In May, 2019, DC Comics issued a cease and desist letter to Chicago-based independent publisher Devil's Due Comics, stating a limited-edition issue of its now-infamous Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Freshman Force features a cover that violates their Wonder Woman copyright. (Scroll to the red box below for bulleted story points on the 'feud.') On Wednesday, June 5, Devil's Due unveiled a tongue-in-cheek replacement cover, named The 'Cease & DCist Edition.' The limited 500-issue release is available at OcasioComic.com, with a portion of proceeds being donated to Raices Texas, a non-profit that provides legal services to immigrants and refugees for immigration protections.
The replacement cover — designed by longtime Devil's Due collaborator Joel Humberto Herrera — features Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, Senator Bernie Sanders, and Rep. Ilhan Omar clad in superhero garb in front of the U.S. Capitol Building. Although Wonder Woman and her attire make no appearance in the 'Cease & DCist Edition,' Devil's Due Comics notes it cannot confirm or deny whether her invisible jet is on the new cover.
“The irony is, the cease and desist was already a moot point by the time we received it,” notes Devil’s Due publisher Josh Blaylock. “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."
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Freshman Force has been 2019's most talked-about comic since it was announced in February, garnering an unprecedented amount of U.S. and international coverage.