July might not be quite the Amanda Connerpalooza that June was, but there more women making comics at Marvel than last month AND Amanda Conner stuck around to still do a couple covers, so we’ve got wins all around. With some extra female creators and some female characters in new books, July is looking pretty good for Marvel. Let’s go through their solicits:
- For writers, we’ve got Kelly Sue DeConnick finishing up “The Enemy Within” crossover with Avengers Assemble #17 and Captain Marvel #14, Kathryn Immonen on Journey Into Mystery #654, Marjorie Liu writing Astonishing X-Men #64, and Robin Furth co-writing the Dark Tower: The Gunslinger – So Fell Lord Perth one-shot.
- On art, Sara Pichelli is doing interior and cover art for Guardians of the Galaxy #5 and the cover of X-Men #3, Ming Doyle has a story in Guardians of the Galaxy: Tomorrow’s Avengers #1, Stephanie Hans is on interior art for Fearless Defenders #7, and Amanda Conner is doing covers for Avengers Assemble #17 and Captain Marvel #14.
- We’ve also got a bunch of ladies in new books: Avengers A.I. #1 features Monica Chang and Alexis and women account for 2 of the 6 characters shown, Guardians of the Galaxy: Tomorrow’s Avengers #1 (which seems to be a collection of the digital comics, but I could be wrong) includes Gamora, Dorothy is back for The Emerald City of Oz #1, and finally we’ve got some new Spider-books with a lady villain I don’t know on the cover of The Superior Foes of Spider-Man #1 putting women at 1 of 5 there and two Avengers (Black Widow and Spider-Woman) in Superior Spider-Man Team-Up #1 for 2 of 11 there.
All told, we’ve got 8 female creators on 9 different book in July, an increase of 2 female creators from last month though one less book. I told you last time that Amanda Conner probably wouldn’t be on 5 covers again! That really boosted the book total in June. All together, I’d call July a step up from June.
For female characters as well. There are 7 females characters featured on the cover of new books in July, and spread out as well. I’m really digging Marvel’s recent spate of women-starring titles, but it’s good to see female characters popping up in other team books too. And they’re all different, which is another plus. There are ladies everywhere in Marvel comics lately, at least in the fictional department.
Things are more widespread on the creator side too, though. We’ve got THREE female artists inside books in July, which is a big jump. It’s usually just Sara Pichelli all on her own. Plus there’s a nice selection of covers and the usual, quite excellent writing gigs. It’s still just a handful of each, but it’s a growing and very talented handful.
Overall, July looks decent for Marvel. Their female character representation continues to be strong, and there are more female creators than last month. That’s what we like to see here.