After closing out 2016 with some of their highest months ever, DC’s female representation has been coming in a bit lower in their solicits since then, and their March listings mark the lowest number of different female creators since August. It’s not a disastrous drop; the mid-20s is a fairly average range for DC these days, but it’s noticeably below where they were just a few months ago and a disappointing step back for a publisher whose numbers were trending upward. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at DC in March 2017:
- Afua Richardson: The Wild Storm #2 (variant cover)
- Amanda Conner: Booster Gold/The Flintstones Annual #1 (co-writer), Harley Quinn #15 (co-writer, cover), Harley Quinn #16 (co-writer, cover), The Kamandi Challenge #3 (interior art, cover)
- Becky Cloonan: Gotham Academy: Second Semester #7 (co-writer, cover), Shade, the Changing Girl #6 (cover)
- Bilquis Evely: Wonder Woman #18 (cover, interior art)
- Cecil Castellucci: Shade, the Changing Girl #6 (writer)
- Eleanora Carlini: Green Arrow #18 (interior art), Green Arrow #19 (interior art)
- Elena Casagrande: Vigilante: Southland #6 (interior art)
- Emanuela Lupacchino: Green Lanterns #18 (variant cover), Green Lanterns #19 (variant cover), Supergirl #7 (cover), Superwoman #8 (interior art)
- Gail Simone: Clean Room #17 (writer)
- Hope Larson: Batgirl #9 (writer), Batgirl Annual #1 (writer)
- Jenny Frison: Clean Room #17 (cover), Wonder Woman #18 (variant cover), Wonder Woman #19 (variant cover)
- Jody Houser: Mother Panic #5 (writer)
- Julie Benson: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #8 (co-writer)
- Kamome Shirahama: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #8 (variant cover)
- Laura Braga: DC Comics Bombshells #23 (interior art), DC Comics Bombshells #24 (interior art)
- Marguerite Bennett: Batwoman #1 (co-writer), DC Comics Bombshells #23 (writer), DC Comics Bombshells #24 (writer)
- Marguerite Sauvage: DC Comics Bombshells #23 (cover), The Fall and Rise of Captain Atom #3 (cover)
- Marley Zarcone: Shade, the Changing Girl #6 (interior art, cover)
- Mirka Andolfo: DC Comics Bombshells #23 (interior art)
- Msassyk: Gotham Academy: Second Semester #7 (interior art)
- Sandra Hope: Gotham Academy: Second Semester #7 (inker)
- Shawna Benson: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #8 (co-writer)
- Tula Lotay: Everafter: From the Pages of Fables #7 (cover)
- Yasmine Putri: Superwoman #8 (cover), The Hellblazer #8 (variant cover)
All together, there are 24 different women set to work on 27 different books at DC this March, 3 fewer women than last month though 6 more books. The increase in the number of books is an encouraging sign; while there are fewer women in the mix, the ones who are there are getting more work. Still, DC’s proven they’re capable of hiring 30+ female creators in a month and they currently aren’t doing so, and are thus failing to meet the standard that they set for themselves.
In terms of new names at DC, while I believe I’ve seen Eleanora Carlini’s name in the credits of Green Arrow lately, I think that she was a late addition and this might be the first time she’s in the solicits. She’ll be doing interior art there. We’ve also got a variant cover from Afua Richardson, who typically does work at Marvel. To the best of my knowledge, this is her first work at DC.
March looks to be a quiet month for new books. Batwoman #1 officially debuts after the “Rebirth” special last month, and I’m very much looking forward to that one. It’s got a great character and a stellar creative team, plus it’s spinning out of Detective Comics, which has been one of the highlights of the “Rebirth” line for me. The only other new book in the mix is a Vertigo series with a bunch of dudes in the mix, real and fictional.
Overall, the March numbers aren’t a terrible tumble by any means, but it’s the lowest that DC’s female representation has been in a while. These numbers always go up and down, of course, and this may just be a low ebb. DC’s capable of better regardless, and hopefully they’ll reach their potential and things will start to swing up again soon.