Marvel’s been on quite a skid when it comes to solicited female creators, and more on that later, but December actually looks to be a decent month for women working at Marvel. It’s far from their past highs, but it’s a much better showing than we’ve seen as of late. It’s also a quiet month for new titles, but there are a few female characters in the mix. Let’s go through the solicits:
- For writers, Kathryn Immonen is on Avengers Annual #1, Jen Van Meter has a story in Amazing Spider-Man #700.3 or #700.4 (I’m not sure because they solicited the books in a very dumb way), and Kelly Sue DeConnick is writing Avengers Assemble #22.INH. There’s still no Captain Marvel in the solicits, but DeConnick has assured fans that it’s nothing to be concerned about. Perhaps it’s getting a Marvel NOW! 2.0 rollout in the New Year?
- It’s a busy month for artists. Emma Vieceli and Annie Wu have some pages in Young Avengers #14, Emma Rios draws a story in Amazing Spider-Man #700.3 or #700.4 (again, poorly solicited), Stephanie Hans does the interior art for Superior Spider-Man Team-Up #8, Annie Wu is back again with Hawkeye #16, and Amanda Conner is doing covers for Daredevil: Dark Nights #7 and Painkiller Jane: The Price of Freedom #2.
- Marvel’s new big thing Inhumanity starts in December, and the cover features 6 characters, 2 of which are women. One is Medusa, but I can’t place the other one. Also, Inhumanity: The Awakening #1 is 3 of 4 with women on the cover, one of whom appears to be Pixie.
- Origin II #1 and Marvel Knights Hulk #1 don’t appear to feature any female creators or characters, but a five-part Amazing Spider-Man #700 event features Jen Van Meter and Emma Rios, as mentioned above, along with stories co-starring Aunt May and Black Cat.
Altogether, there are 8 different female creators scheduled to appear in 8 different books in December, still not a lot but more than double last month’s terrible numbers. It’s great to see a few more female creators at Marvel, though the vast majority of these gigs do seem to be temporary. DeConnick and Conner were the only women back from last month, and I don’t think any of the new ladies are permanent (Wu is semi-permanent on Hawkeye, I suppose).
Last month marked one year since we started keeping track of female creators in Marvel solicits, and the downfall has been disheartening. We’re pleased with 8 female creators this month because the last few have been so bad, but it’s a sizeable drop from where we began last November. Take a look at this chart:
It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster, one that’s bottomed out over the past three months. Regular gigs for women at Marvel have never been numerous, but early on they were supplemented by a multitude of random jobs. Now the regular gigs are fewer, and the hit and miss nature of fill-ins and special issues hasn’t been adding up to a lot. Things worked out decently in December, but the three months previous were paltry indeed.
But tracking female creators at the Big Two is all about celebrating the little things, lest you get too depressed from their meager representation. December looks to be okay for female creators, and there are a few new books sporting female characters, which is very nice to see. We should be getting a pile of new Marvel books soon, and hopefully they rectify some of these troubling trends. At the very least, things can’t get much worse than they’ve been this fall.