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Good, but later issues are better
on July 19, 2001
This is for completists. The volume comprises the early part of Frank Miller's still-unparalleled run on "DD," when he was limited strictly to penciling chores.
While the art has that distinct touch, you can see even then Miller was yearning for something darker. But DD was still being written somewhat campily, complete with cartoonish / buffoonish foes and witty repartee--not as the darker, more obsessed force that Miller transformed him into when he got full reign on the book.
This volume consists of DD's 158 - 161 and 163 - 168 (# 162, a repackaged origin story drawn by Steve Ditko, is omitted for obvious reasons). They're good, but to get a better feel for what Miller is capable of, I'd suggest volume 2. There you'll get Elektra, more of Bullseye, the Kingpin, the Gang War plotline...this volume is merely groundwork.