After a couple of months of slight gains, female and non-binary creator representation at DC Comics is set to stay about the same this March. Leveling off after a bit of growth isn’t entirely unexpected, but this current plateau is pretty underwhelming relative to the publisher’s past highs. DC’s been stalled in the low to mid-20s for several months now, and a new year doesn’t seem to be bringing much to change that. Let’s take a look at who is set to do what at DC this March:
- Alisa Kwitney: Mystik U #3 (writer)
- Amanda Conner: Harley Quinn #39 (cover), Harley Quinn #40 (cover), The Jetsons #5 (cover)
- Becky Cloonan: Shade, The Changing Woman #1 (cover)
- Cecil Castellucci: Shade, The Changing Woman #1 (writer)
- Emanuela Lupacchino: Bombshells United #14 (cover)
- Hope Larson: Batgirl #21 (writer)
- Jenny Frison: Wonder Woman #42 (variant cover), Wonder Woman #43 (variant cover)
- Jill Thompson: Scooby Apocalypse #23 (cover)
- Jody Houser: Mother Panic: Gotham A.D. #1 (writer)
- Joelle Jones: Teen Titans #18 (variant cover)
- Julie Benson: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #20 (co-writer)
- Laura Braga: Harley & Ivy Meet Betty & Veronica #6 (interior art)
- Magdalene Visaggio: Eternity Girl #1 (writer)
- Marguerite Bennett: Batwoman #13 (writer), Bombshells United #13 (writer), Bombshells United #14 (writer)
- Marley Zarcone: Shade, The Changing Woman #1 (interior art, variant cover)
- Michelle Delecki: Deathstroke #29 (variant cover)
- Mirka Andolfo: Harley Quinn #40 (interior art)
- Nicola Scott: Mera, Queen of Atlantis #2 (cover)
- Paulina Ganucheau: Eternity Girl #1 (variant cover)
- Rachael Stott: Motherlands #3 (interior art)
- Rachel Dodson: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #20 (cover)
- Sandra Hope: The Silencer #3 (inker, cover)
- Shawna Benson: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #20 (co-writer)
- Tula Lotay: Harley & Ivy Meet Betty & Veronica #6 (cover)
- Vita Ayala: Supergirl #19 (co-writer)
- Yasmine Putri: Nightwing #40 (variant cover), Nightwing #41 (variant cover)
All together, there are 26 different female and non-binary creators set to work on 24 different books in March, the same number of creators as in February though spread across 3 fewer books. This is a very ho-hum showing for DC Comics, who appear to be trapped in a bit of a rut. The bulk of the creators listed above have regular gigs at the publisher and should be back next month, which is great. Having a solid, consistent base is an important first step. The trouble is that a) these ranks don’t seem to be growing much, and b) more transitory gigs like fill-in issues, oneshots, and variant covers have been few and fleeting.
Speaking of this consistent base, there is no one listed above that we haven’t seen at DC over the previous few months. There are a couple of returning favourites who’ve been away for a little while, like Paulina Ganucheau pitching in with a variant cover and Vita Ayala co-writing Supergirl for what should be a great issue that introduces a new non-binary character. Everyone else is the usual crowd. Doing great work on great books, of course, but the ranks aren’t growing.
In terms of characters, after the “Young Animal” oneshots last month, the whole line is relaunching this month with new #1 issues and some revamped titles. Mother Panic will become Mother Panic: Gotham A.D. while Shade, the Changing Girl has grown into Shade, the Changing Woman. We’ve also got a new mini-series spinning out of those oneshots with Eternity Girl. All three books have female leads and a variety of female creators in the mix. The handful of other new releases for March across the line seem rather dude-centric.
All together, DC’s spinning their wheels a bit when it comes to female and non-binary creators. The numbers aren’t growing, and they remain far below the highs they hit in the recent past. Stagnant numbers across the line also combine with the publisher’s hyping of their “New Age of DC Heroes” books, eight new artist-centric series that feature barely any women or non-binary creators at all. It’s a bad look for a company that’s not doing very well with representation to begin with.