This post will contain spoilers for both Phantom Strange #0, so read the comic or read my review before you proceed. You’ve been warned.
Today came the reveal that yet another biblical character will be making his debut in the New 52. This comes just days after Phantom Stranger #0 finally revealed what many had been speculating: In the New 52 Phantom Stranger is Judas. Hate to discuss spoilers, but these are too big to avoid.
In case you missed it this morning the teaser for Demon Knights #0 revealed that Lucifer Morningstar will move from his acclaim at Vertigo and set up base within mainstream DC. So that means both Judas and Lucifer are now players within continuity. Not one, but two biblical characters of major importance revealed in one week. DC has now made it clear that biblical characters and stories are important to their story telling initiative. The real question comes down too, are you as a reader fine with this? I myself enjoy it. Whether it be Greek, Christian, Norse, or whatever religion, I love to see it intersect with comic books, super heroes, movies, and indeed most literature. I’m a sucker for underlying meanings, and deeper philosophical implications. So I was not only thrilled at the idea that a super hero in the DC Universe was Judas but that Lucifer Morningstar, wo is perhaps the coolest interpretation of Satan I’ve ever read, was being folded into continuity.
What are your thoughts on this matter? Do you want more or less intersection between religions and comic books? Or is there a line? Is it okay to intersect with Norse and Greek, but not bigger more prominent religions? I’d love to hear your comments!
Until the next time, live long and prosper (it’s Star Trek’s birthday).