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Women & NB Creators at Marvel Comics, October 2019 Solicits: 30 Creators on 29 Books

September 19, 2019

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Marvel looks to hold steady across the board with their October solicits. There aren’t any huge changes from their September numbers, which is unfortunate given that the September numbers were a definite step down from what’s been a stellar year of female and non-binary creator representation at the publisher. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel this October:

  • Alyssa Wong: Aero #4 (co-writer), Future Fight Firsts: Crescent and Io #1 (writer), Future Fight Firsts: Luna Snow #1 (writer), Future Fight Firsts: White Fox #1 (writer)
  • Aneke: Age of Conan: Valeria #3 (interior art)
  • Ashley Witter: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #37 (cover)
  • Becky Cloonan: Bizarre Adventures #1 (co-writer, interior art)
  • Belen Ortega: The Punisher #16 (variant cover)
  • Carmen Carnero: Captain Marvel #11 (interior art)
  • Claire Roe: Fearless #4 (interior art)
  • Colleen Doran: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra Annual #3 (variant cover)
  • Elsa Charretier: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra Annual #3 (interior art, cover)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Valkyrie: Jane Foster #4 (variant cover)
  • Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #49 (cover)
  • Eve L. Ewing: Ironheart #11 (writer)
  • Jen Bartel: Loki #4 (variant cover)
  • Jenny Frison: Fearless #4 (variant cover)
  • Jody Houser: The Web of Black Widow #2 (writer)
  • Kei Zama: Death’s Head #4 (interior art)
  • Kelly Thompson: Amazing Spider-Man: Full Circle #1 (co-writer), Captain Marvel #11 (writer)
  • Leah Williams: Gwenpool Strikes Back #3 (writer), The Amazing Mary Jane #1 (writer)
  • Meredith Finch: Age of Conan: Valeria #3 (writer)
  • Mirka Andolfo: Miles Morales: Spider-Man #11 (variant cover)
  • Peach Momoko: Aero #4 (variant cover)
  • Rachael Stott: Amazing Spider-Man: Full Circle #1 (interior art)
  • Rainbow Rowell: Runaways #26 (writer)
  • Sana Takeda: Future Fight Firsts: Crescent and Io #1 (variant cover), Future Fight Firsts: Luna Snow #1 (variant cover), Future Fight Firsts: White Fox #1 (variant cover)
  • Sara Pichelli: House of X #6 (variant cover), Spider-Man #2 (interior art, variant cover)
  • Seanan McGuire: Fearless #4 (writer), Ghost-Spider #3 (writer)
  • Stacey Lee: Spider-Verse #1 (interior art)
  • Stephanie Hans: The Web of Black Widow #2 (variant cover)
  • Tini Howard: Death’s Head #4 (writer), Doctor Strange Annual #1 (co-writer), Excalibur #1 (writer), Strikeforce #2 (writer)
  • Yasmine Putri: Fearless #4 (cover)

All together there are 30 female creators set to work on 29 different books at Marvel in October, the same number of creators as in September on two more books. As best as I can tell, there are no non-binary creators in this round of solicits, a rarity for Marvel as of late. Very little has changed from September, despite the fact that we’re starting to see some big changes at Marvel as House of X and Powers of X wrap up and start a new era of X-books.

Marvel’s only put out one more book in October than September, meaning that 29 of their 89 books had female creator representation this month. That’s a total of 33%, a jump of two points from last month. It’s a minor change, but one in a positive direction at least. Still, that’s where DC’s at right now. Marvel’s advantage is this proportional metric has long past now.

We’ve got a couple of new names this month, including Alyssa Wong who is writing or co-writing a whopping FOUR books in October. That’s a massive debut. We’ve also got a variant cover from Belen Ortega, who is new to me. Everyone else is someone we’ve seen in some capacity over the past few months.

For new books, the aforementioned X-books are starting to roll out now. I’m not going to go through them all, but suffice it to say if there’s an X-lady you like, she’s probably on a team somewhere this month or next. It’s a pile of teams. There’s a female-led Excalibur title now, though, which looks great! The Amazing Mary Jane is launching this month too, and we’ve also got a series of Future Fight Firsts one-shots that I believe tie into some sort of Marvel mobile game, and they have a lot of female leads.

