This is not a Bible story. This is about those stories that make you clutch your pearls and gasp out loud “How could someone do such a thing?”. This is about everybody who believes they are the good guy, even when they are doing pure evil. The second issue of Judas, from Boom Studios’ written by Jeff Loveness, art by Jakub Rebelka is about the mental gymnastics that people put themselves through to convince themselves that their behavior is okay or doesn’t deserve punishment
Even though it is based on historical religious references that may not be everybody’s cup of tea. The descriptions have hugely undersold the book is and has the potential to be. The title was billeted as “Judas Iscariot journeys through life and death, grappling with his place in ‘The Greatest Story Ever Told,’ and how much of his part was preordained. In a religion built on redemption and forgiveness, one man had to sacrifice himself for everyone…and it wasn’t Jesus”.
This is not a biblical story. This is a story using a combination of 13 different stories (that happen to be in the Bible) to build a heck of a think piece. I think what gives this story structure is that it feels like Loveness took a chapter out of Psychologist Albert Bandura’s, Mechanisms of Moral Disengagement. The book powerfully demonstrates Bandura’s four prong approach to explaining how bad people with historically bad behavior still believe themselves to be good and not deserving of punishment.
But instead of Bandura we see Lucifer himself postulating on the behalf of the villains in evey Bible story. In issue #2 of Judas we find Lucifer redefining behavior in order to change perspective so one’s behavior seems less reprehensible than heroic.
Lucifer tries to disregard and distort the consequences of their behavior, by minimizing, distorting, and disregarding the pain their actions created for others thereby reducing the feelings of guilt.
Lastly, Lucifer tries to blame the victims by displacing responsibility. Rather than let people take personal blame for their behavior he blames God for the behavior of people who have committed atrocities blame the orders they were given, and because they believe that following orders was the greater good, they feel little or no guilt for their actions.
The strengths of this book are almost too many to cite. I would definitely recommend picking up the 1st and 2nd issue copy of Judas. If you must speculate the 1st and 2nd issues have beautiful B Covers drawn by Jeremy Bastian, out of 5 stars I give it a 4.
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Jeff Loveness
Artist: Jakub Rebelka
Cover Artist: Jakub Rebelka