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Women At DC Comics Watch – December 2015 Solicits: 20 Female Creators On 18 Books

September 23, 2015

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For the past couple of months, DC’s solicits have stepped up their female creator representation after a disappointing start to their #DCYou mini-relaunch in June. The numbers were still a ways off from their highs earlier in the year, but they were growing. Unfortunately, December looks to be a step back for women at DC Comics. It’s not a disastrous fall, but the loss puts them back in the range of their earlier 2015 lows. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at DC in December 2015:

  • Amanda Conner: Harley Quinn #23 (co-writer, cover), Harley’s Little Black Book #1 (co-writer, art, cover), Starfire #7 (co-writer, cover), Wonder Woman #47 (variant cover)
  • Anna Dittman: Sensation Comics #17 (cover)
  • Annie Wu: Black Canary #7 (art and cover)
  • Babs Tarr: Batgirl #47 (art and cover)
  • Bilquis Evely: DC Comics Bombshells #6 (interior art)
  • Chrissie Zullo: Fables: The Wolf Among Us #12 (cover)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Starfire #7 (penciller)
  • Gail Simone: Clean Room #3 (writer), Secret Six #9 (writer)
  • Holly Black: Lucifer #1 (writer)
  • Jenny Frison: Clean Room #3 (cover)
  • Laura Braga: DC Comics Bombshells #6 (interior art)
  • Lauren Beukes: Survivors’ Club #3 (co-writer)
  • Lea Hernandez: Teen Titans Go! #13 (interior art)
  • Marguerite Bennett: DC Comics Bombshells #6 (writer), DC Comics Bombshells #7 (writer)
  • Meghan Hetrick: Red Thorn #2 (interior art)
  • Meredith Finch: Wonder Woman #47 (writer)
  • Ming Doyle: Constantine: The Hellblazer #7 (co-writer)
  • Mirka Andolfo: DC Comics Bombshells #7 (interior art)
  • Trina Robbins: Sensation Comics #17 (writer)
  • Tula Lotay: Slash & Burn #2 (cover)

All together, there are 20 different female creators scheduled to work on 18 different books in December, a drop from November’s 24 and 23 respectively. As I’ve said before, given the breadth of talent available, major publishers like DC and Marvel should be able to hit 20 female creators with ease. There are 150-175 different people in the solicits each month, so 20 women should be a breeze. That’s the low end, the barely passable level of representation. So DC’s hit the bare minimum here, after showing they can do much better earlier in the year.

Also, their mainline superhero books are set to have a rough December. Those books account for more than half of DC’s entire publishing line, but only 6 of the 20 women listed above are working on a mainline superhero book. The rest are on digital first, kids, or Vertigo titles. This number isn’t helped by the fact that Genevieve Valentine has been replaced on Catwoman. She’ll still pop up occasionally in Batman and Robin Eternal, but her regularly monthly presence has come to an end.

Furthermore, December is the last month for Sensation Comics, which has been a bastion for fantastic female creators. Two of the women listed above are working on Sensation Comics. DC Comics Bombshells is picking up some of that slack with it’s stellar team of female creators, but the loss of Sensation Comics will be seen in the numbers moving forward for sure.

Still, there are some new names in the mix, which is always a good sign. Anna Dittman is new, and her Sensation Comics cover looks gorgeous, and Holly Black is launching Lucifer, which I’m looking forward to. Vertigo has been great for female creators lately; 7 of the women listed above have a Vertigo credit this month.

In terms of female characters, December looks to be a quiet month for new books, but Harley Quinn is launching a new team-up title and Wonder Woman is her first co-star, so that should be fun. Vertigo’s set to roll out the last batch of their new line as well, including New Romancer, which has a female lead.

Overall, December is set to be a step down for DC, and things are looking especially disappointing on the superhero side of the street. Six female creators across nearly 50 mainline superhero titles is embarrassingly low; luckily the (far fewer) digital books and Vertigo are much more representative. Here’s hoping that DC can get back on track in the new year and start out 2016 strong.

Wonder Woman’s December 2015 Covers and Solicits

September 21, 2015

Let’s jump into the books straight away because Wonder Woman stars or appears prominently in about 843 different comics in December. Actually, now that I look at the list again, it’s 7. But still, it’s a lot of books! So let’s see what she’s doing to be up to during the festive season, starting with Wonder Woman #47:

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WONDER WOMAN #47
Written by MEREDITH FINCH
Art by MIGUEL MENDONÇA
Cover by DAVID FINCH and JONATHAN GLAPION
Variant covers by AMANDA CONNER
On sale DECEMBER 30 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
As her duties as God of War draw Wonder Woman into battle, the Cheetah resurfaces to strike!

The Finches are still here, so that’s disappointing. But David’s got the month off for interior art. I’m not familiar with Miguel Mendonca, but it looks like a lot of his work has been done at Zenescope, which isn’t a terribly encouraging sign. But you never know; he could be great! We’ll find out in December.

Next up, Superman/Wonder Woman #24:

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SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #24
Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Art by DOUG MAHNKE and JAIME MENDOZA
Cover by YANICK PAQUETTE
On sale DECEMBER 16 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
It’s the team-up you never expected, as Superman and Parasite take on those other energy suckers, the Pale Riders, to free Firestorm! Meanwhile, Wonder Woman fights an unstoppable behemoth that can contain—and consume—her powers!

