Judas is a new series launching from Boom! Studios in December by Jeff Loveness and Jakub Rebelka that takes up the story of Judas Iscariot as he wakes in up hell, post-crucifixion.
I’ve always been intrigued by the story of Judas (go figure, right?). I’ve seen him more as a Zionist believing that Jesus was indeed the Son of God who would overthrow the Romans control of Israel — he just needed to be pushed. And then, he sees all his plans come to naught. Loveness sees him as a figure of destiny:
“Growing up, I always felt sorry for Judas. He’s always portrayed as a villain and the epitome of betrayal, but the entire Christian narrative of redemption and forgiveness hinges on him. He was born and destined to play this part in the story. There was never a chance for him to be anything else. I’m really looking forward to diving into an unexplored corner of Christianity as Judas journeys through Hell, trying to make sense of himself and his place in the story. Judas in Hell is such a striking image to me. Hell is full of broken people, used by God in His grand story, then cast aside forever. Everyone feels alone and wasted… and it’s up to Judas to navigate through them all as he claws towards something resembling closure.”
Meanwhile, Rebelka goes back to his childhood:
“Working on this story is a strange journey back to a time when watching images of Hell was my weekly routine. I grew up in a place that has more churches per square meter than anything else. When I was a kid, everyone was attending Sunday mass, it was a strong cultural thing. With JUDAS, I wanted to bring those childhood memories back to life, reminiscent of the overwhelming atmosphere of church with candlelight, gold, and blood.”