The solicits for January promise a big month for female creators at DC, but February isn’t looking nearly as good. Like, down a third. Last spring, DC was topping 30 different female creators a month fairly regularly, and now it’s a rarity. I’m not sure what changed within DC, but their numbers just aren’t what they used to be. So let’s take a look at who’s doing what at DC in February 2016:
- Amanda Conner: Harley Quinn #25 (co-writer, cover), Harley’s Little Black Book #2 (co-writer, cover), Starfire #8 (co-writer, cover)
- Amy Chu: Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death #2 (writer)
- Annie Wu: Black Canary #9 (art and cover)
- Babs Tarr: Batgirl #49 (art and cover)
- Becky Cloonan: Gotham Academy #15 (co-writer)
- Chrissie Zullo: Fables: The Wolf Among Us #14 (cover)
- Colleen Coover: Gotham Academy #15 (interior art)
- Elizabeth Torque: DC Comics Bombshells #9 (interior art)
- Gail Simone: Clean Room #5 (writer), Secret Six #11 (writer)
- Helen Mingjue Chen: Gotham Academy #15 (art and cover)
- Holly Black: Lucifer #3 (writer)
- Jenny Frison: Clean Room #5 (cover)
- Lauren Beukes: Survivors’ Club #5 (co-writer)
- Lea Hernandez: Teen Titans Go! #14 (interior art)
- Marguerite Bennett: DC Comics Bombshells #9 (writer)
- Maria Laura Sanapo: DC Comics Bombshells #9 (interior art)
- Meghan Hetrick: Red Thorn #4 (interior art)
- Meredith Finch: Wonder Woman #49 (writer)
- Ming Doyle: Constantine: The Hellblazer #9 (co-writer)
- Renae De Liz: The Legend of Wonder Woman #2 (writer, art, and cover)
- Tula Lotay: Slash & Burn #4 (cover)
All together, there are 21 different female creators set to work on 19 books in February, a big drop from January’s 31 and 20, respectively. Well, a big drop for creators; the book numbers are about the same. January’s numbers were buoyed by a Vertigo anthology and a variety of women appearing in books that already featured female creators. No anthology in February accounts for a good deal of the creator drop, and a lot of the books that had an extra artist or fun variant cover last month just don’t this month, to the tune of DC’s female creator numbers falling more than 30%.
Also, at least a third of the women listed above are on Vertigo books. Which is cool; it’s great that Vertigo is doing so well with female creators as of late. But Vertigo’s output pales in comparison to the rest of DC’s line; all of the other books outnumber Vertigo by about 4 to 1, while with female creators the rest of the line only tops Vertigo by 2 to 1. It’d be nice to see DC’s non-Vertigo books up their game and match their output in proportionate fashion.
For female characters, not much is going on in February for new books in general. There’s a Dark Knight III one-shot that promises some Selina Kyle, but given how Frank Miller has treated Selina Kyle over the years, that probably won’t be great. Neal Adams is also launching a new Superman mini-series called Superman: The Coming of the Supermen; maybe Lois will be in it some? If this book is anything like Adams’ recent Batman Odyssey series, perhaps we should hope that Lois stays as far away as possible.
Overall, DC took quite a tumble in February, continuing their inability to regain their stride following the big female creator drop of last June’s mini-relaunch. DC’s been inconsistent and well below their previous highs since then. It’s disappointing to see, but also par for the course when it comes to the Big Two. Progress is always followed by a step back in superhero comics; you just have to cross your fingers and hope they start stepping forward again.
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