Firestorm is still in the book? He just showed up last week. He must be sticking around for a while. I’m glad to see Superman and Wonder Woman on separate adventures this month. I’m totally on board for keeping them apart.

Superman/Wonder Woman has an annual out in December too:

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SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN ANNUAL #2
Written by KEITH CHAMPAGNE and PETER J. TOMASI
Art by YANICK PAQUETTE, CHRISCROSS, MATTHEW CLARK and others
Cover by YANICK PAQUETTE
On sale DECEMBER 30 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T
Forged in the fires of battle, their union is one the world fears and hates—and some have tried to tear it asunder! Now witness the trials of the romance of Kal and Diana, and how it all came to be. See the first kiss and last breath of Superman and Wonder Woman in this epic tale that recounts the most dangerous love story of all.

Hooboy, this sounds awful. Highlights of one of the lamest romances of all time seems like a terrible idea for a comic. But Yanick Paquette is drawing some of it, so it should like nice, at least. I’m going to be so annoyed shelling out $5 for this.

Next up, Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #17:

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SENSATION COMICS FEATURING WONDER WOMAN #17
Written by TRINA ROBBINS
Art by CHRIS GUGLIOTTI
Cover by ANNA DITTMAN
On sale DECEMBER 2 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST • FINAL ISSUE
Diana’s compassion is tested when Dr. Barbara Minerva appears, begging for assistance as she seeks out the last remaining source of urzkatarga, the plant that supplies the serum that transforms her into the Cheetah. And if she can’t use it to replenish her supply, she’ll die. But when the Amazon princess/super-hero and the scientist/super-villain make their way to the “Island of Lost Souls,” they find more is at stake than expected!

The final issue!! I’m so upset. I know that these digital books never last that long so I expected that the ax would be falling on Sensation Comics soon, but I love this book! It’s Wonder Woman’s only decent regular showcase, and so many great stories have come out of it. I’m glad to see that Trina Robbins is writing the final installment. She’ll bring it, for sure, and end the book with a bang.

Now we move to some non-Wonder Woman books that feature her prominently, starting with Harley’s Little Black Book #1:

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HARLEY’S LITTLE BLACK BOOK #1
Written by AMANDA CONNER and JIMMY PALMIOTTI
Art by AMANDA CONNER and a bunch of people who owe her favors
Cover by AMANDA CONNER
Variant covers by J. SCOTT CAMPBELL
On sale DECEMBER 2 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T+
It’s the sensational debut of a bimonthly, overstuffed, oversized team-up series in which Harley meets (and almost certainly annoys) the greatest heroes and villains of the DC Universe! First up? The incredible Wonder Woman! There’s a plot to assassinate Wondy, and Harley is convinced that only she could possibly stop it! (Hey, you want to tell her about all the other options? We tried.)

Harley Quinn’s got a new series and Wonder Woman is the first guest star! I don’t love them putting Wonder Woman in a tiny outfit on the cover, but the inside of the book will probably be fun. Harley Quinn is an odd but enjoyable book, and I’m sure this new title will carry on in the same vein. And Amanda Conner drawing Wonder Woman could be a good time.

Wonder Woman’s front and center on Justice League #47 as well:

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JUSTICE LEAGUE #47
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art and cover by JASON FABOK
Variant covers by JIM LEE
On sale DECEMBER 16 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Super-star artist Jason Fabok returns as the second act of “DARKSEID WAR” begins! As the members of the Justice League struggle with their new Godhood abilities, Wonder Woman must turn to the beings that have fought the Anti-Monitor before: the Crime Syndicate! Plus, what secret does Grail hold that will change Diana’s world forever?

The Anti-Monitor is in this? I haven’t been following “Darkseid War” at all, though I’m looking forward to reading it when it’s collected because I really like how Jason Fabok draws Wonder Woman. Plus, Fourth World stuff is usually pretty fun. Isn’t Batman now Metron or something? The occasional tidbits I hear about this storyline always sound super weird, but sort of intriguingly so.

Finally, Donna Troy is stopping by to visit Titans Hunt #3:

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TITANS HUNT #3
Written by DAN ABNETT
Art by PAOLO SIQUEIRA
Cover by YANICK PAQUETTE
On sale DECEMBER 2 • 32 pg, FC, 3 of 12, $3.99 US RATED T
Haunted by a past they no longer recognize, Dick Grayson and Roy Harper hunt for the truth. Somehow, somewhere, there must be someone who can explain the memories that obsess them but don’t belong to them. Their search has unleashed the rage of Atlantis, but that’s nothing compared to the fury of the Amazonian outcast waiting for them in the shadows.

I’m not 100% on what the premise of this book is. Is it that the New 52 versions of the old Teen Titans are being haunted by memories of themselves in the old universe, or are the old universe Teen Titans back somehow? Whatever the case, Donna Troy’s in this one, wearing her rad new costume. And it sounds like she’s going to be angry because Amazons are always angry these days. Man, Yanick Paquette’s having a busy month!

Look for all of these titles this December in comics shops and online! Or ask Santa to bring them to you.


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