These articles used to be so easy to write. DC would have 4 or 5 female creators in their solicits, I’d list them all, say something snarky, and be done with it. But now, DC has a lot more women making their comics. It’s still a small minority, but it’s growing all the time and as a result it takes me way longer to write up these posts. It’s a good problem to have.
So let’s see who and what is coming up from DC in December:
- For New 52 writers, Meredith Finch is on Wonder Woman #37, Kate Perkins is co-writing Supergirl #37, Becky Cloonan is co-writing Gotham Academy, Amanda Conner is co-writing Harley Quinn #13 and Harley Quinn Holiday Special #1, Marguerite Bennett is co-writing Earth 2 #29 and Earth 2: World’s End #9-13, Ann Nocenti is writing Klarion #3 and has a story in Secret Origins #8, Genevieve Valentine is writing Catwoman #37 and Catwoman Annual #2, and finally Gail Simone is back with Secret Six #1.
- Wow, that’s a lot of women writing.
- For New 52 art, Jan Duursema is drawing parts of Earth 2: World’s End #9-11 and #13, Emanuela Lupacchino is pencilling Supergirl #37, Babs Tarr is drawing Batgirl #37, Sandra Hope inks Batman/Superman #17, and Amanda Conner is on covers for Harley Quinn #13 and Harley Quinn Holiday Special #1.
- Outside of the New 52, Corinna Bechko is co-writing Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #5, and Cat Staggs is providing the cover for Smallville: Season 11 – Continuity #1.
- Over at Vertigo, Meghan Hetrick and Tula Lotay are drawings Bodies #6, Caitlin Kittredge writes Coffin Hill #14, Celia Calle is doing the cover for The Names #4, Ming Doyle is drawing The Kitchen #2 and Becky Cloonan is doing the cover, Marguerite Sauvage is doing the cover for Hinterkind #13, and Yuko Shimizu, after years of excellent work, is doing her final cover on Unwritten: Apocalypse #12, which is putting out its final issue.
- There aren’t a lot of new books scheduled for December, but Gail Simone is bringing back Secret Six with a few female members, though the new Vertigo series Wolf Moon seems to have a male lead and all male creators.
All together, 21 different women are set to work on 22 different books in December, the highest total we’ve seen from either publisher since we started keeping track a few years back. Both numbers are up from November’s 20 and 19, which used to be the best combined total but is no longer. DC besting themselves two months in a row is really good to see.
It’s also nice to see so many female writers and artists in the mix, especially artists inside the book. Most publishers do quite well with female colorists, and cover artists tend to do okay relative to other categories, but writers and interiors artists can be shockingly low; there have been multiple months where either DC or Marvel don’t have a single female interior artist. All of these writers and artists in these more high profile gigs is a big change, and one I hope we see more of.
It’s a quiet month for female characters, but the return of Secret Six brings with it several women along with diversity in other ways; the old Secret Six was a bastion for LGBTQ+ characters, and it sounds like this relaunch will be the same.
So December is looking good for women at DC Comics. As always, there’s a lot of room for improvement yet, but comparatively this is really solid representation. I mean, it’s literally the best we’ve ever seen. Well done, DC. Keep it up.