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Wonder Woman’s February 2017 Covers and Solicits

November 22, 2016

This February looks to be another busy month for Wonder Woman and her wider world, both in terms of single issues and some fun new collections. It continues to be an excellent time to be a Wonder Woman fan; the movie on the horizon really seems to be ramping up comic production at DC. So let’s take a look at what Wonder Woman is up to in February 2017, starting with her own series:

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WONDER WOMAN #16
Written by GREG RUCKA • Art and cover by BILQUIS EVELY • Variant cover by JENNY FRISON
“GODWATCH” part one! Since the moment Wonder Woman arrived in our world, Godwatch has been waiting. But who are they, and what do they want? Diana’s journey to the truth continues with the origin of what may prove to be her greatest enemies.
On sale FEBRUARY 8 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

WONDER WOMAN #17
Written by GREG RUCKA • Art and cover by LIAM SHARP • Variant cover by JENNY FRISON
“THE TRUTH” part two! As Wonder Woman picks up the pieces of her shattered psyche, Barbara Ann Minerva walks into the devil’s lair to defend her…or is she being led into Godwatch’s trap?
On sale FEBRUARY 22 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

How great is that Bilquis Evely cover? She did a spectacular job on the Barbara Ann Minerva special issue last month, and I’m so excited that she’ll be taking over the odd-numbered issues for “Godwatch” after “Year One” ends. Nicola Scott is going to be a tough act to follow, but Evely’s already shown that she’s got the goods to hold her own. We’ve got some gorgeous comics in store for us.

In terms of the plots, it will be fun to dig into Godwatch and find out what they’re all about. We know a few of the players now from “The Lies” but clearly there’s something large and sinister at work here. As for “The Truth,” the solicit is a bit vague, but I enjoy that Barbara is remaining a key player in the book. Between her and Etta, it’s great to see Wonder Woman have some female pals.

Onto the always gorgeous Trinity:

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TRINITY #6
Written by FRANCIS MANAPUL • Art and cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL • Variant cover by BILL SIENKIEWICZ
“Better Together” part six! The horror that kept our heroes trapped in nightmares of their own making is now loose in the world, and it’s taking possession of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman! When the spawn of Mongul holds the keys to the most powerful heroes in the DC Universe—no one is safe!
On sale FEBRUARY 15 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

I love this book. I’ve only read the first two issues, but they’re so stunningly gorgeous. The story is a lot of fun too. It’s kind of a chill team up, with the three heroes just being pals. I’m super into it. And it sounds like it’s building to something quite epic. Manapul’s knocking it out of the park so far with this series, and I’m looking forward to where it’s going.

Next up, The Odyssey of the Amazons:

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THE ODYSSEY OF THE AMAZONS #2
Written by KEVIN GREVIOUX
Art by RYAN BENJAMIN and RICHARD FRIEND
Cover by RYAN BENJAMIN
In the frigid lands to the north, Hessia and her Amazons find new allies: a band of Norsemen led by none other than Jon, the Viking Prince. Meanwhile, their captured Amazon sisters learn of the fate planned for them by Groa, Queen of the Storm Giants. And as Hessia and Jon prepare to launch a rescue, a new faction appears! Will these new players prove to be friend or foe?
On sale FEBRUARY 15 • 32 pg, FC, 2 of 6, $3.99 US • RATED T

There’s still a lot of question marks on this one, and it very much feels like a book that should have come out a few years ago, before Rucka and co. revamped the Amazons. But still, it’s Amazons vs. Storm Giants, and that could be cool. We’ll see how it goes. Hopefully the book is a pleasant surprise.

We’ve also got Batman ’66 Meets Wonder Woman ’77:

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BATMAN ’66 MEETS WONDER WOMAN ’77 #2
Written by MARC ANDREYKO and JEFF PARKER
Art by DAVID HAHN and KARL KESEL
Cover by MICHAEL ALLRED
Bruce Wayne is only ten—and he’s already being hunted by Nazi soldiers and Ra’s al Ghul’s mysterious League of Shadows! Join the chase as he makes a discovery vital to his bat-future and watch what happens when Wonder Woman comes to the rescue!
On sale FEBRUARY 22 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED E • DIGITAL FIRST

The comic appears to be picking up on the split nature of the Wonder Woman TV show; the first season was set in World War Two, while the second and third picked up in the 1970s. So we’ve got young Bruce interacting with season one Wonder Woman here, which is very cool. This is such a clever way to merge these different universes. I’m really looking forward to this series.

