This volume sets the stage for Izuku Midoriya (a hero worshipper without a quirk) and All Might (the number one hero with an OP quirk). You'll also meet Katsuki Bakugo, the number one hero according to the manga's latest fan polls. All Might's role in Midoriya's path to heroism was too deus ex machina for me. Having said that, even if you don't attach to Midoriya's empathy-driven heroism, you might attach to Bakugo's motivation-driven heroism. By pitting Midoriya against Bakugo, the series pits the underdog against the prodigy, building a multifaceted rivalry between two budding heroes.