Women & NB Creators at Marvel Comics, May 2020 Solicits, 29 Creators on 33 Books

March 26, 2020

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The stats keep on coming with our look at female and non-binary creators at Marvel, because I’m social distancing and staying inside and what’s more fun than tabulating creator numbers? As always, please support your local comics retailers during this difficult time if you can. Small businesses are getting hit hard, so check in with your comic shop to see if you can get your comics through the mail or curbside pickup, or pay for your account now to pick up down the road. Now let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel this May:

  • Alyssa Wong: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #3 (writer)
  • Amy Chu: Aero #11 (co-writer), Sword Master #11 (co-writer)
  • Barbara Randall Kesel: Avengers: Marvels Snapshot #1 (co-writer)
  • Becky Cloonan: Dark Agnes #4 (writer)
  • Carmen Carnero: Miles Morales: Spider-Man #18 (interior art), Star #5 (cover)
  • Claire Roe: Nebula #4 (interior art)
  • Elena Casagrande: Black Widow #2 (interior art)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: The Union #1 (variant cover)
  • Eve L. Ewing: Champions #2 (writer)
  • Gurihiru: Power Pack #2 (variant cover)
  • Jen Bartel: Nebula #4 (cover)
  • Karla Pacheco: Spider-Woman #3 (writer)
  • Kelly Thompson: Black Widow #2 (writer), Captain Marvel #18 (writer), Captain Marvel #19 (writer), Deadpool #7 (writer), Star #5 (writer)
  • Leah Williams: Amazing Mary Jane #8 (writer), Empyre: X-Men #2 (co-writer), X-Factor #2 (writer)
  • Margaret Stohl: Spider-Man Noir #3 (writer)
  • Marika Cresta: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #3 (interior art)
  • Meghan Hetrick: Champions #2 (variant cover), Empyre: Thor #1 (variant cover)
  • Mirka Andolfo: Amazing Spider-Man #46 (variant cover)
  • Natacha Bustos: Runaways #33 (interior art)
  • Peach Momoko: Gwen Stacy #4 (variant cover)
  • Rainbow Rowell: Runaways #33 (writer)
  • Sana Takeda: Marvel’s Spider-Man: The Black Cat Strikes #5 (cover)
  • Seanan McGuire: Ghost-Spider #10 (writer)
  • Stephanie Hans: Dark Agnes #4 (cover)
  • Tini Howard: Empyre: X-Men #1 (co-writer), Excalibur #11 (writer), Strikeforce #9 (writer)
  • Torunn Grønbekk: Valkyrie: Jane Foster #11 (co-writer)
  • Valentina Remenar: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #3 (cover)
  • Vita Ayala: 2020 Ironheart #2 (co-writer), Children of the Atom #2 (writer), Morbius #7 (writer), Nebula #4 (writer)

All together, there are 29 female and non-binary creators set to work on 33 different books in May, two fewer creators than in April on two more books. So that about evens out, really, with Marvel’s output in the same ballpark as last month. They’re putting out two more books in May, for a whopping 99 titles overall, and with female or non-binary creators set to work on 33 of them, that gives us representation across 33% of the line. That’s a one point gain from last month, as Marvel continues to hold relatively steady.

In terms of new names in May, I don’t think there are any brand new creators. We haven’t seen Barbara Randall Kesel in a while, but she’s certainly worked at Marvel before. Almost everyone else was in the mix last month, if not in the months before that. Marvel’s got a sizeable group of female and non-binary creators getting regular work right now, which is great, but it’d be good to have some new names in the mix, too.

For new books, it’s going to be Empyre-palooza in May, with what looks like a dozen or so spinoff minis that cover every corner of the Marvel universe. If you’ve got a favourite female character at Marvel, chances are they’ll pop up in one of these books, plus a lot of regular series are doing tie-ins as well. It’s a whole big thing, though there aren’t a ton of female or non-binary creators involved. Outside of all of that, the only new book with female representation is The Union, a new team led by Britannia. There also seem to be a couple of other women in the mix, too, though I don’t know who’s who. I’m not an expert on Marvel heroes in the British Isles.

