As we continue our catching up, September marks a slight drop for female and non-binary creators at Marvel. The publisher has maintained a relatively impressive level of representation for some time, and this may well be a momentary blip. That being said, consistency in representation is out of character for Marvel, so we’ll have to see what happens over the rest of the fall. For now, let’s take a look at who is doing what at Marvel this September:
- Alitha E. Martinez: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #47 (interior art)
- Amanda Conner: Marvel Comics #1001 (interior art)
- Amy Reeder: Marvel Comics #1001 (co-writer)
- Aneke: Age of Conan: Valeria #2 (interior art)
- Anna Rud: Marvel Team-Up #6 (cover)
- Ashley Witter: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #36 (cover)
- Audrey Loeb: Marvel Comics #1001 (co-writer)
- Carmen Carnero: Captain Marvel #10 (interior art)
- Claire Roe: Fearless #3 (interior art)
- Emanuela Lupacchino: Age of Conan: Valeria #2 (variant cover), Ghost-Spider Annual #1 (cover)
- Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #48 (cover)
- Eve L. Ewing: Ironheart #10 (writer)
- Jen Bartel: Marvel Tales: Black Panther #1 (cover)
- Jenny Frison: Fearless #3 (variant cover)
- Jody Houser: The Web of Black Widow #1 (writer), Wolverine Annual #1 (writer)
- Kei Zama: Death’s Head #3 (interior art)
- Kelly Thompson: Captain Marvel #10 (writer)
- Leah Williams: Absolute Carnage: Avengers #1 (writer), Gwenpool Strikes Back #2 (writer)
- Meghan Hetrick: The Web of Black Widow #1 (variant cover)
- Meredith Finch: Age of Conan: Valeria #2 (writer)
- Natacha Bustos: Marvel Comics #1001 (interior art)
- Peach Momoko: Silver Surfer: Black #4 (variant cover)
- Rainbow Rowell: Runaways #25 (writer)
- Sabine Rich: Agents of Atlas #2 (variant cover)
- Sara Pichelli: House of X #4 (variant cover), House of X #5 (variant cover), Spider-Man #1 (interior art, cover)
- Seanan McGuire: Fearless #3 (writer), Ghost-Spider #1 (writer)
- Stephanie Hans: Valkyrie: Jane Foster #3 (variant cover)
- Tini Howard: Death’s Head #3 (writer), Strikeforce #1 (writer), Thanos #6 (writer)
- Vita Ayala: Ghost-Spider Annual #1 (writer), Marvel Comics #1001 (co-writer)
- Yasmine Putri: Fearless #3 (cover), Savage Sword of Conan #9 (variant cover)
All together, there are 30 different female and non-binary creators set to work on 27 different books in September, seven fewer creators but only one fewer book. The drop in creators in considerable, with a decline of nearly a fifth. That’s nothing to scoff at. The number of books remains more or less consistent, though.
With female and non-binary creators working on 27 of Marvel’s 88 books in September, that gives us representation across 31% of the line. This was 33% in August, so it’s a slight step down that, when combined with the big drop in creators, makes September a disappointing month for the publisher. Nothing catastrophic, but certainly a step down from what’s been a relatively strong run as of late.
It’s a quiet month for new creators as well. There don’t seem to be any brand new names, though there are a few returning creators from way back. We haven’t seen Meghan Hetrick or Audrey Loeb in some time, years even, so it’s cool to have them back in the mix. And while we’re used to seeing Sabine Rich at DC, this might be her first credit in the Marvel solicits, which is fun.
For new books, The Web of Black Widow has everyone’s favourite spy starring in some new adventures. If Scarlett Johansson’s got you down, you can still enjoy Black Widow comics at least. There are also some great female characters in the new Strikeforce book, including Angela, Monica Rambeau, and Spider-Woman.
Overall, Marvel’s numbers for female and non-binary creators are slightly down from their recent levels in this round of solicits. It was inevitable, to some degree. The numbers tend to shift far more often than we’ve seen from Marvel this year. Time will tell if September marks a temporary slide or a bigger change at the publisher.