Things Get Bleaker, but Never Hopeless in Extremity 6

by Mark Mitchell

This article contains SPOILERS. If you haven’t read the issue yet, proceed at your own risk!

Creator Daniel Warren Johnson has managed to top himself with every issue of Extremity, and in Extremity 6, he plumbs new depths of horror and heartache. Last issue, I wondered if Jerome could ever be redeemed after ruthlessly crossing the line into needless murder, and while it’s still possible he will eventually see the errors of his way, Extremity 6 finds Jermone sinking even deeper, and it’s his bloodthirst that brings his clan to its knees.

Yet no matter how bleak Extremity gets, it never feels hopeless. Thea, Rollo, and Hobbie (poor, poor Hobbie) are all beacons of good in an otherwise desiccated world. That core goodness is what draws me to Johnson’s work here, and it’s what makes Extremity so worthwhile — and, honestly, bearable. It’s also what leads me to believe that Jerome will eventually find redemption of some sort, even if it feels too late at this point for him to ever be redeemed.

Let me also spare a few words here to just straight up evangelize for Extremity. I have no idea what sales of the book are like (I hope they’re great!), but, regardless, more people should be picking it up. Extremity is hands-down my favorite comic of 2017 so far.

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