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Women At DC Comics Watch – August 2014 Solicits

May 29, 2014

womenatdcAUGUST

August looks like a very busy month for female creators at DC, with several women set for multiple gigs across every division of the publisher. There’s also some good news for female characters in terms of new series, though it’s counteracted with some unfortunate cancellations. Let’s dig into the August 2014 solicits:

  • For writers in the New 52, Gail Simone is on Batgirl #34, Ann Nocenti pens Catwoman #34, Christy Marx writes Birds of Prey #34, and Amanda Conner is co-writing Harley Quinn #9 and Harley Quinn #10.
  • In terms of New 52 art, Nicola Scott is pencilling Earth 2 #26, Emanuela Lupacchino is on interior art for Supergirl #34, Meghan Hetrick is doing a variant cover for New Suicide Squad #2, Rachel Dodson is inking the cover for Catwoman #34, and Amanda Conner is doing cover for Harley Quinn #9 and Harley Quinn #10.
  • Outside of the New 52, Gail Simone and Amanda Deibert are writing stories for the digital-first series Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #1, which also features art by Cat Staggs. Staggs is doing covers for Smallville Season 11: Chaos #1 and Smallville Season 11 Special #5, as well. Ming Doyle and Tula Lotay both have art in Adventures of Superman #16, and Teen Titans Go! #5 features writing by Amy Wolfram and art by Lea Hernandez.
  • Over at Vertigo, Caitlin Kittredge writes Coffin Hill #10, Meghan Hetrick and Tula Lotay are on interior art for Bodies #2, and Yuko Shimizu is doing the cover for The Unwritten: Apocalypse #8.
  • For new series, Wonder Woman’s got a new book, the aforementioned Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman, which will have new, out of continuity stories by different creators in every issue. The Multiversity #1 launches in August too, and features Mary Marvel on the cover.
  • In sad news, the last issue of Birds of Prey comes out in August, and Worlds’ Finest is losing Power Girl and Huntress and replacing them with Superman and Batman after the August issue.

All together, there are 16 different women working on 16 different books in August, one less woman than in July but two more titles. Plus that count doesn’t paint the most accurate picture, seeing as so many women a) have multiple gigs, and b) are working on the same books. There are 22 female credits in the solicits overall; they just break down into 16 and 16. This is one of the strongest months we’ve seen from DC since we started keeping an eye on the solicits.

For female characters, a new book for Wonder Woman is long overdue, and luckily it sounds absolutely fantastic. Losing Birds of Prey is quite a blow, though. It’s been a mainstay of female representation for ages as the publisher’s only real female team book, and it’s also been good at rotating the cast a bit and showcasing different female characters alongside Black Canary, Barbara Gordon, and some of the other fixtures of the series. The changes to Worlds’ Finest are disheartening as well. Power Girl and the Huntress were two of the most popular female characters at DC before the relaunch, and while their new incarnations were different it’s unfortunate to see them replaced with men. I hear they’ll be in the Earth 2 weekly book that launches in October, though, so that’s something.

Overall, August is looking good for female creators at DC, while somewhat bittersweet for female characters. Sensation Comics looks great, and let’s cross our fingers for a Birds of Prey relaunch soon.

Women At DC Comics Watch – July 2014 Solicits

April 30, 2014

womenatdcJULY

July should be very busy for female creators at DC Comics, largely due to Vertigo but there’s some solid representation on the superhero side of things as well. It’s not a bad month for female characters either, so all together July is looking like one of DC’s better months. Let’s go through the solicits:

