I’m not sure what’s going on at either of the Big Two superhero publishers right now, but both DC and Marvel are well off their recent highs when it comes to the representation of female and non-binary creators. At DC, the solicits for November mark their lowest total in well over a year, and this is in the midst of the launch of several new series, ongoing and mini, across their line. DC’s output has been shifting and expanding over the fall, and this current cycle of change appears to include far fewer women and non-binary creators. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at DC in November:
- Alisa Kwitney: Mystik U #1 (writer)
- Amanda Conner: Harley Quinn #31 (co-writer, cover), Harley Quinn #32 (co-writer, cover), Harley Quinn: Be Careful What You Wish For Special Edition #1 (co-writer, interior art, cover), The Jetsons #1 (cover)
- Aneke: Gotham City Garage #3 (interior art), Gotham City Garage #4 (interior art)
- Desirée Proctor: New Talent Showcase 2017 #1 (co-writer)
- Eleanora Carlini: Green Arrow Annual #1 (interior art), Suicide Squad #29 (interior art)
- Emanuela Lupacchino: Bombshells United #5 (cover), Harley & Ivy Meet Betty & Veronica #2 (cover), Wonder Woman #35 (interior art)
- Erica Harrell: New Talent Showcase 2017 #1 (co-writer)
- Gail Simone: Wonder Woman/Conan #3 (writer)
- Hope Larson: Batgirl #17 (writer)
- Jenny Frison: Wonder Woman #35 (variant cover)
- Jody Houser: Supergirl #15 (co-writer)
- Joelle Jones: Batman #34 (interior art, cover), Batman #35 (interior art, cover)
- Julie Benson: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #16 (co-writer)
- K. Perkins: Superwoman #16 (writer)
- Kamome Shirahama: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #16 (variant cover)
- Laura Braga: Harley & Ivy Meet Betty & Veronica #2 (interior art)
- Lynne Yoshii: New Talent Showcase 2017 #1 (interior art)
- Marguerite Bennett: Batwoman #9 (writer), Bombshells United #5 (writer), Bombshells United #6 (writer)
- Michelle Delecki: Deathstroke #25 (variant cover)
- Rachel Dodson: Wonder Woman #34 (variant cover)
- Shawna Benson: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #16 (co-writer)
- Siya Oum: Bombshells United #5 (interior art), New Talent Showcase 2017 #1 (interior art)
- Yasmine Putri: The Hellblazer #16 (variant cover)
All together, there are 23 different female creators set to work on 25 different books at DC in November, 2 fewer creators than in October though 4 more books (as best I can tell, there are no non-binary creators scheduled to work at DC in November). A dip of 2 creators is fairly minor, though not inconsiderable given how few women there were to start with at DC, but it does take the publisher to its lowest total of female creators since August 2016.
It’s an odd month at DC all around. Some of the drop can be explained by an absence of “Young Animal” titles, a line that features an array of female creators. But DC is also set to release their New Talent Showcase, which includes a variety of women writing and drawing. Typically, an anthology issue like that with such solid representation boosts the monthly numbers considerably, but not this time. We’ve also got Mystik U, a new series with a female writer in Alisa Kwitney, plus a Harley Quinn special with Amanda Conner all over it, and still the numbers drop. The list of new names is great to see, particularly in the New Talent Showcase, but it hasn’t added up to a strong month for female representation at the publisher overall.
In terms of female characters, the aforementioned Mystik U stars a teen Zatanna, so that should be fun, and Enchantress is in the mix. Everything else has dudes in the lead, including new books for Black Lighting, The Demon, and Hawkman. And the “Metal” tie-ins continue to roll out, the bulk of which feature male leads and male creative teams.
So November is a mixed bag for DC. There are lots of new female creators in the mix, many of them making their first ever appearance at the publisher. But across the line, the numbers remain down. While I suppose we can take an optimistic angle and hope that all of these new creators become mainstays at DC moving forward, it doesn’t change the fact that DC’s female and non-binary representation has been trending downward for a while now. It’s a very noticeable slump, with no end in sight as of yet.