After a rather humdrum September that was brought down by a lack of female participation in the Forever Evil villains month titles, October is looking a lot better for DC in terms of female characters and creators. While a lot of the action is temporary, specifically from a new Vertigo one-shot anthology, the numbers are solid even without the temporary gains and we’ve got some new series to be excited about. Let’s go through the solicits:
- For writers in the New 52, Ann Nocenti writes Catwoman #24 and Katana #8, Gail Simone is on Batgirl #24 and The Movement #5, and Christy Marx pens Birds of Prey #24.
- On New 52 art, Nicola Scott is penciling Earth 2 #16, Emanuela Lupacchino does the cover for Worlds’ Finest #16, and Rachel Dodson inks the cover of Catwoman #24.
- For licensed, video game, and digital first properties, Karen Traviss writes Batman: Arkham Unhinged#19 and Cat Staggs draws the covers for Smallville Season 11 #18 and Smallville Season 11 Special #3.
- Over at Vertigo, we’ve got Caitlin Kittredge writing the all new series Coffin Hill #1, along with Yuko Shimizu on the cover of The Unwritten #54. The one-shot anthology The Witching Hour #1 includes work from Kelly Sue DeConnick, Lauren Beukes, Annie Mok, Emily Carroll, and Jenny Frison.
- There’s a ton of new books in October, with some decent female character representation here and there.
- First, there are three Forever Evil tie-in titles, none of which feature any female creators. However, 5 of the 10 characters on Forever Evil: A.R.G.U.S. are women, as are about a third of the massive crowd on Forever Evil: Arkham War. Forever Evil: Rogues Rebellion has no ladies, real or fictional, though.
- We’ve got some other New 52 series, none with female creators, but Justice League 3000 #1 co-stars a futuristic Wonder Woman as one of the 5 main characters and Wonder Woman co-stars in the much-dreaded Superman/Wonder Woman #1. Damian: Son of Batman #1 seems to be lacking women of any sort.
- There were also a bunch of annuals, but none with female leads.
- Finally, we’ve got three new books from Vertigo. While Sandman: Overture #1 doesn’t look to have much in the way of ladies upfront, both Coffin Hill #1 and Hinterkind #1 have female leads, which is very exciting.
So that’s a lot of stuff! All told, there are 15 female creators scheduled for 13 different books in October, more than double the number of female creators DC had in the September solicits. Both numbers would be in double digits even without the one-shot anthology, which bodes well for next month. Hopefully everyone else sticks around for November.
There’s a lot of female character representation across the board as well, popping up all over the place in the superhero titles. And while I have yet to come across anyone excited for Superman/Wonder Woman #1, it’s a new book with Wonder Woman in it, which is good to see. Plus, two new series with female leads at Vertigo is fantastic. Vertigo’s been suffering from a lack of ladies, real and fictional, as of late.
So October looks pretty great for women at DC, and they bounced back strong from a lackluster September. A good number of female creators should hopefully carry over into November as well, and it would be great to see more female characters popping up in new books then too.