Overall, October looks to be a steady month for Marvel. The numbers haven’t bounced back, but nor have they dropped. While the November numbers will paint a fuller picture, it looks like Marvel’s strong run may have ended for now.

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Women & NB Creators at Marvel Comics Watch, August 2019 Solicits: 37 Creators on 28 Books

July 26, 2019

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August is a big month for Marvel, with a “landmark” thousandth issue from a massive team of creators set to hit comic shops. The numbering is completely arbitrary, and it’s not even a real series. Marvel saw the success DC had with its legitimate Action Comics #1000 and Detective Comics #1000 and, since there are no Marvel books anywhere close to a thousand issues yet, just decided to make something up and have their own Marvel Comics #1000. It’s a goofy gimmick that will sell a ton of copies because that’s how the comics business works, and it’s set to feature a bunch of female creators, as you can see below. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel this August:

  • Alexandra Petri: She-Hulk Annual #1 (writer)
  • Alitha E. Martinez: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #46 (interior art)
  • Amanda Conner: Gwenpool Strikes Back #1 (variant cover), Invisible Woman #2 (variant cover)
  • Aneke: Age of Conan: Valeria #1 (interio art)
  • Anna Rud: Marvel Team-Up #5 (cover)
  • Ashley Witter: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #1 (cover)
  • Becky Cloonan: Marvel Monsters #1 (interior art)
  • Carmen Carnero: Captain Marvel #9 (interior art)
  • Claire Roe: Fearless #2 (interior art)
  • Dana Schwartz: Deadpool Annual #1 (writer)
  • Elsa Charretier: Power Pack: Grow Up! #1 (variant cover)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Absolute Carnage: Mile Morales #1 (variant cover), Gwenpool Strikes Back #1 (variant cover)
  • Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #47 (cover)
  • Eve L. Ewing: Ironheart #9 (writer), Marvel Comics #1000 (creator)
  • Gail Simone: Marvel Comics #1000 (creator)
  • Gurihiru: Gwenpool Strikes Back #1 (variant cover), Power Pack: Grow Up! #1 (interior art)
  • Irene Koh: Marvel Comics #1000 (creator)
  • Irina Nordsol: Doctor Strange #18 (cover)
  • Jen Bartel: Black Cat #3 (variant cover), Marvel Comics #1000 (creator), Marvel Tales: X-Men #1 (cover)
  • Jenny Frison: Fearless #2 (variant cover)
  • Jody Houser: Star Wars: Tie Fighter #5 (writer)
  • June Brigman: Power Pack: Grow Up! #1 (interior art, cover)
  • Karla Pacheco: Fearless #2 (co-writer)
  • Kathryn Immonen: Marvel Comics #1000 (creator)
  • Kei Zama: Death’s Head #2 (interior art)
  • Kelly Sue DeConnick: Marvel Comics #1000 (creator)
  • Kelly Thompson: Captain Marvel #9 (writer), Marvel Comics #1000 (creator)
  • Leah Williams: Gwenpool Strikes Back #1 (writer)
  • Louise Simonson: Power Pack: Grow Up! #1 (writer)
  • Meredith Finch: Age of Conan: Valeria #1 (writer)
  • Mirka Andolfo: She-Hulk Annual #1 (cover)
  • Rainbow Rowell: Marvel Comics #1000 (creator), Runaways #24 (writer)
  • Sara Pichelli: House of X #2 (variant cover), House of X #3 (variant cover)
  • Seanan McGuire: Fearless #2 (co-writer), Ghost-Spider #1 (writer)
  • Tini Howard: Death’s Head #2 (writer), Marvel Comics #1000 (creator), Thanos #5 (writer)
  • Yasmine Putri: Absolute Carnage: Lethal Projectors #1 (variant cover), Fearless #2 (cover), House of X #2 (variant cover), Powers of X #2 (variant cover), Star Wars: Tie Fighter #5 (variant cover)

Altogether, there are 37 different female creators set to work on 28 different books in August, one fewer creator than in July on two fewer books. As best I can tell, there are no non-binary creators listed in this round of solicits. It’s a slight drop in both counts, but Marvel’s putting out fewer books this month so we’re in the same ballpark as before as the publisher continues to maintain its high level of female creators. Marvel is on quite a run right now.

