Female creator representation in DC’s April 2017 solicits is about par for the course for the year thus far. DC’s been hovering around the mid-20s for months, an okay level but noticeably below their recent highs last fall and Marvel’s current highs. Given the progress both major superhero publishers have made in expanding their female creator ranks over the past few years, DC’s run in 2017 thus far is slightly underwhelming. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at DC in April 2017:
- Afua Richardson: All Star Batman #9 (interior art and cover)
- Amanda Conner: Harley Quinn #17 (co-writer, cover), Harley Quinn #18 (co-writer, cover)
- Aneke: DC Comics Bombshells #25 (interior art)
- Becky Cloonan: Gotham Academy: Second Semester #8 (co-writer), Shade, the Changing Girl #7 (cover)
- Bilquis Evely: Wonder Woman #20 (interior art, cover)
- Cecil Castellucci: Shade, the Changing Girl #7 (writer)
- Eleanora Carlini: Green Arrow #20 (interior art)
- Emanuela Lupacchino: Green Lanterns #20 (variant cover), Green Lanterns #21 (variant cover), Supergirl #8 (cover), Trinity #8 (interior art)
- Gail Simone: Clean Room #18 (writer)
- Hope Larson: Batgirl #10 (writer)
- Jenny Frison: Clean Room #18 (cover), Wonder Woman #20 (variant cover), Wonder Woman #21 (variant cover)
- Jody Houser: Mother Panic #6 (writer)
- Joelle Jones: Supergirl: Being Super #3 (interior art)
- Julie Benson: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #9 (co-writer)
- K. Perkins: Superwoman #8 (writer)
- Kamome Shirahama: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #9 (variant cover)
- Lilah Sturges: Everafter: From the Pages of Fables #8 (co-writer)
- Marguerite Bennett: Batwoman #2 (co-writer), DC Comics Bombshells #25 (writer)
- Marguerite Sauvage: Shade, the Changing Girl #7 (interior art, cover)
- Mariko Tamaki: Supergirl: Being Super #3 (writer)
- Msassyk: Gotham Academy: Second Semester #8 (interior art)
- Nicola Scott: Red Hood and the Outlaws #9 (cover), The Flintstones #10 (variant cover)
- Sandra Hope: Gotham Academy: Second Semester #8 (inker)
- Shawna Benson: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #9 (co-writer)
- Tula Lotay: Everafter: From the Pages of Fables #8 (cover)
- Yasmine Putri: The Hellblazer #9 (variant cover)
All together, there are 26 different female creators set to work on 24 different books, 2 more women than last month though 3 fewer books. DC’s now settled into their “Rebirth” lineup, and there’s not a huge amount of change from month to month, so most of the women above tend to have steady gigs, but the ranks don’t seem to be growing much. The numbers are stable, but below what DC has shown they’re capable of.
In terms of new names, Aneke is someone I don’t think we’ve seen at DC before; she’ll be drawing an issue of DC Comics Bombshells that brings back the universe’s Suicide Squad, so that should be a blast. K. Perkins is back too, though I don’t know if her writing gig on Superwoman is a onetime thing or she’ll be there moving forward. Finally, it’s very cool to welcome Lilah Sturges to the list! She’s been working on Everafter for a while now, but she’s recently transitioned to living openly as a woman and this is the first batch of solicits that reflects this change.
There aren’t any new series set to debut in April. As I said above, DC’s lineup is pretty set right now. We’ve got a new book or two since 2017 began, but not much else. I’m guessing they’ll be a new wave of “Rebirth” titles at some point soon, but for now things are pretty steady and uneventful.
Overall, April doesn’t look to be a bad month for women at DC, but it’s another average outing that doesn’t near their past highs. Nonetheless, it’s an impressive group of creators doing great work. The ranks are just leveled out right now. I wouldn’t expect much change until DC launches some new books or has a major creative overhaul.