So do you remember how since we started looking at female creators in Marvel’s solicits a few months back I’ve been saying “Yeah, these numbers are good but they seem a little tenuous. This could drop off big at any time”? That time is now. With only a few female creators on regular gigs, the bulk of Marvel’s numbers came from random jobs. There had been a lot of them for a while, but not so much in March. Let’s go through the solicits:
- Kelly Sue DeConnick writes Avengers Assemble #13 and Captain Marvel #11, Marjorie Liu writes Astonishing X-Men #60 and co-writes X-termination #1, and Kathryn Immonen writes Journey Into Mystery #650.
- On the art side, all we’ve got this month is Sara Pichelli on Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #21.
- Outside of the main Marvel books, Anna Merli and Michela Frare are on art duties for Monsters, Inc.: The Perfect Date #1.
- And that’s it.
- To be fair, there are a few new cover artists doing variants who seem to be Korean and it’s tricky to get information about them. As far as I can tell, they are all dudes, but if anyone has any information on Rock-He Kim, In-Hyuk Lee, or Jung-Geun Yoon, please let me know in the comments.
- For new books, Wolverine #1 seems to just be about Wolverine. But Guardians of the Galaxy starts with a proper first issue co-starring Gamora, and the Age of Ultron event begins with a couple of ladies on the various covers. It’s not as many female characters as we’ve seen the past few months, but it’s a few.
A month ago there were 11 different women on 10 different books at Marvel. In March, that falls to 6 different women on 7 different books. That’s a big drop, and the worst numbers we’ve seen from Marvel so far in the few months we’ve been doing this.
A few semi-regulars are nowhere to be seen, particularly on covers. Stephanie Hans and Jana Schirmer had been steady for a couple of months, but they’re gone in March. Robin Furth’s Dark Tower book is done for now as well. And we’ve learned a valuable lesson about putting all our eggs in one basket: The Disney books have been good for 4 or 5 female creators each month, but this drops to 2 in March. The end result is that the number of female creators is about half of what we’re used to seeing, which is a bummer.
Female characters dropped off as well. We already knew about Gamora from Guardians of the Galaxy #0.1 last month, and the Age of Ultron covers show what appears to be an unconscious She-Hulk and some gal with a sword fighting next to Moon Knight. That’s it. Marvel NOW! seems to be tapering off a bit, so the glut of new books is winding down, and we’re used to seeing several of them with lots of women involved. When it’s just a few books with just a couple ladies, it’s a bit of a letdown. It’s not terrible, of course, but it’s less than we’re used to.
So overall, March isn’t looking so great for Marvel. Even DC has more female creators, and they fired their most famous one!! Hopefully things pick up next month and we’ll have the return of some of the ladies we usually see, and maybe some new faces as well.