We’re still seeing the concentration of female creators we had last month, though. Marvel’s set to put out 85 books in August, and with women working on 28 of them that means the publisher has female creators on 33% of the line. This is a slight step up from July’s 32%, but still below the 40% they posted in June. While the number of female creators remains high, they’re not spread out as much across the line right now.

There are some new names in the mix in August. We’ve got two new female writers with Alexandra Petri and Dana Schwartz, adding an already strong lineup. There are a lot of returning favourites, as well, including legends like June Brigman and Louise Simonson, and it’s been a while since we’ve seen Kathryn Immonen.

For new books, Marvel Comics #1000 is obviously the big one, and it’s set to feature darn near every Marvel character ever, so there’ll certainly be some ladies in the mix. For new books, we’ve got a Gwenpool mini-series and a relaunched Gwen Stacy book, Ghost-Spider, that’s basically just the same book and creative team with a slightly different title and new numbering. There are also team books like Agents of Atlas, Future Foundation, and Power Pack: Grow Up! that have female characters involved.

All together, it’s another solid outing for Marvel. With so many books coming out each month, the jobs are plentiful and they’re filling them with a lot of female creators. Proportionally, it’s not the best numbers we’ve ever seen because Marvel’s been at a comparable level before with much fewer books. But still, this is a relatively strong run, and it’s great to see so many wonderful female creators doing excellent work each month.

Women & NB Creators at Marvel Comics Watch, July 2019 Solicits: 38 Creators on 30 Books

June 20, 2019

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Marvel’s July 2019 solicits may mark the highest number of female and non-binary creators we’ve seen from either Big Two publisher in the several years I’ve been doing these pieces. I say “may” in part because I’ve done quite a lot of them and skimming back through years and years of posts to check seems deeply onerous. But also in part because while we’ve definitely been in the high 30s before, it was at a time when DC and Marvel were putting out fewer books, and right now Marvel is putting out SO many books. Thus, this may well be the biggest number we’ve seen (it’s certainly very close to it) but on a per capita basis I doubt it would hold up as the best month ever. Nonetheless, it’s quite good! Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel in July:

  • Alitha E. Martinez: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #45 (interior art)
  • Amanda Conner: Captain Marvel #8 (cover)
  • Anna Rud: Marvel Team-Up #4 (cover)
  • Ashley Witter: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #34 (cover)
  • Audrey Mok: Marvel Rising #5 (cover)
  • Carmen Carnero: Captain Marvel #8 (interior art), Star Wars: Target Vader #1 (variant cover)
  • Claire Roe: Fearless #1 (interior art)
  • Elsa Charretier: Star Wars: Age of Resistance Special #1 (interior art)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Loki #1 (variant cover)
  • Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #46 (cover)
  • Eve L. Ewing: Ironheart #8 (writer)
  • G. Willow Wilson: Star Wars: Age of Resistance Special #1 (co-writer)
  • Gail Simone: Domino: Hotshots #5 (writer)
  • Gurihiru: The Unstoppable Wasp #10 (interior art)
  • Jen Bartel: Marvel Tales: Captain America #1 (cover), Marvel Tales: Hulk #1 (cover)
  • Jenny Frison: Age of Conan: Belit #5 (variant cover), Fearless #1 (variant cover)
  • Jody Houser: Star Wars: Tie Fighter #4 (writer)
  • Karla Pacheco: Punisher Annual #1 (writer)
  • Kate Niemcyzyk: Age of Conan: Belit #5 (interior art)
  • Kei Zama: Death’s Head #1 (artist)
  • Kelly Thompson: Captain Marvel #8 (writer)
  • Kirbi Fagan: Shuri #10 (cover)
  • Leah Williams: Fearless #1 (co-writer)
  • Magdalene Visaggio: Ms. Marvel Annual #1 (writer)
  • Mirka Andolfo: Aero #1 (variant cover)
  • Nilah Magruder: Marvel Rising #5 (writer)
  • Nnedi Okorafor: Shuri #10 (writer)
  • Rachael Stott: Shuri #10 (interior art)
  • Rainbow Rowell: Runaways #23 (writer)
  • Sana Takeda: Age of Conan: Belit #5 (cover)
  • Sara Pichelli: House of X #1 (variant cover)
  • Seanan McGuire: Fearless #1 (co-writer), Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider #10 (writer)
  • Stacey Lee: Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge #4 (variant cover), The Unstoppable Wasp #10 (cover)
  • Stephanie Hans: Invisible Woman #1 (variant cover)
  • Tini Howard: Age of Conan: Belit #5 (writer), Death’s Head #1 (writer), Secret Warps: Iron Hammer Annual #1 (co-writer), Thanos #4 (writer)
  • Vita Ayala: Age of X-Man: Prisoner X #5 (writer)
  • Yasmine Putri: Fearless #1 (cover)

