Well, February is definitely looking better than January, with a few more female creators added to Marvel’s ranks. Marvel is firmly in the shadow of DC Comics’ constant record breaking right now, however. DC had 30 different women in their solicits, while Marvel can barely get past 10. Let’s go through the list for Marvel’s February 2015 solicits:
- Erica Henderson: Squirrel Girl #2 (artist, cover)
- Fiona Staples: All New Ghost Rider #11 (cover)
- G. Willow Wilson: Ms. Marvel #12 (writer), X-Men #24 (writer)
- Kathryn Immonen: Operation S.I.N. #2 (writer)
- Kelly Sue DeConnick: Captain Marvel #12 (writer)
- Marguerite Bennet: Angela: Asgard’s Assassin #3 (co-writer)
- Marguerite Sauvage: Thor Annual #1 (artist, variant cover)
- Nik Virella: Return of the Living Deadpool #1 (artist)
- Noelle Stevenson: Thor Annual #1 (writer)
- Stacey Lee: Silk #1 (artist, variant cover), Spider-Man and the X-Men #3 (cover)
- Stephanie Hans: Angela: Asgard’s Assassin #3 (artist, cover), Storm #8 (cover)
All together, there are 11 different women working on 12 different comic books at Marvel in February, a nice uptick from January’s 8 and 9. It also marks a second straight month of growth for Marvel, which is a definite plus however slight that growth may be. DC and other publishers are putting up much higher numbers in their solicits, but Marvel is trending upward at least.
It’s also good to see new names at Marvel. Noelle Stevenson, writer of Lumberjanes and Nimona, is doing her first work at the Big Two, which I feel will inevitably translate into more, bigger gigs for her. She’s definitely a creator on the rise. And artist Nik Virella is making her Marvel debut with a Deadpool mini-series. I may be wrong, but I think this is also Marguerite Sauvage’s Marvel debut; she’s done a bunch of work for DC lately.
In terms of female creators, there are a few notable launches in February. Both Spider-Gwen and Silk are debuting, with Silk boasting a female artist even. Some of the other new books are teams with at least one woman, including an adaptation of the Guardians of the Galaxy cartoon show and a new Guardians Team-Up book, which both feature Gamora regularly. There’s also a new Darth Vader series, but that’s pretty dude-centric.
Ultimately, February is definitely a step up for Marvel, but there is still vast amounts of room for improvement. Marvel is trailing far behind many other publishers, even ones with a much smaller output of books, and they need to take much bigger steps to catch up. Nonetheless, getting better each month is always a positive, as are new faces. They just have a long way to go yet to even come near the industry’s new highs.