It introduced the characters but not the concept behind it all. I knew why a historical figure was running around with a bunch of circus freaks but if you hadn't done the research, you really wouldn't get it.
see that's the thing though, people talk about the difference in accessibility of older comics versus modern comics and this is just as accessible if not more so than the first mid story issues of Spider-Man, Batman, and X-men that I read as a kid.
We demand more in our definition of accessibility now. Recap pages have made us lazy.... it doesn't matter if we know how they got together, it is just as absurd as it was in the first issue and the origin is all based on a lie anyhow, so what does it matter? none at all - we as readers are just lazier than we were as kids.