Overall, Marvel keeps trucking along with relatively decent female and non-binary creator representation. The numbers are below their recent highs, but they’re steady and there’s a solid core group of creators getting all manner of gigs currently. Some growth would be nice, but given how up and down the Big Two tend to be, there’s something to be said for stability as well.

Women & NB Creators at DC Comics, May 2020 Solicits, 20 Creators on 14 Books

March 23, 2020

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We’re going to keep rolling with our stats this week, because we sure do have a lot of spare time now! We might even have the June numbers up next week, at this rate. Also, again, please support your local comic shops if you can during this time of self-isolation. See if they offer mail delivery or curbside pick, or pay for your books in advance via etransfer, PayPal, or credit card and then pick them up down the road. It’s a difficult time for small businesses, so consider helping them out, if you’re able. Now let’s dig into who’s doing what at DC this May, where the numbers are looking rough:

  • Blake Northcott: Catwoman #23 (co-writer)
  • Carmen Maria Machado: The Low, Low Woods #6 (writer)
  • Cecil Castellucci: Batgirl #47 (writer)
  • Charlotte Fullerton: Green Lantern 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1 (co-writer)
  • Dani: The Low, Low Woods #6 (interior art)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Wonder Woman #758 (interior art)
  • G. Willow Wilson: The Dreaming: Waking Hours #1 (writer)
  • Jenny Frison: The Low, Low Woods #6 (variant cover)
  • Jody Houser: Supergirl #42 (writer)
  • Joelle Jones: Lois Lane #11 (variant cover)
  • Kelly Sue DeConnick: Aquaman #60 (writer)
  • Laura Marks: Daphne Byrne #5 (writer)
  • Mariko Tamaki: Batman Secret Files #3 (co-writer), Green Lantern 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1 (co-writer)
  • Michelle Delecki: Metal Men #8 (interior art)
  • Nalo Hopkinson: House of Whispers #21 (writer)
  • Nicola Scott: Green Lantern 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1 (variant cover)
  • Rachael Stott: Supergirl #42 (interior art)
  • Rachel Dodson: Batgirl #47 (variant cover)
  • Tiffany Turrill: Lucifer #20 (cover)
  • Vita Ayala: Batman Secret Files #3 (co-writer)

All together, there are 20 different female and non-binary creators scheduled to work on 14 different books at DC this May, nine fewer creators and seven fewer books than in April. Those are some big drops. There are fewer titles overall in May than in April, but not enough that this decline is proportional. Having female or non-binary creators on 14 of DC’s 56 books in May gives us representation across 25% of the line, a seven point fall from April’s 32%. That’s quite sizeable. Hopefully it’s just an off month, but this is rough stuff regardless.

In terms of new names, we’ve got Charlotte Fullerton writing a story in the Green Lantern 80th anniversary special. She’s worked in animation and comics for a while, but I think this is her first DC gig since we started keeping track. Also, it’s great to see some female creators working on an anniversary special with a male lead. That’s been rare lately. Elsewhere, Blake Northcott is co-writing Catwoman this month, which I am less excited about. She’s been ComicsGate adjacent for a while now, and I’m not terribly thrilled when anyone associated with that hate group lands a mainstream gig.

For new titles, DC’s big summer event Dark Nights: Death Metal is launching, with Wonder Woman set to play a big role with her weird chainsaw sword. There’s a Generation One special on the books as well, but that may be up in the air given that the books that were supposed to come out in June seem to have gone by the wayside. There’s not much new for female characters across the line, however, though I’ve got my fingers crossed for Batgirl and other Gotham greats to show up in Batman: The Adventures Continue, which is set in the iconic animated series.

Overall, May looks pretty bad for DC. Representation for creators of marginalized genders is way down, and there’s not a whole lot of be excited about in new names and books. At this stage, we’re not in a post-DiDio DC yet, so his exit doesn’t explain this drop. It’s just a decidedly subpar month, for no discernible reason. Not great, DC.