  • For writers in the New 52, Gail Simone is on Batgirl #33, Ann Nocenti pens Catwoman #33, Christy Marx writes Birds of Prey #33, and Amanda Conner has a super packed month co-writing Secret Origins #4, Harley Quinn #8, and Harley Quinn Invades Comic-Con International: San Diego #1.
  • For New 52 art, Nicola Scott pencils Earth 2 #25, Emanuela Lupacchino is on interior art for Supergirl #33, Rachel Dodson is inking the cover of Catwoman #33, and Amanda Conner is busy again, doing the cover for Harley Quinn #8 and the cover and some interior art for Harley Quinn Invades Comic-Con International: San Diego #1.
  • Outside of the New 52, Rachel Dodson inks the cover for Infinite Crisis: Fight for the Multiverse #1, and Cat Staggs does the cover for Smallville Season 11: Lantern #4,
  • As a sidenote, DC has some books with VERY long titles. It’s a little bit out of hand.
  • Over at Vertigo, Meghan Hetrick and Tula Lotay are doing interior art for the new series, Bodies, while Fiona Stephenson is doing the cover for Bodies #1, Caitlin Kittredge writes Coffin Hill #9, Yuko Shimizu does the cover for The Unwritten: Apocalypse #7, and Annie Mok, Rachel Deering, Jody Houser, and Carla Berrocal all have work in the anthology series Vertigo Quarterly: Magenta #1
  • In terms of characters, some dudes are getting news books, like Dick Grayson, a Robin special, and the new Star-Spangled War Stories that features G.I. Zombie. But a couple of new team books have ladies, including Joker’s Daughter, Harley Quinn, and Amanda Waller in New Suicide Squad #1 and Wonder Girl and Raven on the terribly covered Teen Titans #1. Secret Origins will again feature two men and one woman; this month, the woman is Harley Quinn, who is everywhere in July.
  • Also, the new Vertigo series Bodies has at least one main female character in its multiple storylines, a Detective Sergeant named Shahara Hasan.

All together, there are 17 different women working on 14 different books in July, up nicely from June’s 12 and 12. Now, 4 of these women are from a one-shot special, which means we likely won’t see them again next month, but we may see them down the road on a different book. Bringing in new names and expanding editors’ rolodexes could very easily lead to future projects.

The new female character situation is okay, though we’ve seen a lack of new solo female titles at DC since Harley Quinn launched in the fall. Representation in team books is good, but DC could still be doing a lot more with their female characters. They could also let their female creators write and draw men for a change; most of the female creators in the New 52 books are writing and drawing women, which is fun but also an odd sort of pigeonholing.

If you like ladies in your comic books, real or fictional, DC’s July offerings give you a decent amount of choices. It’s not quite a buffet of female-led books, but it’s an okay sampling, and better than the crumbs we’ve seen in past months. I imagine things will drop in August, just based on the sorts of books coming out in July, but hopefully new projects will bring in new women and the numbers will continue to grow.

Women At DC Comics Watch – May 2014 Solicits

February 27, 2014

womenatdcMAY

May looks to be a definite step down for female creators at DC after a few very solid months, and an uneventful month for characters of any kind, male or female, with not many new books launching.  The decline for female creators isn’t catastrophic, but it’s certainly bigger than a slight fluctuation and is doubly annoying because we know DC can do better.  Let’s go through the solicits:

  • For New 52 writers, Gail Simone pens Batgirl #31 and The Movement #12, which will be the latter’s final issue.  Ann Nocenti writes Catwoman #31, Christy Marx is on Birds of Prey #31, and Amanda Conner co-writes Harley Quinn #6.
  • For New 52 artists, Nicola Scott is penciling Earth 2 #23, Emanuela Lupacchino is doing the cover and interior art for Supergirl #31, Rachel Dodson is inking the cover of Catwoman #31, and Amanda Conner is drawing the cover for Harley Quinn #6.
  • Outside of the New 52, Cat Staggs is doing the cover for Smallville Season 11: Lantern #2, while Bobbie Chase and Leah Moore are both writing The Vampire Diaries #5.
  • Finally, over at Vertigo, Yuko Shimizu is doing the cover for The Unwritten: Apocalypse #5.  I’m not sure where Coffin Hill, and thus Caitlin Kittredge, is in May, though the first collection comes out then so maybe they’ve built in a skip month for the series around the trade’s release in May.
  • There’s not much in the way of new books.  The new weekly The New 52: Future’s End launches, but seems to feature mostly guys.  Grifter, Firestorm, and Batman Beyond appear to be the primary characters, though Lois Lane does get a mention in the solicit for the second issue.  Secret Origins continues with origin stories for Batman, Aquaman, and Starfire; Scott Lobdell is writing the Starfire origin, though, so don’t get your hopes up.