Finally, there are a couple of cool collections on the way:

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WONDER WOMAN AND THE JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA VOL. 1 TP
Written by DAN VADO and CHUCK DIXON
Art by MIKE COLLINS, KEVIN WEST, RICK BURCHETT, MARC CAMPOS and others • Cover by MIKE COLLINS and JOSE MARZAN JR.
In these never-before-collected stories from the 1990s, Wonder Woman takes over as leader of the Justice League of America, whether Green Lantern Guy Gardner, Booster Gold and Blue Beetle like it or not. Acting at the behest of the United Nations, the team must respond to a human rights crisis in a remote African nation, only to find the populace under the thumbs of the super-powered Extremists. The team then must jet to Norway, where the young superhero called Ice struggles to keep the nation out of the hands of her older brother. Collects JUSTICE LEAGUE AMERICA #78-85, JUSTICE LEAGUE AMERICA ANNUAL #7 and GUY GARDNER #15.
On sale MARCH 15 • 264 pg, FC, $24.99 US

I often forget about Justice League America and Wonder Woman’s time leading the team, and I’m an expert on the character! Everyone remembers Justice League International and Morrison relaunching JLA, but in between that Justice League America ran for a long time and Wonder Woman was a key player. It’s very cool that this run is getting collected; it’s a fun period of Wonder Woman’s history that sometimes gets overlooked.

We’ve also got more collected George Perez:

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WONDER WOMAN BY GEORGE PEREZ OMNIBUS VOL. 2 HC
Written by GEORGE PEREZ and others • Art by CHRIS MARRINAN, JILL THOMPSON, COLLEEN DORAN and others • Cover by CHRIS MARRINAN and GEORGE PEREZ
Following the events of INVASION, Wonder Woman and Captain Atom must locate the missing Steve Trevor, while the citizens of Themyscira witness the arrival of a new man on their island. This volume also includes the origins of both Cheetah and Silver Swan, the appearance of a lost tribe of Egyptian Amazons and more! Collects WONDER WOMAN #25-45 and ANNUAL #2.
On sale MAY 10 • 552 pg, FC, $99.99 US

I was hoping that DC would continue their omnibus collection of Perez’s Wonder Woman run past the first volume, and they are! Nearly two years after the first collection, but oh well. It’s continuing on, and that’s exciting, plus it bodes well for a third omnibus to finish the run. Save your pennies and clear some shelf space because this is going to be expensive and massive.

Well, that’s quite a month! It’s nice to have a slew of new Wonder Woman comics to look forward to.

Women at Marvel Comics Watch – April 2016 Solicits, 33 Women on 24 Books

February 8, 2016

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Usually my write ups for Marvel’s April solicits are a bit of a downer. Marvel often runs a special variant cover promotion in March that focuses on female creators and bumps up their numbers, and then everything falls back down to Earth in April. But not this April! Not only are Marvel’s numbers up after last month’s special promotions, they’ve hit their highest number of different female creators since this project began. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel this April:

  • Alti Firmansyah: X-Men ’92 #2 (interior art)
  • Amy Chu: A Year of Marvels: The Amazing #1 (co-writer)
  • Amy Reeder: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #6 (co-writer, cover)
  • Annie Wu: Black Widow #2 (variant cover)
  • Brittney L. Williams: Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! #5 (art and cover)
  • Chelsea Cain: Mockingbird #2 (writer)
  • Colleen Doran: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #7 (variant cover)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Hyperion #2 (cover)
  • Erica Henderson: Howard the Duck #6 (interior art), The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #7 (art and cover)
  • G. Willow Wilson: A-Force #4 (co-writer), Ms. Marvel #6 (writer)
  • Gurihiru: Gwenpool #1 (art and cover)
  • Helen Chen: Silk #7 (variant cover)
  • Joelle Jones: Mockingbird #2 (cover)
  • Kamome Shirahama: International Iron Man #2 (variant cover)
  • Kate Leth: Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! #5 (writer)
  • Kate Niemczyk: Mockingbird #2 (interior art)
  • Kelly Thompson: A-Force #4 (co-writer)
  • Kirbi Fagan: Mockingbird #2 (variant cover)
  • Marguerite Bennett: Angela: Queen of Hel #7 (writer)
  • Michele Fazekas: Captain Marvel #4 (co-writer)
  • Natacha Bustos: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #6 (interior art)
  • Nen Chang: Mockingbird #2 (variant cover)
  • Nik Virella: Hyperion #2 (interior art)
  • Robin Firth: Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three – Bitter Medicine #1 (co-writer)
  • Sara Pichelli: Spider-Man #3 (art, cover)
  • Siya Oum: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #7 (variant cover)
  • Stacey Lee: Gwenpool #1 (variant cover), Spider-Man & Silk: The Spider(fly) Effect #2 (cover), Spider-Women Alpha #1 (variant cover), Uncanny Inhumans #7 (cover)
  • Stephanie Hans: Angela: Queen of Hel #7 (art and cover)
  • Tana Ford: Silk #7 (interior art)
  • Tara Butters: Captain Marvel #4 (co-writer)
  • Vanesa Del Rey: Spider-Women Alpha #1 (interior art)
  • Yasmine Putri: Silk #7 (cover), Spider-Gwen #7 (cover), Spider-Woman #7 (cover), Spider-Women Alpha #1 (cover), Starbrand & Nightmask #5 (cover)

