DC’s not had the best run with female creators over the course of their past few rounds of solicits. Since their “Rebirth” relaunch began in June, the numbers have been well below their usual level, and far off from their previous highs. It looks like September might mark the end of this skid, but I’m not entirely sure that this increase in female creators is going to last. We’ll discuss more, after we look at who’s doing what at DC Comics in September 2016:
- Amanda Conner: Harley Quinn #3 (co-writer, cover), Harley Quinn #4 (co-writer, cover), Harley Quinn and her Gang of Harleys #6 (cover)
- Amanda Deibert: Wonder Woman ’77 Special #4 (co-writer)
- Amy Chu: Wonder Woman ’77 Special #4 (co-writer)
- Babs Tarr: Doom Patrol #1 (variant cover)
- Becky Cloonan: Gotham Academy: Second Semester #1 (co-writer)
- Bilquis Evely: The Flintstones #3 (variant cover)
- Carmen Carnero: Astro City #39 (interior art)
- Cat Staggs: Wonder Woman ’77 Special #4 (cover)
- Claire Roe: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #2 (interior art)
- Emanuela Lupacchino: Green Lanterns #6 (variant cover), Green Lanterns #7 (variant cover)
- Fiona Staples: Gotham Academy: Second Semester #1 (variant cover)
- Gail Simone: Clean Room #12 (writer)
- Holly Black: Lucifer #10 (writer)
- Hope Larson: Batgirl #3 (writer)
- Jenny Frison: Clean Room #12 (cover)
- Joelle Jones: American Vampire Anthology #2 (interior art)
- Julie Benson: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #2 (co-writer)
- Kamome Shirahama: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #2 (variant cover)
- Marguerite Bennett: American Vampire Anthology #2 (writer), DC Comics Bombshells #17 (writer)
- Meghan Hetrick: Red Thorn #11 (interior art)
- Mirka Andolfo: DC Comics Bombshells #17 (interior art)
- Nicola Scott: Wonder Woman #6 (interior art)
- Rachel Dodson: Superwoman #2 (variant cover)
- Sandra Hope: Cyborg: Rebirth #1 (inker), Gotham Academy: Second Semester #1 (inker)
- Shawna Benson: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #2 (co-writer)
- Tess Fowler: Wonder Woman ’77 Special #4 (interior art)
- Trina Robbins: Wonder Woman ’77 Special #4 (co-writer)
- Tula Lotay: Everafter: From the Pages of Fables #1 (cover)
All together, there are 28 different female creators set to work on 21 different comic books, an impressive gain from August’s 20 and 21, respectively. September also marks DC’s best total since March, quite a lull for the publisher, though as I mentioned at the top, the numbers are still far from their past highs.
And also probably fleeting. Between a couple of anthology books (Wonder Woman ’77 Special #4 and the resolicited American Vampire Anthology #2) and variant covers, at least a third of the gigs listed above are unlikely to be back in October; they’re one-shot jobs. It’s great that these books are loaded with female creators and that so many women are getting cool variant cover gigs, but it’s not a stable position like writing or interior art tends to be. Next month could drop off quite a bit.
Though there are some new, more stable gigs in the mix. Gotham Academy: Second Semester returns with regular jobs for co-writer Becky Cloonan and inker Sandra Hope, while the new Everafter: From the Pages of Fables could prove to be a consistent cover position for Tula Lotay. Three more regulars is good news.
In terms of female characters, Supergirl is officially launching her new title in September, the return of Gotham Academy means more fun adventures for Olive and Maps, and there’s also a Raven mini-series. In new team books, Wonder Woman will be a key player in Trinity, while Raven and Starfire will be part of the new Teen Titans. So it’s a pretty solid month across the board for fictional women too, and a great month if you happen to be a Raven enthusiast.
Overall, September looks to be a strong month for women at DC, but I’m not sure that it will last. Gerard Way’s Doom Patrol is set to premiere then, though, which may mean that the rest of his line is rolling out soon; that would be good news, because several female characters have been attached to those projects. It’ll take several new books to keep these numbers up in October, and we’ll find out in a month or so if DC is up to the task.