The art in this book is so terrible. The story would have been fairly pedestrian middle of the road superhero fare if it had anyone competent drawing it. Even though I knew this book would be atrocious, I read it to be up to speed when reading the third volume. It does make the third one (which has actual artists to make it readable and colourists to muffle the worst of Miller's drek) make more sense, but I would say it is not worth it. Go with the first one The Dark Knight Returns and be done.