Here it is, the stunning conclusion to Kirby's massive meditation on the superhero mythos as religious system. This volume contains the less well known two-part conclusion to this epic saga that appeared in 1984 ("Armagetto", tacked onto the end of the 6 issue Baxter reprint of New Gods) and 1985 (as DC Graphic Novel #4: The Hunger Dogs) – a decade after the 1974 termination of the original series. Taken together these two stories provide over one hundred additional pages, produced at a distance of time from the original series, allowing Kirby a chance to reflect upon his creation. The result is dark and violent conclusion informed by the horrors of World War II and the Holocaust, but one in which hope nevertheless remains alive. These stories are Kirby's last word on the superhero, and as such are required reading for anyone who is in any way invested – be it intellectually, emotionally and/or spiritually – in this twentieth century mythological form. In other words, it's essential reading.