After DC Comics announced the creators behind their new Rebirth relaunch this weekend at WonderCon, I wrote a special edition of “Gendercrunching” that went up on Bleeding Cool yesterday. It breaks down the Rebirth creators by gender, and compares the numbers to DC’s last two similar relaunch initiatives, the New 52 relaunch in 2011 and last year’s #DCYou mini-relaunch.
The comparison isn’t great. While the Rebirth numbers are better than the New 52, that’s not a hard thing to pull off; there were only two women in the mix back then. The #DCYou mini-relaunch posted a significant increase overall, from 1.7% female creators to 14.7%, but Rebirth is poised to be a big step down, with only 8% female creators in the mix. It’s a disheartening decline after DC showed steady progress with female creators after the fiasco that was the New 52 relaunch. It’ll be interesting to see how the full stats shake down this June when the new line premieres, but these early indications aren’t great.