I finished Pantheon Of Vengeance a few minutes ago.
Whew...WOW! What a ride! I have to admit, I've been looking forward to reading this since I first heard that DPW was going to join the ranks of "James Axlers" and pen an entry in this series, one of my favorite all time pulp paperback universes.
N' I was NOT disappointed!
Just as he has done with his incredibly enjoyable over-the-top volumes in the Bolan series, Doug brings a new and different kind of excitement to Outlanders...not better, just different...one that remains wholly respectful and true to the series roots and it's creator's unique vision while injecting his own brand of incredible action, pulse pounding excitement, and wild humor!
Unlike a lot of the other "Axler-fill-ins" (some say "wannabes") for the creator of this series, Doug really shows a lot of care and thought to stay true to the series core (and heart) and this creates a seamless transition for this entry into the overall series while still containing the wildness that makes his work some of the most exciting in the genre in some time!
As for the story itself, well, if you can imagine Transformers meets 300 you might get a slight idea of the general idea, but it goes far beyond this. The action is simply astounding and so fast paced it will leave your head spinning. The intrigue amongst the ruling class of New Olympus, the incredible fighting mecha, the great focus on all the Cerberus team members, all works incredibly well.
Some of the highlights for me were the brutal confrontation between Grant and Marduk, Kane's berserker-like fury against the mutant hordes, the awesome Skybreaker weapon, Hera's incredible transformation, Z00s inspirational rally with for the outnumbered troops of New Olympus, the humor...I could go on and on but you really need to read this one for yourself.
For the record I gotta say I really enjoyed Domi in this one as well as the many touches of past OL adventures. It's obvious that this book was written by a true fan of the series, who actually cares about the characters and not just a paycheck...
Sure, it's not Mark Ellis...but if this is the possible future of the Outlanders series, it's in good hands...DAMN good hands!
I hope we haven't seen the last of the awesome warriors of New Olympus as well!
Extremely HIGHLY recommended! Read it, my friends!