DC takes aim at Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez comic for Wonder Woman outfit

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U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., speaks during the National Action Network Convention in New York, Friday, April 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

DC Comics is demanding that a comic featuring US representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez kitted out as Wonder Woman be recalled or destroyed.

The comicbook giant has issued a cease and desist order to Chicago-based Devil's Due, which published the latest in the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Freshman Force series last week.

On one of the comic's variant covers, Ocasio-Cortez, often known by her initials AOC, appears in Wonder Woman's iconic outfit, but with an 'A' where the 'W' would usually be.

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Artist Carla Cohen is behind the artwork, which DC reckons pretty flagrantly infringes on their copyright.

The print run of the variant Wonder Woman cover was only set to be 250, but according to Bleeding Cool, DC is requesting that they are all 'recalled, returned or destroyed'.

A few have got out, however, and thanks to the legal action and the fact that this will most certainly be a one-off print run, copies are now selling for rather more than the $5.99 cover price on eBay.

One copy is listed for $899 (just over £700), while others are receiving bids in excess of $400, but according to reports, those trying to sell the comics are also being contacted by DC with a similar cease and desist notice.

Goes the comic's blurb: “It’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the “Freshmen Force” (of Congress) vs. the establishment in this all-new special! Comic creators converge to celebrate the election of the most diverse group of freshman Representatives in history, and spare no-one in this satire that takes aim at Washington. From the house that brought you Barack the Barbarian! Featuring comics from various artists and bonus activities and games.”

Ocasio-Cortez is among a number of recently elected freshman representatives in the US, hitting headlines for her rise from bartender in the Bronx as recently as last year to public office.

She’s now the U.S. Representative for New York's 14th congressional district.

Wonder Woman 2, meanwhile - or Wonder Woman 1984, as it’s officially titled - is due out in June, 2020.