AOC's Superhero Inside Us

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After her laser-precision questioning of Michael Cohen to lay the groundwork for going after Trump's taxes and other financial misdeeds, what better day to reveal Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Freshman Force: New Party Who Dis?, a commemorative comic celebrating the fierce AOC - a big comics nerd - as standard-bearer for "the most diverse group of freshman congresspersons in history." The project from Devil's Due Comics, "the house that brought you Barack the Barbarian: No F#@*s Left!," features an anthology-style host of creators and a May release date. "Grab a hamberder and cup of covfefe and prepare to enjoy this read!" urges its website, which offers versions in English and "presidential," boasts it's printed on "recycled unpaid medical bills," and promises, for real, to give a portion of proceeds to veterans' non-profits and RAICES.org, which provides free legal services to immigrants and refugees. The comic's cover features a triumphant, phone-wielding, pant-suit-wearing AOC - another version dresses her as Wonder Woman - lording it over a felled elephant and an anxious donkey.

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The stories, ranging from sweet to cathartic, feature older players like Bernie Sanders and Nancy Pelosi and new progressive members of the Freshman Force - Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, Native Americans Sharice Davids and Debra Haaland. Publisher Josh Blaylock likens the political moment to "an intervention, like someone sitting a family member down saying, 'We have a problem and we need to fix it right now.'" After pols ignoring so many issues for so long, he views the election of AOC et al as "a jolt of smelling salts to a comatose system.” Blaylock was galvanized by the "lightning-in-a-bottle moment" of Ocasio-Cortez quoting a character from the classic graphic novel Watchmen in response to a Politico report Democrats were trying to "rein her in"; "New Party Who Dis" is from her retort to Joe Lieberman hoping "she’s not the future” of the party. As a "normal person doing her best," she says she's "honored" by the comic, especially if it inspires another little girl somewhere: "I think that’s important for all of us to see we have a super hero inside of us."

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