I think the problem Cat is having is similar to my own. When I start reading a series, it's not because of a gimmick or an event. It's because I have tried the series out and found it good, or perhaps, because I generally like the character.
Great example: New 52 Supergirl. I have a long history with Supergirl, going back to her guest appearances in the early 1980s LSH. Supergirl, at least the original, is my favorite comic-book character of all time, period. So of course I am going to want to read her book. I also like her cousin, though not as much, and when I came back I sampled Action, but Morrison's writing makes me want to kill kittens, and Superman, but it was all over the place in terms of writing until Lobdell came on, and his writing makes me want to kill kittens AND puppies. So I dropped those.
But then right smack in the middle of the Supergirl series I get the "H'el on Earth" crossover. Now my problem with this crossover is that (1) it sucked by any objective measure, and (2) I could not "just ignore it" without ignoring Supergirl's series completely. And after the 4-issue crossover it wasn't over, because guess what, here we are on issue 23 (last month) and the fallout from that crossover (Supergirl's Kryptonite poisoning, etc) is still going on. How exactly am I supposed to ignore this? The only way is to stop reading Supergirl's comic altogether. That's not really a very attractive option when she's still my favorite character ever (well... the original is... not this new one so much).
This is the problem with Crossovers. Here are the options you have with a story that hop-scotches from title to title:
1. Buy just your series, and accept being completely lost and confused for as many as 6 months because you're not reading all the other parts.
2. Buy all the other parts, even though you don't read those other books, thus wasting lots of money ad reading material by creative teams you may not even like, about characters you don't care for enough to collect.
3. Don't buy your series at all, thus missing as many as 6 installments of your favorite series so you don't have to deal with the crossover at all.
I don't consider any of these to be attractive alternatives. Who wants to read only 1/3rd of a story? Who wants to have huge gaps in his or her collection? And who wants to spend money on a bunch of extra stuff for months at a time just because the comics companies are trying to force it on us?
This is why the Big Two tick me off. I heard great things about Captain Marvel for instance, and I toyed with getting it, but before I could even consider really pulling the trigger I saw that it is already doing the event crossover thing. So now I'm going to have to get Infinity and inform myself on the "event" just to follow the Captain Marvel stuff? Instead, I 'just said no.'
Supergirl was good prior to the steaming pile that was the H'El crossover. Only good thing that came out was her meet up with Power Girl and PG getting her neo-classic costume.
Heh, I was/am an SG fan since her Adventure Comics run.
Part of my problem with the crossover events is most likely also my age and having read comics for decades that had barely any major ones until the original crisis hit. Add to that my 80s independent love and manga enjoyment... I prefer the cleaner more focused story telling.