After a few months of decline, May looks pretty good for female creators at DC, and the solicits offer up a lot of hope for more female creators and characters next month. What’s particularly interesting about May is that several female creators are getting multiple gigs now, which is nice to see. Let’s go through the solicits:
- On the writing side, Gail Simone is on Batgirl #20 and the new The Movement #1, Christy Marx writes Birds of Prey #20 and Sword of Sorcery #8, and Ann Nocenti is on Katana #4, Catwoman #20, and Catwoman Annual #1.
- For art, Nicola Scott pencils Earth 2 #12, Amanda Conner is on covers for the all new The Green Team #1 and The Movement #1, while Emanuela Lupacchino does the covers for Supergirl #20 and Catwoman Annual #1.
- Outside of the main DC Universe, Cat Staggs is on cover duty for Smallville Season 11 Special #1 while Diana Egea is working on interior art for the same book.
- Over at Vertigo, Yuko Shimizu continues her impressive run of covers with The Unwritten #49.
- There are three new books scheduled for May, but we’re not sure on the cast yet for The Green Team #1 and The Movement #1. The covers are not particularly revealing, but both seem to suggest large casts so presumably some ladies are involved. The other new book is Adventures of Superman #1, collecting the digital-first series. It’s got stories by Orson Scott Card, so ugh.
- In other news, six books release their final issues in May, meaning six new creative teams and casts next month!! Christy Marx’s Sword of Sorcery got cut, but hopefully June will bring more female creators and characters. Also in the turnover department, all of the Green Lantern book creators are leaving their titles, so maybe we’ll see some ladies there as well, or a shake-up in the books’ casts. The Green Lantern line has been wall to wall dudes for years now.
May looks to be a busy month for female creators. There are 9 different women on 12 different books, a nice step up from the 6 women on 8 books we had last month. That’s an increase of 50% for both numbers, in fact, which is great to see.
The women already at DC are getting more work AND their ranks seem to be growing, which is very encouraging. For example, Emanuela Lupacchino’s had cover gigs here and there over the past few months, but now she’s on two covers in May. Perhaps it won’t be too long before we see her on a regular interior gig. The interior art numbers are still rather low, but DC’s continued associated with a few female artists for covers is a positive sign.
As for new female characters, there probably are some on The Green Team and The Movement but we just don’t know yet. The creators for both books tend to favour diverse casts, which bodes well. And given that Adventures of Superman is non-continuity, I assume we’ll see Lois Lane around more often than we do in the main line Super-books.
All in all, May looks to be a strong month for women at DC, and they are well positioned to have a fantastic June, what with all the changes and creative turnover afoot. Hopefully DC fills some of their many new holes with female creators and characters!!