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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez And The Freshman Force: New Party, Who Dis? is Out May 15 with 12 Different Comic Shop Variants

Weeks after making international headlines for announcing its plans to create an Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez superhero comic, Devil’s Due Comics has a confirmed release date. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez And The Freshman Force: New Party, Who Dis? will hit online and physical retail outlets on Wednesday, May 15. And to mark the occasion, the Chicago-based comic book publisher has teamed up with a number of comic shops to provide 12 different collectible covers, available as limited-edition purchases at each retailer’s location or website.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez And The Freshman Force features contributions from several acclaimed and award-winning writers/artists, including Jill ThompsonDean Haspiel, Jose Garibaldi, and more, including a cover by Tim Seeley.

Check out the retail variants below!

Galaxy Of Comics alternate cover by Joe Benitez available exclusively at www.galaxyofcomics.com
Midtown Comics alternate cover by Tiffany Groves available exclusively at www.midtowncomics.com
Newbury Comics alternate cover by Hoyt Silva available exclusively at www.newburycomics.com
Ssalefish alternate cover by Olivia Palaez available exclusively at www.ssalefish.net
Sanctum Sanctorum alternate cover by Joel Herrera available exclusively at www.sanctumsanctorumcomics.com
Beyond Comics alternate cover by Gene Ha available exclusively at www.beyondcomics.com
Collector Cave alternate cover by Carla Cohen available exclusively at www.nycollectorcave.com
WonderWorld alternate cover by Olivia Palaez available exclusively at www.wonderworldcomics.com
First Legacy Comics alternate cover by Cat Skaggs available exclusively at www.firstlegacycomics.com
Devil’s Due Washington Warriror cover by Tim Seeley and Josh Blaylock. Available exclusively at www.ocasiocomic.com
Original Devil’s Due cover by Tim Seeley and Josh Blaylock. Available exclusively at www.ocasiocomic.com
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Preview: Legenderry Red Sonja: A Steampunk Adventure Vol. 2

Legenderry Red Sonja: A Steampunk Adventure Vol. 2

writer: Marc Andreyko
artists: Igor Lima, Rodney Buchemi
cover: Joe Benitez
FC | 120 pages | $19.99 | Teen+

The last we saw of Red Sonja of the Legenderry world, she was living the pirate’s life aboard her ship, The Nautilus. But times have changed. As she tries to rebuild her life once again, she must save the Big City from two houses divided and the star-crossed love bringing them to the brink of war!

Preview: Legenderry Red Sonja #5

Legenderry Red Sonja #5

writer: Marc Andreyko
artist: Rodney Buchemi
covers: Joe Benitez (A)
Joe Benitez (RI-B/W), Joe Benitez (RI-Virgin)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen+

Gath’s explosive plan to bring about hell on earth is well on its way to completion and Red Sonja is the only one with any chance of stopping it! It all leads up to this! And after the (possibly radioactive) dust settles, where will Sonja be?

Preview: Legenderry Red Sonja #4

Legenderry Red Sonja #4

writer: Marc Andreyko
artist: Rodney Buscemi
cover: Joe Benitez (A)
Joe Benitez (RI-B/W), Joe Benitez (RI-VIrgin)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen+

If Red can survive becoming a snack for aquatic based terrors, all she and Nemo have to do is infiltrate their enemy’s impenetrable stronghold and defeat the unnatural beasts that live within before being torn limb from limb. Should be fun!

Preview: Legenderry: Red Sonja #3

Legenderry: Red Sonja #3

writer: Marc Andreyko
artist: Rodney Buchemi
covers: Joe Benitez (A), Joe Benitez (RI-B/W), Joe Benitez (RI-Virgin)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen+

Red Sonja and the crew of the Nautilus attempt to bury a deadly element that could be used as the most shocking weapon they have ever seen when an old nemesis arrives to exact revenge!

Preview: Legenderry Red Sonja #2

Legenderry Red Sonja #2

writer: Marc Andreyko
artist: Igor Lima
covers: Joe Benitez (A)
Joe Benitez (RI-B/W), Joe Benitez (RI-Virgin)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen +

Red’s return to the life of a pirate-for-hire puts her square in the middle of a High Seas gang war, which spells trouble for someone, but maybe not who you would expect!

Preview: Legenderry Red Sonja #1

Legenderry Red Sonja #1

writer: Marc Andreyko
artist: Igor Lima
covers: Joe Benitez (A)
Joe Benitez (RI-B/W), Joe Benitez (RI-B/W), Joe Benitez (RI-Blood Red)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen +

The last we saw of Red Sonja of the Legenderry world, she was living the pirate’s life aboard her ship, The Nautilus. But times have changed. As she tries to rebuild her life once again, she must save the Big City from two houses divided and the star-crossed love bringing them to the brink of war!

