Women & NB Creators at DC Comics, October 2020 Solicits – 22 Creators on 17 Books

DC’s post-lockdown roll out (I almost called it a post-pandemic roll out, but no, we’re still firmly in the middle of all of that) got off to a slow start in terms of female and non-binary creator representation, but the numbers are finally trending upward. The only question is, for how long? This month’s numbers are buoyed by special issues rather than steady gigs, so the number of creators guaranteed to be back next month are few indeed. Let’s dig into it all as we take a look at who’s doing what at DC this October:

  • Alyssa Wong: DC The Doomed and the Damned #1 (co-writer)
  • Amy Reeder: Amethyst #6 (writer, interior art, cover)
  • Aneke: Batgirl #50 (interior art)
  • Anna Obropta: Wonder Woman 1984 #1 (co-writer)
  • Cecil Castellucci: Batgirl #50 (writer)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Batgirl #50 (interior art)
  • Emma Rios: Legend of the Swamp Thing Halloween Spectacular #1 (interior art)
  • G. Willow Wilson: The Dreaming: Waking Hours #3 (writer)
  • Jenny Frison: Batman/Superman #13 (variant cover), Catwoman #36 (variant cover)
  • Joelle Jones: Catwoman #36 (cover)
  • Katana Collins: Batman: White Knight Presents: Harley Quinn #1 (writer)
  • Kelly Sue DeConnick: Aquaman #64 (writer)
  • Louise Simonson: Wonder Woman 1984 #1 (co-writer)
  • Marguerite Sauvage: Batgirl #50 (interior art), Wonder Woman 1984 #1 (interior art)
  • Mariko Tamaki: Wonder Woman #764 (writer), Wonder Woman #765 (writer)
  • N.K. Jemison: Far Sector #8 (writer)
  • Nicola Scott: Detective Comics #1028 (interior art), The Flash #763 (variant cover), Wonder Woman 1984 #1 (cover)
  • Nik Virella: Dark Nights: Death Metal Rise of the New God #1 (interior art)
  • Peach Momoko: Teen Titans #46 (variant cover)
  • Rachel Dodson: Batgirl #50 (variant cover)
  • Robin Eisenberg: Wonder Woman 1984 #1 (variant cover)
  • Vita Ayala: Legend of the Swamp Thing Halloween Spectacular #1 (co-writer)

All together, there are 22 different female and non-binary creators set to work on 17 different books at DC in October, eight more creators and six more books than in September. These are solid gains, if perhaps momentary. In terms of the line as a whole, DC’s putting out 49 books in October, just one more than last month, and with female and non-binary creators on 17 of them we’ve got representation across 35% of the line. This is a huge jump from September’s 23%, making this the best month we’ve seen in some time.

But the list above does not inspire long term confidence. October has several one-shots with various special and tie-ins on the docket, plus the usual assortment of variant covers. Batgirl is also wrapping up its run, so the creators on the big final issue aren’t locks to be back either. Taking all of those issues into account, 15 of the 22 female and non-binary creators in this round of solicits don’t have ongoing gigs. So seven of these creators should be back next month, for sure, but everyone else is up in the air. Some of them will be back, most likely, but how many is the big question mark.

In terms of new creators, the Wonder Woman 1984 special has been resolicited and Anna Obropta and Robin Eisenberg can now make their DC debuts. Alyssa Wong’s done a bunch of work at Marvel, but she seems to be making her first appearance at DC in the Doomed and Damned holiday spooktacular, and we’ve got Katana Collins writing Batman: White Knight Presents: Harley Quinn.

That title is the only new book with a female lead this month, as the White Knight universe continues to grow for reasons I can’t fathom. Collins has written several romance novels, so that could be an interesting background to bring to the series. She’s plotting the book with her husband Sean Murphy, though, who has proven to be not the best writer through all of his other White Knight books. They sell, though, so some folks must like them. I don’t know. Also, with Batgirl wrapping up we’re net neutral in terms of female-led series. Hopefully this is just a pause, and we’ll get a new Batgirl book soon. Preferably with a better costume. I miss the Batgirl of Burnside so much.

Overall, the numbers for female and non-binary creators at DC look solid for October, though only for October. Hopefully a lot of these names will be back in November, with a bunch of new ones too, but this month is awash with one-time gigs and that doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence for the future. I’m eager for DC to prove my skepticism wrong, though! Time will tell.

Published by Tim Hanley

Tim Hanley is a comic book historian and the author of Wonder Woman Unbound, Investigating Lois Lane, The Many Lives of Catwoman, and Betty and Veronica: The Leading Ladies of Riverdale.

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