Thanks to a few good Marvel films and games, I'm getting back into comics after a 12 year hiatus. After a bit of research, I decided to check out the Ultimate Marvel range since it was only started recently, reliably collected in trades and pretty self contained/interconnected. I've since collected the hardcovers that are available and enjoyed the hell out of them.
Needless to say, there was a flaw in my plan. I'm now hopelessly re-addicted, and after lurking on this board and a few others I'm ready to dive into main Marvel continuity. To me the TBP format is infinitely preferable to individual issues, so using the invaluable tradepaperback list website, I've started plotting out my reintroduction into the mainstream Marvel universe.
This is what I've decided to start with:
Amazing Spiderman (starting with the Best of Spiderman hardcovers)
Sensational Spiderman (starting with Marvel Knights Spiderman)
New Avengers (starting with Avengers Disassembled)
Fantastic Four (starting with the Supersized FF vol 1)
Incredible Hulk (starting with the first two hardcovers)
Grant Morrisons New X-Men (the whole run)
Astonishing X-Men (starting from the start, I gather this carrys on from GM's New X-Men in all but name, but either way I can't go past Joss Whedon!)
Other titles I'm thinking about for once my bank account recovers a bit are:
Uncanny X-Men/X-Men (God the x-books are confusing, not sure how people separate them but I'm referring to the Chuck Austen run onwards)
Uncanny X-Men: The New Age
X-Factor (starting with Madrox)
Spectacular Spiderman (I probably wouldn't worry about more spiderman books, but since this one has ended I'd be happy picking up what there is knowing I'll get the whole thing and it won't keep going).
I'll also be looking into the various big crossovers/events that go from when I've started collecting such as House of M, Civil War and Annihilation (which I'm particularly looking forward to, I loved the cosmic stuff such as Infinity Gauntlet etc when I used to read comics) etc.
So, after all that, I'm really interested to hear what people think. Have I missed off any essential reading? What about the stuff I'm thinking about getting, is it all worth it? Any and all input is welcome!