That is a very long list! All together, there are 38 different female and non-binary creators scheduled to work on 30 different comic books at Marvel in July, three more creators than in June though on six fewer books. That is the one thing I did notice when compiling this month’s numbers, that there was more clumping than usual, i.e. several women and non-binary creators on one book rather than spread out more across the line. There’s one case in particular where this makes sense, the new Fearless mini that features all female characters and an all-female creator line up. But generally, things were more concentrated this month.

We saw that especially when we look at the number of books that are coming out, as we’ve been doing lately to make up the discrepancy between DC and Marvel’s publishing slate. Marvel’s putting out 93 new books in July, so with female and non-binary creators on 30 of them, that gives us a representation percentage of 32%, a noticeable step down from June’s 40%. This total also puts both Big Two publishers in the same ballpark right now in terms of representation across the line, though Marvel’s still got a significant lead in creators overall even when adjusted for output.

For new names, we’ve got nothing. Everyone listed above has worked at Marvel before. We’ve got some returning favourites, though, with a few folks we haven’t seen in a little while. Or, in the case of Karla Pacheco and Kei Zama, nearly three years! Also, Marvel’s debuting a new line of Asian characters written and drawn by Asian creators, and while I’ve tracked down several of them, a few don’t seem to have an English language presence online to allow me to read up on them and determine their gender preference, so we’ve got a few question marks this month.

In terms of female characters, the aforementioned Fearless looks like it’s going to be pretty dang cool. We’ve also got a new Valkyrie with Jane Foster taking on the mantle, which I’ve got mixed feelings about. She’s such a good Thor, and I want movie Valkyrie to be comics Valkyrie now! But still, it looks decent. The Invisible Woman’s got a new book as well, with an all-male creative team apart from a variant cover, and Aero is a female-led book that’s part of this new Asian heroes lineup.

Overall, female and non-binary creator representation at Marvel is quite strong, though with so many books the impressive numbers don’t hold up quite as well on a per capita basis. Still, this level of consistency isn’t something we’re used to seeing from Marvel, and keeping the numbers so high for so long, regardless of the plethora of books, is quite a feat, even with lots of room to grow yet.

Women & NB Creators at Marvel Comics Watch, March 2019 Solicits: 32 Creators on 27 Books

February 21, 2019

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When I write up these posts, I have to go through all the entries below, italicizing the titles and consolidating the different entries for each creator. With DC, it’s a pretty quick job these days. I’m done before I know it. With Marvel, it’s much more involved. There are a lot of female and non-binary creators working on a lot of books at Marvel right now, and getting this list looking right is a big job! And I’m glad for it. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel this March:

