July is a month with five Wednesdays, which usually means more comics from DC. Typically, we get annuals and other one-shot specials in that last week, since most of their ongoing books are released on a regular schedule (Wonder Woman is out on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month, for example), and there’s a bit of that here. But we’ve also got a lot of new books throughout the entire month, both ongoing and mini-series. DC trimmed back their line earlier this year, and now it seems to be growing again. Does that mean we’ll see more female and non-binary creators moving forward? Well, so far, no. Let’s take a look at who is doing what at DC this July:
- Adriana Melo: Female Furies #6 (interior art)
- Amanda Conner: Wonder Woman: Come Back To Me #1 (co-writer, cover)
- Bilquis Evely: The Dreaming #11 (interior art)
- Cecil Castellucci: Batgirl #37 (writer), Female Furies #6 (writer)
- Emanuela Lupacchino: Wonder Twins #6 (variant cover)
- G. Willow Wilson: Wonder Woman #74 (writer), Wonder Woman #75 (writer)
- Jenny Frison: Lois Lane #1 (variant cover), Wonder Woman #74 (variant cover), Wonder Woman #75 (variant cover)
- Joelle Jones: Catwoman #13 (writer, interior art, cover), Female Furies #6 (cover)
- Kat Howard: The Books of Magic #10 (writer)
- Kelly Sue DeConnick: Aquaman #50 (writer)
- Lea H. Seidman: Teen Titans Go! #35 (cover)
- Mairghread Scott: Batman Secret Files #2 (co-writer)
- Nalo Hopkinson: House of Whispers #11 (co-writer)
- Rachel Dodson: Justice League #28 (variant cover), Wonder Woman #75 (cover)
- Sandra Hope: Superman: Up In The Sky #1 (inker)
- Taki Soma: Pearl #11 (variant cover)
- Tiffany Turrill: Lucifer #10 (cover)
- Yasmine Putri: DCeased #3 (variant cover), Red Hood: Outlaw #36 (variant cover)
All together, there are 18 different female creators set to work on 20 different comic books at DC this July, the same number of creators as in June across three more books. As best I can tell, there are no non-binary creators listed in this round of solicits. Given that DC is putting out 11 more books in July than in June, the fact that the number of creators stayed the same is disappointing. As we’ve talked about over the past few months while DC’s output decreased, it’s reasonable to see a commensurate drop in the number of female and non-binary creators as the line dwindles. But you’d expect to see the numbers go up when it grows, which hasn’t happened here.
However, DC’s jumped up to 62 new books after putting out only 51 in June, and with female creators on 20 of those books, that means women will work on 32% of the publisher’s comics in July. This percentage is very comparable to what we’ve seen over the past few months. The overall representation across the line is steady, but there aren’t more women or non-binary creators doing the work. It’s a small number of people doing more work, which is a bit of a mixed bag. Talented creators should get lots of work, for sure! But it’s good to grow the ranks as well.
And DC didn’t do a lot of that this month. Lea H. Seidman looks new but she’s actually Lea Hernandez, who we’ve seen a bunch on Teen Titans Go!, now using her married name. And while I feel like we haven’t seen Taki Soma in a little bit, she’s nonetheless a familiar face at DC now that her pal and occasional collaborator Brian Michael Bendis is there. Everyone else are our wonderfully talented usuals.
In terms of female characters, we’ve got a couple new books to look forward to. DC’s repackaging their original Walmart comic stories for the direct market, which means new mini-series for Batman, Superman, and, most important of all, Wonder Woman with Wonder Woman: Come Back to Me. And the Superman line is expanding with a Lois Lane series, FINALLY. It’s long overdue and I really wish there were more female creators working on it, but I’m happy it’s going to exist nonetheless. Doom Patrol is coming back as well, with a few female characters in the mix there.
So, another ho-hum month at DC, really. Their numbers for female and non-binary creators have been consistently underwhelming all year long, and it looks like that’s going to continue into the summer. Representation just doesn’t seem to be a big priority at DC right now.