Women & NB Creators at Marvel Comics, April 2020 Solicits, 31 Creators on 31 Books

March 18, 2020

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We’re all still snug at home, so let’s keep digging into female and non-binary creator stats at the Big Two! But first, a reminder: Support your local comics shop if you can. They’re facing a tough time right now, and while we’re self-isolating and avoiding the shops, if you’re able you should consider shooting some money their way. Buy a gift certificate for when you can make it to the shop again, or just pay them via credit card for what’s currently in your account and pick it up down the road. Keep them afloat through this difficult period, if you can! And now let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel this April:

  • Alyssa Wong: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #1 (writer), Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #2 (writer)
  • Amy Chu: Aero #10 (co-writer), Sword Master #10 (co-writer)
  • Ashley Witter: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #1 (variant cover)
  • Becky Cloonan: Dark Agnes #3 (writer)
  • Carmen Carnero: Miles Morales: Spider-Man #17 (interior art), Star #4 (cover)
  • Claire Roe: Nebula #3 (interior art)
  • Dana Schwartz: 2020 Rescue #2 (writer)
  • Devin Grayson: Widowmakers: Red Guardian and Yelena Belova #1 (writer)
  • Elena Casagrande: Black Widow #1 (interior art)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Black Widow: Widow’s Sting #1 (cover), X-Factor #1 (variant cover)
  • Eve L. Ewing: Champions #1 (writer)
  • Jen Bartel: Lords of Empyre: Emperor Hulkling #1 (variant cover), Star #4 (variant cover), Nebula #3 (cover)
  • Jenny Frison: Spider-Woman #2 (variant cover)
  • Karla Pacheco: Spider-Woman #2 (writer)
  • Kelly Thompson: Black Widow #1 (writer), Captain Marvel #17 (writer), Deadpool #6 (writer), Star #4 (writer)
  • Leah Williams: Amazing Mary Jane #7 (writer), X-Factor #1 (writer)
  • Margaret Stohl: Spider-Man Noir #2 (writer)
  • Marika Cresta: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #1 (interior art), Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #2 (interior art)
  • Meghan Hetrick: X-Men/Fantastic Four #4 (variant cover)
  • Mirka Andolfo: 2020 Rescue #2 (variant cover)
  • Natacha Bustos: Runaways #32 (interior art)
  • Peach Momoko: Marvel Zombies: Resurrection #1 (variant cover)
  • Rainbow Rowell: Runaways #32 (writer)
  • Sana Takeda: Marvel’s Spider-Man: The Black Cat Stikes #4 (cover)
  • Sara Pichelli: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #2 (variant cover)
  • Seanan McGuire: Ghost-Spider #9 (writer)
  • Stephanie Hans: Dark Agnes #3 (cover), Marvel Zombies: Resurrection #1 (variant cover)
  • Tini Howard: Excalibur #10 (writer), Strikeforce #8 (writer)
  • Torunn Grønbekk: Valkyrie: Jane Foster #10 (co-writer)
  • Valentina Remenar: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #1 (cover), Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #2 (cover)
  • Vita Ayala: 2020 Ironheart #1 (co-writer), Children of the Atom #1 (writer), Morbius #6 (writer), Nebula #3 (writer)

All together, there are 31 different female and non-binary creators set to work on 31 different books at Marvel in April, three more creators and four more books than in March. It’s a small step upward that brings Marvel back into the 30s across the board, though the publisher remains noticeably below its recent highs.

Marvel also has a very busy month ahead of them, with 97 new books on the docket. With female creators on 31 of those books, that equals representation across 32% of the line, a minor gain from March’s 31%. The low 30s has become pretty much standard for both DC and Marvel as of late.

It’s a quiet month for new creators, with the entire roster above consisting of names we’ve seen at Marvel before. However, there are a lot of new-ish names that are back again, which is good to see. Creators like Alyssa Wong, Marika Cresta, and Valentina Remenar have worked for Marvel previously, but not extensively, and I’m glad to see them return on new, exciting gigs for the publisher. Sometimes new names are never seen again, so retention should be celebrated.

We’ve got a few books with female characters coming this April, starting with Marvel’s big Empyre event. I have no idea what it’s about, but it seems to be universe-spanning so expect some of your favourite female character to show up there. There’s a new Champions book as well, with Ms. Marvel at the forefront. The relaunch of the Star Wars line is also continuing, and it brings us a new Doctor Aphra series with an all-female creative team. And finally, with the Black Widow book on the horizon we’ve got a slew of new Black Widow titles. Kelly Thompson and Elena Casagrande are launching a new solo series for Natasha, which should be great. That’s a fantastic team. There are also a couple of Black Widow one-shots and minis in the mix this month.

