Calling all AOC fans and constituents: Comic book creator Josh Blaylock announced this weekend that Devil’s Due Comics is releasing a collection of political satire in their upcoming anthology, “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Freshman Force: New Party, Who Dis?”
Wearing hoops and a white pantsuit, AOC is front and center and looking fierce, daring the next foe to Bring. It. On. Clutching a smartphone in one hand, she triumphs over the downed body of a red suit-wearing elephant in the foreground, while a blue suit-wearing donkey looks on. Devil’s Due also produced a “Washington Warrior Variant” cover that dresses up the elephant and donkey in kings’ robes and clads AOC in a Wonder Woman-style getup; her superhero bustier is adorned with the golden insignia BX.
“It’s no secret that AOC has been made the unofficial leader of the new school and has sparked new life into Washington,” said Blalock in a statement announcing the comic. “And that’s reflected in the enthusiasm we received from so many contributing artists.” The anthology will feature a diversity of voices, but the artists all identify with what the new class of congresspeople brings to the table. “While we all don’t agree on everything, we share a common excitement for the breath of fresh air the new Congress brings,” said Blalock.
Democratic Stalwarts Versus the Freshman Class
The title of the AOC comic book was inspired by a tweet that Ocasio-Cortez herself sent out after the former Senator and Vice-Presidential candidate Joe Lieberman, a centrist Democrat, made dismissive comments about her on Fox News last month. Lieberman told host Neil Cavuto a few days after her inauguration that he hoped that AOC is “not the future and I don’t believe she is,” expressing his concern that she would sabotage the Democratic party’s future with “big-taxing, big-spending” measures. She responded succinctly: “New party, who dis?”
Most recently, Dianne Feinstein was recorded on video expressing her own skepticism that the freshmen class could accomplish anything during an encounter with youth members of the Sunrise Movement. “I’ve been doing this for thirty years. I know what I’m doing,” she told the kids when they pressed her on the Green New Deal. “You come in here and you say, ‘It has to be my way or the highway.’ I don’t respond to that.” As Bill McKibben hit back in The New Yorker, “[The] youth carry the moral authority here, and, at the very least, should be treated with the solicitousness due a generation that older ones have managed to screw over.”
Both versions of the comic are available for pre-order now through their website — complete with a Presidential translation describing it as a “commie-memorative” comic —and will hit the stores on May 15th. A portion of the sales will be donated to the USO and Raices.