  • Amanda Conner: Captain Marvel #3 (cover)
  • Amy Reeder: Ironheart #4 (cover)
  • Ashley Witter: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #30 (cover), X-23 #10 (cover)
  • Audrey Mok: Marvel Rising #1 (cover)
  • Babs Tarr: Magnificent Ms. Marvel #1 (variant cover)
  • Carmen Carnero: Captain Marvel #3 (interior art)
  • Elsa Charretier: Magnificent Ms. Marvel #1 (variant cover)
  • Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #42 (interior art, cover)
  • Eve L. Ewing: Ironheart #4 (writer)
  • Gail Simone: Domino: Hotshots #1 (writer)
  • Jen Bartel: Black Panther #10 (variant cover), Marvel Tales: Thor #1 (cover)
  • Jen Soska: Black Widow #3 (co-writer)
  • Jenny Frison: Age of X-Man: X-Tremists #2 (variant cover)
  • Jody Houser: Star Wars: Age of Republic – General Grievous #1 (writer), Star Wars: Age of Republic – Padme Amidala #1 (writer)
  • Kate Niemczyk: Age of Conan: Belit #1 (interior art)
  • Kelly Thompson: Captain Marvel #3 (writer),Mr. and Mrs. X #9 (writer), West Coast Avengers #9 (writer)
  • Kirbi Fagan: Shuri #6 (cover)
  • Leah Williams: Age of X-Man: X-Tremists #2 (writer)
  • Mariko Tamaki: X-23 #10 (writer)
  • Michelle Delecki: Age of X-Man: The Amazing Nightcrawler #2 (cover)
  • Naomi Franquiz: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #42 (interior art)
  • Natacha Bustos: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #41 (interior art, cover)
  • Nilah Magruder: Marvel Rising #1 (writer)
  • Peach Momoko: Marvel Rising #1 (variant cover)
  • Rainbow Rowell: Runaways #19 (writer)
  • Sana Takeda: Age of Conan: Belit #1 (cover)
  • Sara Pichelli: Age of Conan: Belit #1 (variant cover)
  • Seanan McGuire: Age of X-Man: The Amazing Nightcrawler #2 (writer), Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider #6 (writer)
  • Sylvia Soska: Black Widow #3 (co-writer)
  • Tini Howard: Age of Conan: Belit #1 (writer)
  • Vita Ayala: Age of X-Man: Prisoner X #1 (writer), Shuri #6 (writer)
  • Yasmine Putri: Avengers: No Road Home #4 (cover), Avengers: No Road Home #5 (cover), Avengers: No Road Home #6 (cover), Avengers: No Road Home #7 (cover)

All together, there are 32 different female and non-binary creators set to work on 27 different comic books at Marvel in March 2019, 1 more creator than in February though 2 fewer books. These are very solid numbers, and Marvel’s been consistently in this range for several months now. Whatever was plaguing them a year ago when they dipped into the low teens has been sorted, and now we’ve got women and non-binary creators working across the board at Marvel.

In terms of brand new names, it’s not a big month. I think that Peach Momoko is the only creator I haven’t seen before, at either publisher, and it looks like Audrey Mok might be making her Marvel debut. We also have a host of returning favourites! I feel like it’s been a little while since we’ve seen Kate Niemczyk, Nilah Magruder, and Sana Takeda at Marvel, so it’s nice to have them back in the mix as well.

March is a big month for female characters at Marvel. Kamala Khan is back after little to no absence with Magnificent Ms. Marvel #1. It’s odd to not have G. Willow Wilson in the mix above, and I’m a little bit sad at the lack of female creators inside the book, but I’m sure it will be excellent. We’ve also got Age of Conan: Belit, which stars a female character I know nothing about. Marvel’s really going all in on this Conan license, eh? And finally, Domino is back again with Domino: Hotshots after her original series went over so well with readers.

So yeah, solid month all around at Marvel. There are lots of female and non-binary creators in the mix, female characters are headlining some big new titles, and the publisher is maintaining a level of consistency we don’t usually see from them. There’s always room to grow, of course, but this level of representation is certainly putting the distinguished competition to shame.

