DC Comics’ solicits for September 2012 have been posted, and as always we’ll take a look at them and see how DC is doing with it’s promise of more female creators and characters. September marks the one year anniversary of DC’s line-wide relaunch, and to commemorate the event all of their main series are putting out #0 issues. These issues all fill-in some backstory for the relatively new universe AND there’s a lot of different creators on different books, so let’s see how things turned out, ladywise:
- Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre #3 is scheduled for September after a month off in August, so Amanda Conner is back co-writing and drawing the book.
- Gail Simone is writing Batgirl #0 but Green Arrow‘s regular writer, Ann Nocenti, has been replaced by Judd Winick for the #0 issue.
- Similarly, Nicola Scott is taking a breather with Earth 2 #0.
- Cat Staggs is back on art for Phantom Lady #2, though!!
- AND Christy Marx is writing an Amethyst story in the new Sword of Sorcery #0.
- Plus Yuko Shimizu is doing the cover of The Unwritten #41, as always.
- As for female characters, Amethyst is the lead in Sword of Sorcery, so that’s exciting. Talon and Phantom Stranger both star men, but 2 of the 7 members of Team 7 are women.
- The spotlight characters in National Comics this month are Rose and Thorn, which is a fun throwback!! I still have my reservations about these books selling at all, but Rose and Thorn are pretty classic.
So overall there are 5 female creators on 5 different books. That’s not particularly good at all, and it’s a big drop from August’s 7 women on 6 books. Not the best way to celebrate an anniversary, really.
Plus, remember how everyone flipped out when DC announced their 52 new titles this time last year and there were only 2 female creators on all of the books? Well, a year later DC’s putting out 55 #0 issues and guess how many female creators there are? Yep, only 2: Gail Simone and Christy Marx. Now, there are a couple of female creators on non-main line DC books, but one year later the number of female creators on the main line book hasn’t improved at all. In fact, it’s worse!! A year ago, Simone was on 2 books but now she’s down to just 1 title. I guess the lesson we’ve learned here is that when DC Comics launches some sort of renumbering gimmick to get attention, they really don’t want a lot of ladies around.
Despite this disappointing news on female creators, it’s a decent month for new female characters. The new Sword of Sorcery book will be cool, and a Rose and Thorn special will be fun. With Phantom Lady starting in August, DC is on an okay run with female characters. So there’s a bit of positive news for you.
Nonetheless, this DCnU comparison has bummed me out like crazy. A year later and still only 2 women on your big, fancy gimmick move? Have they learned nothing? I’m sure next month Nicola Scott and Ann Nocenti will be back, but still… when all of the comic world’s eyes are on DC, there’s never many women there. Get it together, guys.