I’ve been on deadline over the summer and got behind with these posts, so expect a blitz of solicits statistics over the next few weeks as I try to catch up. I didn’t miss a whole lot in September, though, as we’ve got another humdrum month from DC. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at the publisher this September:
- Adriana Melo: Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy #1 (interior art)
- Amanda Conner: Wonder Woman: Come Back To Me #3 (co-writer, cover)
- Cecil Castellucci: Batgirl #39 (writer)
- Dani Strips: The Dreaming #13 (interior art)
- Elena Casagrande: Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy #1 (cover)
- G. Willow Wilson: Wonder Woman #78 (writer), Wonder Woman #79 (writer)
- Jenny Frison: Wonder Woman #78 (variant cover), Wonder Woman #79 (variant cover)
- Jody Houser: Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy #1 (writer)
- Joelle Jones: Catwoman #15 (cover)
- Kat Howard: Books of Magic #12 (writer)
- Kelly Sue DeConnick: Aquaman #52 (writer)
- Laura Braga: DCeased: A Good Day to Die #1 (interior art)
- Lea H. Seigman: Teen Titans Go! #36 (co-writer)
- Michelle Delecki: Inferior Five #1 (interior art, cover)
- Mirka Andolfo: Catwoman #15 (interior art)
- Nalo Hopkinson: House of Whispers #13 (co-writer)
- Nicola Scott: Lois Lane #3 (variant cover)
- Sandra Hope: Superman: Up In The Sky #3 (interior art)
- Sarah Leuver: Teen Titans Go! #36 (interior art)
- Tiffany Turrill: Lucifer #12 (cover)
All together there are 20 different female creators set to work on 16 different books in September, five more creators than in August on the same number of books. As best I can tell, there are no non-binary creators listed in this round of solicits. The increase in creators is good to see, but corralling them into the same number of book isn’t ideal. Female creators can work across the entire line, though the Big Two often fail to remember that.
In terms of representation per book, we’ve got 16 books with female creators out of 62 books total, giving us a total of 26%. That’s down a tad from August’s 28% and down again from July’s 32%. While the numbers aren’t going off a cliff, they’re certainly trending downward, from a third to a quarter over the past few months.
In terms of new names, Dani Strips is brand new and we’ve got some returning favourites in the mix. Adriana Melo is back drawing a new book, and we’ve got Jody Houser writing it. Michelle Delecki is also inking the debut issue of the Inferior Five.
Melo and Houser’s new book is Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy, one of two new books for Harley Quinn along with Harleen. With the Birds of Prey movie on the horizon, I expect we’ll be getting a lot of Harley moving forward. The only female character representation among the other new titles is Lady Clayface in Gotham City Monsters, which looks like it could be a fun title.
Overall, DC continues to underwhelm. The publisher’s output appears to be ticking upward again, but we’re not seeing much commensurate gains in representation across the line. Perhaps October will bring some overdue changes.