Marvel has more female creators in their solicits for the second straight month, but by the smallest amount possible. They gained one with the last round, and are up one more with the July solicits, in what can only be called progress-ish. Especially since the numbers remain far, far below their recent highs; since posting 37 different female creators in their March solicits, Marvel has yet to break out of the low 20s. It’s not been a great run. So let’s see who’s doing what at Marvel in July:
- Amy Chu: Secret Empire: Brave New World #4 (co-writer)
- Becky Cloonan: The Punisher #14 (writer)
- Christina Strain: Generation X #4 (writer)
- Elizabeth Torque: Captain America: Sam Wilson #24 (cover), The Mighty Captain Marvel #7 (cover)
- Elsa Charretier: The Unstoppable Wasp #7 (cover)
- Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #22 (interior art, cover)
- G. Willow Wilson: Ms. Marvel #20 (writer)
- Gabby Rivera: America #5 (co-writer)
- Gurihiru: Gwenpool, the Unbelievable #18 (interior art, cover)
- Irene Strychalski: Edge of Venomverse #2 (interior art)
- Jen Bartel: America #5 (cover)
- Jody Houser: Star Wars: Rogue One Adaptation #4 (writer)
- June Brigman: Jean Grey #4 (variant cover)
- Kamome Kamiyama: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #9 (cover), Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #10 (cover)
- Kelly Thompson: America #5 (co-writer), Hawkeye #8 (writer)
- Magdalene Visaggio: Secret Empire: Brave New World #3 (co-writer)
- Margaret Stohl: The Mighty Captain Marvel #7 (writer)
- Mariko Tamaki: Hulk #8 (writer)
- Natacha Bustos: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #21 (interior art, cover)
- Paulina Ganucheau: Star Wars: Poe Dameron #17 (variant cover)
- Sara Pichelli: Spider-Men II #1 (cover, interior art)
- Veronica Fish: The Unstoppable Wasp #7 (interior art)
- Yusaku Komiyama: Zombies Assemble #4 (writer, interior art)
All together, there are 24 different female creators scheduled to work on 22 different books in July, 1 more woman than in June but 4 fewer books. The decline in books in unfortunate; there aren’t a ton of women working at Marvel to begin with, and putting them on fewer titles is a double whammy against representation at the publisher. And the creator numbers are just flummoxing. Marvel was solidly in the 30s for some time just a few months back, and now they’re employing women at about 2/3 the rate they’ve shown they are capable of. It’s bizarre.
In terms of new names at Marvel, I think that Magdalene Visaggio is the only brand new entry set for July. She’ll be writing a story in Secret Empire: Brave New World #4, which could bode well for future work. Marvel often likes to start new folks on a shorter story as a test run to see if they might be a good fit for bigger gigs. We’ve also got the return of a few people who we haven’t seen a while, including Amy Chu, Irene Strychalski, and Veronica Fish.
There aren’t many new series set for July, but one new team book looks to have a decent female presence. The new Astonishing X-Men is set to star Mystique, Psylocke, and Rogue, alongside a bunch of dudes I’ve already forgotten. Everything else new is male-centric, including a double dose of Spider-Mans with Spider-Men II and yet another Deadpool mini-series.
All together, July looks to be yet another month of underperformance from Marvel. The publisher hasn’t had more than 24 different female creators in the mix since their record-setting March numbers, and few new permanent gigs for women have been added since then. Marvel’s capable of much higher numbers than they’ve been posting as of late, and it might be a little while until things change. Perhaps post-Secret Empire we’ll get a new run of books with some new names in the mix, but for now things are flat.