DC likes to get tricky with its solicits in December, and this year is no exception. Christmas is a Wednesday so comic shops won’t be open, and DC’s not putting out any books that week. Also, the next Wednesday is New Year’s Day, and while shops likely won’t be open then either, DC seems to have combined their last week of December books with their first week of January books and listed them in this round of solicits for January 1st. Which is confusing, I know. So we’re going to do two counts, first with just the books coming out in December, then adding in all the ones listed for the first week of January. On top of a busy month for female and non-binary creators already, prepare to enjoy the confusion as we look at who’s doing what at DC this December(ish):
- Adriana Melo: Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy #4 (interior art)
- Amanda Conner: Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy #4 (variant cover), Harley Quinn: Villain of the Year #1 (cover), Wonder Woman: Come Back To Me #6 (co-writer, cover)
- Carmen Maria Machado: The Low, Low Woods #1 (writer)
- Corinna Bechko: New Year’s Evil #1 (co-writer)
- Dani: The Low, Low Woods #1 (interior art)
- Elena Casagrande: Lois Lane #6 (variant cover), New Year’s Evil #1 (interior art)
- Gurihiru: Superman Smashes the Klan #2 (interior art, cover)
- J.A.W. Cooper: The Low, Low Woods #1 (cover)
- Jenny Frison: The Low, Low Woods #1 (variant cover)
- Jessica Dalva: The Dollhouse Family #2 (cover)
- Jody Houser: Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy #4 (writer), Supergirl #37 (writer)
- Joelle Jones: Catwoman #18 (writer, interior art, cover), The Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child #1 (variant cover)
- Kami Garcia: Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity #3 (writer)
- Kat Howard: Books of Magic #15 (writer)
- Kelly Sue DeConnick: Aquaman #55 (writer)
- Marguerite Bennett: RWBY #3 (writer)
- Marguerite Sauvage: The Dreaming #16 (interior art)
- Meghan Hetrick: RWBY #3 (interior art)
- Michelle Delecki: Inferior Five #4 (interior art), Metal Men #3 (interior art)
- Mirka Andolfo: RWBY #3 (interior art)
- N.K Jemison: Far Sector #2 (writer)
- Nalo Hopkinson: House of Whispers #16 (co-writer)
- Rachael Stott: Supergirl #37 (interior art)
- Reiko Murakami: Basketful of Heads #3 (cover)
- Sandra Hope: Superman: Up In The Sky #6 (interior art)
- Sarah Stone: RWBY #3 (interior art)
- Tiffany Turrill: Lucifer #15 (cover)
- Tula Lotay: Basketful of Heads #3 (variant cover)
- Vita Ayala: New Year’s Evil #1 (co-writer)
- Zoe Quinn: The Infected: Deathbringer #1 (writer)
All together, there are 31 different female and non-binary creators set to work on 24 different books at DC on titles actually coming out in December. Then for the first week of January we’ve got:
- Bilquis Evely: The Dreaming #17 (interior art)
- Cecil Castellucci: Batgirl #42 (writer)
- Michelle Delecki: Inferior Five #5 (interior art)
- Rachel Dodson: Batgirl #42 (variant cover)
- Yasmine Putri: Lois Lane #7 (variant cover)
Which brings us to 35 creators on 28 books overall. So here is my executive decision: I’m going to save the January 1st books for next month and add it to that list. There’s an argument to be made that Batgirl should be counted with the December books, but we’re going to keep a clear line of demarcation.
So, 31 female and non-binary creators on 24 different books gives us six more creators than in November on one fewer book. It’s a nice showing for DC, whose numbers continue to climb after a long, underwhelming 2019. They’re closing the year relatively strong, which could bode well for the New Year.
Adjusting the numbers based on the titles being released, DC’s putting out 66 books in December (14 more will be added to the January 2020 report), so with female and non-binary creators on 24 of them, we have representation across 36% of the line. That’s three points up from December, and I think it’s the best percentage we’ve seen from DC since we started this adjusted total to balance things out with Marvel earlier this year.
It’s a bit of a quiet month for new books with female leads. Harley Quinn’s got yet another special, which makes sense with Birds of Prey on the way, and Donna Troy is starring in The Infected: Deathbringer one-shot that ties into Batman/Superman’s the Batman Who Laughs shenanigans. We’ve also got a new Wonder Woman mini called Wonder Woman: Dead Earth that looks weird and dark, and I’m curious to see what folks think of it.
There are some returning favourites on the creator side of things, but more notably we’ve got a slew of new names on the Hill House series The Low, Low Woods. Carmen Maria Machado is writing it, Dani is the artist, and J.A.W. Cooper is doing the cover. It’s great to see an all-female creative team in this new imprint.
Overall, DC is set to close out the year well, even with only three weeks of solicits. Hopefully this is a sign of change inside the publisher, which has been languishing in terms of representation for a while now, and the numbers will continue to grow in 2020.