March looks like a mixed bag for Marvel for both female creators and characters. The numbers for female creators aren’t too bad, but a lot of them are temporary. There are some new books with female characters, but scads more with male characters. Let’s take a look at the solicits:
- For female writers, G. Willow Wilson is writing Ms. Marvel #2 and Kelly Sue DeConnick writes Captain Marvel #1 and co-writes Avengers Assemble #25.
- In terms of female artists, Sara Pichelli is drawing the cover and interior art for Guardians of the Galaxy #13 and Jenny Frison is doing the cover for Loki: Agent of Asgard #2.
- There are a slew of variant covers as well. Amanda Conner is doing a variant for She-Hulk #2, while Katie Cook is doing animal variants for Moon Knight #1, Deadpool #25, Secret Avengers #1, and Uncanny Avengers #18 and Jenny Parks is doing animal variants for Iron Man #23 and Wolverine and the X-Men #1.
- There are 7 new solo titles launching in March, 6 of which star men. Moon Knight, Daredevil, Silver Surfer, Ghost Rider, Iron Patriot, and Magneto are countered only by the return of Captain Marvel.
- There are 3 new team books as well. Wolverine and the X-Men #1 features a bunch of female characters via the teachers and students of the Jean Grey School, despite Wolverine being the only character name-checked in the title. Secret Avengers #1 has Black Widow and Spider-Woman, while Avengers Undercover #1 has a couple of gals I don’t recognize.
On the creative side, there are 7 different female creators working on 12 different books this March. That is 1 less creator than February but 3 more books. The tricky part is that 7 of those books are variant covers, which is not particularly stable work. Marvel seems to be making a thing out of animal variants, so perhaps Cook and Parks will be around for a while, doing covers for new books all the time like Skottie Young does. That would be fun; we’ll have to keep our eye on that moving forward. But as it stands now, only 4 women have regular gigs at Marvel right now.
It’s great to see that Captain Marvel is coming back, and that there’s some female representation on new team books, but the number of male characters in new books dwarfs the number of women quite handily. I mean, another Ghost Rider book? They couldn’t do a Storm book or something?
All together, for female creators things are only tenuously okay right now. More female creators in more stable gigs are necessary to bring these numbers up into the ballpark of decent. But Captain Marvel is back! And that’s ridiculously exciting all around. As much as it’s a bummer that 6 dudes are getting solo series versus only 1 woman, that woman is Captain Marvel and her awesomeness trumps the combined awesomeness of all of those fellows.