Every month when the new solicits come out, we like to check in and see how DC Comics is doing with their promise of more female creators and characters. In fact, it’s been a year since we started!! That’s kind of fun. I suppose some celebration is in order, and nothing says celebration like a chart!! Look for a review of the past year sometime early next week, gang.
So October was HUGE for female creators, with 14 different women on 15 books. November isn’t so high, but it’s still quite good. Let’s take a look:
- For the DC superhero line, Ann Nocenti is writing Catwoman #14 and Green Arrow #14 while Gail Simone in on Batgirl #14 and Christy Marx writes Sword of Sorcery #2.
- Nicola Scott is set to pencil Earth 2 #6. Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre ended in October, so no Amanda Conner this month, and for some reason there’s no Phantom Lady either, so no Cat Staggs.
- Over at Vertigo, Lauren Beukes and Inaki Miranda write and draw Fairest #9, respectively, and as always Yuko Shimizu is on cover duty for The Unwritten #43.
- There’s not much in the way of new female characters, but Batwoman’s team-up with Wonder Woman continues in Batwoman #14, it looks like Poison Ivy is in Detective Comics #14, and an Ame-Comi Girls: Batgirl book is coming out.
- Also, Superman: Grounded, Volume 2 is coming out in paperback with a Jo Chen cover.
So we’re down to 7 women on 7 different books, a drop of 50% from October, but October was BONKERS. Compared to every month we’ve seen, these numbers are pretty strong. Plus they’re all regular gigs, so it’s likely they’ll all be back in December. There’s nowhere to go but up, and things are already decent, relative to past months.
There’s not much new across the board in November, so while there aren’t any new female characters stepping up, there’s not many dudes either. The only new book is an Arkham City one-shot, but the Batgirl issue of Ame-Comi Girls gives you a double shot of Batgirl for the month.
Overall, November is looking good. Of course, while 7 female creators is great, comparatively, it’s still dwarfed by a couple hundred men, so there’s a lot of work to be done. But we should still be pleased with the little things. It’s getting slightly better.