The Epic "End?"
Many have said that this is a rework of Alan Moore's Twilight of the Superhero story. I am an Alan Moore fan and I say who cares? This is one great graphic novel.
Many major comic-book characters are in this book. My personal favorite is Wesley Dodds the Golden Age Sandman! We never see him in custom, but the tale is told in the same drug influence haze he is famed for.
Alex Ross, is Alex Ross... his art is stunning. No one paints a comic like him. The Art alone makes this a good investment.
Mark Waid does justice to every character he works with. His knowledge of the DCU can only be rivaled by few. The play off between the House of Steel and the House of Thunder is wonderfully executed. Everyone seems in on the action. This is the direction I would aim the DCU in. Superman should be with Wonder Woman, not Lois Lane. Bruce Wayne is the peek of Human perfection, he is a DCU's Bruce Lee. Captain Marvel is put in his place as the non-Super, Superman and it is one fun ride along the way.
The religious themes are well done, not offensive at all. Which is hard for some writers, since religion is so sensitive a topic today.
This book is a great intro book to the DCU. I have a friend you uses it as the Gateway Drug to new readers. I disagree as the first book policy, since this book works as the Epic "End?" but to each his own, it has worked. I know 3 new readers because of this book.
If you want a great read, self-contained and reasonably priced, I think we have a winner. Pick this up!