All together, 11 different women are working on 10 different books this May, a big drop from April’s 15 women on 16 books.  It’s not great to have the number of female creators drop by about a third when there are so few to begin with.  Plus next month, barring an announcement of a new series, Gail Simone will be down to just one book now that The Movement has been cancelled, so the future’s not looking terribly bright right now either.

In a busier month, the lack of new female characters would be distressing, but in such a slow month it’s more mildly annoying.  I’d have liked to see more women front and center in The New 52: Future’s End, though; there are a lot of dudes in those solicits, and only one woman.  As a positive update, though, Batman: Eternal looks to be featuring several female characters, including Harper Row and Spoiler, so that’s a plus.  At least one weekly book will have some ladies in it.  I highly recommend checking out Batman #28, which serves as a sort of preview for Batman: Eternal.  It’s a really great issue with another fun female character in the mix as well; I ruin the surprise.

Ultimately, May looks to be a pretty subpar month for women at DC.  Female creators are still in double digits, but just barely and at rates far lower than what we’ve seen lately.  Female characters in new books are few and far between, and what we do have is Starfire penned by the writer who’s written her in a rather exploitive way in the past.  Let’s hope May was a momentary dip and June will be better!

Women At DC Comics Watch – April 2014 Solicits

January 28, 2014

womenatdcAPRIL

April looks like a very good month for female creators at DC Comics, but only an average one for female characters despite several new titles and shake-ups.  Let’s take a look at the solicits:

  • For New 52 writers, Ann Nocenti is on Catwoman #30, Christy Marx pens Birds of Prey #30, Amanda Conner co-writes Harley Quinn #5, and Gail Simone writes Batgirl #30, Batgirl Annual #2, and The Movement #11.
  • For New 52 artists, Meghan Hetrick is doing the interior art for Nightwing #30, Nicola Scott is pencilling Earth 2 #22, Rachel Dodson inks the cover of Catwoman #30, Amanda Conner does the cover for Harley Quinn #5, and Emanuela Lupacchino is doing the cover for Worlds’ Finest #22 and the interior art for Supergirl #30.
  • Outside of the New 52, Cat Staggs does the cover for Smallville Season 11: Lantern #1, Heather Nuhfer writes Vampire Diaries #4, and Amy Wolfram writes Teen Titans Go! #3.
  • At Vertigo, Amy Chu and Cris Peter are part of the new anthology series Vertigo Quarterly: Cyan #1, Caitlin Kittredge writes Coffin Hill #7, and Yuko Shimizu does the cover for The Unwritten: Apocalypse #4.
  • There are some big Justice League shake-ups this April.  Justice League United #0 launches with Supergirl and Stargirl as part of the team along with 5 guys.  Justice League #30 is the debut of Lex Luthor as the leader of the team, along with a few other cast changes, but Wonder Woman remains the only woman on the roster.  As for Justice League of America, the book that had 3 female characters?  Cancelled in April.
  • Batman Eternal is set to launch, and Stephanie Brown is in the mix; she’s due to appear for the first time in the New 52 universe in Batman Eternal #3.  DC is also launching a new Secret Origins series, and Supergirl will be featured in the first issue, while Aquaman and the Others #1, an Aquaman spinoff if you can believe it, is 2 of 5 for female main characters.

All together, in April 2014 DC is scheduled to have 15 different female creators working on 16 different books, an increase of 3 and 4 respectively from last month’s numbers.  These are really solid numbers for DC, among the best we’ve seen since this project began.  Double digits used to be a rarity, and now it’s commonplace.  Men still hit well into the triple digits each month, so there’s still a long way to go, but this is definite progress.

Things are moving slower on the female character side.  Representation in team books is always good to see, though women are always a minority.  It’s nice to have Stephanie Brown back, though!  That’s been a long time coming.  However, while Marvel seems to be launching multiple female-led solo series each month, DC certainly isn’t.  Their new books are either teams, one of which has a male hero in the title, or male-led solo books like the new Sinestro #1 (because apparently there’s a lack of Green Lantern books; Sinestro makes 6 currently being published).

Ultimately, the variety and number of female creators is very encouraging, while representation for female characters could be better.  Interestingly, as we’ll see in a couple days, the situation at Marvel is the complete opposite.  It seems that you can either have female creators OR female characters from a publisher; for whatever reason, you can’t have both.

