I read Vols. 3 and 4 before reading Vols. 1 and 2 because - there they were and there I was. I'm prepared to believe that Vols. 1 and 2 are better but after giving the matter some thought I decided that I don't, in my heart of hearts, like this sort of art very much. The backgrounds can be breathtaking but the characters are hard on the eyes. In short - the other volumes are off my reading list.