After some low numbers in the June solicits, DC’s underwhelming summer is set to continue into July. The publisher has a lot going on, what with the Brian Michael Bendis era beginning in Action Comics and Superman and new Justice League books debuting. However, few of the goings on seem to involve female or non-binary creators. The only exception is the upcoming Bat-Cat wedding, which will spin off into an exciting new title in July. But elsewhere, representation remains relatively poor. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what this July:
- Adriana Melo: Plastic Man #2 (interior art)
- Amanda Conner: DC Beach Blanket Bad Guys Special #1 (cover)
- Babs Tarr: Teen Titans #20 (variant cover)
- Becky Cloonan: Batman #50 (interior art), Shade, The Changing Woman #5 (cover)
- Bilquis Evely: Plastic Man #2 (cover)
- Cecil Castellucci: Shade, The Changing Woman #5 (writer)
- Corinna Bechko: DC Beach Blanket Bad Guys Special #1 (co-writer)
- Emanuela Lupacchino: Batgirl #25 (interior art)
- Gail Simone: Plastic Man #2 (writer)
- Jenny Frison: Wonder Woman #50 (variant cover), Wonder Woman #51 (variant cover)
- Jody Houser: Mother Panic: Gotham A.D. #5 (writer)
- Joelle Jones: Batman #50 (interior art), Catwoman #1 (writer, interior art, cover)
- Laura Braga: Wonder Woman #51 (interior art)
- Magdalene Visaggio: Eternity Girl #5 (writer)
- Mairghread Scott: Batgirl #25 (co-writer), Green Arrow #42 (writer)
- Marguerite Bennett: Batgirl #25 (co-writer), Batwoman #17 (writer)
- Marley Zarcone: Shade, The Changing Woman #5 (interior art)
- Nicola Scott: Mera, Queen of Atlantis #6 (cover)
- Rachel Dodson: Justice League Odyssey #1 (variant cover)
- Sandra Hope: The Terrifics #6 (interior art)
- Shea Fontana: DC Beach Blanket Bad Guys Special #1 (co-writer)
All together, there are 21 different female creators set to work on 16 different books in July, 2 more creators than in June though 1 fewer book. As best as I can tell, there are no non-binary creators working at DC Comics in July. These ups and downs even out to the slightest of gains, but the numbers remain noticeably below the publisher’s spring totals and far off of their past highs. At this point, female and non-binary creator representation is at just two thirds of what DC has shown themselves to be capable of achieving.
The continuing low numbers can be attributed to a lack of new talent. While the creators listed above are fantastic, we’ve seen all of them before at DC in some capacity or another. It’s encouraging to have a group of women getting steady work here, for sure. That kind of consistency is important. But the numbers remain relatively low, and they aren’t growing.
In terms of fictional women, the big news is that we’re getting a new Catwoman book, written and drawn by the wonderful Joelle Jones. That’s going to be excellent. Apart from that, female characters will also have some decent representation in two new Justice League titles set to premiere in July. Wonder Woman and Zatanna are part of Justice League Dark, accounting for 2 of the 5 characters on the team, while Jessica Cruz and Starfire will be in Justice League Odyssey, making up 2 of the 4 characters on the team. The male majority on the flagship Justice League title is substantial, so these new additions to the line are a big step toward better representation.
Overall, there are some positive signs at DC. The female creator ranks are stable, and fictional representation has improved. However, the creator numbers remain low. There just doesn’t seem to be a commitment at the publisher to improving the ranks of female and non-binary creators. We’ve been seeing a similar lack of effort from Marvel as well, which has added up to a rather disappointing string of solicits as of late. DC has reached much higher totals in the past, and it doesn’t seem like they’ll be returning to those highs any time soon.