Women & NB Creators at Marvel Comics Watch, November 2018 Solicits: 29 Creators on 28 Books

September 19, 2018

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When the November solicits were released last month, it looked like Marvel was taking a big step in terms of representation and were moving toward finishing the year on a high note. Then things changed. The numbers didn’t crater by any means, but a big jump got noticeably smaller. It’s an odd set of circumstances, and we’ll dig into it all after we look at who was originally scheduled to do what at Marvel in November:

  • Afua Richardson: Shuri #2 (variant cover)
  • Amy Reeder: Ironheart #1 (cover)
  • Ashley Witter: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #26 (cover), X-23 #6 (cover)
  • Aud Koch: The Vision #1 (interior art)
  • Chelsea Cain: The Vision #1 (co-writer)
  • Elizabeth Torque: Captain America #5 (variant cover), Spider-Geddon #3 (variant cover)
  • Elsa Charretier: Star Wars: Han Solo – Imperial Cadet #1 (variant cover)
  • Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #38 (cover)
  • Eve Ewing: Ironheart #1 (writer)
  • G. Willow Wilson: Ms. Marvel #36 (writer)
  • Gail Simone: Domino #8 (writer)
  • Gurihiru: The Unstoppable Wasp #2 (interior art)
  • Jen Bartel: Black Panther #6 (interior art), Ironheart #1 (variant cover), Uncanny X-Men #1 (variant cover)
  • Jenny Frison: X-Men Red #10 (cover)
  • Jody Houser: Spider-Girls #2 (writer)
  • Kelly Thompson: Mr. and Mrs. X #5 (writer), Uncanny X-Men #1 (co-writer), Uncanny X-Men #2 (co-writer), Uncanny X-Men #3 (co-writer), West Coast Avengers #4 (writer)
  • Margaret Stohl: The Life of Captain Marvel #5 (writer)
  • Marguerite Sauvage: The Life of Captain Marvel #5 (interior art)
  • Mariko Tamaki: Infinity Wars: Infinity Warps #1 (co-writer), X-23 #6 (writer)
  • Natacha Bustos: Infinity Wars: Infinity Warps #1 (interior art), Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #37 (cover)
  • Nnedi Okorafor: Shuri #2 (writer)
  • Rainbow Rowell: Runaways #15 (writer)
  • Rosi Kampe: Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider #2 (interior art)
  • Sara Pichelli: Fantastic Four #4 (interior art)
  • Seanan McGuire: Marvel Super Hero Adventures: Captain Marvel – Mealtime Mayhem #1 (co-writer), Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider #2 (writer)
  • Stacey Lee: The Unstoppable Wasp #2 (cover)
  • Stephanie Hans: Ironheart #1 (variant cover)
  • Yasmine Putri: Shatterstar #2 (cover), Spider-Girls #2 (cover)

All together, 29 female creators were scheduled to work on 28 different books at Marvel this November, 4 more creators than in October and 5 more books. As best as I can tell, there are no non-binary creators in this round of solicits. This is a very solid gain, and a good beginning to the end of a year that has seen some troubling lows at Marvel. But then Marvel decided to cancel The Vision, without releasing a single issue. Apparently the book didn’t fit with the publisher’s new plans for the character or some such. So while Chelsea Cain and Aud Koch are listed in the solicits, their book isn’t coming out and that 4 creator gain is now only 2. Now, 2 isn’t terrible; any gain is a plus in the superhero comic business. But wow, after an already very rough year for gender representation at Marvel, this cancellation is bizarre.

We do have a new name, though. Eve Ewing is writing the new Ironheart series, which should be rad. That’s about it, though. Everyone else we’ve seen before, last month or in the recent past. But shout out to my pal Kelly Thompson, who’s writing or co-writing FIVE books for Marvel this month. She’s blowing up and I’m loving it because she is super excellent at what she does.

In terms of female characters, we’ve got the aforementioned Ironheart series starring Riri Williams. And we’ve got some group books, too. It looks like every mutant ever is going to be in Uncanny X-Men, so look for your favourite ladies there, while Proxima Midnight is part of a new Black Order series. Everything else is dudes, though. The Vision would have featured Viv, but it is no more.

Overall, November’s looking to be kind of a weird month for Marvel. The Vision situation is just odd, and takes what looked to be some solid growth down to something a bit more humdrum. I suppose they’re not going backwards, at least. That’s good to see after the publisher’s disastrous performances earlier this year. Growth is growth, however slow. But dang, Marvel needs to learn to stop shooting themselves in the foot.