Overall, April looks to be a relatively average month for representation of creators of marginalized genders at Marvel. The raw numbers look better, but it’s also a very busy month. Should the overall number of books drop, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a commensurate drop in female and non-binary creators. The numbers seem to be relatively steady currently, rather than growing in any consistent way.

Women & NB Creators at DC Comics, April 2020 Solicits, 29 Creators on 21 Books

March 17, 2020

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Self-isolation means it’s a good time to catch up on female and non-binary creator representation at the Big Two! Before we do, though, we should all remember that our local comics retailers are facing difficulties during this period. If you’re looking to buy the great titles listed below but are avoiding public spaces, check in with your local shop. Some offer mailing options or even curbside pickup, which is a great alternative to conventional shopping. The comic shop business is a tough one, so support your retailers however you can! And now let’s dig into who’s doing what at DC Comics this April:

  • Amanda Conner: Harley Quinn and the Birds of Prey #2 (co-writer, interior art, cover)
  • Amy Reeder: Amethyst #3 (writer, interior art, cover)
  • Aneke: Catwoman #22 (interior art)
  • Ann Nocenti: Catwoman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1 (co-writer)
  • Bilquis Evely: The Dreaming #20 (interior art)
  • Carmen Maria Machado: The Low, Low Woods #5 (writer)
  • Cecil Castelluci: Batgirl #46 (writer)
  • Dani: The Low, Low Woods #5 (interior art)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Catwoman #22 (cover), Catwoman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1 (interior art)
  • Jessica Dalva: The Dollhouse Family #6 (cover)
  • Jody Houser: Supergirl #41 (writer)
  • Joelle Jones: Catwoman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1 (cover)
  • Kami Garcia: Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity #4 (writer)
  • Kelly Sue DeConnick: Aquaman #59 (writer)
  • Laura Marks: Daphne Byrne #4 (writer)
  • Marguerite Bennett: RWBY #7 (writer)
  • Michelle Delecki: Metal Men #7 (interior art)
  • Mindy Newell: Catwoman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1 (co-writer)
  • Mirka Andolfo: RWBY #7 (interior art)
  • N.K. Jemisin: Far Sector #6 (writer)
  • Nalo Hopkinson: House of Whispers #20 (co-writer)
  • Paula Sevenbergen: Catwoman #22 (writer)
  • Rachael Stott: Supergirl #41 (interior art)
  • Reiko Murakami: Basketful of Heads #7 (cover)
  • Sarah Stone: RWBY #7 (cover)
  • Tasia M S: DCeased: Unkillables #3 (variant cover)
  • Tiffany Turrill: Lucifer #19 (cover)
  • Tula Lotay: Catwoman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1 (interior art), Lois Lane #10 (variant cover)
  • Yasmine Putri: Batman #92 (variant cover)

All together, there are 29 different female creators set to work on 21 different comics books this April, three more creators on two more books than in March. As best I can tell, there are no non-binary creators listed in this round of solicits. Small gains in both categories look good at first glance, but we need to take into account how many books DC is putting out. The publisher’s output jumped from 56 books in March to 65 books in April, which changes the equation somewhat. Female creators on 21 of 65 books equals representation across 32% of the line, a slight drop from March’s 34%.

In terms of new names, Paula Sevenbergen is going to write Catwoman this month. It looks like Joelle Jones is moving on from the title, and I’m curious to see what she’ll be doing next. We’ve also got Tasia M S doing a variant cover for DCeased: Unkillables. There are a bunch of returning favourites we haven’t seen in a while on the Catwoman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular as well, including Ann Nocenti, Mindy Newell, and more.

The Catwoman special is the only new title to feature a female character in a prominent role, and the book has an array of great female creators in the mix. The Joker is getting a similar special in April, too, with nary a female or non-binary creator to be found within its one hundred pages thus far. You’d think there’d be a bit of representation in such a big book, but not so much.

Overall, April looks to be a pretty average month for creators of marginalized genders at DC. The percentage is down slightly, but the numbers are in the publisher’s typical range. Things have been better, and things have been worse. It’ll be interesting to see what happens in the months to come now that Dan DiDio has left DC. He was a champion of several different female creators but he also fostered an environment where many female and non-binary creators felt unwelcome. It’ll be a few months until we start to see these changes, and you can be sure we’ll be all over tracking them should they come.

