First good Naruto chapter in a long time (I think the last one was the chapter right before Pain resurrected Konohoa).
I'm glad to see Sasuke's MS get owned by Raikage. Even if he has super techniques, it doesn't mean shit if he doesn't know how to use them. Itachi spent several years mastering them, and conserving his eye sight, where as Sasuke's just been going MS not stop trying to blast everything in his way without any training. I'm not surprised Sasuke's Susano didn't block Raikage's atatcks. I think the Amaterasu shield thing was a fluke. And he still can't even make a complete Susano; it looks like it's structure is only about 10-20% complete?
IMO Sasuke will never > Itachi. Itachi was not only a genius, but he had mastery over his skills, and he was an excellent fighter. Sasuke has above average intelligence, doesn't think things through and just charges people, his fighting is above average only because he gets everything handed down to him.
My respect for Kishi +1 only because MS got owned. I think by the time Sasuke's about to die, Naruto/Madara will intervene to save him. Madara will probably say 8 tails got away, and Raikage will stop.
Also, about that whole 'becoming complete' thing, I think Madara just wants to use the Bijuu's chakra to either restore his body (since he's been ghosting around like Sephiroth), or time make himself even more godly. I don't think he'll give Sasuke a Bijuu since he didn't give Pain one. Pain was even more loyal, but he didn't get shit.