Anyways, I did manage to read two comic stories this week, both of which are now relatively recent in the scheme of things. Both of them are from the House of Ideas, and they hit two pillars of the Marvel Universe: Spider-Man and the X-Men. When they were released, they were also marketed as events, but kept a fairly tight focus on the stories at hand (well, maybe not as much in the case of the Spidey one).
I'm talking about Amazing Spider-Man: Spider-Island and X-Men: Schism.
Spider-Island was a huge story in the fact that it involved Spidey's entire cast of characters, including the Avengers and Fantastic Four, all the supporting characters like Carlie Cooper and Mary Jane, plus Peter's crew at Horizon Labs. It also happened to involve the entirety of Manhattan, because they all get spider-powers. I won't delve too deeply into the story how's and why's other than to say that the device of giving EVERYONE on Manhattan spider-powers was a lot of fun in that you get to see some very unlikely people get powers (I'm sure you can guess one right off the bat - yes, he yells at Peter a lot and wears a handlebar mustache - that was easy).
Oh well (that may actually be the harshest thing I've said about Jason Aaron yet… see, I'm objective!)
Even with some minor complaints, Schism is worth a read. Spider-Island is as well, especially if you like fun, classic-feeling Spidey tales.