Women At DC Comics Watch – March 2014 Solicits

December 19, 2013

womenatdcMARCH

March looks to be a pretty quiet month for DC, without many new books or creative changes.  Forever Evil is wrapping up, so I expect we’ll see some new stuff in April or May.  But for now, let’s take a look at the March 2014 solicits:

  • For female writers in the New 52, Ann Nocenti is on Catwoman #29, Christy Marx writes Birds of Prey #29, Amanda Conner co-writes Harley Quinn #4, and Gail Simone has Batgirl #29 and The Movement #10.
  • For New 52 female artists, Emanuela Lupacchino is drawing the cover of Worlds’ Finest #21, Nicola Scott is penciling Earth 2 #21, Rachel Dodson inks the cover of Catwoman #29, and Amanda Conner draws the cover for Harley Quinn #4.
  • Outside of the New 52, Colleen Doran is writing The Vampire Diaries #3, Heather Nuhfer writes Scooby Doo, Where Are You? #43, and Cat Staggs does the cover for Smallville Season 11: Alien #4 and the cover and interior art for Vampire Diaries #3.
  • At Vertigo, Caitlin Kittredge writes Coffin Hill #6 and Yuko Shimizu does the cover for The Unwritten Volume 2: Apocalypse #3.
  • For new books, Suicide Squad: Amanda Waller #1 is a one-shot starring Amanda Waller, while American Vampire is back with American Vampire: Second Cycle #1, featuring the vampire Pearl Jones as a lead character.

All together, there are 12 different female creators working on 12 different books in March.  This is a slight drop from February, but it was to be expected on account of the several female creators that were on the Lois Lane and Joker’s Daughter one-shots.  The numbers are staying relatively steady at DC, and remain in double digits.  Things could obviously be a lot better, but they’ve also seen much worse.

The Amanda Waller one-shot is a cool surprise, and I’m glad to see that DC is continuing to spotlight female characters.  Hopefully some of these turn into regular series.  It’s great that this one-shot stars a person of colour as well; DC doesn’t have a lot of non-white leads these days.  It’s also nice to have American Vampire back.  Pearl is a good character.

So March is looking decent for women, real and fictional, at DC Comics.  I’m optimistic about these numbers for female creators moving forward because most of them are regular gigs, and it would be great if DC continued their line of female-led one-shots and expanded some into series.  There’s lots of room to grow the numbers yet.

Women At DC Comics Watch – January 2014 Solicits

October 16, 2013

womenatdcJAN

After a solid autumn, DC is set to continue their recent, decent numbers for female creators into the New Year.  January doesn’t look particularly great for female characters in new books, however, despite a sizeable slate of new titles.  Let’s go through the solicits:

  • For writers in the New 52, Gail Simone is on Batgirl #27 and The Movement #8, Ann Nocenti is on Catwoman #27 (it looks like Katana was cancelled), Christy Marx pens Birds of Prey #27, Amanda Conner co-writes Harley Quinn #2, and Marguerite Bennett writes Talon #15.
  • For New 52 art, Nicola Scott pencils Earth 2 #19, Emanuela Lupacchino is doing the cover for Worlds’ Finest #19 and Worlds’ Finest Annual #1, Amanda Conner is on cover duty for Harley Quinn #2, and Rachel Dodson is inking the cover of Catwoman #27.
  • Outside of the New 52, Cat Staggs is doing the cover for Smallville Season 11: Alien #2 and the cover and interior art for Smallville Season 11 Special #4, while Colleen Doran is writing the all-new The Vampire Diaries #1, a spinoff of the CW TV show.
  • Over at Vertigo, Caitlin Kittredge writes Coffin Hill #4, while our old pal Yuko Shimizu is back from hiatus doing the cover for The Unwritten Volume 2: Apocalypse #1.
  • For new titles, Injustice Year Two #1 and Scribblenauts Unmasked: A Crisis of Imagination #1 feature all-male creators and large casts that seem to be predominantly male.  The Unwritten has some female characters, but the lead is male, while the three leads of The Vampire Diaries appear to include one female.
  • DC is also releasing a special 96-page issue of Detective Comics #27, a Bat-stravaganza in celebration of Batman’s first appearance in the original Detective Comics #27 way back in 1939.  There are 14 different creators solicited for the book’s 96 pages, and none of them are female.

