The numbers keep coming, both fast and furiously, because I am lousy with spare time right now! I’m actually writing this two weeks before it’s even going to post. Given how things are going, I can’t possibly imagine how the world will be when this goes up. I hope you’re all still doing well! Also, as self isolation continues, local comics retailers are facing tough times. If you’re able, consider supporting them by getting your comics via mail or curbside pickup, or arrange to pay now for comics you’ll pick up later on, when we’re all out and about again. Now let’s take a look at who’s doing what at DC in June:
- Agnes Garbowska: Teen Titans Go!/DC Super Hero Girls Special Giant #1 (interior art)
- Amanda Conner: Harley Quinn and the Birds of Prey #3 (co-writer, interior art, cover), Lois Lane #12 (variant cover)
- Amanda Diebert: Teen Titans Go!/DC Super Hero Girls Special Giant #1 (co-writer)
- Amy Reeder: Amethyst #4 (writer, interior art, cover)
- Anna Obropta: Wonder Woman 1984 Giant #1 (co-writer)
- Blake Northcott: Catwoman #24 (co-writer)
- Cecil Castellucci: Batgirl #48 (writer)
- G. Willow Wilson: The Dreaming: Waking Hours #2 (writer)
- Gail Simone: The Flash Giant #5 (writer)
- Jenny Frison: Batman/Superman #11 (variant cover)
- Kami Garcia: Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity Secret Files #1 (co-writer)
- Kelly Sue DeConnick: Aquaman #61 (writer)
- Laura Marks: Daphne Byrne #6 (writer)
- Louise Simonson: Wonder Woman 1984 Giant #1 (co-writer)
- Marguerite Sauvage: Wonder Woman 1984 Giant #1 (interior art)
- Mariko Tamaki: Wonder Woman #759 (writer), Wonder Woman #760 (writer)
- Michelle Delecki: Metal Men #9 (interior art)
- Mirka Andolfo: Young Justice #17 (variant cover)
- N.K. Jemison: Far Sector #7 (writer)
- Nalo Hopkinson: House of Whispers #22 (writer)
- Nicola Scott: Wonder Woman 1984 Giant #1 (cover)
All together, there are 21 different female creators set to work on 19 different books at DC this June, one more creator and five more books than in May. As best I can tell, there are no non-binary creators listed in this round of solicits. These are small gains after a very poor May, and largely come from a big addition to the solicits. DC’s been putting out special giant issues since the fall, roughly one a week, with a new story or two alongside some reprinted material. The solicits have listed the titles but not the credits thus far, but now they’re finally including credits for the new stories. That added a few credits and several books to the count.
Including these titles bumped up DC’s overall output to 60 books, and with female creators working on 19 of them, that gives us representation across 32% of the line. That’s a sizeable jump from May’s 25%, again largely due to adding several of these special giant issues to the count.
June’s a light month for new names. We’ve got Anna Obropta co-writing a story in the Wonder Woman 1984 Giant special, and that’s about it. Louise Simonson is working on the book as well, and it’s always nice to have her in the mix. She’s not a regular to the same degree as most everyone else on the list above. She’s more a returning legend at this stage.
For new books, the big announcement is the start of Three Jokers, and that’s a hard pass from me. I’m tired of that dude. DCeased is back with a new series, DCeased Planet, and a new Justice League, including Cassie Sandsmark taking on the mantle of Wonder Woman, which is kind of neat. There’s also the aforementioned Wonder Woman 1984 giant, and a Teen Titans Go!/DC Super Hero Girls crossover giant with a wide array of female heroines. Finally, this isn’t a new book, but Mariko Tamaki and Mikel Janin are taking over Wonder Woman this month, and that should be excellent.
Overall, while representation for creators of marginalized genders looks better in June than May, the numbers are still very low. DC’s output is low as well, but even taking that into account, the numbers aren’t great. At least including the giants gives us a better look at DC’s overall output. That should be interesting moving forward, given the eclectic content each month. We never know what we’re going to get from that handful of issues, which could add a bit of variety to things.