It was another very disappointing month for female creators in the Marvel solicits, made even worse by the fact that there was only one returning female creator from last month. While the female character situation isn’t too bad, the lack of women making comics in these solicits is reaching some dire lows. Let’s go through the November 2013 solicits:
- Kelly Sue DeConnick is writing Avengers Assemble #21, and her usual Captain Marvel isn’t solicited, though it sounds like it will be back soon.
- Louise Simonson is writing a story in the special one-shot X-Men: Gold #1, a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the X-Men.
- Amanda Conner is doing the cover for Daredevil: Dark Nights #6 and Painkiller Jane: The Price of Freedom #1.
- And that is it for female creators.
- An Ultimate Universe event, Cataclysm, starts in November with four series. Cataclysm: Ultimates #1 and Cataclysm: Ultimate X-Men #1 don’t feature any ladies on the cover, but I’m sure there’ll be a bunch in the books. Cataclysm: The Ultimates’ Last Stand #1 is 3 of 8 for female characters on the cover, while Cataclysm: Ultimate Spider-Man #1 mentions Dagger and Spider-Woman in the solicit.
- The solicit for X-Men: Gold #1 mentions Kitty Pryde and Rogue, and 2 of the 6 characters mentioned are women, while Kitty and Rogue show up again on the cover of the new mini Marvel Knights: X-Men #1 alongside Wolverine, making that book an impressive 2 of 3.
- Jimmy Palmiotti, Juan Santacruz, and Sam Lofti are launching Painkiller Jane: The Price of Freedom #1, a mature series with a female lead.
Overall, 3 different female creators are on 4 different comics November, a reverse of October’s 4 different female creators on 3 books. These are terrible numbers in back to back months, and September wasn’t all that good either. I don’t know what’s up with this skid from what were some pretty solid numbers just a few months ago, but Marvel is down to ONE female creator with a regular gig right now and sporadic, rare appearances elsewhere. I sincerely hope they’ve got some big plans coming up, because this is terrible.
On the bright side, female character representation remains decent. It’s a good month for Kitty Pryde and Rogue, while a new series with a female lead is always nice to see. We’ve lost a few female-led series over the past few months, but luckily new ones continue to come up.
Overall, Marvel is in the midst of a significant female creator problem. They’re doing well with their female characters, but this lack of women creating comics has gotten beyond bad. We’ve been looking at the Marvel solicits for a year now, so keep your eyes peeled for a post that charts how far Marvel’s fallen over the past twelve months. It’s a frustrating situation, and one they really ought to take steps to remedy.