All together, there are 33 different female creators set to work on 24 different comics books at Marvel this April, solid jumps from last month’s 27 and 21 respectively. Marvel’s not been in the 30s since I started keeping track of these numbers a few years back, and DC’s only been there a handful of times, so this is a significant achievement. After being up and down with their female creator numbers for years, Marvel is finally showing some consistency with decent numbers.

The numbers look to be fairly sustainable, too. While there are a few one-time gigs like variant covers in the mix above, Marvel’s got a lot of women on regular gigs right now. There is a solid core of at least 20 women who are guaranteed to return next month, with several more likely to be back somewhere else then or soon. A high like 33 might not be matched next month, or in the next few months, but a) Marvel seems headed in a positive direction, and b) they may well top 33 different women; I wouldn’t put it past them.

For female characters, it’s a fairly quiet month. Gwenpool’s getting a comic, and the “Spider-Women” event is kicking off with Spider-Woman Alpha though the bulk of that event will take place in existing books rather than any new titles. The rest of the new books for April have male leads, including a new Black Panther that looks pretty cool and a Star Wars title starring Poe Dameron; with Marvel making Force Awakens books now, perhaps a Rey book will be coming soon.

Overall, April should be a good month for women at Marvel. As always, there’s still lots of room to grow, but 33 different female creators is huge for Marvel, and the past two months have had Marvel’s best showings in recent memory. Hopefully Marvel can keep up the strong numbers and continue trending in a positive direction. They’ve been up and down in the past, but the strong base of female creators on regular books is encouraging moving forward.

Women At Marvel Comics Watch – March 2015 Solicits: 20 Different Female Creators On 26 Different Books

January 6, 2015

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March looks like it’s going to be a great month for women at Marvel, largely due to their special “Women of Marvel” variant cover line-up. Their numbers are much higher overall with the addition of these many great artists, though Marvel’s numbers for women INSIDE the books remain fairly low. It’s nice to see female artists showcased like this, but at the same time it’s both in quite a limited role and very fleeting. Something is worlds better than nothing, though! Let’s take a look at who’s doing what in Marvel’s March 2015 solicits:

  • Afua Richardson: All-New Hawkeye #1 (variant cover)
  • Ariela Kristantina: Wolverines #11 (art)
  • Colleen Doran: S.H.I.E.L.D. #4 (variant cover)
  • Erica Henderson: Guardians of the Galaxy #25 (variant cover), The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #3 (art, cover)
  • Faith Erin Hicks: All-New X-Men #39 (variant cover)
  • G. Willow Wilson: Ms. Marvel #13 (writer), X-Men #25 (writer)
  • Janet Lee: Rocket Raccoon #9 (variant cover)
  • Jill Thompson: Inhuman #13 (variant cover), The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #3 (variant cover)
  • Jordie Bellaire: Moon Knight #13 (cover colours)
  • Kathryn Immonen: Operation S.I.N. #3 (writer)
  • Kelly Sue DeConnick: Captain Marvel #13 (writer)
  • Marguerite Bennett: Angela: Asgard’s Assassin #4 (co-writer)
  • Ming Doyle: Amazing Spider-Man #16 (variant cover)
  • Nicole Virella: Return of the Living Deadpool #2 (art)
  • Robin Furth: Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three – House of Cards #1 (co-writer)
  • Sara Pichelli: Howard the Duck #1 (variant cover), Ms. Marvel #13 (variant cover), Spider-Gwen #2 (variant cover)
  • Siya Oum: Spider-Woman #5 (variant cover)
  • Stacey Lee: Silk #2 (art), Spider-Man and the X-Men #4 (cover), Uncanny X-Men #33 (variant cover)
  • Stephanie Hans: Angela: Asgard’s Assassin #4 (cover, art), Storm #9 (cover), Thor #6 (variant cover)
  • Vanesa Del Rey: Black Widow #16 (variant cover)