All together, there are 12 different female creators set to work on 14 different books in January, a nice increase from December’s 9 and 11.  It’s good to see DC starting off the year in double digits, and doing so with some permanent gigs.  Yuko Shimizu is back, while Colleen Doran is part of a rotating team on The Vampire Diaries which will also feature Leah Moore, so look for her in future solicits.  Marguerite Bennett’s Talon gig appears to be a one-shot, so I’m not sure if she, or even the series itself, will be back next month or not.

Of course, as nice as it is to have 12 different female creators working at DC in January, we need to remember that this is just a drop in the bucket.  There’s another 200 or so men in the solicits as well, vastly outnumbering the female creators.  So yes, 12 is good relative to what we’re used to seeing, but it’s still a very small amount.

It’s also a bad month for female characters, starting with the cancellation of Katana and continuing with a lack of female characters in the new books that were announced.  There are a few female characters across these titles, but not at the fore for the most part.  For example, there are five superheroes featured on the cover of Scribblenauts Unmasked, and only one of them, Wonder Woman, is a woman.  Hopefully we’ll see some more ladies on the fictional side of things in February.

Overall, it’s not a bad start to the New Year, and certainly good for female creators.  A fresh year is always a nice line of demarcation, so we’ll be expecting things to only get better from here as 2014 progresses.  This expectation will most likely lead to disappointment, but so it goes.  Hope springs eternal and all of that.

Women At DC Comics Watch – December 2013 Solicits

September 16, 2013

womenatdcDEC

December looks to be a sizeable step down for women at DC, both in terms of female creators and characters.  The October and November solicits were quite strong after a rather anemic September, but while December isn’t terrible it’s certainly lower than we’d like to see.  Let’s go through the solicits:

  • For writers, Ann Nocenti pens Katana #10 and Catwoman #26, Gail Simone is on Batgirl #26 and The Movement #7, Christy Marx has Birds of Prey #26, and Amanda Conner co-writes Harley Quinn #1.
  • On art, Nicola Scott pencils the interior of Earth 2 #18, Amanda Conner does the cover for Harley Quinn #1, Emanuela Lupacchino draws the cover of Worlds’ Finest #18, and Rachel Dodson inks the cover of Catwoman #26.
  • Outside of the New 52, Cat Staggs does the cover for Smallville: Alien #1 while Amanda Conner pops up yet again, drawing the cover for Batman: Black and White #4.
  • At Vertigo, Caitlin Kittredge writes Coffin Hill #3.
  •  There’s not much for new books in December.  The Legends of the Dark Knight 100 Page Super Spectacular #1 features all-male creators and focuses on Batman, while Dead Boy Detectives #1 from Vertigo is similarly male leaning.  Harley Quinn #1 is actually the book’s second issue, but hooray for a female character and creator nonetheless (despite the art contest brouhaha of the past couple of weeks), while Smallville Season 11 relaunches as Smallville: Alien #1, which I’m sure will feature Lois Lane prominently as the series currently does.

All told, there are 9 different female creators scheduled to work on 11 different books in December, a drop of 5 and 4 respectively compared to a month ago.  That’s a pretty big fall.  Some variation is to be expected each month, and a swing of a couple of creators here and there is nothing to get worked up about, but the overall number of solicited female creators at DC is down by a third in December.  That’s disheartening.

If there’s any silver lining, I suppose it’s that a few women are getting multiple gigs.  After getting bumped from their regular series writing duties for new writers for “Zero Year” tie-ins, Ann Nocenti is back on Catwoman and Gail Simone is back on Batgirl, giving them each two titles.  Amanda Conner is also all over the place, with two covers and a co-writing gig on Harley Quinn.

The lack of new female characters isn’t particularly uplifting either, but December is a very quiet month for new books all around.  It’s not like there are a slew of new titles excluding women, real and fictional, or anything.  Maybe we’ll have more action on the new book front in the New Year.

Ultimately, December doesn’t look so great for women at DC, but after two solid months hopefully this is just an aberration.  We’ll have to see what 2014 brings us when we get next month’s solicits, and keep our fingers crossed that this decline is momentary and not the start of a trend.


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