Just as we missed the first month of “Rebirth” at DC because I was busy travelling and being a bad blog person, we also skipped the first month of Marvel’s Civil War II, with all of its various mini-series and tie-ins. The June numbers were strong, with 29 different female creators on 19 different books. There was a lot of grouping therein; Marvel seems to like to keep their ladies congregated on a limited number of books. But 29 different women was big for Marvel, and their second best total of the year. So let’s see how July stacks up by looking at who’s doing what at Marvel in the July 2016 solicits:
- Amy Reeder: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #9 (cover, co-writer)
- Annie Wu: Gwenpool #4 (variant cover)
- Becky Cloonan: The Punisher #3 (writer, variant cover)
- Brittney L. Williams: Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! #8 (interior art)
- Chelsea Cain: Mockingbird #5 (writer)
- Elizabeth Torque: Civil War II: Gods of War #2 (variant cover), Hyperion #5 (cover)
- Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #10 (art and cover)
- G. Willow Wilson: Ms. Marvel #9 (writer)
- Gurihiru: Gwenpool #4 (interior art)
- Helen Chen: Silk #10 (cover)
- Joelle Jones: Mockingbird #5 (cover)
- Kate Leth: Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! #8 (writer)
- Kate Niemczyk: Mockingbird #5 (interior art)
- Katie Cook: Haunted Mansion #5 (variant cover)
- Kelly Thompson: A-Force #7 (writer)
- Marguerite Sauvage: Civil War II: Choosing Sides #2 (interior art)
- Marjorie Liu: Star Wars: Han Solo #2 (writer)
- Natacha Bustos: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #9 (interior art)
- Robin Furth: Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three – Bitter Medicine #4 (co-writer)
- Ruth Gage: Captain Marvel #7 (co-writer)
- Sara Pichelli: Spider-Man #6 (art and cover)
- Stacey Lee: Gwenpool #4 (cover)
- Tana Ford: Silk #10 (interior art)
- Tula Lotay: Scarlet Witch #8 (interior art)
All together, there at 25 different female creators scheduled to work on 18 different comic books at Marvel in July, a step down on both counts from the June numbers that’s tied for their lowest showing since the February solicits. Nonetheless, Marvel spent ages stuck in the teens (or less) when it came to women working on their books, so consistently landing in the mid-20s is a decent change of pace for them. They’re capable of higher numbers, but compared to last year it’s quite good.
It doesn’t look like there’s much in the way of new names in July; Ruth Gage co-writing Captain Marvel‘s tie-in to Civil War II is about it. There are some returning favourites, though, including Annie Wu, Katie Cook, Tana Ford, and Tula Lotay, who don’t have regular gigs at Marvel right now but pop in occasionally for variant covers and drawing an issue here and there.
It’s a quiet month for female characters innew titles too, with Civil War II in full swing. A couple of mini-series connected to the event launched last month, but they don’t mention many female characters. Kate Bishop’s in Civil War II: Choosing Sides #3 and that look to be about it. I imagine we’ll see some new books spinning out of however Civil War II concludes, so we may not see many big lineup changes for a couple of months yet.
Overall, while July’s a bit of a backwards step for female creators at Marvel when compared to June, the numbers are still relatively strong. It’s not a disastrous decline by any means, and the numbers keep Marvel well within the new, higher range they’ve been in as of late. I’m not anticipating a ton of changes, bookwise, in the August solicits, so I’m curious to see how the numbers shake out then.