Since June’s #DCYou initiative and mini-relaunch, DC Comics has certainly been consistent in its hiring, posting the same number of female creators in 3 of the 4 months we have solicit information for thus far. However, in doing so they remain consistently below the number of women they were hiring before #DCYou, and by a considerable margin. #DCYou remains a step forward compared to the launch of the New 52, but a step backwards compared to where they were just a few months ago. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what in September:
- Amanda Conner: All Star Section 8 #4 (cover), Harley Quinn #20 (co-writer, cover), Harley Quinn and Power Girl #4 (co-writer, cover), Starfire #4 (co-writer, cover)
- Annie Wu: Black Canary #4 (cover)
- Babs Tarr: Batgirl #44 (art and cover)
- Becky Cloonan: Gotham Academy #10 (co-writer)
- Bilquis Evely: DC Comics Bombshells #2 (interior art)
- Chrissie Zullo: Fables: The Wolf Among Us #9 (cover)
- Corin Howell: Bat-Mite #4 (interior art)
- Emanuela Lupacchino: Catwoman #44 (variant cover), Starfire #4 (interior art)
- Gail Simone: Secret Six #6 (writer)
- Genevieve Valentine: Catwoman #44 (writer)
- Karen Traviss: Sensation Comics #14 (writer)
- Marguerite Bennett: DC Comics Bombshells #2 (writer)
- Meredith Finch: Wonder Woman #44 (writer)
- Ming Doyle: Constantine: The Hellblazer #4 (co-writer)
- Nei Ruffino: Sensation Comics #14 (cover)
- Pia Guerra: Black Canary #4 (interior art)
- Rachel Dodson: Wonder Woman #44 (variant cover)
- Ricken: Teen Titans #12 (art and cover)
- Vanesa Del Rey: Constantine: The Hellblazer #4 (interior art)
All together, there are 19 different female creators set to work on 16 different comic books at DC in September. It’s the same number of women as August and June, but ties July for the lowest number of different titles this year. Earlier in 2015, DC had 30 different female creators or more multiple times, so it’s disheartening to see them unable to escape the teens currently. Moreover, in February of this year there were women working on 35 different comics; now that’s more than halved.
On the positive side, there are some new and returning names in this month’s solicits. I think that Bilquis Evely is new to DC, and while Nei Ruffino has done a lot of jobs there as a colorist, I believe this is her first time doing line art for them. It’s also nice to have Pia Guerra back inside of a comic book; she’s done some covers here and there, and sporadic interiors, so it’ll be cool to see her do a full issue of Black Canary. She’s a great choice for the book. Ricken is back as well, after a two year absence from DC. Her art should fit very well with Teen Titans.
On the negative side, there are 6 female creators in the September solicits who weren’t there in August. That may sound like a plus, but the overall number didn’t change so that means that there were 6 women in the August solicits who didn’t return in September. New names and returning favourites are great, but not at the expense of other female creators. We want growth, not a revolving door.
There’s not much new for female characters in September, with no new titles as DC continues to settle into their mini-relaunch.
Overall, this is another disappointing month for DC Comics. Consistently underperforming compared to earlier in the year is both frustrating and nonsensical; where did all those women go? DC is hiring female writers and artists at less than 2/3 the rate they used to, and have done so for four straight months. They are capable of a lot better than this.
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