At 40-something, people aren’t borrowing my comics as much. Back in the day, I’d lend out crossover comics which rely on tons of continuity. Honestly.
The reader would either not be interested at all, or they’d want to know alot more about one or two characters. Usually, I’d get bombarded by a ton of questions about backstory.
If they were interested in a particular character, I’d lend out one of the great storylines. Return of the Dark Knight, Hawkworld, Panic in the Sky, War of the Gods, something along these lines.
And again, the reader wouldn’t be interested, or they’d be intrigued with the depth of the character.