If you like IPA's, I say go with an IPA. A lot of people start out with Pale Ales, but I think they are harder to do for your first, since there's not a lot to cover up any off flavors you may get. Start with a kit, get your process down and learn the ingredients. Later you can start to develop your own recipes or get your ingredients seperately.
Dry or Liquid doesn't really matter as long as they are fresh.
I personally do not do secondaries. I feel the potential danger of exposing it to oxygen or bacteria doesn't warrant it. Some things you should do secondary on, like adding fruit or longer fermentations. I dry hop right in the primary with no adverse affects. I went the same route as this kit and have 2 5 gallon better bottles that I never use. I now wish I had just got another 6 gallon better bottle.
Good luck and welcome to the obsession.