Women & NB Creators at Marvel Comics, March 2020 Solicits, 28 Creators on 27 Books

February 20, 2020

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February was a bit of a bounce back month for Marvel after a very subpar January, and the publisher’s female and non-binary representation looks to be carrying on at a similar level in March. Marvel remains well below their 2019 highs, but it’s good to see some stability. There’s a solid core of female and non-binary creators at Marvel right now, which is a good foundation to build on. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel in March:

  • Amy Chu: Aero #9 (co-writer), Sword Master #9 (co-writer)
  • Anna Rud: Outlawed #1 (variant cover)
  • Audrey Mok: Valkyrie: Jane Foster #9 (variant cover)
  • Becky Cloonan: Dark Agnes #2 (writer)
  • Belen Ortega: Guardians of the Galaxy #3 (interior art)
  • Carmen Carnero: Star #3 (cover)
  • Claire Roe: Nebula #2 (interior art)
  • Dana Schwartz: 2020 Rescue #1 (writer)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Fantastic Four #20 (variant cover)
  • Eve L. Ewing: Outlawed #1 (writer)
  • Fonda Lee: 2020 Iron Age #1 (co-writer)
  • Jen Bartel: 2020 Rescue #1 (variant cover), Nebula #2 (cover)
  • Karla Pacheco: Spider-Woman #1 (writer)
  • Kelly Thompson: Captain Marvel #16 (writer), Deadpool #5 (writer), Jessica Jones: Blind Spot #5 (writer), Jessica Jones: Blind Spot #6 (writer), Star #3 (writer)
  • Leah Williams: Amazing Mary Jane #6 (writer)
  • Margaret Stohl: Spider-Man Noir #1 (writer)
  • Meghan Hetrick: X-Men/Fantastic Four #3 (variant cover)
  • Mirka Andolfo: Deadpool #5 (variant cover)
  • Nina Vakueva: Guardians of the Galaxy #3 (interior art)
  • Peach Momoko: Spider-Woman #1 (variant cover)
  • Rainbow Rowell: Runaways #31 (writer)
  • Sana Takeda: Marvel’s Spider-Man: The Black Cat Strikes #3 (cover)
  • Sarah Dyer: Fantastic Four: Marvels Snapshot #1 (co-writer)
  • Seanan McGuire: Ghost-Spider #8 (writer)
  • Stephanie Hans: Dark Agnes #2 (cover)
  • Tini Howard: Excalibur #8 (writer), Excalibur #9 (writer), Strikeforce #7 (writer)
  • Torunn Grønbekk: Valkyrie: Jane Foster #9 (co-writer)
  • Vita Ayala: Morbius #5 (writer), Nebula #2 (writer)

All together, there are 28 different female and non-binary creators set to work on 27 books at Marvel this March, the same amount of creators and two more books than in February. Consistency is not exactly exciting to write about, really. Gains and losses are far more interesting! But steady representation is a good thing, and while Marvel’s not at a great level relative to their past performances, they’ve certainly been far, far lower.

Looking at the number of books scheduled for March, Marvel’s got female and non-binary creators on 27 of their 88 books, giving us 31% representation across the line. That’s where they were last month, considering the consistency by every metric this go-round.

We’ve got at least two new names in the mix this month, with Sarah Dyer co-writing the Fantastic Four: Marvels Snapshot special and Nina Vakueva doing some artwork in Guardians of the Galaxy. Dana Schwartz and Fonda Lee are also making their second appearances after small gigs back in 2019. A new name is always good to see, and it’s also nice to see creators coming back after past gigs went well for them.

It’s a big month for new books, too. Spider-Woman is headlining her own title again, with a new costume I don’t much care for, but oh well. She’s a great character that deserves a spotlight. We’ve also got some team books with female representation. The cool looking Strange Academy features Magik and Scarlet Witch, along with several female students at the magic institution whose names we don’t know yet. Psylocke is part of the new Hellions book, while Ms. Marvel looks to be a big player in Outlawed and all of the fallout the new “no teen superheroes” law will lead to.