Women + NB Creators at Marvel Comics Watch, August 2018 Solicits: 25 Creators on 21 Books

June 5, 2018

womenatmarvelAUGUSTThe year thus far has not been great for female and non-binary creator representation at Marvel, with the numbers dropping down to the low teens for a stretch this spring. So when I say that this is the publisher’s best month of 2018, that’s not saying much. Still, things are improving, even if Marvel’s past highs remain a long way off and sustainability continues to be an ongoing concern. August doesn’t look like it’s going to be terrible, and that’s a welcome change of pace. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel in August:

  • Amanda Conner: Extermination #1 (variant cover)
  • Ashley Witter: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #23 (cover)
  • Becky Cloonan: Moon Knight #198 (cover)
  • Carmen Carnero: X-Men Red #7 (interior art)
  • Devin Grayson: Marvel Rising: Ms. Marvel/Squirrel Girl #1 (co-writer)
  • Elsa Charretier: Marvel Rising: Ms. Marvel/Squirrel Girl #1 (variant cover)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Fantastic Four #1 (variant cover), X-Men Gold Annual #2 (variant cover)
  • Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #35 (cover)
  • G. Willow Wilson: Marvel Rising: Ms. Marvel/Squirrel Girl #1 (co-writer), Ms. Marvel #33 (writer)
  • Gail Simone: Domino #5 (writer)
  • Gurihiru: Marvel Rising: Ms. Marvel/Squirrel Girl #1 (cover)
  • Irene Strychalski: Marvel Rising: Ms. Marvel/Squirrel Girl #1 (interior art)
  • Jenny Frison: X-Men Red #7 (cover)
  • Jody Houser: Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #22 (writer), Star Wars: Poe Dameron Annual #2 (writer)
  • Kamome Shirahama: Infinity Wars #1 (variant cover)
  • Kelly Thompson: West Coast Avengers #1 (writer)
  • Margaret Stohl: The Life of Captain Marvel #2 (writer)
  • Mariko Tamaki: Hunt for Wolverine: Claws of a Killer #4 (writer), X-23 #3 (writer)
  • Natacha Bustos: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #34 (interior art, cover)
  • Nnedi Okorafor: Wakanda Forever: Avengers #1 (writer)
  • Rainbow Rowell: Runaways #12 (writer)
  • Sara Pichelli: Fantastic Four #1 (interior art, variant cover)
  • Vanesa Del Rey: Wakanda Forever: Avengers #1 (variant cover)
  • Yasmine Putri: Infinity Wars #2 (variant cover), Wakanda Forever: Avengers #1 (variant cover)

All together, there are 25 different female creators scheduled to work on 21 different comic books at Marvel in August, 3 more creators and 3 more books than in July. As far as I can tell, there are no non-binary creators with gigs at Marvel this month. The August totals are Marvel’s highest of the year, and their best showing since last September. It’s been a bit of a free fall since then, but maybe they’re climbing out of it?

I’m cautious, because so many of the jobs above are temporary. I know I bang this drum every month, but as much as one-time gigs can be a foot in the door, dependence on them can lead to a collapse of the numbers. We’ve seen it several times over the past few years. Only about half of the women listed here are guaranteed to be back next month. Others may be be back too, but it will be elsewhere, and that shuffling can sometimes collapse. It’s been holding well for the past few months, though, and perhaps an influx of new, stable jobs will shore things up and help the numbers continue to grow.

Speaking of new, stable jobs, we’ve got a couple this month in the form of two returning favourites! Kelly Thompson is back, writing West Coast Avengers, and it looks FANTASTIC. Hawkeye is in the mix (I mean the good one, not the dude one, though he’s there, too) along with Gwenpool, America, and a few fellows. I think it’s going to be a blast. Sara Pichelli is back as well, drawing Marvel’s long-awaited relaunch of Fantastic Four. I’m not so keen on the writer there, but Pichelli will make the book look amazing, I’m sure.

These new books mean it’s a good month for fictional women as well. Hawkeye, Gwenpool, and America are front and center in West Coast Avengers, Sue Storm is back in Fantastic Four, and the Extermination event focuses on the original X-Men, which means a big role for young Jean Grey. The Wakanda Forever oneshots are continuing, too, and that brings us another rad Dora Milaje adventure. And the Marvel Rising oneshots feature more Squirrel Girl, Ms. Marvel, and more.

