Yesterday we looked at DC’s June solicits, and I was disappointed that DC had only 19 female creators because they hit 32 female creators just a couple of months earlier. Today we turn to Marvel, and they’re just trailing way behind. June is actually a decent month for women at Marvel, relative to their recent output, but they’re still far back of DC’s lowest month of the year. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel in June 2015:
- Alti Firmansyah: Star-Lord and Kitty Pryde #1 (interior art)
- Erica Henderson: Secret Wars #4 (variant cover), The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #6 (interior art, cover)
- G. Willow Wilson: A-Force #2 (co-writer), Ms. Marvel #16 (writer)
- Jenny Frison: Weirdworld #1 (variant cover)
- Kelly Sue DeConnick: Captain Marvel & the Carol Corps #1 (co-writer)
- Kelly Thompson: Captain Marvel & the Carol Corps #1 (co-writer)
- Marguerite Bennett: 1602 Witch Hunter Angela #1 (co-writer), A-Force #2 (co-writer), Max Ride: First Flight #4 (writer), Years of Future Past #1 (writer), Years of Future Past #2 (writer)
- Marguerite Sauvage: 1602 Witch Hunter Angela #1 (interior art), Secret Wars #3 (variant cover)
- Noelle Stevenson: Runaways #1 (writer)
- Robin Furth: Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three – House of Cards #4 (co-writer)
- Stacey Lee: Silk #5 (interior art)
- Stephanie Hans: 1602 Witch Hunter Angela #1 (interior art, cover), Max Ride: First Flight #4 (cover)
- Vanesa Del Rey: Armor Wars #1 (variant cover)
- Yasmine Putri: Amazing Spider-Man #19.1 (cover), Star-Lord and Kitty Pryde #1 (cover)
All together, there are 14 different women set to appear in 16 different books in June, one more female creator than in May but one less book. It’s not a great number when compared to other publishers, not just DC but independent publishers with smaller outputs too. At the same time, with Secret Wars on the go and so many new tie-in series, I’m a little bit impressed that the number of female creators ticked up, however slightly. The Big Two tend to fall back on the same old for events, but both DC’s “Convergence” and Marvel’s Secret Wars have had a solid number of female creators in the mix.
There are some new names in the June solicits as well. Alti Firmansyah is making what I think is her first Marvel appearance drawing Star-Lord and Kitty Pryde, while Kelly Thompson is co-writing Captain Marvel’s Secret Wars tie-in, Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps. Noelle Stevenson and Marguerite Sauvage, who recently did a story in a Thor annual, are back with bigger gigs in June as well.
In terms of female characters, there’s a lot going on with new and altered series in June. Thor is part of Thors, Runaways has several female characters including some favourites from the original run, Kitty Pryde is co-headlining a book with Star-Lord, Angela is going back in time with 1602 Witch Hunter Angela, Mary Jane Watson is back married to Peter Parker in Amazing-Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows, Shiklah the queen of the monster metropolis below Manhattan is starring in Mrs. Deadpool and the Howling Commandos, and Captain Marvel is now Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps. Plus, there are lots of women in various new team books as well. It’s a very strong month for female characters across the board.
Ultimately, Marvel is making a bit of progress in female creator representation in June, but remains far behind many other publishers. I’m anticipating a spate of new books and relaunches once Secret Wars wraps up, though, so it’ll be very interesting to see if things improve then. It’s encouraging to see some new names and women returning to Marvel for bigger gigs, and hopefully that bodes well for the future. Only time will tell.