Well. Well, well, well. So DC’s first post-COVID hiatus solicits for August weren’t great for female and non-binary creators. The numbers were down noticeably, even accounting for the reduced slate as things slowly ramped up again. But, as I pointed out last time, these are unique circumstances, and things might get back to normal as time goes on. Now it’s a month later, and the September solicits have even fewer female and non-binary creators in the mix. It seems that, yet again, DC is focusing on their male creators first and foremost, prioritizing their work over everyone else’s. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at DC this September:
- Amy Reeder: Amethyst #6 (writer, interior art, cover)
- Cecil Castellucci: Batgirl #49 (writer)
- Emanuela Lupacchino: Detective Comics #1027 (interior art), Legion of Super-Heroes #9 (interior art)
- G. Willow Wilson: The Dreaming: Waking Hours #2 (writer)
- Jenny Frison: Legion of Super-Heroes #9 (interior art)
- Joelle Jones: Catwoman #25 (cover)
- Kami Garcia: Joker/Harley: Criminal Insanity #5 (writer)
- Kelly Sue DeConnick: Detective Comics #1027 (co-writer)
- Mariko Tamaki: Detective Comics #1027 (co-writer), Wonder Woman #762 (writer), Wonder Woman #763 (writer)
- Mirka Andolfo: Batgirl #49 (variant cover)
- Nicola Scott: Legion of Super-Heroes #9 (interior art)
- Peach Momoko: Dark Nights: Death Metal Speed Metal #1 (variant cover)
- Tula Lotay: Legion of Super-Heroes #9 (interior art)
- Yasmine Putri: DCeased: Dead Planet #3 (variant cover)
All together, there are 14 different female creators set to work on 11 different books in September, three fewer creators and two fewer books than in August. As best I can tell, there are no non-binary creators listed in this round of solicits. While the drops aren’t massive, we’re not exactly dealing with high numbers to begin with. Representation was already low last month, for no good reason, and now it’s even lower.
I’d expected DC’s output to increase now that they’re more in the swing of things, but it’s stayed about the same. DC’s releasing 48 new books in September, one less than in August, and with female creators on only 11 of them, that gives us representation across 23% of the line. That’s not much at all, and stands at just above half of their recent high of 40% posted earlier this year.
In terms of new names, we’ve got one! Peach Momoko’s done a fair amount of art for Marvel over the past while, but her variant cover for Dark Nights: Death Metal Speed Metal #1 appears to be her first work for DC. Everyone else listed above is a regular at DC. Also, speaking of regulars, where the heck is N.K. Jemison? Far Sector is the best book DC’s putting out right now, and it’s been conspicuously absent over the past two rounds of solicits.
There aren’t a lot of new books set for September. We’ve got a bunch of Dark Nights: Death Metal tie-ins, and the over-sized Detective Comics #1027 looks to be a big deal. It lists 36 different creators, only three of which are women. Womp womp. The one-shot The Last God: Songs of Lost Children has a female lead, which is cool. I’m not up on this The Last God stuff, but DC seems to like it enough to make it a Black Label book.
Overall, September doesn’t look good for female and non-binary creator representation at DC Comics. The numbers are down from last month, and DC doesn’t seem to be making much of an effort to include them in their post-hiatus slate. Some books are digital only now while others remain on hiatus and, perhaps unsurprisingly, several of those titles feature female creators we’re used to seeing regularly in the solicits. We’ll have to watch how things progress as we move into the autumn.