Overall, Marvel’s definitely on the up right now. While they dug themselves a very deep hole and they’re still far behind their past highs, they’re in the ballpark of some relatively okay numbers this month. The big issue is whether or not the numbers will hold, and so far they seem to be doing so. After the bottom fell out in the spring, the obvious worry is that it will happen again. But hopefully Marvel continues to regain ground and grow!

Women & NB Creators at Marvel Comics Watch, April 2018 Solicits: 17 Creators on 15 Books

February 8, 2018

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So this is an unusual month for Marvel. Their female creator representation has grown a whopping 70% from March, a massive gain for the publisher. However, even with this jump their numbers are still terrible. Better than in March, sure, but the March numbers were abominable. Like, ridiculously bad relative to the levels Marvel has shown themselves to be capable of. So while it’s good to see growth, there’s still a long, long way to go to get anywhere near the ballpark of decent representation. Let’s look at who’s doing what at Marvel this April:

  • Ashley Witter: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #19 (cover)
  • Becky Cloonan: Moon Knight #194 (cover)
  • Devin Grayson: Marvel Rising #0 (writer)
  • Elizabeth Torque: The Hunt for Wolverine #1 (variant cover)
  • Elsa Charretier: Domino #1 (variant cover)
  • Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #31 (interior art, cover)
  • G. Willow Wilson: Ms. Marvel #29 (writer)
  • Gail Simone: Domino #1 (writer)
  • Gurihiru: Marvel Super Hero Adventures #1 (cover)
  • Helen Chen: Marvel Rising #0 (cover)
  • Jody Houser: Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #18 (writer), Star Wars: Thrawn #3 (writer)
  • Katie Cook: Thanos Annual #1 (co-writer, interior art)
  • Kelly Thompson: Rogue & Gambit #4 (writer)
  • Natacha Bustos: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #30 (interior art, cover)
  • Rainbow Rowell: Runaways #8 (writer)
  • Yasmine Putri: Tales of Suspense #104 (cover)

All together, there are 17 different female creators scheduled to work on 15 different comic books at Marvel in April, 7 more creators than in March and 3 more books. As best I can tell, there are no non-binary creators set to work at Marvel in this round of solicits. Normally a 70% gain in female creators would be astounding news, but March was abysmal. That big gain still leaves them in the teens, which is an embarrassing place to be in 2018. There are scores of amazing female and non-binary creators making comics these days. If Marvel can’t hire at least 20 of them, then they’re just not trying at all. For the Big Two right now, 20 is the line for “still pretty bad, but not terrible.” The 30 benchmark says “maybe they’re trying a bit, but they could still do a lot better.” Given the creator ranks out there, both DC and Marvel should be able to employ AT LEAST 40 amazing female creators a month with ease. Neither has been close to that.

In terms of the women working at Marvel this month, we don’t have any brand new names but there are a few returning favourites. Devin Grayson is back writing on the new Marvel Rising series, which will tie into the upcoming animated film aimed at young fans. Katie Cook is back too, doing what should be a fun story in the Thanos Annual. And Gail Simone has returned to Marvel’s ranks with a new Domino series, her first ongoing work at Marvel in years.

Two of these books highlight a decent month for female characters at Marvel. The team in Marvel Rising is 75% women, including fan favourites like Ms. Marvel and Squirrel Girl. It looks like it’s going to be awesome. And the Domino series is a new solo book with a female lead, which probably owes its existence to the upcoming Deadpool film sequel. Marvel’s smart to capitalize on the character’s exposure, and Simone is always a good choice for the sort of fun, bawdy tales this series will probably be telling.

All together, things are looking up in a lot of ways at Marvel right now, and yet everything is still very bad. There are more female creators in the mix, but the numbers are still shamefully low. There are new books with female leads, but Marvel just cancelled a slew of similar titles and have yet to make up the difference. The publisher spent the first few months of 2018 digging themselves a deep hole, and while the April solicits are a small step in the right direction, there’s still a massive amount of work to be done.


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