All together, there are 20 different women scheduled to work on 26 different books in March, a significant gain from February’s 11 and 12 respectively. This is great to see, but also very temporary. All of the credits above account for 29 different gigs, and 15 of those are variant covers. That means that more than half of the credits above probably won’t be back next month once the “Women of Marvel” variant line is over. While it’s nice to see so many women doing fantastic covers, including creators like Faith Erin Hicks, Jill Thompson, Colleen Doran, and others we don’t usually see at Marvel, the increase in numbers is momentary growth and not at all sustainable.

Furthermore, it’s disappointing that in a month where Marvel is making a strong effort to include more female creators, their numbers are still lower than DC’s March solicits, which was a very run of the mill, low month for DC. There are still a few more variant cover artists to be announced, so Marvel’s final numbers should be a bit higher, but here’s the grim reality: Right now, Marvel employs so few female creators on a regular basis that even during a month where they bring in tons of additional female artists to celebrate the women of Marvel they still can’t top a humdrum month from their closest competitor. You can use one hand to count the number of women writing Marvel comics right now, and then use the other hand to count the number of female interior artists, and you won’t use up all of your fingers.

There are some new additions, though. Robin Furth is back co-writing another Dark Tower mini-series, while Ariela Kristantina is doing interior art for Wolverines #11. Kristantina has been popping up here and there at Marvel lately, and hopefully they’ll soon sign her up for a regular gig. It’s also a good month for female characters. Princess Leia is launching her own series as part of Marvel’s expanding Star Wars line, and Kate Bishop is back in All New Hawkeye #1.

Overall, March looks pretty good for female creators at Marvel, but it’s not the sort of month that Marvel needs. The publisher is severely lacking strong female representation inside their comics, and the growth there has been fairly stagnant as of late. It’s wonderful to have a month celebrating the “Women of Marvel,” and I’m sure all of the variant covers will be fantastic, but it all rings a little hollow when there are so few women actually making the comics inside the covers.

Wonder Woman By George Pérez Omnibus Coming In August 2015

August 22, 2014

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DC Comics has released their schedule for graphic novels and collections for the next year or so, and the item on the list that is most relevant to my interests is the Wonder Woman by George Pérez Omnibus coming on August 25, 2015. This 640 page hardcover collects Wonder Woman #1-24 and Wonder Woman Annual #1, covering the first two years of Pérez’s acclaimed relaunch of the series from the late 1980s. It’ll retail for about $75, which isn’t too bad for such a massive book.

This is exciting news for fans of Pérez’s iconic run, which has been out of print for several years now. DC released four paperback collections of Wonder Woman #1-24 in 2004 and 2005, but they haven’t been part of DC’s catalogue for a while; used copies of the first two volumes sell for upwards of $50 on Amazon, though the latter two are more affordable.

Pérez’s relaunch was a defining moment for Wonder Woman, and re-cemented her as one of DC’s top characters. Wonder Woman was a perennial poor seller throughout the 1980s, and the book became so toxic that no one wanted to touch tackling a new series after Wonder Woman’s “death” in Crisis on Infinite Earths. George Pérez was the only big name creator who was excited by the challenge. His Wonder Woman run embraced key aspects of her past incarnations while presenting a more modern, relevant take on the character, and the book was very popular with fans and critics. The writing and art are both some of the finest in Pérez’s storied career, and it’s an era for Wonder Woman that deserves to remain in print for future generations to enjoy.

