She can fly through federal money faster than a speeding bullet; she’s more powerful fighting climate change than the Sierra Club; she’s able to leap over corporate buildings with a single bound; why, it’s new comic book heroine Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez!
Yes, everyone’s favorite young socialist extremist will be featured as the heroine of a new comic book titled “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Freshman Force: New Party Who Dis?” The premiere issue will be comprised of an anthology of short stories as Ocasio-Cortez fights the GOP, as CBR reports. The comic book is scheduled to be released on May 15 by Devil’s Due Comics, which CNN reports has also released satirical comic books about Barack Obama in which he became “Barack the Barbarian.”
One of the magazine covers shows Ocasio-Cortez holding a smartphone while she looms over a Republican elephant lying on the ground; a Democrat donkey standing behind her. Another cover shows her dressed similar to a Wonder Woman with a sword to dominate a red elephant dressed like a king.
Devil’s Due publisher Josh Blaylock, who founded the company in 2000, gushed, “There’s just something about Alexandria that resonates with so many people.” He added, “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. While we all don’t agree on everything, we share a common excitement for the breath of fresh air the new Congress brings. I hope this is as much a cathartic release for readers as it has been for us creators.” Of the series of comic books to come, Blaylock said, “Some of the stories are really sweet; some are completely absurd and satirical; some are cathartic and venting.”
Other creators include Tim Seely, Christa Cassano, Dean Haspiel, Jill Thompson (Scary Godmother), Jose Garibaldi (The LEGO Movie 2), Pat Shand, Kit Caoagas, Larry Watts, Nick Accardi, K. Lynn Smith, Shawn DePasquale, Sherard Jackson, and Marguerite Dabaie.
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The Washington Post notes that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) was featured in a graphic novel called “Female Force.” It was published by Tidal Wave Comics; its publicity stated, “The graphic novel tells the story of Warren’s formative years growing up in Oklahoma, battling poverty while balancing family and school, to becoming one of the most well-known liberal voices in America today.”