I’ll say this for DC Comics: They’ve become very consistent in their female and non-binary creator representation. The numbers aren’t particularly strong, situated in the mid-20s when the publisher has been well into the 30s in the past. But relative to months previous and to Marvel’s output, DC’s not been especially low or especially high for the past several rounds of solicits. They’re right in the middle with unremarkable numbers, not bottoming out but not progressing either. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at DC in January:
- Alisa Kwitney: Mystik U #2 (writer)
- Amanda Conner: Harley Quinn #35 (cover), Harley Quinn #36 (cover), The Jetsons #3 (cover)
- Colleen Doran: Gotham City Garage #8 (interior art)
- Diana Egea: Detective Comics #972 (inker)
- Emanuela Lupacchino: Bombshells United #9 (cover), Superwoman #18 (variant cover), Wonder Woman #38 (interior art), Wonder Woman #39 (interior art)
- Gail Simone: Wonder Woman/Conan #5 (writer)
- Hope Larson: Batgirl #19 (writer)
- Jenny Frison: Harley & Ivy Meet Betty & Veronica #4 (cover), Wonder Woman #38 (variant cover), Wonder Woman #39 (variant cover)
- Jody Houser: Supergirl #17 (co-writer)
- Joelle Jones: Batman #38 (interior art), Batman #39 (interior art, cover)
- Julie Benson: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #18 (co-writer)
- K. Perkins: Batwoman #11 (writer), Superwoman #18 (writer)
- Kamome Shirahama: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #18 (variant cover)
- Laura Braga: Harley & Ivy Meet Betty & Veronica #4 (interior art)
- Marguerite Bennett: Bombshells United #10 (writer), Bombshells United #9 (writer)
- Mariko Tamaki: New Super-Man #19 (writer)
- Michelle Delecki: Deathstroke #27 (variant cover)
- Mirka Andolfo: Bombshells United #10 (interior art)
- Rachel Dodson: Bombshells United #10 (cover), Justice League of America #22 (cover), Justice League of America #23 (cover)
- Rachael Stott: Motherlands #1 (interior art)
- Sandra Hope: The Silencer #2 (inker)
- Shawna Benson: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #18 (co-writer)
- Siya Oum: Bombshells United #9 (interior art)
- Tula Lotay: Gotham City Garage #8 (cover)
All together, there are 24 different female creators set to work on 25 different comic book in January, 1 more female creator than in December and the same number of books. As best I can tell, there are no non-binary creators in DC’s January solicits. It’s a modest gain that keeps the publisher on their middle of the road streak. It could be better, it could be worse. What’s clear is that DC isn’t committed to expanding their ranks of women and non-binary creators. While they hit about the same level each month, growth has been minimal as of late.
To this point, there aren’t very many new names in the mix this month. Rachael Stott had one short gig at DC a few months back, and now it looks like she’s got a regular job with the new Vertigo series Motherlands. She’s been doing a lot of work on the IDW Doctor Who books, and it’s good to see that DC’s brought her in. We’ve also got a couple of returning favourites, though I don’t know for how long. Colleen Doran is doing some pages for Gotham City Garage in what looks to be a one-time gig. We’ve also got Mariko Tamaki writing New Super-Man this month, and I’m not sure if she’s taking over the book or it’s just a one-off job.
In terms of female characters, we’ve got a few new books with female leads in the mix. The new team book The Terrifics includes Phantom Girl, though she’s only one woman in a team of five. The one-shot Dark Knights Rising: The Wild Hunt features Raven, but again she’s one female character in a team of men. But Raven has new showcase all to herself with the new mini-series Raven: Daughter of Darkness. While I’m glad to see Raven getting some attention, having Marv Wolfman write her yet again seems like a bit of an odd choice. He’s done several Raven mini-series over the past several years, none of which were very successful. Also, there are no female creators involved with the book, which is disappointing.
All together, it looks like nothing much is going to change in terms of female and non-binary creator representation at DC Comics as the New Year begins. January’s not that different from December, which wasn’t that different from November, which wasn’t that different from October. The publisher seems committed to mediocre numbers right now, and that’s going to continue into 2018.