April looks to be a quiet month all around for DC Comics. May is set to bring the dawn of yet another new event series, but April is just the same old, with no new titles or big creative shifts in the mix. And the same old means another subpar month for female and non-binary creators. Sub-subpar, in fact. Nothing’s really changed and yet the numbers have dropped from March. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at DC Comics this April:
- Abigail Larson: The Dreaming #8 (interior art)
- Adriana Melo: Female Furies #3 (interior art)
- Amanda Conner: Batman #68 (interior art, cover), Second Coming #2 (cover), Supergirl #29 (variant cover)
- Cecil Castellucci: Female Furies #3 (writer)
- G. Willow Wilson: Wonder Woman #68 (writer), Wonder Woman #69 (writer)
- Joelle Jones: Catwoman #10 (writer, cover)
- Kat Howard: The Books of Magic #7 (writer)
- Kelly Sue DeConnick: Aquaman #47 (writer)
- Mairghread Scott: Batgirl #34 (writer)
- Mirka Andolfo: Scooby Apocalypse #6 (variant cover)
- Nalo Hopkinson: House of Whispers #8 (writer)
- Nicola Scott: Female Furies #3 (cover)
- Rachel Dodson: Wonder Woman #68 (cover), Wonder Woman #69 (cover)
- Tiffany Turrill: Lucifer #7 (cover), The Dreaming #8 (cover)
- Tula Lotay: Pearl #8 (variant cover)
- Yasmine Putri: Nightwing #59 (cover)
- Zoe Quinn: Goddess Mode #5 (writer)
All together, there are 17 different female creators set to work on 17 different comic books this April, three fewer creators than in March though the same number of books. As best I can tell, there are no non-binary creators listed in this round of solicits. So, three down is a noticeable drop when there are so few creators in the mix to begin with. There’s always a bit of shifting month to month, but the hope is that things about even out, not that your female workforce drops 15% in one fell swoop.
We’re also going to start keeping track of the number of each titles each month to give us more context, on account of DC is cutting back their line considerably. They’re only putting out 54 new comic books in April, which means that there is female creator representation on 31% of their titles. This will be our baseline moving forward, and we’ll do the same with Marvel to see how things stack up.
In terms of new names, there’s not much going on here. We haven’t seen Tula Lotay in a little while, maybe? I’m always glad to see her show up, even if it’s just a variant cover. Her art is amazing. Everyone else is pretty much a regular at this point.
No new books this month either, which means no news on the female character front. I suppose I should point out that while Second Coming #2 is listed above since it was in the solicits, it has since been cancelled by DC after some dumb conservative outcry. The book has since found a new home elsewhere, but if you want to get technical about it there will only be 16 books with female creators at DC in April.
Overall, it’s going to be an uneventful month for female and non-binary creators at DC Comics, yet again. As much as the contraction of DC’s line is definitely playing a factor in these lower numbers, Marvel’s got nearly twice as many female and non-binary creators across their books and not even close to twice the number of titles. DC is lagging behind, and has been for some time now.