DC’s April 2016 solicits mark the seventh straight month in which DC has had more than 20 different women working on their books, which is a pretty solid run. There’s been some fluctuation along the way, but things haven’t dipped into the teens. Nor have the numbers soared particularly high; we’re not seeing much in the way of growth, or a return to their past highs in the low 30s from a year ago. But things are relatively steady nonetheless. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what in April 2016:
- Amanda Conner: Harley Quinn #27 (co-writer, cover), Harley Quinn and her Gang of Harleys #1 (cover), Harley’s Little Black Book #3 (co-writer, cover), Starfire #11 (co-writer, cover)
- Amy Chu: Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death #4 (writer)
- Annie Wu: Black Canary #11 (cover)
- Babs Tarr: Batgirl #51 (cover)
- Bilquis Evely: Legends of Tomorrow #2 (interior art)
- Chrissie Zullo: Fables: The Wolf Among Us #16 (cover)
- Colleen Coover: Gotham Academy #17 (interior art)
- Eleanor Carlini: Batgirl #51 (interior art)
- Elizabeth Torque: DC Comics Bombshells #11 (interior art)
- Elsa Charretier: Starfire #11 (interior art)
- Faith Erin Hicks: Gotham Academy #17 (co-writer, art)
- Gail Simone: Clean Room #7 (writer), Secret Six #13 (writer)
- Heather Nuhfer: Teen Titans Go! #15 (co-writer)
- Holly Black: Lucifer #5 (writer)
- Jenny Frison: Clean Room #7 (cover)
- Jill Thompson: Bloodlines #1 (variant cover)
- Lauren Beukes: Survivors’ Club #7 (co-writer)
- Marguerite Bennett: DC Comics Bombshells #11 (writer)
- Meghan Hetrick: Red Thorn #6 (interior art)
- Meredith Finch: Wonder Woman #51 (writer)
- Ming Doyle: Constantine: The Hellblazer #11 (co-writer)
- Mingjue Helen Chen: Gotham Academy #17 (cover)
- Mirka Andolfo: DC Comics Bombshells #11 (interior art)
- Renae De Liz: The Legend of Wonder Woman #4 (writer, penciller, cover)
- Tula Lotay: Slash & Burn #6 (cover)
All together, there are 25 different women working on 22 different books, the same number of books as last month but a drop from March’s 28 different woman. It’s a slight decline, but numbers fluctuate. While three fewer women is more than you’d like to see, it’s not a massive drop by any means, and 25 is pretty par for the course at DC lately.
There aren’t a lot of new names in the mix for April, but I think that Eleanor Carlini might be new to DC. Plus, it’s always fun to have creators like Colleen Coover, Faith Erin Hicks, and Jill Thompson pop into DC to do some work. DC’s compiled a pretty solid group of women who work on their books each month now; there are lots of steady gigs in the mix here. Even without guest creators or fill-ins or variant covers, DC would be at around 20 different women each month with regular creators alone. Such a permanent stable of regularly working women is good to see.
For female characters, April looks to be Harley Quinn month at DC. She’s launching yet another spinoff, Harley Quinn and her Gang of Harleys, and will start in a Suicide Squad special drawn by Jim Lee. There’s not much else new for April, perhaps due to DC’s rumoured relaunch “Rebirth” this June. They might just be sticking with the books they have for now before unleashing a new slew of the over the summer.
Overall, April looks to be a fairly average month for women at DC. The number of women working on their books isn’t low, relative to past months, but nor is it particularly high. While DC’s hit on a fairly consistent range, an upward trajectory, however slight, would be much more encouraging, especially considering that 25 women still make up a very small minority of all of DC’s creators. Perhaps the “Rebirth” relaunch will shake up these numbers for the good.