Prometheus #5

Prometheus #5 / :30 / 36M / /

Another of the zines that I picked up at AMC 2004, Prometheus is a communal zine that is written and laid out by a group of people, instead of having all material being done by one individual. Thus, we have different styles, different layouts, and thus, the continual dynamism of the zine means that individuals will not necessarily get as bored as easily with it as they would with other zines that are all written and laid out by the same individual. Starting out with a full blown stealing of “The War Prayer” by Mark Twain, I would like to think that Prometheus would have been a lot better off if they would have used some ellipses during the piece, as what the piece boils down to is one large satire and then “oh, we were just fucking with you”. In fact, the extreme length of some of these pieces are what really hinders the speed of Prometheus, as all the pieces are well-written, but just tend to go on for about three paragraphs too long. Another issue, and this is trifling at best, is the difficulty that some of the text presents in reading, most specifically “The Christian Conditioning” by P.R.S. This text seems as if it was printed, pasted, rescanned, and copied, and thus is really spotty and dark. By far though the best piece in this issue would have to be the very Spartan and weird “Woofie the Anarchist Dog”, which I would personally love to see expanded into a full-length comic. While Easypip goes and spins together all the events that happen to Woofie in just six panels, there is no limit on the adventures that ey could have in the future. Overall, Prometheus was a fun little read, and with the theme being religion, the pieces all seemed to mesh together fairly well.

Rating: 6.6/10

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Author: James McQuiston

Ph.D. in Political Science, Kent State University. I have been the editor at NeuFutur / since I was 15. Looking for new staff members all the time; email me if you are interested. Thanks!

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