In our current environment, a tale about dark occult influences on the mega-wealthy and powerful individuals that manipulate and control global economics is bound to be interesting. But this graphic series is much more than just an entertaining look at some conspiracy theory; it’s a deep probing into mystical thought and the symbols associated with money and power. The writers of this series took an extended break since issue 4, which was released back in November of 2016, but they are back now with another engaging installment in the arc.
There is an abundance of rich text, artwork, and ideas crafted into this issue. Much of it is connected to the various threads which woven together create this complex story and would be difficult to convey without spending a lot of time and page space explaining the back story. But there is a great section that I want to share that I think adequately conveys the complexity and thoughtfulness of this series. It’s a discussion about the difference between the disciples Judas and Peter.
Doctor: Then you know of Peter — on whose back Christ’s church was built – and Judas – who with a kiss – betrayed him for thirty pieces of silver. It’s fascinating to me how many people misinterpret the point of their story. Haven’t you ever wondered why Judas – who only betrayed Christ once – is the fallen sinner of the story, and Peter is the redeemed? After all, Peter denied the Son of God three times – each denial a separate betrayal. Can you guess, detective… why the greater offender became a saint, while the other hung from a tree?
Detective: I have no idea.
Doctor: Judas, you see… he took the money.
Detective: I don’t see how that –
Doctor: If you’re going to understand how all this works, detective, then you’re going to have to remember one key thing: money is the physical manifestation of power. And when I say power, yes, I mean powers beyond our mortal ken.
This conversation really struck me and caused me to think. There are many reasons why a person might deny the spiritual and the divine, such as fear, doubt, suffering, obsession with physical pleasure. The list goes on. So what makes the rejection of the divine for the sake of wealth so much worse? Christ famously stated: “And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.” And remember how angry Christ got about the moneychangers? If I recall, that was the only time that he lost his cool. I think that all this is pointing the fact that money and wealth symbolizes power of an individual over a large group of people. If humans are beings made in the image of God and filled with the spark of the divine, then it must be the epitome of evil to exercise dominion over people who are in essence divine spiritual beings.
6 responses to “The Black Monday Murders: Issue 05”
A dark but potent reflection. Wealth tends to signify something about an insatiable ego..makes me think of the Portrait of Dorian Gray.
Hi E. I like the analogy. Thanks for taking the time to comment.
This is a thought-stirring reflection, indeed, and perhaps both timely and somewhat timeless. So many stories illuminate the schism … those who use the ‘power’ for good (the benefit of all beings, etc.) and those who do not (who use it for personal power/greed ‘over’ with little care to the harm of others). It sounds like this series is a rich delving into that great myth?
Hi Jamie. Yes, definitely a rich delving into the myth. But not only that, but the artwork and the writing is excellent, which makes it all the more fascinating to read. Anyway, thanks for taking the time to read and comment. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.
having the money can give a person great influence, but not necsarry power. If that was the case then the rich entertainers, rich sport stars, rich business people would be the ones who have more power then the Generals, head of states etc….
Thanks for your comment. Interesting point, though some may argue that generals and heads of state are only exercising the will of the wealthy elite. And yes, there are always exceptions. Plenty of rich philanthropists 🙂 Cheers!