The day THE EXTREMIST's life fell apart was the day she started living. One night two years ago, as Judy Tanner and her husband, Jack, were leaving a Pacific Heights sushi bar, a man stepped out of the shadows, plunged a knife into Jack's abdomen and carved a deep X. A week after the funeral, Judy knew only one thing for certain: she had never truly known the man she had married. In a squalid studio apartment Jack had rented without her knowledge, Judy found hundreds of books and photographs describing a world she never dared dream existed - a world of sexual obsessions, of pleasure and pain, of leather and lacerations - depraved passions sanctioned by a secret organization called the Order. She found cassette tapes labeled 'The Diary of the Extremist,' about a man who tracked down sex criminals and, often as not, killed them. The voice on the tape was Jack's. Judy also found a costume. Once it may have belonged to the man she had called her husband, but within a year the costume belonged to Judy. And Judy belonged to the world of THE EXTREMIST.
The Introduction issue to The Extremist. This is where we meet Judy Tanner (The Current Extremist). The events in this comic would also take place after issue #3.