I’m a huge fan of the comics genre – love all the Marvel movies and Netflix shows, some of the TV shows, all of the old cartoons, even most of the DC movies. I read a lot of trivia/history of Marvel/DC stuff so feel like I have a solid base of knowledge. That said, I’ve never really gotten into reading actual comic books.
Do you have an opinion on the Marvel Unlimited online subscription library? Is it a good place to go for someone in my position?
I've always found it way overwhelming the times that I've subscribed to it. There's a lot of stuff there and it's not very well organized as far as directing the reader to stuff if they don't know EXACTLY what they're looking for. Plus chunks are randomly missing, like for example I wanted to read the X-Force and X-Statix runs and it ended up that the first few issues of the X-Statix weren't added. I'd really be interested in seeing what DC Universe has to offer in comparison, but it's not yet available here in Canada.
Usually my recommendation would be to check bookstores, because everyone has a section for graphic novels now, and pick up a collection from a character you like and give it a try. Stuff these days is very geared towards 4 or 5 issue story arcs that can be put into trade paperback form a month later so it shouldn't be hard to pick up. Hey, even my local library has up to date stuff, so it won't even cost anything if you don't want to pay!