Continuing our catch up on the latest-ish solicits, today we turn to Marvel. After posting record breaking numbers in March, their June 2017 solicits again feature considerably fewer female creators in the mix. It’s a decline that’s got some staying power; three straight months in the low 20s is a disappointing run. Marvel’s proven quite well that they’re capable of much higher numbers than that, and they just aren’t hitting them. June did offer some cool Mary Jane themed variant covers, though, which are showcased above. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel this June:
- Aud Koch: Ultimates 2 #8 (interior art)
- Becky Cloonan: The Punisher #12 (writer)
- Christina Strain: Generation X #3 (writer)
- Elizabeth Torque: Captain America: Sam Wilson #23 (cover), Captain America: Steve Rogers #18 (cover), Deadpool #32 (variant cover), Elektra #5 (cover), The Mighty Captain Marvel #6 (cover)
- Elsa Charretier: The Unstoppable Wasp #6 (interior art, cover)
- Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #21 (interior art, cover)
- G. Willow Wilson: Ms. Marvel #19 (writer)
- Gabby Rivera: America #4 (writer)
- Gurihiru: Gwenpool, the Unbelievable #17 (interior art)
- Helen Chen: Champions #9 (variant cover)
- Jen Bartel: Star Wars #32 (variant cover)
- Jody Houser: Star Wars: Rogue One Adaptation #3 (writer)
- Jordie Bellaire: Black Bolt #2 (variant cover)
- Kelly Thompson: Hawkeye #7 (writer)
- Margaret Stohl: The Mighty Captain Marvel #6 (writer)
- Mariko Tamaki: Hulk #7 (writer)
- Meghan Hetrick: Secret Empire: Uprising #1 (cover)
- Natacha Bustos: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #20 (interior art, cover)
- Nicole Virella: Star Wars: Poe Dameron Annual #1 (interior art)
- Stephanie Hans: Iron Fist #4 (variant cover)
- Tana Ford: Iceman #2 (variant cover), Secret Empire: Brave New World #2 (interior art)
- Yusaku Komiyama: Zombies Assemble #3 (writer, interior art)
All together, there are 23 different female creators set to work on 26 different books in June, 1 more women and 2 more books than in May, but a far cry from March’s 37 women on 31 books. I know that March was boosted considerably by variant covers, but this drop and lengthy period of lows is still quite surprisingly pronounced. Variant covers are a huge part of this month’s numbers, even, but it’s not boosted the numbers in any big way. While the obvious cause of the drop is that a few key books have ended and some creative teams have shifted, there’s usually some turnaround to even things out a little bit. Not so much this time, and the numbers continue to flounder for the third straight month.
There are a few new names in the mix, though. Aud Koch is a new one for me, and she’s debuting with some interior art in Ultimates 2. We’ve seen a lot of Meghan Hetrick at DC lately, but she’s set to do some cover work at Marvel this June. There are some returning favourites in the mix too; it’s always great to see covers from Helen Chen, Jen Bartel, and Stephanie Hans, who don’t have steady gigs at Marvel but have been popping up here and there as of late. With all of these new and returning folks, it’s bizarre that the numbers are doing so poorly in terms of growth.
June looks to be a quiet month for new books at Marvel, apart from Secret Empire stuff and ugh, who can even bother to care about that? There’s the main series itself, plus a bunch of tie-in mini-series. There are ladies here and there, both fictional and real, but the event as a whole looks to be a male-dominated affair.
Overall, June is another disappointing month for women at Marvel. They remain off considerably from their recent highs, operating at about 2/3 of what they’ve shown they’re capable of in terms of female creator representation. The company is hurting for an influx of new books and/or creative teams to shake up the ranks, and with the line mid-event I don’t know if that will be coming any time soon. Marvel likes to do that sort of thing in the fall, so we could be in for a long summer.