Overall, things are going to stay pretty steady at Marvel in March. There are some new names in the mix as well, which is a positive sign. At the same time, though, DC’s got higher representation right now. Holding steady in second position isn’t anything to write home about. Hopefully this consistency is laying the groundwork for future growth in the months to come.

Women & NB Creators at DC Comics, March 2020 Solicits, 26 Creators on 19 Books

February 18, 2020

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DC’s been on a bit of a roll with female and non-binary creator representation lately, posting over 30 different creators each month since November. They’re not going to hit that mark in March, where we’re looking at some big dips in both creators and books. To be fair, March marks the fewest books overall we’ve seen from DC in a while. They’ve been busy as of late, and March has a less robust slate. But still, it’s not great. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at DC this March:

  • Amy Reeder: Amethyst #2 (writer, interior art, cover)
  • Amy Wolfram: Robin 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1 (co-writer)
  • Bilquis Evely: Lois Lane #9 (variant cover), The Dreaming #19 (interior art)
  • Carmen Maria Machado: The Low, Low Woods #4 (writer)
  • Cecil Castellucci: Batgirl #45 (writer)
  • Dani: The Low, Low Woods #4 (interior art)
  • Devin Grayson: Robin 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1 (co-writer)
  • Jenny Frison: The Low, Low Woods #4 (variant cover)
  • Jessica Dalva: The Dollhouse Family #5 (cover)
  • Jody Houser: Supergirl #40 (writer)
  • Joelle Jones: Catwoman #21 (writer, cover)
  • Kat Howard: Books of Magic #18 (writer)
  • Kelly Sue DeConnick: Aquaman #58 (writer)
  • Laura Marks: Daphne Byrne #3 (writer)
  • Marguerite Bennett: RWBY #6 (writer)
  • Michelle Delecki: Metal Men #6 (cover)
  • Mirka Andolfo: RWBY #6 (interior art)
  • N.K. Jemison: Far Sector #5 (writer)
  • Nalo Hopkinson: House of Whispers #19 (co-writer)
  • Nicola Scott: Robin 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1 (interior art), The Green Lantern Season Two #2 (variant cover)
  • Rachael Stott: Supergirl #40 (interior art)
  • Rachel Dodson: Batgirl #45 (variant cover)
  • Reiko Murakami: Basketful of Heads #6 (cover)
  • Sarah Stone: RWBY #6 (cover)
  • Tiffany Turrill: Lucifer #18 (cover)
  • Yasmine Putri: Robin 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1 (variant cover)

All together, there are 26 different female creators set to work on 19 different books at DC in March, seven fewer creators than in February on ten fewer books. As best as I can tell, there are no non-binary creators in this round of solicits. So, these are some sizable drops. Even with fewer books overall, this is not a great situation. And there’s a special one-shot in the mix bumping up the numbers, too! Dropping seven creators is a lot.

Let’s take a closer look at the books, though. DC’s only got 56 new comics coming out in March, far fewer than February’s 72. But with female creators on only 19 of them, that gives us representation across 34% of the line. That’s noticeably down from last month’s 40%. So, even with the drop in books, we’re still much lower.

In terms of new names, it’s a very quiet month. Silent, in fact. We’ve got a returning favourite with Devin Grayson on the special Robin one-shot, but she’s not exactly new. Everyone else is someone we’ve seen in the past few months, which may partly explain the drop. It’s hard to grow without new creators.

It’s a quiet month for new books, too. The Robin special has a few female creators in the mix, and I hope that Stephanie Brown gets some attention for her time in the costume. Elsewhere, Tom King, Mitch Gerads, and Clay Mann are launching Strange Adventures. These high-profile mini-series tend to go to both male creators and male characters.

Overall, it’s a pretty underwhelming month at DC. We’ve got fewer female and non-binary creators across fewer books, by wide margins. With the drop in books overall, these declines aren’t catastrophic or anything, so hopefully April will bring better numbers across the board.

