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Women At DC Comics Watch – August 2014 Solicits

May 29, 2014

womenatdcAUGUST

August looks like a very busy month for female creators at DC, with several women set for multiple gigs across every division of the publisher. There’s also some good news for female characters in terms of new series, though it’s counteracted with some unfortunate cancellations. Let’s dig into the August 2014 solicits:

  • For writers in the New 52, Gail Simone is on Batgirl #34, Ann Nocenti pens Catwoman #34, Christy Marx writes Birds of Prey #34, and Amanda Conner is co-writing Harley Quinn #9 and Harley Quinn #10.
  • In terms of New 52 art, Nicola Scott is pencilling Earth 2 #26, Emanuela Lupacchino is on interior art for Supergirl #34, Meghan Hetrick is doing a variant cover for New Suicide Squad #2, Rachel Dodson is inking the cover for Catwoman #34, and Amanda Conner is doing cover for Harley Quinn #9 and Harley Quinn #10.
  • Outside of the New 52, Gail Simone and Amanda Deibert are writing stories for the digital-first series Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #1, which also features art by Cat Staggs. Staggs is doing covers for Smallville Season 11: Chaos #1 and Smallville Season 11 Special #5, as well. Ming Doyle and Tula Lotay both have art in Adventures of Superman #16, and Teen Titans Go! #5 features writing by Amy Wolfram and art by Lea Hernandez.
  • Over at Vertigo, Caitlin Kittredge writes Coffin Hill #10, Meghan Hetrick and Tula Lotay are on interior art for Bodies #2, and Yuko Shimizu is doing the cover for The Unwritten: Apocalypse #8.
  • For new series, Wonder Woman’s got a new book, the aforementioned Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman, which will have new, out of continuity stories by different creators in every issue. The Multiversity #1 launches in August too, and features Mary Marvel on the cover.
  • In sad news, the last issue of Birds of Prey comes out in August, and Worlds’ Finest is losing Power Girl and Huntress and replacing them with Superman and Batman after the August issue.

All together, there are 16 different women working on 16 different books in August, one less woman than in July but two more titles. Plus that count doesn’t paint the most accurate picture, seeing as so many women a) have multiple gigs, and b) are working on the same books. There are 22 female credits in the solicits overall; they just break down into 16 and 16. This is one of the strongest months we’ve seen from DC since we started keeping an eye on the solicits.

For female characters, a new book for Wonder Woman is long overdue, and luckily it sounds absolutely fantastic. Losing Birds of Prey is quite a blow, though. It’s been a mainstay of female representation for ages as the publisher’s only real female team book, and it’s also been good at rotating the cast a bit and showcasing different female characters alongside Black Canary, Barbara Gordon, and some of the other fixtures of the series. The changes to Worlds’ Finest are disheartening as well. Power Girl and the Huntress were two of the most popular female characters at DC before the relaunch, and while their new incarnations were different it’s unfortunate to see them replaced with men. I hear they’ll be in the Earth 2 weekly book that launches in October, though, so that’s something.

Overall, August is looking good for female creators at DC, while somewhat bittersweet for female characters. Sensation Comics looks great, and let’s cross our fingers for a Birds of Prey relaunch soon.

Women At DC Comics Watch – July 2014 Solicits

April 30, 2014

womenatdcJULY

July should be very busy for female creators at DC Comics, largely due to Vertigo but there’s some solid representation on the superhero side of things as well. It’s not a bad month for female characters either, so all together July is looking like one of DC’s better months. Let’s go through the solicits:

