Unlike their Distinguished Competition, Marvel doesn’t fret December this far out. I’m sure there will be some sort of scheduling situation when the month actually comes. Releasing comics on Christmas Day seems like a bad idea. But nothing looks amiss in this round of solicits. Marvel doesn’t provide specific release dates with theirs, so it’s all a little simpler. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel this December:
- Alti Firmansyah: Future Foundation #5 (interior art)
- Alyssa Wong: Aero #6 (co-writer)
- Aneke: Age of Conan: Valeria #5 (interior art)
- Anna Rud: Valkyrie: Jane Foster #6 (variant cover)
- Annie Wu: Amazing Mary Jane #2 (variant cover)
- Ashley Witter: Fallen Angels #3 (cover), Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #40 (cover)
- Audrey Mok: The Web of Black Widow #4 (variant cover)
- Belen Ortega: X-Men #4 (variant cover)
- Carmen Carnero: Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren #1 (variant cover)
- Emanuela Lupacchino: Avengers #28 (variant cover)
- Eve L. Ewing: Incoming #1 (co-writer)
- Fonda Lee: Sword Master #6 (co-writer)
- Gurihiru: Spider-Man/Venom: Double Trouble #2 (interior art, cover)
- Jody Houser: The Web of Black Widow #4 (writer), Venom 2099 #1 (writer)
- Kathryn Immonen: Thor: The Worthy #1 (co-writer)
- Kelly Thompson: Captain Marvel #13 (writer), Deadpool #2 (writer), Incoming #1 (co-writer)
- Leah Williams: Amazing Mary Jane #3 (writer), Gwenpool Strikes Back #5 (writer)
- Mariko Tamaki: Spider-Man/Venom: Double Trouble #2 (writer)
- Meghan Hetrick: Black Panther #19 (cover)
- Meredith Finch: Age of Conan: Valeria #5 (writer)
- Mirka Andolfo: Deadpool #2 (variant cover)
- Peach Momoko: Spider-Man/Venom: Double Trouble #2 (variant cover)
- Rainbow Rowell: Runaways #28 (writer)
- Sara Pichelli: Spider-Man #4 (interior art, variant cover)
- Seanan McGuire: Ghost-Spider #5 (writer)
- Tini Howard: Excalibur #3 (writer), Excalibur #4 (writer), Incoming #1 (co-writer), Strikeforce #4 (writer)
- Vita Ayala: Morbius #2 (writer)
All together, there are 28 female and non-binary creators scheduled to work on 26 different comics at Marvel this December, six more creators than in November on three more different books. It’s good to see Marvel on the rise again after a couple of sub-par months, though the numbers do remain noticeably below the publisher’s recent highs. I should also point out that there are a lot of onetime gigs in here, with one-shots and variant covers, which we know is not necessarily a sustainable model for consistent representation.
In terms of representation across the line, Marvel has female and non-binary creators working on 26 of their 84 books this December, giving us a percentage of 31%. This is up three points from November, which is good news, but again, it’s still below where they’ve been previously. And their percentage is lower than DC again this month.
For new books, Marvel’s big thing for December is Incoming, the start of some sort of murder mystery that’s going to reverberate throughout their line. It seems to involve darn near every character they’ve got, so chances are your favourite female character is in the mix. Elsewhere, it’s all tie-ins and mini-events, most of the dude-centric. Annihilation: Scourge is a whole big thing, and Marvel is really trying to make this 2099 stuff happen.
It’s a quiet month for new names as well. The only brand new creator seems to be Fonda Lee, who is co-writing Sword Master this month. Everyone else is someone we’ve seen in the past few months, continuing the publishers recent trend of sticking with an established group of female and non-binary creators.
Overall, Marvel looks to close out the year with an uptick after a bit of a slide in the fall. It’s unclear if this is a sign of growth to come or just a random blip, but the January solicits should give us a better clue. Hopefully Marvel can climb back up their previous level in 2020.