DC’s female creator representation is set to remain steady albeit somewhat below their recent highs as the new year unfolds. The February 2017 solicits have some fun new books and the numbers are largely in line with the January solicits. DC’s posted higher numbers, but they’ve posted far, far lower too. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at DC this February:
- Amanda Conner: Harley Quinn #13 (co-writer, cover), Harley Quinn #14 (co-writer, cover)
- Becky Cloonan: Gotham Academy: Second Semester #6 (writer, cover), Shade, the Changing Girl #5 (cover)
- Bilquis Evely: Wonder Woman #16 (interior art, cover)
- Cecil Castellucci: Shade, the Changing Girl #5 (writer)
- Chynna Clugston Flores: Shade, the Changing Girl #5 (interior art)
- Claire Roe: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #7 (interior art)
- Elena Casagrande: Vigilante: Southland #2 (interior art)
- Emanuela Lupacchino: Green Lanterns #16 (variant cover), Green Lanterns #17 (variant cover)
- Gail Simone: Clean Room #16 (writer)
- Heather Nuhfer: Teen Titans Go! #20 (co-writer)
- Hope Larson: Batgirl #8 (writer)
- Jenny Frison: Clean Room #16 (cover), Shade, the Changing Girl #5 (variant cover), Wonder Woman #16 (variant cover), Wonder Woman #17 (variant cover)
- Jody Houser: Mother Panic #4 (writer)
- Joelle Jones: Supergirl: Being Super #2 (interior art, cover)
- Julie Benson: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #7 (co-writer)
- Kamome Shirahama: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #7 (variant cover)
- Marguerite Bennett: Batwoman: Rebirth #1 (co-writer), DC Comics Bombshells #22 (writer)
- Mariko Tamaki: Supergirl: Being Super #2 (writer)
- Marley Zarcone: Shade, the Changing Girl #5 (interior art)
- Mirka Andolfo: DC Comics Bombshells #22 (interior art)
- Msassyk: Gotham Academy: Second Semester #6 (interior art)
- Sandra Hope: Gotham Academy: Second Semester #6 (inker)
- Sarah Vaughn: Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love #3 (writer)
- Shawna Benson: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #7 (co-writer)
- Stephanie Hans: Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love #3 (cover)
- Tula Lotay: All Star Batman #7 (interior art, cover, variant cover), Everafter: From the Pages of Fables #6 (cover), The Wild Storm #1 (variant cover)
- Yasmine Putri: The Hellblazer #7 (variant cover)
All together, there are 27 different female creators set to work on 21 different books in February 2017, one more female creator than in January though 3 fewer books. Both months of 2017 have been in the high 20s, but DC’s solicits were in the low 30s at the end of 2016. It’s a light step down for the publisher, and the continuing unfolding of the second phase of “Rebirth” doesn’t seem to be growing the female creator ranks yet.
Part of the reason for the numbers not changing much is that there aren’t really any new women in the list above. It’s a lots of returning favourites and people we’ve seen recently; everyone’s a regular. There are folks in new gigs, however. Bilquis Evely is taking over as the artist on the even-numbered issues of Wonder Woman, and Marguerite Bennett is penning a Batwoman series.
Speaking of, there are a few new books with solid female character representation. Batwoman is the only female-led solo title set to debut; it premieres with a “Rebirth” issue this month, and then the regular series should launch in March. A couple of new team books have a lot of women in the mix as well, including The Wild Storm reboot, which name checks Angela Spica, Jenny Sparks, and Voodoo in the solicit, and the new Justice League of America, which counts Black Canary, Killer Frost, and Vixen as members.
Overall, is a fairly steady month for DC, with relatively decent female creator representation. The drop in the number of books is a bit disheartening; that’s the lowest number of titles since September. But the ranks as a whole are holding firm, and remain above where DC was when “Rebirth” began . DC’s previously shown that they’re capable of higher numbers, and perhaps the second wave of “Rebirth” will continue and help the publisher reach and perhaps surpass those totals.