Marc Andreyko Becomes Legenderry

Dynamite Entertainment is bringing back the fantastical world first created by bestselling writer Bill Willingham in 2013’s Legenderry: A Steampunk Adventure with their upcoming launch of Legenderry: Red Sonja! Helmed by writer Marc Andreyko, with art by Igor LimaLegenderry: Red Sonja #1 is set to arrive in stores this February!

The last we saw of Red Sonja of the Legenderry world, she was living the pirate’s life aboard her ship, The Nautilus. But times have changed. As she tries to rebuild her life once again, she must save the Big City from two houses divided and the star-crossed love bringing them to the brink of war!

The debut issue of Legenderry: Red Sonja features incredible cover art from legendary artist Joe Benitez, whose talents graced the cover of 2015’s Legenderry: Red Sonja run! Additionally, limited variant in “Black & White,” “Virgin Art,” and “Blood Red Line Art” formats are also available as retailer incentives for comic shops that support the launch issue by achieving stocking thresholds.

Review: Lady Mechanika Vol. 2

When stories are set in the steampunk genre, they usually take place in some major metropolis. Blade Runner, took place, in Los Angeles, in in what Philip K Dick believed 2019 was going to look like. In Hugo, the movie is set in 1930s Paris, where he invention of automaton is centerpiece to the story.  The recent Netflix adaptation of A Series of Unfortunate Events, has a Neo- Gothic feel which screams steampunk.

Anime studio have been working in the genre for years. Take the aptly named and brilliant Steamboy, taking place in 1860s Britain, an inventive young man is caught up in a huge conflict in an advance in steam power. The glaring omission amongst all these examples, are anything involving satires taking place in Third World or barely having people of color. These omissions are not lost on the creative team behind Lady Mechanika, as they venture into Africa in Lady Mechanika Volume 2: Tablet of Destinies.

In this storyline, Mechanika, is visited by an old friend, whose Grandfather, gets himself into a bit of trouble. They go throughout London, try to find out clues as to what happened to him, and find themselves in a globetrotting adventure. They soon end up in Africa, where her grandfather has been kidnapped so he can find an ancient artifact which holds secrets to an prehistoric race. By book’s end, Mechanika has rescued her friend (a few times) and her friend’s grandfather, while saving the world from impending doom.

Overall an excellent story arc, which thrills and addresses subjects which other writers would otherwise bypass. The story by M.M. Chen shines as it reminds me of those swashbuckling serial adventures of yesteryear, and the fact it takes place in Africa, is a major plus, as the characters introduced especially Akina, are fully fleshed out and well developed, as lesser writers would just make them background characters, instead of integral to the plot as Chen does here. The art By Benítez, Montiel, Garcia and Heisler, is lush, detailed, and remarkable. Altogether, another excellent story arc, in this ongoing series, which most come for the art, but will stay for the well-developed stories and characters.

Story: M.M. Chen Art: Joe Benitez, Martin Montiel, Mike Garcia and Michael Heisler
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy Now!!

Review: Lady Mechanika Vol. 1

There are many things that come to mind, when one hears the word” steampunk”. Some people may think of the leather clad individuals you would see at comic book conventions wearing goggles and top hats. One may think of movies like Blade Runner and Buckaroo Bonzai. Then there are the inspirations found in the works of Jules Verne and HG Wells.

I know for me, when I think of steampunk I think of 80s cartoons. Of course, there is Brave Starr, which combined westerns future technology much like Wild Wild West with James Garner. Then there is the definite steampunk influences that can found all throughout Firefly, which in my opinion is the definitive steampunk western. Then here is the world of Joe Benitez’s Lady Mechanika, which is one of the more well written examples of how steampunk should be done.

In this first volume of Lady Mechanika, the reader gets a quick and dirty introduction of who she is in The Demon of Satan’s Alley, where the reader finds a tortured private investigator who is more than meets the eye. In the first collected arc, The Mystery of The Mechanical Corpse, the corpse of a young lady with mechanical limbs are found in the city, Lady Mechanika springs into action to not only find her but also find out if she has anything to do with her own mysterious past. Along the way, Commander Winters, and bevy of villains stand in her way. By book’s end, she has destroyed a longtime foe but she may have been colluding with the person who is behind all her troubles.

Overall, an excellent story, which feels more like an action film, than anything I have read in a while. The story by Benitez is engaging, fast paced, and has all the trappings of an excellent action adventure. The art by Benitez is in line with the best Steampunk artists but has a beauty all its own. Altogether, an excellent book, which will leave thirsting for the next chapter.

Story: Joe Benitez Art: Joe Benitez
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy NOW!!!!!

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