Neal Adams was one of the key figures in bringing comic books into the modern day. His dynamic writing and artwork provided a shot in the arm for many of the biggest characters in comics – most notably bringing back some of Batman’s dark, brooding integrity from campy TV hell.

This is the first of two volumes culling Adams’ previously uncollected works, including his first gig on the Elongated Man, his run on the immensely popular “Teen Titans,” as well as some rare Superman issues, including a PSA for juvenile civil rights awareness. Also highlighted is his work on Our Army at War.

Supplemental artwork includes penciled pages, thumbnail layouts, character design pinups and his 9/11 tribute. Adams provides commentary for these as well as a foreword on superheroes.

Grade: A

DC Universe Illustrated By Neal Adams, Vol. 1 is currently available.