After four months in which DC’s new, supposedly diverse mini-relaunch resulted in their lowest totals for solicited female creators in some time, October was a step up into the ballpark of DC’s past highs. It wasn’t their best month of the year, but it was considerably better. November looks to be a slight step down for women at DC, but will be a stronger showing for female representation than the first four months of the #DCYou initiative at least. Let’s see who’s doing what in November:
- Amanda Conner: All-Star Section Eight #6 (cover), Harley Quinn #22 (co-writer, cover), Harley Quinn and Power Girl #6 (co-writer, cover), Starfire #6 (co-writer, cover)
- Annie Wu: Black Canary #6 (art and cover)
- Babs Tarr: Batgirl #46 (interior art)
- Becky Cloonan: Gotham Academy #12 (co-writer)
- Bilquis Evely: DC Comics Bombshells #4 (interior art), DC Comics Bombshells #5 (interior art)
- Caitlin Kittredge: Sensation Comics #16 (writer)
- Chrissie Zullo: Fables: The Wolf Among Us #11 (cover)
- Corin Howell: Bat-Mite #6 (interior art)
- Emanuela Lupacchino: Starfire #6 (interior art, variant cover), Superman/Wonder Woman #23 (cover)
- Gail Simone: Clean Room #2 (writer), Secret Six #8 (writer)
- Genevieve Valentine: Batman and Robin Eternal #7 (writer), Batman and Robin Eternal #8 (writer), Catwoman #45 (writer)
- Jenny Frison: Clean Room #2 (cover)
- Laura Braga: DC Comics Bombshells #5 (interior art)
- Lauren Beukes: Survivors’ Club #2 (co-writer)
- Lesley-Anne Green: Bat-Mite #6 (cover)
- Marguerite Bennett: DC Comics Bombshells #4 (writer), DC Comics Bombshells #5 (writer)
- Marguerite Sauvage: DC Comics Bombshells #4 (interior art)
- Meghan Hetrick: Red Thorn #1 (interior art)
- Meredith Finch: Wonder Woman #46 (writer)
- Ming Doyle: Constantine: The Hellblazer #6 (co-writer)
- Mirka Andolfo: DC Comics Bombshells #4 (interior art), DC Comics Bombshells #5 (interior art)
- Pia Guerra: Black Canary #6 (variant cover)
- Rachel Dodson: Wonder Woman #46 (variant cover)
- Tula Lotay: Slash & Burn #1 (cover)
All together, there are 24 different female creators scheduled to work on 23 different comics at DC in November, a drop from October’s 27 different female creators but a slight gain from last month’s 22 different books. The mid-20s is a comparably good range for DC Comics; while they hit the low 30s earlier this year, they’d been stuck in the high teens for a while following the mini-relaunch. They’re capable of a higher number than this, and 24 different women still isn’t a substantial percentage of DC’s entire creative line up, but it’s a decent showing for the publisher.
One good thing about November’s solicits is that a lot of these women have regular gigs at DC. There aren’t a bunch of variant covers or one-shot deals upping the numbers. I’d estimate that close to 20 of these female creators should be back next month on the same books, and that’s good to see. One-time jobs are fun, and a great way to break into a publisher, but it’s nice to see a consistent core of female creators working regularly each month.
November’s not huge for female characters at DC, nor is it big for new books generally. The only new superhero titles are Superman: American Alien and Batman: Europa, both with male leads. Vertigo continues to unveil its new line up with another four titles, and Red Thorn and Slash & Burn both appear to have female leads, as well as some female creators in the mix, while Unfollow seems to be more of an ensemble cast with some female characters. These new books from Vertigo have been decent for women, real and fictional, thus far.
So November looks like it will be a solid month for women at DC. While there are fewer female creators than in October, they’re spread across more books. There are also a few books that are bastions of female representation, most notably DC Comics Bombshells. It double hips in November, and is written and drawn wholly by women apart from the covers. Plus it’s a lot of fun! It’d be nice to see DC’s December solicits tick up so that they can end the year by matching or perhaps topping their past highs, but that will take a sizeable jump. We’ll see what happens when those solicits are released in a few weeks’ time. But for now, November is relatively average for the publisher.