After setting record highs in March, Marvel’s number of female and non-binary creators has been comparatively poor ever since. The September solicits show a slight improvement in representation, a jump that still leaves Marvel well off of their past highs but nonetheless marks their highest total in some time. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel in September 2017:
- Amy Reeder: Marvel Legacy #1 (variant cover)
- Annapaola Martello: Venomverse: War Stories #1 (interior art)
- Annie Wu: America #7 (interior art)
- Becky Cloonan: The Punisher #16 (writer)
- Christina Strain: Generation X #6 (writer)
- Elizabeth Torque: Venomverse #1 (variant cover), Venomverse #2 (variant cover), Venomverse #3 (variant cover), Venomverse #4 (variant cover)
- Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #24 (interior art, cover)
- G. Willow Wilson: Generations: Captain Marvel & Ms. Marvel #1 (writer), Ms. Marvel #22 (writer)
- Gabby Rivera: America #7 (writer)
- Gurihiru: Gwenpool, the Unbelievable #20 (interior art, cover)
- Jen Bartel: America #7 (interior art)
- Jenny Frison: Black Panther #18 (variant cover)
- Jody Houser: Star Wars: Rogue One Adaptation #6 (writer)
- Joyce Chin: Black Panther #18 (variant cover)
- Kamome Shirahama: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #12 (cover)
- Kelly Thompson: Hawkeye #10 (writer), Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Captain Phasma #1 (writer), Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Captain Phasma #2 (writer)
- Magdalene Visaggio: Venomverse: War Stories #1 (co-writer)
- Margaret Stohl: Generations: Captain Marvel & Captain Mar-Vell #1 (writer), The Mighty Captain Marvel #9 (writer)
- Mariko Tamaki: Hulk #10 (writer)
- Meghan Hetrick: The Mighty Captain Marvel #9 (cover)
- Ming Doyle: Spider-Man #20 (variant cover)
- Natacha Bustos: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #23 (interior art, cover)
- Paulina Ganucheau: Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Captain Phasma #1 (variant cover)
- Rainbow Rowell: Runaways #1 (writer)
- Sara Pichelli: Spider-Men II #3 (interior art, cover)
- Tana Ford: Venomverse: War Stories #1 (interior art)
- Yusaku Komiyama: Zombies Assemble 2 #2 (writer, interior art)
All together, there are 28 different female/non-binary creators set to work on 26 different comics at Marvel in September, 3 more creators and 2 more books than in August. It’s not a huge jump, but given that Marvel has been languishing in the low to mid-20s for the past six months, the numbers increasing in any way is a positive sign. The longevity of these gains may be questionable, though; these numbers are buoyed by a lot of one shot issues and onetime gigs like variant covers which likely won’t be around next month.
A quick note on terminology: DC had a non-binary creator in September so we changed the title of the feature to be more inclusive. We’re doing the same with the Marvel watch. To the best of my knowledge, there aren’t any non-binary creators at Marvel this month, but broadening the scope shows that they will be counted when they do appear in the solicits.
While we’ve got a lot of returning favourites scheduled for September, including some creators that we haven’t seen in a few months, the only creator who’s brand new to Marvel is Rainbow Rowell, and acclaimed novelist who is relaunching Runaways. She’s a pretty big get for Marvel, and it’ll be interesting to see how the new book goes over, especially single issues in the direct market versus the eventual collections of her run.
In terms of female characters, Runaways looks to be a solid showcase for women, plus it could have a gender fluid character in Xavin, should they return. The “Generations” one shots continue to be a strong showcase for female characters as well; Ironheart appears in one, Ms. Marvel in another, and Captain Marvel shows up in two of them. The Venomverse: War Stories special also features stories starring Gwenpool and Wolverine. AND we’ve got a new Star Wars series with a female lead, with Captain Phasma taking center stage in her own solo book.
All together, September looks to be a relatively decent month for representation at Marvel. The numbers remain well below their recent highs, but they’re trending in an upward direction. After posting their highest total in several months, it will be interesting to see if Marvel can sustain or grow those numbers in October.