DC Comics has reportedly sent Devil’s Due a cease-and-desist letter after they discovered the company had depicted Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in the likeness of Wonder Woman.
Devil’s Due announced their Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez comic, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Freshman Force New Party, Who Dis?, back in February.
A limited edition variant cover by Carla Cohen features Ocasio-Cortez in the iconic Wonder Woman costume with the American flag draped around her shoulders. It’s this variant that reportedly triggered the cease-and-desist letter from DC Comics.
According to ComicBook.com, the cease-and-desist letter “requested the covers not be distributed, but recalled, returned, or destroyed.” The print run for the variant cover was 250 copies.
The Ocasio-Cortez comic hit comic book shelves on May 15th. The comic is the brain child of Devil’s Due publisher Josh Blaylock.
“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.”
“This time around, we wanted to create something that celebrates the fresh new energy and diversity of the stagnated legislative body, and help some good causes at the same time.””
Partial proceeds for the book will go to the United Service Organization and Raices Texas. Raices Texas describes itself as a nonprofit “that promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families, and refugees.” They also tout they are the “largest immigration legal services provider in Texas.”
Blaylock and Devil’s Due will follow-up their Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez comic with a Bernie Sanders one-shot comic titled, Talk Bernie to Me!: The Bernie Sanders Special and AOC Surprise. The book is expected to hit shelves in July.
What do you make of DC Comics sending Devil’s Due a cease-and-desist order?