Marvel’s been very up and down with their female and non-binary creator representation over the past several months, but after the October solicits marked the publisher’s lowest numbers for the year thus far, the November solicits saw a solid gain. While Marvel still remains well off their previous highs, a sizeable jump is a welcome sight. The question now is, can they maintain or even increase the numbers moving forward? Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel this November:
- Annapaola Martello: Marvel’s Black Panther Prelude #2 (interior art)
- Ashley Witter: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #14 (cover), Star Wars: Poe Dameron #21 (variant cover)
- Carla Speed McNeil: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #26 (interior art)
- Christa Faust: Silver Sable and the Wild Pack #36 (writer)
- Christina Strain: Generation X #8 (writer), Generation X #9 (writer)
- Devin Grayson: Power Pack #63 (writer)
- Elizabeth Torque: Daredevil #595 (variant cover)
- Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #26 (co-writer, cover)
- G. Willow Wilson: Ms. Marvel #24 (writer)
- Gabby Rivera: America #9 (writer)
- Gurihiru: Gwenpool, The Unbelievable #22 (cover), Not Brand Echh #14 (interior art)
- Irene Strychalski: Gwenpool, The Unbelievable #22 (interior art)
- Jenny Frison: Black Panther #167 (variant cover)
- Jody Houser: Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #13 (writer)
- June Brigman: Power Pack #63 (variant cover)
- Kelly Thompson: Hawkeye #12 (writer)
- Margaret Stohl: Captain Marvel #126 (writer)
- Marika Cresta: Power Pack #63 (interior art)
- Mariko Tamaki: She-Hulk #159 (writer)
- Natacha Bustos: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #25 (interior art, cover)
- Rainbow Rowell: Runaways #3 (writer)
- Sana Takeda: Master of Kung Fu #126 (variant cover)
- Sara Pichelli: Spider-Men II #5 (interior art, cover)
All together, there are 24 different female creators set to work on 22 different books at Marvel this November, 4 more creators and 1 more book than in October (as far as I can tell, there are no non-binary creators scheduled to work at Marvel in November). This is a large jump; essentially, Marvel’s got 20% more women writing and drawing their comics than they did last month, and that’s a considerable gain. At the same time, though, the October numbers were abnormally low and a rebound was to be expected. And, as always lately, Marvel remains far behind their previous highs; there were 37 women working at Marvel just eight months ago.
There are several new names and returning favourites in the mix this month, including a new cover artist for the Star Wars line in Ashley Witter, a new writer in Christa Faust on Silver Sable and the Wild Pack, and a new artist in Marika Cresta on Power Pack. The latter issue also marks the return of Devin Grayson, who we haven’t seen at the Big Two in a little while.
The only trouble is, Silver Sable and the Wild Pack and Power Pack are both one-shot specials, and so the four different women who worked on both of those books probably won’t be back at Marvel next month. Seeing as the solicits as a whole only jumped by four women, it looks like that gain will be washed out straight away in December. In terms of new female characters, both of those books are short-lived, and She-Hulk is the only title with a female lead that’s taking on the Marvel Legacy renumbering and hype in November. Meanwhile, at least seven different books with male leads are set to jump into Marvel Legacy and, perhaps unsurprisingly, none of them feature female creators either apart from a variant cover or two.
Overall, it’s good to see Marvel rebound somewhat after the lows they hit in October, but it appears that the rebound isn’t going to last. One-shots are fun and all, and an excellent foot in the door that could lead to future work for everyone involved, but the core, ongoing Marvel Legacy books are short on women across the board thus far, both real and fictional. The creative shifts of this event/relaunch haven’t gone great for female and non-binary creators thus far, and it will be interesting to see if December brings anything new as Marvel Legacy continues to roll out.