The only disappointing note in this announcement is that “Wonder Woman by George Pérez Omnibus” is not followed by “Volume One.” That doesn’t mean that there won’t be a second volume, but tellingly the paperback collections and this omnibus both stop at the same point; after Wonder Woman #24, Pérez stopped drawing the series. He continued to write it for several years, with excellent art by Chris Marrinan, Colleen Doran, Jill Thompson, and a few others, but those issues weren’t collected in the paperback line. My fingers are crossed for a second and third omnibus that collect all 62 issues of Pérez’s run. There were a lot of great stories in the later issues of his tenure, and the art by Colleen Doran and Jill Thompson in particular is a fantastic showcase of these two great artists early in their careers.

But for now we’ve got a first omnibus for sure, and that is very exciting. It’ll be a whole year before we can buy it, but it will definitely be worth the wait. And if it does well, perhaps we’ll see more Wonder Woman collections like this in the future, from Pérez or even other creators. I would definitely be on board for a Wonder Woman by Phil Jimenez Omnibus. So mark your calendars for August 25, 2015, and let’s make the Wonder Woman by George Pérez Omnibus a hit!

Women At DC Comics Watch – June 2014 Solicits

March 21, 2014

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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 – March 2014 Solicits

December 19, 2013

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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 – January 2014 Solicits

October 16, 2013

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After a solid autumn, DC is set to continue their recent, decent numbers for female creators into the New Year.  January doesn’t look particularly great for female characters in new books, however, despite a sizeable slate of new titles.  Let’s go through the solicits:

  • For writers in the New 52, Gail Simone is on Batgirl #27 and The Movement #8, Ann Nocenti is on Catwoman #27 (it looks like Katana was cancelled), Christy Marx pens Birds of Prey #27, Amanda Conner co-writes Harley Quinn #2, and Marguerite Bennett writes Talon #15.
  • For New 52 art, Nicola Scott pencils Earth 2 #19, Emanuela Lupacchino is doing the cover for Worlds’ Finest #19 and Worlds’ Finest Annual #1, Amanda Conner is on cover duty for Harley Quinn #2, and Rachel Dodson is inking the cover of Catwoman #27.
  • Outside of the New 52, Cat Staggs is doing the cover for Smallville Season 11: Alien #2 and the cover and interior art for Smallville Season 11 Special #4, while Colleen Doran is writing the all-new The Vampire Diaries #1, a spinoff of the CW TV show.
  • Over at Vertigo, Caitlin Kittredge writes Coffin Hill #4, while our old pal Yuko Shimizu is back from hiatus doing the cover for The Unwritten Volume 2: Apocalypse #1.
  • For new titles, Injustice Year Two #1 and Scribblenauts Unmasked: A Crisis of Imagination #1 feature all-male creators and large casts that seem to be predominantly male.  The Unwritten has some female characters, but the lead is male, while the three leads of The Vampire Diaries appear to include one female.
  • DC is also releasing a special 96-page issue of Detective Comics #27, a Bat-stravaganza in celebration of Batman’s first appearance in the original Detective Comics #27 way back in 1939.  There are 14 different creators solicited for the book’s 96 pages, and none of them are female.

All together, there are 12 different female creators set to work on 14 different books in January, a nice increase from December’s 9 and 11.  It’s good to see DC starting off the year in double digits, and doing so with some permanent gigs.  Yuko Shimizu is back, while Colleen Doran is part of a rotating team on The Vampire Diaries which will also feature Leah Moore, so look for her in future solicits.  Marguerite Bennett’s Talon gig appears to be a one-shot, so I’m not sure if she, or even the series itself, will be back next month or not.

Of course, as nice as it is to have 12 different female creators working at DC in January, we need to remember that this is just a drop in the bucket.  There’s another 200 or so men in the solicits as well, vastly outnumbering the female creators.  So yes, 12 is good relative to what we’re used to seeing, but it’s still a very small amount.

It’s also a bad month for female characters, starting with the cancellation of Katana and continuing with a lack of female characters in the new books that were announced.  There are a few female characters across these titles, but not at the fore for the most part.  For example, there are five superheroes featured on the cover of Scribblenauts Unmasked, and only one of them, Wonder Woman, is a woman.  Hopefully we’ll see some more ladies on the fictional side of things in February.

Overall, it’s not a bad start to the New Year, and certainly good for female creators.  A fresh year is always a nice line of demarcation, so we’ll be expecting things to only get better from here as 2014 progresses.  This expectation will most likely lead to disappointment, but so it goes.  Hope springs eternal and all of that.


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