Women At DC Comics Watch – April 2012 Solicits

So I wanted to put the cover for Catwoman #8 at the top of this post since there are two female artists on the book this April and that’s exciting, but I just couldn’t.  Guillem March did the cover, and Catwoman’s eyes are doing that thing where her irises are completely surrounded by white and it made me flash back to that early issue where she’s beat up and tied to a chair and her friend is dead on the floor and Catwoman is staring out wide-eyed and shocked and crying and the whole visual was just SO DISTURBING.  So no Catwoman.  I went with Wonder Woman instead, because Wonder Woman makes me happy.

Anyway, it’s time for our regular feature where we go through DC’s solicits and see how they’re doing in terms of lady creators and characters.  DC promised more of both after the ComicCon women in comics hullabaloo, but things have been pretty slow thus far.  April 2012, however, looks like it might not be too bad.  Let’s take a gander:

  • The only female creator left from the original DCnU line-up is Gail Simone, who is at her usual gig with Batgirl #8.
  • There are two other gals with current steady gigs in the superhero world, though, with Amy Reeder on the cover and interior art for Batwoman #8 and Ann Nocenti writing Green Arrow #8.
  • Also, I’m not sure if this is a fill-in gig or a new regular job (I’m leaning towards fill-in, since March is still on the cover), but Adriana Melo and Mariah Benes are doing the art for Catwoman #8.  Two ladies on one book??  That’s just insane.
  • Karen Traviss is back for her bi-monthly writing gig on Gears of War #23.
  • Over at Vertigo, Yuko Shimizu is on cover duty for The Unwritten #36, and the .5 issues we’ve seen the past few months seem to be over for now.
  • There are also a bunch of creators who are men but who have names that made me think they were ladies at first glance.  I mean, Marly Halpern-Graser sounds like a gal’s name, right?  It’s not!!  
  • Characterwise, there’s not much new in the DC universe proper.  There’s a few new back up stories in some books, but none that seem to involve ladies.  There’s the Court of Owls in Batman, Two-Face in Detective Comics, and Undersea Agent in T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents.  Seriously, a back up in T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents?  You’re going to make a book selling that badly cost a dollar more?
  • We’ve got a new comic set in the Batman: Arkham City universe, Batman: Arkham Unhinged #1, that features Catwoman on the cover, that is pretty epicly cleavaged.  She must spend a fortune on double-sided tape.
  • There’s also a new kids series, Green Lantern: The Animated Series #1, that so far seems to feature just Hal Jordan and Kilowog, though with the Green Lantern Corps there’s potential for female characters down the road.
  • There’s also a free preview of the new The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo graphic novel adaptation, which is written by Denise Mina, but these posts are mainly concerned with floppies not graphic novels.  Still, worth mentioning!!

So that was a lot of things!!  Let’s do a quick tally.  In terms of creators, we’ve got 7 women on 6 different comics, which is a definite step up from last month when it was 4 ladies on 5 books.  This is the most different women we’ve had on DC books since this monthly check-in started, so that’s fun!!  Things seem to be slowly getting better, though its been up and down for months.  But still, 7 ladies!!  New DCnU record!!

Characterwise, there’s not much going on apart from a chesty Catwoman on the Batman: Arkham Unhinged #1 cover.  Catwoman is the big character all around this month, what with Melo and Benes on Catwoman #8 too.  If that book wasn’t so awful, and the cleavage on the Arkham cover wasn’t so plunging, I’d be a lot more excited.

The May solicits should be better for female chracters, though, what with World’s Finest pairing up Huntress and Power Girl.  Plus Nicola Scott is back!!  May might be decent.

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