Women & NB Creators at Marvel Comics, February 2020 Solicits, 28 Creators on 25 Books

January 16, 2020

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The New Year started off poorly for Marvel, with sizeable losses in their overall total of female and non-binary creators, but the publisher is set to bounce back in February with some higher numbers. After such a steady 2019, it’s a tad worrisome that Marvel is returning to its old back and forth ways thus far in 2020. That consistency was nice, and I was hoping the publisher had reached a new standard. Perhaps not yet. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel this February:

  • Alitha E. Martinez: Marvel’s Voices #1 (interior art)
  • Amy Chu: Aero #8 (co-writer)
  • Annie Wu: Guardians of the Galaxy #2 (variant cover)
  • Becky Cloonan: Dark Agnes #1 (writer, variant cover)
  • Belén Ortega: Doctor Doom #5 (variant cover)
  • Carmen Carnero: Star #2 (cover)
  • Claire Roe: Nebula #1 (interior art)
  • Elizabeth Torque: Amazing Spider-Man #40 (variant cover)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Captain Marvel #15 (variant cover), Star Wars #3 (variant cover)
  • Gurihiru: Spider-Man/Venom: Double Trouble #4 (interior art, cover)
  • Jen Bartel: Nebula #1 (cover)
  • Kelly Thompson: Captain Marvel #15 (writer), Deadpool #4 (writer), Jessica Jones #3 (writer), Jessica Jones #4 (writer), Star #2 (writer)
  • Kirbi Fagan: Star #2 (variant cover)
  • Leah Williams: Amazing Mary Jane #5 (writer)
  • Mariko Tamaki: Spider-Man/Venom: Double Trouble #4 (writer)
  • Meghan Hetrick: X-Men/Fantastic Four #1 (variant cover), X-Men/Fantastic Four #2 (variant cover)
  • Mirka Andolfo: Nebula #1 (variant cover)
  • Natacha Bustos: Marvel’s Voices #1 (interior art)
  • Peach Momoko: Valkyrie: Jane Foster #8 (variant cover)
  • Rainbow Rowell: Runaways #30 (writer)
  • Roxane Gay: Marvel’s Voices #1 (co-writer)
  • Sana Takeda: Marvel’s Spider-Man: The Black Cat Strikes #2 (cover)
  • Seanan McGuire: Ghost-Spider #7 (writer)
  • Stephanie Hans: Dark Agnes #1 (cover), Spirits of Ghost Rider: Mother of Demons #1 (variant cover)
  • Tini Howard: Excalibur #7 (writer), Strikeforce #6 (writer)
  • Torunn Grønbekk: Valkyrie: Jane Foster #8 (co-writer)
  • Vita Ayala: Marvel’s Voices #1 (co-writer), Morbius #4 (writer), Nebula #1 (writer)

All together, there are 28 female and non-binary creators set to work on 25 different books at Marvel this February, an impressive seven more creators than in January across three fewer books. The publisher has gained back most of its January losses, and while the drop in the number of books doesn’t look great at first glance, Marvel’s only putting out 81 books in February. With female and non-binary creators working on 25 of them, that gives the publisher representation across 31% of the line, where it’s been for the past few months.

Most of the creators listed are the usual gang, with a few returning favourites for Marvel Voices, a one-shot of stories from “Marvel’s acclaimed podcast series focusing on telling the stories of diverse creators and their unique perspectives.” There’s only one brand new name and it’s maybe the coolest name ever: Torunn Grønbekk. She’ll be co-writing Valkyrie: Jane Foster, and given her Norwegian background she seems like a perfect fit for the book.

This round of solicits also lists several Asian creators who don’t appear to have an English language online presence. I did my best to track them down and was able to confirm a few, but some remain questions marks. So there may be more representation than we thought.

For new female-led books, we’ve got a few team outing with X-Men/Fantastic Four starring Kitty Pryde, Sue Storm, and Storm while Giant Size X-Men: Jean Grey and Emma Frost focuses on those two X-ladies. We’ve also got a brand new Nebula series, which should be fun, along with Dark Agnes, an old creation of Robert E. Howard who’s getting her own solo mini-series. Howard also created Conan the Barbarian, which Marvel now has the license to, but Dark Agnes seems unconnected to that universe. The book’s got a great creative team, and I’m curious to check it out.

Overall, February is a solid rebound month after an underwhelming January. The numbers for female and non-binary remain below Marvel’s 2019 highs, but at least things are better than January’s disappointing lows. Time will tell if the publisher can even things out, or if we’re in for a rollercoaster of a year.


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