, I've never subscribed to a monthly before, seems like a good idea, but I'm not sure. These are the titles I'm looking at UNCANNY X-MEN, X-MEN, ASTONISHING X-MEN, NEW X-MEN, X-FACTOR, and WOLVERINE. Is the quality of these titles right now up to snuff, will my brain explode trying to comprehend them after being away for so long, any current monthlies in the X-Men line I'm missing? I'd have no problem picking up a couple trades to fill me in on major storylines if, I knew what to look for, and where to look for them.
Any responses would be greatly appreciated, I'd rather not throw $100+ away on subscriptions if it's really not worth it.