  • For writers in the New 52, Gail Simone is on Batgirl #33, Ann Nocenti pens Catwoman #33, Christy Marx writes Birds of Prey #33, and Amanda Conner has a super packed month co-writing Secret Origins #4, Harley Quinn #8, and Harley Quinn Invades Comic-Con International: San Diego #1.
  • For New 52 art, Nicola Scott pencils Earth 2 #25, Emanuela Lupacchino is on interior art for Supergirl #33, Rachel Dodson is inking the cover of Catwoman #33, and Amanda Conner is busy again, doing the cover for Harley Quinn #8 and the cover and some interior art for Harley Quinn Invades Comic-Con International: San Diego #1.
  • Outside of the New 52, Rachel Dodson inks the cover for Infinite Crisis: Fight for the Multiverse #1, and Cat Staggs does the cover for Smallville Season 11: Lantern #4,
  • As a sidenote, DC has some books with VERY long titles. It’s a little bit out of hand.
  • Over at Vertigo, Meghan Hetrick and Tula Lotay are doing interior art for the new series, Bodies, while Fiona Stephenson is doing the cover for Bodies #1, Caitlin Kittredge writes Coffin Hill #9, Yuko Shimizu does the cover for The Unwritten: Apocalypse #7, and Annie Mok, Rachel Deering, Jody Houser, and Carla Berrocal all have work in the anthology series Vertigo Quarterly: Magenta #1
  • In terms of characters, some dudes are getting news books, like Dick Grayson, a Robin special, and the new Star-Spangled War Stories that features G.I. Zombie. But a couple of new team books have ladies, including Joker’s Daughter, Harley Quinn, and Amanda Waller in New Suicide Squad #1 and Wonder Girl and Raven on the terribly covered Teen Titans #1. Secret Origins will again feature two men and one woman; this month, the woman is Harley Quinn, who is everywhere in July.
  • Also, the new Vertigo series Bodies has at least one main female character in its multiple storylines, a Detective Sergeant named Shahara Hasan.

All together, there are 17 different women working on 14 different books in July, up nicely from June’s 12 and 12. Now, 4 of these women are from a one-shot special, which means we likely won’t see them again next month, but we may see them down the road on a different book. Bringing in new names and expanding editors’ rolodexes could very easily lead to future projects.

The new female character situation is okay, though we’ve seen a lack of new solo female titles at DC since Harley Quinn launched in the fall. Representation in team books is good, but DC could still be doing a lot more with their female characters. They could also let their female creators write and draw men for a change; most of the female creators in the New 52 books are writing and drawing women, which is fun but also an odd sort of pigeonholing.

If you like ladies in your comic books, real or fictional, DC’s July offerings give you a decent amount of choices. It’s not quite a buffet of female-led books, but it’s an okay sampling, and better than the crumbs we’ve seen in past months. I imagine things will drop in August, just based on the sorts of books coming out in July, but hopefully new projects will bring in new women and the numbers will continue to grow.

Women At DC Comics Watch – June 2014 Solicits

March 21, 2014

womenatdcJUNE

DC’s had a pretty consistent year thus far, keeping their number of female creators in the double digits, and the June solicits continue this trend.  They also continue an odd trend we’ve seen recently of a lack of new titles.  Marvel’s been launching 5 or 6 books a month this year, while DC’s only been adding 1 or 2 titles a month, though I suppose that two of those titles are weekly books which means 4 or 5 new issues a month.  Anyway, let’s dig into the June 2014 solicits:

  • For New 52 writers, Gail Simone in on Batgirl #32, Christy Marx writes Birds of Prey #32, Ann Nocenti pens Catwoman #32, and Amanda Conner co-writes Harley Quinn #7.
  • For New 52 art, Emanuela Lupacchino is doing the cover and interior art for Supergirl #32, Rachel Dodson is inking the cover for Catwoman #32, and Amanda Conner is doing the cover for Harley Quinn #7 and Batwing #32.
  • Outside of the New 52, Cat Staggs is doing the cover for Smallville Season 11: Lantern #3, Sandra Hope is an inker in the Legends of the Dark Knight 100 Page Super Spectacular #3, Amy Wolfram co-writes Teen Titans Go! #4, and Colleen Doran is doing EVERYTHING, cover, writing, AND art, for The Vampire Diaries #6.
  • Over at Vertigo, Caitlin Kittredge is back writing Coffin Hill #8 after the book took a break in May, while Yuko Shimizu is doing the cover for The Unwritten: Apocalypse #6.
  • For new books, the only new title is Infinity Man and the Forever People #1, which features no female creators but does have two female characters front and center.  Also, DC’s ongoing Secret Origins includes Batwoman in June, alongside Green Lantern and Red Robin, the third straight issue with two men and one woman.  However, there are no female creators there either.

