Just in time for Christmas... All jokes aside, this one looks intriguing. Judas is a interesting interpretation of one of the most - if not the most - reviled individuals in the Bible. From an interview with the creator/writer of the mini-series, Jeff Loveless:
“... it’s not my intention to shock or be offensive for offense’s sake. But I am trying to present a sympathetic, human story for a person we try not to think of as sympathetic. You and the readers will have to let me know in the end, but I actually argue this whole story lines up pretty well with Christian doctrine. There are some twists and turns, but it actually plays well within the margins of Scripture. But then again, I’ll see how many people show up with picket signs outside my apartment.”
“I’d like them (the readers) to think about the downtrodden a bit more. We can have all sorts of plans and aspirations of glory, but those plans often end up hurting people, and we should ask ourselves if it’s worth it. And on the Judas side of things, if we’re caught in plans and stories beyond us, how can we persevere and try to live our best lives despite all the misfortunes thrown at us.”
This weeks picks:
Judas #1 - 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.
Maestros # 3 - The most powerful spell in creation has been stolen. “The Book of Remaking” allows its user to recreate reality in their image, and the new Maestro is the only one who can open it. Now the thieves are coming for him. Willy’s reign might be a short one.
Coyotes #2 - The Coyotes aren’t done with our girl Red, and neither is Officer Coffey! When Coffey tracks the teen assassin to her underground hideout with the other Lady Victorias, he comes face to face with these women’s real enemy: Coyotes. Like Southwestern werewolves, these beasts pile into the women’s sanctuary looking for retribution. In the end, Coffey and Red are left with more questions and a realization that they might need each other.
Port of Earth #2 - Aliens have come to Earth with a business deal: a spaceport on our planet. Now Earth’s Security Agents are hunting down a dangerous rogue alien who’s broken loose on the California coast, but one agent’s personal feelings about Earth’s deal with the aliens may push him to defy protocols and threaten the mission.
Mister Miracle #5 - How do you spend your last night on Earth? Why, with the one you love, of course! Having been condemned to death by the new Highfather, Mister Miracle is going to have to return to New Genesis for his execution. Before he does, he and Big Barda go on one last date. But if Scott Free truly is infected by Darkseid, as Orion says, you can bet some dark force will intervene—only to what end?
Harrow County #28 - Emmy finally comes face-to-face with her evil counterpart. With everything that she’s learned from the Family, and the power of her friends’ support, Emmy knows that she’s strong enough to defeat this threat to her home. But is she willing to sacrifice her own integrity for victory in this fight?
Also, I’d read the entire series of Air by G. Willow Wilson and M.K. Perker in the library’s copies years ago, but more recently I’ve been buying the trades and finally got the final trade A History of the Future from Amazon at $2. Which is a steal because I checked the recent listings for this book and it’s gone up in price to more than $6. And! Because I often buy kindle books, I got a coupon to purchase a trade book from Marvel and snatched up The Astonishing X-Men: Gifted by Whedon and Cassiday. Woo-Hoo!
What’s in your bag?