July looks to be a mixed bag for women, real and fictional, at Marvel. While the numbers are no better than June, there are some new names in the mix on the creative side of things, and while a new female-led series is launching, so are several other male-led books. Let’s take a look at what’s coming up for women at Marvel in July 2014:
- For writers, Kelly Sue DeConnick is on Captain Marvel #5, G. Willow Wilson pens Ms. Marvel #6, Jen Van Meter is writing 100th Anniversary Special #1 – X-Men, and Cat Yronwode is credited for writing some part of Miracleman #8. I’m not entirely sure what’s up with Miracleman; I know that Yronwode was an editor on the book when it originally came out in the 80s, so perhaps she had a hand in the script for one of the issues being reprinted.
- In terms of art, Joanna Estep is doing the cover and interior of 100th Anniversary Special #1 – Fantastic Four, Carmen Carnero is on interior art for The Punisher #8, Victoria Pal is doing the cover for Painkiller Jane: The 22 Brides #2, and Sara Pichelli has two covers, Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-Man #3 and Guardians of the Galaxy: Galaxy’s Most Wanted #1.
- For new books, Storm is getting her own series! Which is very cool. No female creators are involved, but Storm is long overdue for her own book nonetheless. Also, Star Lord, Rocket Raccoon, and Spider-Man 2099 are getting new books, and Deadpool has a couple of new things going as well.
All together, 8 different women are working on 9 different books in July, up very slightly from June’s 8 and 8. The lack of substantial growth is frustrating, but it’s good to see some new names. I don’t think that Joanna Estep has come up before, nor has Carmen Carnero or Victoria Pal. Cat Yronwode either, but as I mentioned above, that’s a reprint from a few decades back. We’ve been keeping tabs on Marvel for a while now, and a month with three (current) female creators who we haven’t seen since this project began is pretty remarkable. Hopefully they’ll get some more gigs and stick around.
We’re still looking at a lot of one-shots, though. Of the 9 books with female creators, 3 are special issues that I don’t think will be back next month; those 100th Anniversary issues have classified solicits, so we don’t know exactly what’s going on. As I say every month, it would be nice to see more female creators with regular gigs. In July, Kelly Sue DeConnick and G. Willow Wilson were the only women to return from the June solicits, much less on the same title.
A Storm series is an exciting announcement but, as it seems to always go, any new series with a female lead is accompanied by 4 or 5 books with male leads. So hooray for representation of some sort, but boo for female characters being vastly outnumbered every month.
Ultimately, July’s not looking great for Marvel. There are some big silver linings, to be sure, but given the numbers Marvel has hit before and the vast amount of talent out there, not hitting double digits with female creators is pretty near inexcusable. It’s a very low bar to hit given the many fantastic female creators out there now, and yet Marvel fails to hit it time and again. But Storm’s got a book! So that’s cool.
Tags: Carmen Carnero, Cat Yronwode, G. Willow Wilson, Jen Van Meter, Joanna Estep, Kelly Sue Deconnick, Marvel, Sara Pichelli, Victoria Pal, Women at Marvel Comics, Women In Comics, Women In Comics Statistics