After two consecutive months with 20 or more different female creators, Marvel is set to take a slight step back in February. It’s not a terrible tumble, but any month with fewer than 20 female creators these days is a poor showing for either DC or Marvel; they put out so many books with so many creators that anything less than 20 takes them out of the ballpark of being anywhere near decent representation. Nonetheless, there are some positive signs despite the drop. Let’s look at who’s doing what at Marvel in February 2016:
- Amy Reeder: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #4 (co-writer, cover)
- Annapaola Martello: The Astonishing Ant-Man #5 (interior art)
- Brittney L. Williams: Patsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat! #3 (art, cover)
- Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #5 (art, cover)
- G. Willow Wilson: A-Force #3 (co-writer), Ms. Marvel #4 (writer)
- Helen Chen: Silk #4 (cover), Silk #5 (cover)
- Jody Houser: Max Ride: Ultimate Flight #4 (writer)
- Kamome Shirahama: Howard the Duck #4 (variant cover)
- Kate Leth: Patsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat! #3 (writer)
- Kelly Thompson: A-Force #3 (co-writer)
- Marguerite Bennett: Angela: Queen of Hel #5 (writer)
- Michele Fazekas: Captain Marvel #2 (co-writer)
- Natacha Bustos: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #4 (interior art)
- Sara Pichelli: Spider-Man #1 (art, cover)
- Stephanie Hans: Angela: Queen of Hel #5 (art, cover)
- Tara Butters: Captain Marvel #2 (co-writer)
- Veronica Fish: Silk #4 (interior art), Silk #5 (interior art)
- Yasmine Putri: Max Ride: Ultimate Flight #4 (cover), New Avengers #7 (cover), Starbrand & Nightmask #3 (cover)
All together, there are 18 different female creators set to work on 15 different books in February, a drop from January’s 20 female creators. It’s technically an increase from January’s 14 books, but that’s only because Silk is double shipping in February so it gets counted twice. I suppose that we should keep in mind that despite the drop in female creators, Marvel has twice as many women in their solicits as they did in October, so that’s progress. Though if I’m pointing that out, we should also keep in mind that Marvel had 18 women on 15 books last August, so this “All New, All Different” scene is really not living up to its name. No numerical change after six months isn’t great.
However, there are some qualitative changes, even if the numbers haven’t done much in half a year. Marvel’s total of female creators has been very dependent of variant covers as of late, which are one-time gigs. But now there are more full time jobs. I’d estimate that at least 15 of the 18 women working at Marvel in February will be back in March, and perhaps more. That’s a decent number of permanent gigs. Or rather, a great starting point to continue to build on.
In terms of female characters, not much is new in February. The Miles Morales Spider-Man will finally launch, which brings Sara Pichelli back into the mix on the creative side of things, but the only other new books star Power Man, Iron Fist, and Deadpool. Marvel’s relaunch seems to be winding down a bit. I’m not sure if things will pick up in March, or if the trickle will continue and perhaps Marvel will do another big wave in a few months’ time.
Overall, February’s not looking like a great month for Marvel, but there are some encouraging signs. It’s up to Marvel to continue to build in a positive direction, and they’re not great at that; they’re very up and down. But while the numbers may not be the best, there are going to be some awesome books at least. Look at that killer list of creators, on such fantastic titles! Marvel hires remarkably talented women, however sparingly.
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