This is the epic that got all other Marvel epics started, and is still the best crossover (except for The Age of Apocalypse [which any die-hard Marvel-phile should read in its entirety!])) that the House of Ideas ever put out. Not only is the prospect of having all of the great Marvel heroes battle it out against a madman of a cosmic being, but it is also interesting to see the Marvel definition of the Universe. Many characters are present in this book that represent the various ideas of philosophy and metaphisics. Love,Hate, Eternity, the Celestials, the Great Tribunal, Galactus, Mephisto and more all are present for the great climactic battle. Marvel's riveting representations of philosophical and spiritual ideas seem to create its own mythology, with these "rulers of the omniverse" as the gods and the pantheon of superheroes as, well, the heroes. Not only are the ideas and interpretations held within this volume interesting, but the plot and characters (and their respective reactions to each other and their situation) make for a masterpiece of comic book literature. Oh, and the ending and the epilogue are superbly crafted and just a little bit funny. Definately a great read. Check it out, and enjoy!