All together, in June there are 12 different female creators scheduled to work on 12 different books, a bit of an increase from May’s 11 and 10, respectively.  That’s a decent total, though do please remember that the male creators number in the hundreds so female creators are still quite a substantial minority.  Nonetheless, DC has built a solid assortment of women who work on their books each month.  We’ve not got any new names in June, which would have been nice, but it’s good to see so many female creators getting consistent work.

In terms of female characters, DC’s slow roll out of new books continues, but there’s some decent representation in Infinity Man and the Forever People.  I have a bone to pick with Secret Origins, though.  For three straight issues they’ve featured a female character, which is good, but it’s so easy to just be happy that a female character has been included that you forget, oh wait, for three straight issues male characters have outnumbered female characters 2 to 1.  We’re so used to no representation that we take whatever we get as a win instead of noticing that inequality remains.  I’d very much like to see two female characters and one male character in the next issue of Secret Origins, just to even things out a bit.  I doubt it’ll happen, but it only seems fair.

Anyway, it was another decent month for DC, albeit only in relation to the fact that they’d been rather terrible at female representation for quite a while.  The numbers for female creators remain paltry, but they’re less paltry than they were last month, so hurrah!  Things are oh so slowly getting better.

Women At DC Comics Watch – May 2014 Solicits

February 27, 2014

womenatdcMAY

May looks to be a definite step down for female creators at DC after a few very solid months, and an uneventful month for characters of any kind, male or female, with not many new books launching.  The decline for female creators isn’t catastrophic, but it’s certainly bigger than a slight fluctuation and is doubly annoying because we know DC can do better.  Let’s go through the solicits:

  • For New 52 writers, Gail Simone pens Batgirl #31 and The Movement #12, which will be the latter’s final issue.  Ann Nocenti writes Catwoman #31, Christy Marx is on Birds of Prey #31, and Amanda Conner co-writes Harley Quinn #6.
  • For New 52 artists, Nicola Scott is penciling Earth 2 #23, Emanuela Lupacchino is doing the cover and interior art for Supergirl #31, Rachel Dodson is inking the cover of Catwoman #31, and Amanda Conner is drawing the cover for Harley Quinn #6.
  • Outside of the New 52, Cat Staggs is doing the cover for Smallville Season 11: Lantern #2, while Bobbie Chase and Leah Moore are both writing The Vampire Diaries #5.
  • Finally, over at Vertigo, Yuko Shimizu is doing the cover for The Unwritten: Apocalypse #5.  I’m not sure where Coffin Hill, and thus Caitlin Kittredge, is in May, though the first collection comes out then so maybe they’ve built in a skip month for the series around the trade’s release in May.
  • There’s not much in the way of new books.  The new weekly The New 52: Future’s End launches, but seems to feature mostly guys.  Grifter, Firestorm, and Batman Beyond appear to be the primary characters, though Lois Lane does get a mention in the solicit for the second issue.  Secret Origins continues with origin stories for Batman, Aquaman, and Starfire; Scott Lobdell is writing the Starfire origin, though, so don’t get your hopes up.

All together, 11 different women are working on 10 different books this May, a big drop from April’s 15 women on 16 books.  It’s not great to have the number of female creators drop by about a third when there are so few to begin with.  Plus next month, barring an announcement of a new series, Gail Simone will be down to just one book now that The Movement has been cancelled, so the future’s not looking terribly bright right now either.

In a busier month, the lack of new female characters would be distressing, but in such a slow month it’s more mildly annoying.  I’d have liked to see more women front and center in The New 52: Future’s End, though; there are a lot of dudes in those solicits, and only one woman.  As a positive update, though, Batman: Eternal looks to be featuring several female characters, including Harper Row and Spoiler, so that’s a plus.  At least one weekly book will have some ladies in it.  I highly recommend checking out Batman #28, which serves as a sort of preview for Batman: Eternal.  It’s a really great issue with another fun female character in the mix as well; I ruin the surprise.

Ultimately, May looks to be a pretty subpar month for women at DC.  Female creators are still in double digits, but just barely and at rates far lower than what we’ve seen lately.  Female characters in new books are few and far between, and what we do have is Starfire penned by the writer who’s written her in a rather exploitive way in the past.  Let’s hope May was a momentary dip and June will be better!

