The Extremist (comics)

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The Extremist
Cover to The Extremist #1 (September 1993). Art by Ted McKeever.
Publication information
Publisher Vertigo
Format Mini-series
Publication date September – December 1993
No. of issues 4
Creative team
Created by Brendan McCarthy
Written by Peter Milligan
Artist(s) Ted McKeever

The Extremist was a four-issue comic book mini-series, written by Peter Milligan with art by Ted McKeever. The series was published by DC Comics through their Vertigo comics imprint from September to December 1993.[1] It was originally created by Brendan McCarthy, who gave it to Peter Milligan to develop as a comic series because he "couldn't be bothered to draw it."[citation needed]


Judy Tanner, grieving after the murder of her husband Jack, desires to get revenge on the murderer. She submerges her identity into that of "The Extremist", an alias her husband went by in both his life as a patron of the most extreme sex clubs, and as a hired assassin for a shadowy organization called "The Order". Judy eventually murders a woman she believes to be her husband's killer, but later learns the real killer was a man named Patrick, the "Chief Hedonist" of the Order. Patrick claims he killed Jack in order to manipulate Judy into becoming the Extremist, and manipulate her into killing an innocent woman to "liberate" her from her bourgeois moral system.[1]

After Judy goes missing, her neighbor Tony Murphy attempts to find her, while discovering more and more about what "The Extremist" really is, and is both ashamed and titillated by his discoveries. In his quest to find Judy, Tony's obsession prompts his wife and newborn child to leave him, although he does eventually manage to track Judy down, after which a thoroughly indoctrinated Judy kills him to prevent him from exposing her activities or those of the order.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Irvine, Alex (2008), "The Extremist", in Dougall, Alastair, The Vertigo Encyclopedia, New York: Dorling Kindersley, p. 71, ISBN 0-7566-4122-5, OCLC 213309015 

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