After the March “Women of Marvel” promotion helped Marvel reach 20 different female creators for the first time in a long time, the publisher crashed hard in April but slowly grew in the months that followed. Now with the July solicits, Marvel appears to be leveling out, and not at a particularly impressive spot either. As a comparison, DC just had their lowest month of the year for female creators, and Marvel is still lagging behind. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel in July 2015:
- Alti Firmansyah: Star-Lord and Kitty Pryde #2 (interior art)
- Erica Henderson: Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #7 (art and cover)
- G. Willow Wilson: A-Force #3 (co-writer), Ms. Marvel #17 (writer)
- Irene Koh: 1602 Witch Hunter Angela #2 (art and variant cover)
- Kelly Sue DeConnick: Captain Marvel & the Carol Corps #2 (co-writer)
- Kelly Thompson: Captain Marvel & the Carol Corps #2 (co-writer)
- Marguerite Bennett: 1602 Witch Hunter Angela #2 (co-writer), A-Force #3 (co-writer), Max Ride: First Flight #5 (writer), Years of Future Past #3 (writer)
- Noelle Stevenson: Runaways #2 (writer)
- Robin Furth: Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three – House of Cards #5 (co-writer)
- Sara Pichelli: Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #3 (variant cover)
- Sophie Campbell: Secret Wars #5 (variant cover)
- Stacey Lee: Silk #6 (interior art)
- Stephanie Hans: 1602 Witch Hunter Angela #2 (art and cover), Max Ride: First Flight #5 (cover)
- Yasmine Putri: Amazing Spider-Man #20.1 (cover), Star-Lord and Kitty Pryde #2 (cover)
All together, 14 different women are scheduled to work on 14 different books in July, the same number of women Marvel had in their June solicits but two fewer titles than in June. On the one hand, these numbers are comparatively not great. Several other publishers, even much smaller ones, could top this with ease. On the other hand, Marvel was a lot lower in the fall; single digit totals were the norm, so to be in the teens consistently now is at least a step in the right direction. It’s another case where better is not yet good. It’s just less bad than before. Which is something! But not enough.
It’s not a big month for new names at Marvel, but I think this is Irene Koh’s first gig there, which is fun. Getting an interior art gig right off the bat is pretty rare. It looks like Sophie Campbell is getting her first Marvel gig as well, doing a variant cover for Secret Wars. I’m a little surprised to see no Marvel work in her credits, since she’s been doing great work for years elsewhere.
In terms of female characters, there are a slew of new Secret Wars tie-ins, most of which bring back past events like Civil War, Age of Apocalypse, and Spider-Island. These are mostly group books with a mixed cast, though usually more men than women because that is the way of things. However, there is one new title that appears to have a majority female cast: Captain Britain and the Mighty Defenders #1. Lots of ladies on the cover for that.
Overall, Marvel’s still trailing behind a lot of other publishers in terms of female representation. I’m very curious to see what happens once Secret Wars is over and Marvel premieres tons of new titles. A huge portion of their line right now is tie-ins, and once the event is over whatever new/tweaked/revamped Marvel universe exists will come with a sea of new books. So far, their Secret Wars tie-ins aren’t overly heavy on the female creators, but hopefully they’ve got more scheduled for their next wave of launches. Only time will tell.
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