Am I Evil?
After the heart-breaking, emotional roller coaster of issue #4 of Extremity Daniel Warren Johnson does not let up in Extremity #5. Jerome has defeated Dag the man who killed his wife, he is also a traitor to his people helping the Paznina leader Nim fight his own people with his monsters (though it was only to protect his own family that he helped the Paznina). Now Jerome wants to use Dag’s control of these great creatures to attack the Paznina. However, Dag knows that even though Paznina are the enemy, not all them are bad and an untold number of innocents will die if Jerome uses this power against them. Jerome still blinded by rage and vengeance will do unspeakable things to get the information he needs. Thea is caught in the middle and may be on the path to no return. Her brother Rollo and a now decommissioned Shiloh are still off on there own after fleeing from Jerome after the events of Issue #4, but they soon run into trouble as the Paznina are coming in for an attack!
Daniel Warren Johnson is a very nice guy, I had the pleasure of meeting him at Heroes Con this year and to attend a panel with him as a guest, he seems to be an all around great person, but man he is writing an emotional brutal story with Extremity. Issue #5 just delves deeper into the mindset of Thea and truly shows how far she has come from being that bright little girl with talented drawing ability to becoming this almost “monster” of war who is unrecognizable to who she used to be. Johnson has done a fantastic job since Issue #1 of connecting the reader to these characters in this book, to where you feel so attached to them that each page you hope something good will happen or they will change. Johnson’s writing grips the reader pulling you into this story and not letting you go, Extremity has a way of sticking in you mind for days and weeks as you toil through what has happened on the pages.
There are no big “action” panels or fight scenes in this issue (last issue featured one of the best fight scenes ever!), but that does not mean Daniel Warren Johnson lets up on any brutality or any details. Johnson’s art tells as much story as his writing, the looks on the characters faces can tell more story than a thousand words ever could. His detailed work continues to impress with each and every page while bringing these characters plights to life. Mike Spicer on colors still does a beautiful job of adding wonderful detail to this world Johnson has created. Spicer and Johnson make a fantastic team that really seem to work seamlessly together making for some outstanding artwork on each page.
Extremity #5 is another emotional gripping entry into this series. Jerome has done some brutal things but he may have crossed the line in this issue and Thea may have traversed to far into her fathers darkness to return herself. If you only have money for one comic a month then make that comic Extremity, you will not be disappointed.
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