Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Freshman Force #1 (Devil’s Due Comics)
Cashing in on the latest pop culture craze is pretty much par for the course for comic publishers, and Devil’s Due is no exception. They’ve largely made a name for themselves for publishing things of the moment, and now they’ve set their sights on a comic focusing on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the breakout member of the House of Representatives. Ocasio-Cortez is a bonafide lightning rod for both sides of the political spectrum, and it’s a shame that this comic can’t rise to more than just being a simple cash in on the current trend of the moment.
Simply put, this comic is pretty bad. I try not to drag on books that I don’t think work, but Freshman Force really feels like the kind of comic that is made on the cheap to cash in on a big pop culture moment before it’s too late. None of the jokes land, none of the art really stands out, and the book doesn’t really take a stand either way politically. It’s nothing that you haven’t seen on any late night talk show, or even on twitter whenever it immediately happens.
I’m pretty left-leaning, but even I’m embarrassed by this comic. Outside of being a quick collector’s item that everyone will forget about in a month’s time, there’s really nothing here to recommend. Freshman Force is a lazy, forgettable cash grab that doesn’t deserve having Ocasio-Cortez’s (or any politician’s) name on it.