With stuff like this or Civil War, Secret Invasion, ect. do you have to read the main series or could you just read the series specific tie-in issues and still understand everything?
It honestly depends from book-to-book and event-to-event.
In Fear Itself
, Avengers Academy
and Journey into Mystery
had good (some might say better than the actual event) stand-alone stories that take place in the midst of the larger event. Other books, such as Avengers
and New Avengers
tended to require knowlege of the main story. That actually applies to any Bendis-written any event tie-in issue of Avengers
So far in AvX, the best stand-alone tie-in series (IMHO, of course) have been Avengers Academy
and X-Men: Legacy
(And I realized as I typed that that they are both written by Christos Gage).
Are there any specific tie-in issues that you have your eye on?