The Final Crisis comic has built up quite a head of steam as it tackles the next-to-the-last issue.
There are Highfather knows how many heroes and villains fighting for their lives, as Darkseid's Anti-Life equation has led the world to the brink of extinction.
How writer Grant Morrison is able to keep all the storylines in this series straight, I'll never know - I gave up trying two issues ago.
You've got the Flash (Barry Allen) promising he has a solution - one that will require running the ultimate race. You have Superman being handed a possible solution in the opening pages. You have the Green Lantern Corps racing to save Earth from destruction. You have Mr. Miracle with the secret of salvation. You have Batman... ah, but that would be telling.
I'm still not convinced this storyline is all coming together - it's still difficult to sort it all out, but you do get the impression that things are starting to make sense. Sorta. Maybe.
The art is terrific, if a bit uneven - some pages are incredible, others are just OK. The issue was apparently drawn by committee, with six artists listed in the credits.
Still, the end is near - and then we'll see what tricks Morrison has for us.