Women At DC Comics Watch – April 2014 Solicits

January 28, 2014

womenatdcAPRIL

April looks like a very good month for female creators at DC Comics, but only an average one for female characters despite several new titles and shake-ups.  Let’s take a look at the solicits:

  • For New 52 writers, Ann Nocenti is on Catwoman #30, Christy Marx pens Birds of Prey #30, Amanda Conner co-writes Harley Quinn #5, and Gail Simone writes Batgirl #30, Batgirl Annual #2, and The Movement #11.
  • For New 52 artists, Meghan Hetrick is doing the interior art for Nightwing #30, Nicola Scott is pencilling Earth 2 #22, Rachel Dodson inks the cover of Catwoman #30, Amanda Conner does the cover for Harley Quinn #5, and Emanuela Lupacchino is doing the cover for Worlds’ Finest #22 and the interior art for Supergirl #30.
  • Outside of the New 52, Cat Staggs does the cover for Smallville Season 11: Lantern #1, Heather Nuhfer writes Vampire Diaries #4, and Amy Wolfram writes Teen Titans Go! #3.
  • At Vertigo, Amy Chu and Cris Peter are part of the new anthology series Vertigo Quarterly: Cyan #1, Caitlin Kittredge writes Coffin Hill #7, and Yuko Shimizu does the cover for The Unwritten: Apocalypse #4.
  • There are some big Justice League shake-ups this April.  Justice League United #0 launches with Supergirl and Stargirl as part of the team along with 5 guys.  Justice League #30 is the debut of Lex Luthor as the leader of the team, along with a few other cast changes, but Wonder Woman remains the only woman on the roster.  As for Justice League of America, the book that had 3 female characters?  Cancelled in April.
  • Batman Eternal is set to launch, and Stephanie Brown is in the mix; she’s due to appear for the first time in the New 52 universe in Batman Eternal #3.  DC is also launching a new Secret Origins series, and Supergirl will be featured in the first issue, while Aquaman and the Others #1, an Aquaman spinoff if you can believe it, is 2 of 5 for female main characters.

All together, in April 2014 DC is scheduled to have 15 different female creators working on 16 different books, an increase of 3 and 4 respectively from last month’s numbers.  These are really solid numbers for DC, among the best we’ve seen since this project began.  Double digits used to be a rarity, and now it’s commonplace.  Men still hit well into the triple digits each month, so there’s still a long way to go, but this is definite progress.

Things are moving slower on the female character side.  Representation in team books is always good to see, though women are always a minority.  It’s nice to have Stephanie Brown back, though!  That’s been a long time coming.  However, while Marvel seems to be launching multiple female-led solo series each month, DC certainly isn’t.  Their new books are either teams, one of which has a male hero in the title, or male-led solo books like the new Sinestro #1 (because apparently there’s a lack of Green Lantern books; Sinestro makes 6 currently being published).

Ultimately, the variety and number of female creators is very encouraging, while representation for female characters could be better.  Interestingly, as we’ll see in a couple days, the situation at Marvel is the complete opposite.  It seems that you can either have female creators OR female characters from a publisher; for whatever reason, you can’t have both.

Women At DC Comics Watch – March 2014 Solicits

December 19, 2013

womenatdcMARCH

March looks to be a pretty quiet month for DC, without many new books or creative changes.  Forever Evil is wrapping up, so I expect we’ll see some new stuff in April or May.  But for now, let’s take a look at the March 2014 solicits:

  • For female writers in the New 52, Ann Nocenti is on Catwoman #29, Christy Marx writes Birds of Prey #29, Amanda Conner co-writes Harley Quinn #4, and Gail Simone has Batgirl #29 and The Movement #10.
  • For New 52 female artists, Emanuela Lupacchino is drawing the cover of Worlds’ Finest #21, Nicola Scott is penciling Earth 2 #21, Rachel Dodson inks the cover of Catwoman #29, and Amanda Conner draws the cover for Harley Quinn #4.
  • Outside of the New 52, Colleen Doran is writing The Vampire Diaries #3, Heather Nuhfer writes Scooby Doo, Where Are You? #43, and Cat Staggs does the cover for Smallville Season 11: Alien #4 and the cover and interior art for Vampire Diaries #3.
  • At Vertigo, Caitlin Kittredge writes Coffin Hill #6 and Yuko Shimizu does the cover for The Unwritten Volume 2: Apocalypse #3.
  • For new books, Suicide Squad: Amanda Waller #1 is a one-shot starring Amanda Waller, while American Vampire is back with American Vampire: Second Cycle #1, featuring the vampire Pearl Jones as a lead character.

