A Closer Look At The Many Female Creators And Characters In DC Comics’ New Line Up


DC Comics made a big announcement today, revealing the post-“Convergence” line up for their main superhero titles. Along with 29 continuing titles, DC unveiled 24 new series and minis, many of which featured new creators and a variety of new and underutilized characters. It was a good day for women at DC across the board as well. Here’s what coming for women, real and fictional, among DC’s new books:

  • Corin Howell is drawing Bat-Mite.
  • Black Canary is getting her own series…
  • … and Annie Wu is the artist on Black Canary
  • … along with Irene Koh.
  • Ming Doyle is co-writing Constantine: The Hellblazer
  • … and Ming Doyle is also drawing Dark Universe.
  • There’s a new Harley Quinn and Power Girl team-up book…
  • … and Harley Quinn/Power Girl is co-written by Amanda Conner.
  • Alisa Kwitney is writing Mystic U.
  • It looks like the new Prez has a young female lead character.
  • Starfire has a new book…
  • … and Amanda Conner is co-writing Starfire too…
  • … and Emanuela Lupacchino is drawing Starfire.
  • There are some female characters involved in some new team books, too, including at least a couple in We Are Robin.

So all of that should be a lot of fun. Several other female-led series are continuing as well, including Batgirl, Catwoman, Gotham Academy, Harley Quinn, and Wonder Woman. Returning female creators include Amanda Conner, Babs Tarr, Becky Cloonan, Gail Simone, Genevieve Valentine, and Meredith Finch. Yes, in sad news for Wonder Woman fans, it looks like Meredith and David Finch will continue on the title in June. But apart from that, it’s a lot of good news.

All together, there are 13 different female creators set to work on DC’s superhero line up in June. By the numbers, that’s not a big change from March, the last pre-“Convergence” month, where there were 12 different female creators, but March was a very busy month for DC. By percentage, female creators account for 14.7% of all of the credits in the June titles, a decent increase from only 9% in March.

In terms of female-led titles, not counting mixed team books there are 9 different female-led titles scheduled for June while there were only 7 female led titles in March. Some beloved characters won’t be back in June, including Batwoman and Supergirl, but there are a lot of new ones taking their place.

Overall, these changes aren’t massive, but that’s largely because DC’s done a good job increasing their female representation over the past year or so. We should keep in mind that back when DC launched the New 52 in 2011, there were only 2 different female creators for their entire superhero line, and now there are 13. There’s still a lot of room for improvement, but things are definitely trending upward. Similarly, with female characters, it’s great to see more of them in the spotlight, but there’s also a deep roster of female characters on the bench that DC could do something with in the future. Things are going well, but there’s lots of space for DC to grow further with both real and fictional women.

Published by Tim Hanley

Tim Hanley is a comic book historian and the author of Wonder Woman Unbound, Investigating Lois Lane, The Many Lives of Catwoman, and Betty and Veronica: The Leading Ladies of Riverdale.

6 thoughts on “A Closer Look At The Many Female Creators And Characters In DC Comics’ New Line Up

  1. I was super excited when I saw this announced because I was hoping for a new Wonder Woman team/retcon. Alas, it was not meant to be. I’m super excited for Black Canary and Starfire, but I just wish they would give their feminist icon more love. If it weren’t for Sensation Comics, I’d think she’s becoming more and more irrelevant to feminism in comics.

    1. Yeah, it was disappointing to see so many cool new directions for characters and the same old junk for Wonder Woman. At least we’ve got Sensation Comics, though!

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