This is a magnificent piece of storytelling! Walter Simonson takes these characters and uses them like only Jack Kirby has before. Not only that but he makes you care for characters that you have never seen or liked before and then,(nah, that would be a spoiler!) Suffice it to say unlike most comics things actually change! Characters may live or maybe not! In wars people (and gods)die! Simonson realistically remembers and writes this way. At long last Darkseid is near to achieving ultimate power, as always Earth is involved. The reason is that Earth and it populace gives scale when they interact with the gods. This story surprisingly enough, requires no past knowledge of these characters. As a matter of fact no prior knowledge is a good thing in this case, as many seemed biased against these characters. At long last we have a final(?) resolution to a conflict that started in the early 70's. This is an epic adventure and one that is just beginning! This is one comic that would work better as a novel. It seems it may be much too science fiction like for many comic fans. A pity really since Kirby's characters predate Star Wars and the Luke/Vader and Orion/Darkseid parallels seem so clear! Science fiction fans should give this a chance, those who like Star Wars should enjoy this book.