Oh, dear. Marvel’s had a really strong 2019, with consistent, high representation for female and non-binary creators. It’s been month after month of LONG lists of amazing writers and artists. Until the fall, that is. The past two months have been relatively subpar, and now the November solicits mark Marvel’s lowest totals for the year by a wide margin. Let’s dig into who’s doing what at the publisher this November:
- Alyssa Wong: Aero #5 (co-writer)
- Aneke: Age of Conan: Valeria #4 (interior art)
- Ashley Witter: Fallen Angels #1 (cover), Fallen Angels #2 (cover), Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #38 (cover), Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #39 (cover)
- Emily Ryan Lerner: Absolute Carnage: Captain Marvel #1 (writer)
- Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #50 (cover)
- Eve L. Ewing: Ironheart #12 (writer)
- Gurihiru: Spider-Man/Venom: Double Trouble #1 (interior art, cover)
- Jen Bartel: Spider-Man/Venom: Double Trouble #1 (cover)
- Jody Houser: The Web of Black Widow #3 (writer)
- Karla Pacheco: Fantastic Four 2099 #1 (writer)
- Kelly Thompson: Captain Marvel #12 (writer), Deadpool #1 (writer)
- Leah Williams: Amazing Mary Jane #2 (writer), Gwenpool Strikes Back #4 (writer)
- Mariko Tamaki: Spider-Man/Venom: Double Trouble #1 (writer)
- Meredith Finch: Age of Conan: Valeria #4 (writer)
- Peach Momoko: Fallen Angels #2 (variant cover)
- Rainbow Rowell: Runaways #27 (writer)
- Sara Pichelli: Spider-Man #3 (interior art)
- Seanan McGuire: Ghost-Spider #4 (writer)
- Stephanie Hans: Yondu #2 (variant cover)
- Tini Howard: Excalibur #2 (writer), Strikeforce #3 (writer)
- Vita Ayala: Morbius #1 (writer)
All together, there are 22 different female and non-binary creators scheduled to work on 23 different books in November, eight fewer creators than in October on six fewer books. Those are some sizeable drops, without a commensurate drop in the publisher’s overall output. Marvel’s Fearless mini-series has ended, and that’s been a bastion of female creators for the publisher over the past few months, but that doesn’t account for all of the drop. The relaunch of the X-Men line certainly isn’t doing a lot to improve things either.
Marvel will put out 82 new book in November, and with female and non-binary creators on 23 of them we get representation across 28% of the line. That’s a five point drop from October, and a worrying decline given how everything else has gone thus far this autumn. All the numbers are going down.
There’s only one new creator in the list this month, which is what tends to happen when the numbers drop. We’ve got Emily Ryan Lerner writing Absolute Carnage: Captain Marvel #1, one of a bajillion tie-ins to whatever is going on with all of this Carnage stuff (I’m not a big Carnage fan and am very out of the loop on that front).
For new books, the X-titles continue to roll out, adding lots of teams with various female mutants spread throughout them in unique formations. One of them is Fallen Angels, with Psylocke and X-23 in the mix. Not a lot of female or non-binary creators making those books, though. There are also a series of 2099 specials, because that’s a thing this month, I guess?
Overall, November looks like it’s going to be a rough month for female and non-binary creators at Marvel. The numbers are in freefall, and while I assume they’ll level out soon (Marvel puts out so many books that I can’t imagine they’ll fall much further), everything is well off the recent highs right now. It’s disappointing to see.