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AOC Comic Publisher Responds to DC's Cease & Desist With Parody Cover

In May 2019, DC issued a cease and desist letter to Devil's Due Comics over a variant cover featuring American politician Alexandria Oscario-Cortez. The controversial cover to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Freshman Force depicted Ocasio-Cortez bearing a striking resemblance to Wonder Woman.

In response to the cease and desist, Devil's Due released a "replacement cover," which the publisher dubbed the "Cease & DCist Edition." Only 500 of these covers were made and they can be found at OcasioComic.com. A portion of the comic's proceeds go to Raices Texas, a non-profit that offers legal services to immigrants and refugees.

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The "Cease & DCist Edition" was designed by Joel Humberto Herrera and features American politicians Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, Senator Bernie Sanders and Rep. Ilhan Omar, all in superhero costumes standing in front of the U.S. Capitol Building. It's also worth noting the cover is a Justice League and MAD Magazine parody, both of which are DC/Warner Bros.-owned properties.

“The irony is, the cease and desist was already a moot point by the time we received it," Devil’s Due publisher Josh Blaylock said in a statement. “Regardless of it being unwarranted, as a retailer exclusive, the extremely limited amount of copies were already out of our hands. I'm assuming anyone who bought one is now awaiting trial in a Hall of Justice holding cell. Thoughts and prayers."

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Freshman Force was announced in February and the first issue was released in May.

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