When the November solicits were released last month, it looked like Marvel was taking a big step in terms of representation and were moving toward finishing the year on a high note. Then things changed. The numbers didn’t crater by any means, but a big jump got noticeably smaller. It’s an odd set of circumstances, and we’ll dig into it all after we look at who was originally scheduled to do what at Marvel in November:
- Afua Richardson: Shuri #2 (variant cover)
- Amy Reeder: Ironheart #1 (cover)
- Ashley Witter: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #26 (cover), X-23 #6 (cover)
- Aud Koch: The Vision #1 (interior art)
- Chelsea Cain: The Vision #1 (co-writer)
- Elizabeth Torque: Captain America #5 (variant cover), Spider-Geddon #3 (variant cover)
- Elsa Charretier: Star Wars: Han Solo – Imperial Cadet #1 (variant cover)
- Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #38 (cover)
- Eve Ewing: Ironheart #1 (writer)
- G. Willow Wilson: Ms. Marvel #36 (writer)
- Gail Simone: Domino #8 (writer)
- Gurihiru: The Unstoppable Wasp #2 (interior art)
- Jen Bartel: Black Panther #6 (interior art), Ironheart #1 (variant cover), Uncanny X-Men #1 (variant cover)
- Jenny Frison: X-Men Red #10 (cover)
- Jody Houser: Spider-Girls #2 (writer)
- Kelly Thompson: Mr. and Mrs. X #5 (writer), Uncanny X-Men #1 (co-writer), Uncanny X-Men #2 (co-writer), Uncanny X-Men #3 (co-writer), West Coast Avengers #4 (writer)
- Margaret Stohl: The Life of Captain Marvel #5 (writer)
- Marguerite Sauvage: The Life of Captain Marvel #5 (interior art)
- Mariko Tamaki: Infinity Wars: Infinity Warps #1 (co-writer), X-23 #6 (writer)
- Natacha Bustos: Infinity Wars: Infinity Warps #1 (interior art), Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #37 (cover)
- Nnedi Okorafor: Shuri #2 (writer)
- Rainbow Rowell: Runaways #15 (writer)
- Rosi Kampe: Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider #2 (interior art)
- Sara Pichelli: Fantastic Four #4 (interior art)
- Seanan McGuire: Marvel Super Hero Adventures: Captain Marvel – Mealtime Mayhem #1 (co-writer), Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider #2 (writer)
- Stacey Lee: The Unstoppable Wasp #2 (cover)
- Stephanie Hans: Ironheart #1 (variant cover)
- Yasmine Putri: Shatterstar #2 (cover), Spider-Girls #2 (cover)
All together, 29 female creators were scheduled to work on 28 different books at Marvel this November, 4 more creators than in October and 5 more books. As best as I can tell, there are no non-binary creators in this round of solicits. This is a very solid gain, and a good beginning to the end of a year that has seen some troubling lows at Marvel. But then Marvel decided to cancel The Vision, without releasing a single issue. Apparently the book didn’t fit with the publisher’s new plans for the character or some such. So while Chelsea Cain and Aud Koch are listed in the solicits, their book isn’t coming out and that 4 creator gain is now only 2. Now, 2 isn’t terrible; any gain is a plus in the superhero comic business. But wow, after an already very rough year for gender representation at Marvel, this cancellation is bizarre.
We do have a new name, though. Eve Ewing is writing the new Ironheart series, which should be rad. That’s about it, though. Everyone else we’ve seen before, last month or in the recent past. But shout out to my pal Kelly Thompson, who’s writing or co-writing FIVE books for Marvel this month. She’s blowing up and I’m loving it because she is super excellent at what she does.
In terms of female characters, we’ve got the aforementioned Ironheart series starring Riri Williams. And we’ve got some group books, too. It looks like every mutant ever is going to be in Uncanny X-Men, so look for your favourite ladies there, while Proxima Midnight is part of a new Black Order series. Everything else is dudes, though. The Vision would have featured Viv, but it is no more.
Overall, November’s looking to be kind of a weird month for Marvel. The Vision situation is just odd, and takes what looked to be some solid growth down to something a bit more humdrum. I suppose they’re not going backwards, at least. That’s good to see after the publisher’s disastrous performances earlier this year. Growth is growth, however slow. But dang, Marvel needs to learn to stop shooting themselves in the foot.