It's not confusing at all if you've been reading the book and not just the spoilers
And if new people happen to show up their supposed to just go back to the back issues?
Doesn't that kind of defeat the purpose of a jumping on point?
Would you start watching an arc-based TV show halfway through the 3rd season, and then bitch that you don't know what's going on without having to go back and watch the previous episodes?
Really hate this attitude about arc-based writing. It's the same piss-poor excuse Sci-Fi gave over their treatment of Farscape, which also led to their idiotic broadcasting of Firefly episodes out of order.
This is the 21st Century. There are detailed reviews and plot dissections available on the internet if you can't be bothered to pick up back issues or wait for the trades. The rest of us shouldn't have to suffer for the sake of the moron who starts watching the film halfway through, and then annoys everyone else in the room by spending the rest of the time asking stupid questions.