All together, there are 12 different female creators working on 12 different books in March.  This is a slight drop from February, but it was to be expected on account of the several female creators that were on the Lois Lane and Joker’s Daughter one-shots.  The numbers are staying relatively steady at DC, and remain in double digits.  Things could obviously be a lot better, but they’ve also seen much worse.

The Amanda Waller one-shot is a cool surprise, and I’m glad to see that DC is continuing to spotlight female characters.  Hopefully some of these turn into regular series.  It’s great that this one-shot stars a person of colour as well; DC doesn’t have a lot of non-white leads these days.  It’s also nice to have American Vampire back.  Pearl is a good character.

So March is looking decent for women, real and fictional, at DC Comics.  I’m optimistic about these numbers for female creators moving forward because most of them are regular gigs, and it would be great if DC continued their line of female-led one-shots and expanded some into series.  There’s lots of room to grow the numbers yet.

Women At DC Comics Watch – February 2014 Solicits

November 18, 2013

womenatdcFEB

It’s another busy month for female creators at DC Comics, plus two female characters are getting double-sized one-shots.  DC’s done a solid job upping their female representation lately, and it’s good to see it continuing into the future.  Let’s go through the solicits:

  • For New 52 writers, Marguerite Bennett is on Superman: Lois Lane #1 and Batman: Joker’s Daughter #1, Gail Simone pens Batgirl #28 and The Movement #9, Ann Nocenti writes Catwoman #28, Christy Marx is on Birds of Prey #28, and Amanda Conner co-writes Harley Quinn #3.
  • For interior art, Emanuela Lupacchino is drawing Superman: Lois Lane #1 and Meghan Hetrick is doing Batman: Joker’s Daughter #1.
  • On New 52 covers, Emanuela Lupacchino is covering Worlds’ Finest #20, Rachel Dodson is inking Catwoman #28, and Amanda Conner is on Harley Quinn #3.
  • Outside of the New 52, Becky Cloonan is drawing a story in Batman Black and White #6, Lea Hernandez is drawing Teen Titans Go! #2, and Cat Staggs is providing covers for Smallville Season 11: Alien #3 and The Vampire Diaries #2.
  • At Vertigo, Caitlin Kittredge writes Coffin Hill #5 and Yuko Shimizu is on covers for The Unwritten Volume 2: Apocalypse #2.
  • For female characters, Lois Lane and the Joker’s Daughter are getting one-shots. The former seems like a no-brainer who should have gotten a comic ages ago, while the latter feels like something DC is trying REALLY hard to make happen for some reason.  Both issues also have female creators at the helm, which is cool.
  • DC is also running a variety of steam punk variant covers this month, drawn by various artists.  None of those artists are women.

It was a good month for female creators, with 13 different women working on 14 different books, a slight increase from last month.  A lot of these credits are on one-shots, so the creators probably won’t be back next month, but we’ll have to hope DC has something else planned to keep the numbers up in March.

And of course, while 13 female creators is a strong number relative to what we’ve seen from DC in the past, please keep in mind that there are a couple of hundred male creators in the solicits that continue to VASTLY outnumber female creators.  Things are better, but things are not yet good.

Two female-led one-shots is excellent news, though.  It sounds like these are trial issues to test the waters for possible series, so hopefully they’ll do well.  It’s pretty ridiculous that Lois Lane hasn’t had her own series in nearly 40 years; she’s more than due.

All together, February looks to be a good month for DC Comics.  There are lots of female creators, female characters are headlining some new comics, and 2014 continues to be a decent year for women, real and fictional, at DC.


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