July should be very busy for female creators at DC Comics, largely due to Vertigo but there’s some solid representation on the superhero side of things as well. It’s not a bad month for female characters either, so all together July is looking like one of DC’s better months. Let’s go through the solicits:
- For writers in the New 52, Gail Simone is on Batgirl #33, Ann Nocenti pens Catwoman #33, Christy Marx writes Birds of Prey #33, and Amanda Conner has a super packed month co-writing Secret Origins #4, Harley Quinn #8, and Harley Quinn Invades Comic-Con International: San Diego #1.
- For New 52 art, Nicola Scott pencils Earth 2 #25, Emanuela Lupacchino is on interior art for Supergirl #33, Rachel Dodson is inking the cover of Catwoman #33, and Amanda Conner is busy again, doing the cover for Harley Quinn #8 and the cover and some interior art for Harley Quinn Invades Comic-Con International: San Diego #1.
- Outside of the New 52, Rachel Dodson inks the cover for Infinite Crisis: Fight for the Multiverse #1, and Cat Staggs does the cover for Smallville Season 11: Lantern #4,
- As a sidenote, DC has some books with VERY long titles. It’s a little bit out of hand.
- Over at Vertigo, Meghan Hetrick and Tula Lotay are doing interior art for the new series, Bodies, while Fiona Stephenson is doing the cover for Bodies #1, Caitlin Kittredge writes Coffin Hill #9, Yuko Shimizu does the cover for The Unwritten: Apocalypse #7, and Annie Mok, Rachel Deering, Jody Houser, and Carla Berrocal all have work in the anthology series Vertigo Quarterly: Magenta #1
- In terms of characters, some dudes are getting news books, like Dick Grayson, a Robin special, and the new Star-Spangled War Stories that features G.I. Zombie. But a couple of new team books have ladies, including Joker’s Daughter, Harley Quinn, and Amanda Waller in New Suicide Squad #1 and Wonder Girl and Raven on the terribly covered Teen Titans #1. Secret Origins will again feature two men and one woman; this month, the woman is Harley Quinn, who is everywhere in July.
- Also, the new Vertigo series Bodies has at least one main female character in its multiple storylines, a Detective Sergeant named Shahara Hasan.
All together, there are 17 different women working on 14 different books in July, up nicely from June’s 12 and 12. Now, 4 of these women are from a one-shot special, which means we likely won’t see them again next month, but we may see them down the road on a different book. Bringing in new names and expanding editors’ rolodexes could very easily lead to future projects.
The new female character situation is okay, though we’ve seen a lack of new solo female titles at DC since Harley Quinn launched in the fall. Representation in team books is good, but DC could still be doing a lot more with their female characters. They could also let their female creators write and draw men for a change; most of the female creators in the New 52 books are writing and drawing women, which is fun but also an odd sort of pigeonholing.
If you like ladies in your comic books, real or fictional, DC’s July offerings give you a decent amount of choices. It’s not quite a buffet of female-led books, but it’s an okay sampling, and better than the crumbs we’ve seen in past months. I imagine things will drop in August, just based on the sorts of books coming out in July, but hopefully new projects will bring in new women and the numbers will continue to grow.