It’s another month of Marvel having only a handful of female creators and new titles for female characters being dwarfed by new books starring men, but nonetheless there are bright moments within these low totals. Let’s go through the solicits:
- For writers, G. Willow Wilson writes Ms. Marvel #3, Kelly Sue DeConnick writes Captain Marvel #2, and Gail Simone has a story in Deadpool #27.
- On art, Laura Allred is colouring All-New Doop #1, Jenny Frison is doing the cover for Loki: Agent of Asgard #3, Annie Wu is on interior art for Hawkeye #19, and Ming Doyle is doing interior art for What If? Age of Ultron #5 and variant covers for that issue and What If? Age of Ultron #3.
- Seven characters have new solo titles in April, and one of them is a woman; Elektra #1 is set to debut. There also some new team books with female representation: Sue Storm is in Ultimate FF #1, while Black Widow, Kitty Pryde, Bombshell, and Dagger comprise 4 of 6 team members in All-New Ultimates #1.
All told, there are 7 different female creators working on 8 different books in April, the same number of creators as March but 4 fewer books. This is, obviously, not a lot. For the past two month there were animal variant covers that added two female creators and several books to the total, but they’re over now. Such is the fickle nature of female creators at Marvel right now. Of the seven women listed above, maybe three of them will be back in the solicits next month on the same titles. For quite a while now, the bulk of Marvel’s female writers and artists have been on short term or intermittent gigs. But it’s still fun to see Gail Simone back at Marvel for a Deadpool story, however momentary her visit may be.
SIDENOTE: I should mention that Sara Pichelli is listed in the solicits, but on a book that reprints old Star-Lord stories. I never count reprints of old material when I do stats, either here or in my full statistics for Bleeding Cool, and so it’s not mentioned above. Nonetheless, the cover is new artwork from Sara Pichelli, even though the rest of the book is just old comics.
For female characters, Marvel keeps putting out new books with female leads, which is fantastic to see. While this is tempered somewhat by the wide margin with which the number of new male-led books trumps the number of female led books each month, this is still an impressive streak Marvel has going. Plus, not only is there a new Elektra book, but the line-up of the All-New Ultimates has a female majority, a rarity for a superhero team. Marvel is consistently highlighting female characters, and that’s a great thing.
So ultimately, the situation for female creators remains sub-par. DC had twice as many female creators as Marvel in their April solicits, and that Marvel’s numbers continue to languish in the single digits is just embarrassing in this age so rich with female comic talent. Marvel’s commitment to showcasing female characters, however, remains a positive each month. More of both would be ideal, but I suppose that more of one is better than none of either. Still, go hire some more female creators, Marvel. These numbers are terrible.