First, I feel the need to say, "Wow!". Just, wow. Bakuman is such a good series, for those of you who haven't gotten the chance to experience it yet. This is an incredible example of work that all people of all nations, ages and genders can appreciate. It gives you a real life look into the comics business in modern Japan. It fills your heart with laughter, love and good-hearted easy-going-ness. But at other times, you will feel the tension, strife and overall distraught, that Ohba and Obata have filled this manga with. It's an absolute roller-coaster, and you'll never know what's coming next. But that was to be expected from the creators of Death Note.
In this volume, Mashiro and Takagi's best work comes to fruition. I won't give all the gritty details, but this is their best work to date (if you are keeping up with this manga in US graphic novel release, only). You will seriously get attatched to their new series.
This is also the culmination of all the arcs into one point. It definitely feels like this volume is directly in the center, if you were to look at things in a linear fashion. It's all the old coming to a climax, straight into the new without ever dropping a beat, which is very rare for a manga. There are almost always lulls between major arcs in Japanese, magazine-style comics. But not here.
Overall, if you have bought every volume up until this point, you'd be making a VERY unwise choice in stopping there. This is the best volume so far, and the ending hints at even better things to come. Buy this volume. If you are just now looking into Bakuman, I have to ask you, "What ever in the world are you waiting for?!". Everything considered, this far-and-away the best manga series going. Get into it, buy all the volumes!