BROTHERHOOD of JUDAS
Membership: Sir Robert Bentley, Dr. Samuel Harkins (leader, destroyed), Morgana St. Clair (destroyed), nine others (destroyed)
Appearances: Vampire Tales#11 (June, 1975)
History: The Brotherhood of Judas was a coven of vampires who sought to make themselves rulers of England. They sought to due this be deliberately choosing specific victims either in areas of power or with different fields of interest and expertise. Harkins sought to recruit the living vampire Morbius to their cause, in order to gain his expertise in science and medicine. In order to test the character of Morbius, as well as his potential for candidacy, he dispatched Morgana St. Clair to evaluate him.
St. Clair met Morbius aboard the luxury liner Muritania, where she protected him from capture, revealed she knew his identity, pretended to be a vampire hunter, and requested his aid in her mission. Morbius was eventually driven to flee the ship, but had taken her information for future contact.
Morbius then sought the aid of Dr. Samuel Harkins, a renowned researcher into diseases of the blood, to help him cure his condition. Harkins confessed his nature as a true vampire to Morbius, and invited him to join the Brotherhood. Morbius denounced their plans and managed to escape their resultant attacks. The Brotherhood decided that it was now time for them to enter religion as well, and made plans to bring a priest into their coven.
Morbius sought the aid of Morgana, and the two of them took down two cloaked members of the Brotherhood and infiltrated their ritual. Morgana instructed Morbius to wait for the right moment to attack, allowing Harkins to bite and drain blood from the priest they had captured, Morgana then revealed her true nature as a member of the Brotherhood, and exposed Morbius and his plans to the rest. They attacked him, but Morbius managed to bring down an immense candelabra, setting the members of the Brotherhood on fire. All members were apparently slain in the fire. Morbius then used a cross to stake the heart of the dying priest at his request to prevent him from becoming a vampire.
Comments: Created by Doug Moench and Sonny Trinidad.
In Blade III#12 a prophecy was fulfilled that brought back all vampires that ever died. This most likely included the Brotherhood of Judas as well. We'll have to wait if they resurface.
Vampire Tales#11 (June, 1975) - Doug Moench (writer), Sonny Trinidad (artist), Archie Goodwin (editor)
First Posted: 09/02/2001
Last updated: 05/31/2020
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