New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez reacted to the news that she was going to be portrayed as a superhero in a new comic book from Devil's Due called Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez And The Freshman Force: New Party, Who Dis?
When asked by TMZ on Wednesday about the upcoming comic book project, Ocasio-Cortez responded positively to the development, noting that she was both honored and humbled by the news.
The comic book, featuring multiple covers by Tim Seeley (including a Wonder Woman-esque variant cover), will feature work from a number of comic book creators, including Jill Thompson (Scary Godmother), Dean Haspiel (American Splendor) and Jose Garibaldi (Lego Movie 2). It is an anthology that tells the basic story of Ocasio-Cortez's metoric rise to success in politics as the youngest woman ever to be elected to Congress. The events, though, will be slightly satirized with the Congresswoman as a superhero. It is similar to Devil's Due's Barack the Barbarian comic book from 2009.
At least one of the stories in the anthology has Ocasio-Cortez depicted as a super powered wrestler. A percentage of the proceeds will go to support the USO and RaicesTexas.org, a nonprofit organization committed to providing legal services to immigrant families and refugees.
Ocasio-Cortez was quick to acknowledge the charitable aspect of the comic book, explaining "It’s an honor people would put so much of their time and talent into that all on their own. I’m especially honored that they’re donating the proceeds to RAICES Texas for immigration and civil rights protections. So that part of the project, if it can benefit communities that need it, is really amazing."
When the TMZ cameraman pressed her more about how it feels like to be portrayed as a superhero in a comic book, Ocasio-Cortez, who made headlines back in January for quoting Rorschach from Watchmen in a Tweet responding to her critics, explained that the whole situation is "incredibly humbling." She also added that, "I'm just a normal person doing her best. If I can be that for a little girl somewhere where she can see herself being a superhero, I think that’s important for us to see we all have a superhero inside of us."
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Freshman Force by Jill Thompson, Dean Haspiel, Jose Garibaldi and more is scheduled to go on sale on May 15 from Devil's Due Comics.