- ...It's not about being content to push the boundaries of your experience and your life just a little... but insisting that you are constantly pushing them to the extreme.
- -- Patrick
Appearing in "July, Nineteen Ninety-Three"
- Peggy (Single appearance)
Synopsis for "July, Nineteen Ninety-Three"
Judy returns home following the funeral of her husband, Jack Tanner. She reflects upon Jack's final moments as he laid dying in her arms following the assassin's attack. Her last words to him comprised a paltry confession of little importance, "I dye my hair". While cleaning out Jack's belongings, she finds an envelope stuffed inside an old pair of Chinos. The information in the envelope leads her to Jack's private apartment. She is now aware that Jack had been living some mysterious double life that she never knew about. She finds Jack's Extremist costume, as well as some audio cassettes and a series of handwritten books labeled "The Diaries of the Extremist". Judy feels sickened by this abhorrent betrayal. Something within her however, inspires her to don Jack's costume. She decides to use the Extremist's identity and weaponry to hunt down and avenge herself against Jack's killer.
The Extremist soon encounters Patrick who invites her into his limousine. She reveals her face to him and tells him that Jack is dead. Patrick expresses shock over this news and promises Judy that he will help her track down Jack's killer. He advises her however, to continue playing the part of the Extremist. Since no one in the Order knew the Extremist's true identity, she should be able to investigate the various clubs for information. Patrick appears to be grooming Judy to take Jack's place, but Judy insists that she is only doing this to avenge his death.
Over the course of several months, Patrick trains Judy and indoctrinates her into the lifestyle and customs of the Order. He emphasizes the concepts of extremism and the splendor of life without inhibition or restriction. Before long, Judy begins having an affair with Patrick and begins to lose herself in the role of the Extremist.
Patrick begins sending Judy out on missions. Judy doesn't like the idea of murdering on behalf of the Order, but Patrick insists that she must play the part as much as possible or else the hierarchy of the Order will know that she is not the true Extremist. After executing several trouble makers, Judy begins making an audio diary, just like the ones Jack used to make.
Jack's neighbor, Tony, finds Judy's tapes and begins listening to them. Now, he too is being drawn into the Order's web of intrigue.
- The Extremist is a four-issue limited series published under DC's Vertigo format. It is intended for mature readers.
- This issue shipped on October 7th, 1993.
- The events from this issue chronologically take place after the events of issue #2, but before the events of issue #1.
- Peggy is Judy's sister from Wisconsin. This is her only appearance to date, though she is referenced in Extremist #4.
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