March looks to be a pretty quiet month for DC, without many new books or creative changes. Forever Evil is wrapping up, so I expect we’ll see some new stuff in April or May. But for now, let’s take a look at the March 2014 solicits:
- For female writers in the New 52, Ann Nocenti is on Catwoman #29, Christy Marx writes Birds of Prey #29, Amanda Conner co-writes Harley Quinn #4, and Gail Simone has Batgirl #29 and The Movement #10.
- For New 52 female artists, Emanuela Lupacchino is drawing the cover of Worlds’ Finest #21, Nicola Scott is penciling Earth 2 #21, Rachel Dodson inks the cover of Catwoman #29, and Amanda Conner draws the cover for Harley Quinn #4.
- Outside of the New 52, Colleen Doran is writing The Vampire Diaries #3, Heather Nuhfer writes Scooby Doo, Where Are You? #43, and Cat Staggs does the cover for Smallville Season 11: Alien #4 and the cover and interior art for Vampire Diaries #3.
- At Vertigo, Caitlin Kittredge writes Coffin Hill #6 and Yuko Shimizu does the cover for The Unwritten Volume 2: Apocalypse #3.
- For new books, Suicide Squad: Amanda Waller #1 is a one-shot starring Amanda Waller, while American Vampire is back with American Vampire: Second Cycle #1, featuring the vampire Pearl Jones as a lead character.
All together, there are 12 different female creators working on 12 different books in March. This is a slight drop from February, but it was to be expected on account of the several female creators that were on the Lois Lane and Joker’s Daughter one-shots. The numbers are staying relatively steady at DC, and remain in double digits. Things could obviously be a lot better, but they’ve also seen much worse.
The Amanda Waller one-shot is a cool surprise, and I’m glad to see that DC is continuing to spotlight female characters. Hopefully some of these turn into regular series. It’s great that this one-shot stars a person of colour as well; DC doesn’t have a lot of non-white leads these days. It’s also nice to have American Vampire back. Pearl is a good character.
So March is looking decent for women, real and fictional, at DC Comics. I’m optimistic about these numbers for female creators moving forward because most of them are regular gigs, and it would be great if DC continued their line of female-led one-shots and expanded some into series. There’s lots of room to grow the numbers yet.
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