DC’s track record with female creators since their #DCYou mini-relaunch has been odd. On the one hand, they’ve topped Marvel every month thus far, but on the other hand they’ve been far below their pre-#DCYou numbers for female creators for four straight months, and by a considerable margin. It’s not been an impressive run; going backwards is never good, and hiring more women than Marvel really isn’t that hard to do. But now, finally, five months into their mini-relaunch, DC has a list of female creators that that is comparable to where they were for the first half of 2015. Let’s see who’s doing what in October:
- Amanda Conner: All-Star Section Eight #5 (cover), Harley Quinn #21 (co-writer, cover), Harley Quinn and Power Girl #5 (co-writer, cover), Starfire #5 (co-writer, cover)
- Annie Wu: Black Canary #5 (cover)
- Asher Powell: Vertigo SFX #3 (unspecified)
- Babs Tarr: Batgirl #45 (interior art, cover)
- Becky Cloonan: Gotham Academy #11 (co-writer)
- Carla Speed McNeil: Sensation Comics #15 (writer, interior art)
- Cat Staggs: Wonder Woman ’77 Special #2 (interior art)
- Chrissie Zullo: Fables: The Wolf Among Us #10 (cover)
- Claire Wendling: Wonder Woman #45 (variant cover)
- Corin Howell: Bat-Mite #5 (interior art, cover)
- Emanuela Lupacchino: Starfire #5 (interior art)
- Gail Simone: Clean Room #1 (writer), Secret Six #7 (writer)
- Genevieve Valentine: Catwoman #45 (writer)
- Jen Wang: Vertigo SFX #3 (unspecified)
- Jenny Frison: Clean Room #1 (cover), Grayson #13 (variant cover), Sensation Comics #15 (cover)
- Kate Leth: DC Comics Bombshells #3 (variant cover)
- Laura Braga: DC Comics Bombshells #3 (interior art)
- Lauren Beukes: Survivors Club #1 (co-writer)
- Lea Hernandez: Teen Titans Go! #12 (interior art)
- Marguerite Bennett: DC Comics Bombshells #3 (writer)
- Marguerite Sauvage: DC Comics Bombshells #3 (interior art)
- Meredith Finch: Wonder Woman #45 (writer)
- Ming Doyle: Constantine: The Hellblazer #5 (co-writer, interior art), Vertigo SFX #3 (unspecified)
- Nicola Scott: Wonder Woman ’77 Special #2 (cover)
- Pia Guerra: Black Canary #5 (interior art)
- Ricken: Teen Titans #13 (interior art)
- Vanesa Del Rey: Constantine: The Hellblazer #5 (interior art)
All together, there are 27 different female creators set to work on 22 different comics in October, a big jump from September’s 19 and 16 and DC’s best month for female creator representation since April. It’s a huge improvement for DC, though still below their best. As always, there remains lots of room for growth.
Plus, there are a lot of one-time gigs here. I’d estimate that at least 7 of these women aren’t likely to be back next month. It doesn’t change the fact that it’s fantastic they’re getting work in October; it just means that DC’s going to have to step it up to keep their numbers from nosediving in November.
However, there are a lot of new names, and that’s always encouraging. I don’t think I’ve seen Asher Powell or Jen Wang at DC before; they’re both on a Vertigo special. This might be Claire Wendling’s first DC gig as well. My pal Kate Leth is doing a variant cover for DC Comics Bombshells, so that’s all kinds of rad! And Jenny Frison and Nicola Scott are back at DC to drop some fun cover art.
In terms of female characters, a few are starring in new books. Cassandra Cain is coming back in Batman and Robin Eternal, there look to be a few gals in the new Titans Hunt series, and an alternate universe Lois Lane headlines Superman: Lois & Clark, though DC is still hurting for a kick ass Lois Lane solo series. I mean, seriously. Get on that, DC. There are also scores of other new books that don’t feature women at all, real or fictional, including six “Darkseid War” one-shots all starring male characters written and drawn by male creators. So that’s not great.
Ultimately, October is looking decent for female creators in what is hopefully a return to form for a slumping DC. November will tell us whether this is an aberration or a new trend, but for now it’s nice to see DC well out of the teens again with a plethora of great female creators across their titles. Things could be a bit better for female characters, but there’s something at least. Here’s hoping for continued growth next month.
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