Boom! Studios have announced that they’ll be publishing a new series that follows the life and afterlife of the Biblical figure Judas, launching in December from Emmy and WGA Award-nominated writer Jeff Loveness (Marvel’s Nova) and artist Jakub Rebelka (Namesake).
Judas picks up after the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, as Judas Iscariot wakes up in Hell and grapples with his role in the crucifixion and how much of his part was preordained.
Rebelka’s art on Namesake was exquisite, so we have a lot to look forward to in his storytelling on this new series. The idea of exploring Judas’ afterlife also appeared in an IDW-published original graphic novel Judas: The Last Days by W. Maxwell Prince and John Amor, however, their approach was a little more fantasy-driven then this new series, from the sound of it.
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.
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.
Judas #1 features a cover illustrated by Jakub Rebelka and will arrive in December 2017.