Marvel looks to hold steady across the board with their October solicits. There aren’t any huge changes from their September numbers, which is unfortunate given that the September numbers were a definite step down from what’s been a stellar year of female and non-binary creator representation at the publisher. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel this October:
- Alyssa Wong: Aero #4 (co-writer), Future Fight Firsts: Crescent and Io #1 (writer), Future Fight Firsts: Luna Snow #1 (writer), Future Fight Firsts: White Fox #1 (writer)
- Aneke: Age of Conan: Valeria #3 (interior art)
- Ashley Witter: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #37 (cover)
- Becky Cloonan: Bizarre Adventures #1 (co-writer, interior art)
- Belen Ortega: The Punisher #16 (variant cover)
- Carmen Carnero: Captain Marvel #11 (interior art)
- Claire Roe: Fearless #4 (interior art)
- Colleen Doran: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra Annual #3 (variant cover)
- Elsa Charretier: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra Annual #3 (interior art, cover)
- Emanuela Lupacchino: Valkyrie: Jane Foster #4 (variant cover)
- Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #49 (cover)
- Eve L. Ewing: Ironheart #11 (writer)
- Jen Bartel: Loki #4 (variant cover)
- Jenny Frison: Fearless #4 (variant cover)
- Jody Houser: The Web of Black Widow #2 (writer)
- Kei Zama: Death’s Head #4 (interior art)
- Kelly Thompson: Amazing Spider-Man: Full Circle #1 (co-writer), Captain Marvel #11 (writer)
- Leah Williams: Gwenpool Strikes Back #3 (writer), The Amazing Mary Jane #1 (writer)
- Meredith Finch: Age of Conan: Valeria #3 (writer)
- Mirka Andolfo: Miles Morales: Spider-Man #11 (variant cover)
- Peach Momoko: Aero #4 (variant cover)
- Rachael Stott: Amazing Spider-Man: Full Circle #1 (interior art)
- Rainbow Rowell: Runaways #26 (writer)
- Sana Takeda: Future Fight Firsts: Crescent and Io #1 (variant cover), Future Fight Firsts: Luna Snow #1 (variant cover), Future Fight Firsts: White Fox #1 (variant cover)
- Sara Pichelli: House of X #6 (variant cover), Spider-Man #2 (interior art, variant cover)
- Seanan McGuire: Fearless #4 (writer), Ghost-Spider #3 (writer)
- Stacey Lee: Spider-Verse #1 (interior art)
- Stephanie Hans: The Web of Black Widow #2 (variant cover)
- Tini Howard: Death’s Head #4 (writer), Doctor Strange Annual #1 (co-writer), Excalibur #1 (writer), Strikeforce #2 (writer)
- Yasmine Putri: Fearless #4 (cover)
All together there are 30 female creators set to work on 29 different books at Marvel in October, the same number of creators as in September on two more books. As best as I can tell, there are no non-binary creators in this round of solicits, a rarity for Marvel as of late. Very little has changed from September, despite the fact that we’re starting to see some big changes at Marvel as House of X and Powers of X wrap up and start a new era of X-books.
Marvel’s only put out one more book in October than September, meaning that 29 of their 89 books had female creator representation this month. That’s a total of 33%, a jump of two points from last month. It’s a minor change, but one in a positive direction at least. Still, that’s where DC’s at right now. Marvel’s advantage is this proportional metric has long past now.
We’ve got a couple of new names this month, including Alyssa Wong who is writing or co-writing a whopping FOUR books in October. That’s a massive debut. We’ve also got a variant cover from Belen Ortega, who is new to me. Everyone else is someone we’ve seen in some capacity over the past few months.
For new books, the aforementioned X-books are starting to roll out now. I’m not going to go through them all, but suffice it to say if there’s an X-lady you like, she’s probably on a team somewhere this month or next. It’s a pile of teams. There’s a female-led Excalibur title now, though, which looks great! The Amazing Mary Jane is launching this month too, and we’ve also got a series of Future Fight Firsts one-shots that I believe tie into some sort of Marvel mobile game, and they have a lot of female leads.
Overall, October looks to be a steady month for Marvel. The numbers haven’t bounced back, but nor have they dropped. While the November numbers will paint a fuller picture, it looks like Marvel’s strong run may have ended for now.