February 27, 2019
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a superhero in real life and now in comic books, too
by Stephanie DeLuca
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is officially a superhero. And not just because she’s literally trying to save the world. Via Allison Flood at The Guardian comes news that the congresswoman from New York will be featured as a superhero in a comic book, coming in May from indie press Devil’s Due Comics.
In a title that brings to mind a certain SNL skit, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Freshman Force will be a one-time special publication, with an anthology of stories featuring Ocasio-Cortez and calling out Washington for its questionable behavior. According to the comic book’s website, “Comic creators converge to celebrate the election of the most diverse group of freshman congresspersons in history, and spare no-one in this satire that takes aim at Washington.”
Contributors to the anthology include Jill Thompson and Jose Garibaldi, known as veterans in the comic book world. A part of the proceeds from sales of the comic book will be donated to military support non-profit United Service Organization and to immigrant legal services provider RaicesTexas.org.
Of the decision to turn Ocasio-Cortez into a superhero, Devil’s Due Publisher Josh Blaylock told Comic Book Resources:
It’s no secret that AOC has become the unofficial leader of the new school, and has sparked life back into Washington and that’s reflected in the enthusiasm on display by the men and women contributing to this project.
In two striking covers—it’s worth checking them out over at Comic Book Resources—AOC stands triumphantly on top of a knocked out red republican elephant (or is that a corpse?), while a buttoned-up democratic donkey sweats nervously in the background.
Sure, a comic book of AOC might seem a bit out there – but if Biden and Obama can star in a mystery novel, then why the hell not? It’s certainly not the weirdest political reimagining to happen this year.
Stephanie DeLuca is the director of publicity at Melville House.