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

July 26, 2019


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.


Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #45 and #46 Review: “Besties, Part 1 and 2” by Barbara Randall Kesel, Irene Koh, and Emma Vieceli

August 6, 2015


More than anything else, the quality of a Wonder Woman story depends on how well the creative team captures Wonder Woman. Cool fights, interesting settings or scenarios, and menacing villains are all important ingredients, but getting Wonder Woman right is the key. The current arc of Sensation Comics, “Besties”, has turned Wonder Woman into an arrogant jerk and the result is a rather disappointing story. I had high hopes for this arc, because the idea of Wonder Woman teaming up with some teens in a story written and drawn by a variety of female creators sounded like a ton of fun, but the first two installments aren’t great.

Barbara Randall Kesel writes Wonder Woman as a tone deaf braggart, basically. She joins a group of teens racing on the beach and defeats them all, then crows about it. Wonder Woman then launches into a big speech about how they could all do better if they worked harder, and offers several specific critiques for the girl who’s already her school’s best runner. There was no “You’re all doing great! Keep it up!” enthusiasm, just “I am the greatest and you should be like me!” bloviating. When Alicia, one of the girls, points out that Wonder Woman is only faster than them because she has gifts from the god, Wonder Woman dismisses her valid point by saying that she uses her gifts well. In short, she’s kind of the worst.

She’s also a hypocrite. When Alicia insults the Amazing Amazon’s skimpy outfit, Wonder Woman blasts her for slut shaming. Then when Superwoman shows up and they get into a verbal sparring match, Wonder Woman full on slut shames her for hooking up with other members of the Crime Syndicate:


It’s kind of gross. I know she’s a villain and all, but come at her with some legitimate critiques.

The first issue of the story was kind of interesting because Alicia tore down Wonder Woman at every turn, and deservedly so. Wonder Woman was being a total ass. Even though Wonder Woman answered all of her critiques, she did so in a haughty and superior fashion that only confirmed that Alicia was right to try to take her down a few pegs. I almost wondered if Kesel and company were setting up a story where Wonder Woman learns a valuable lesson about arrogance, which seemed odd and different but maybe sort of cool. However, Wonder Woman’s responses seemed to be written as if they were fair responses to Alicia’s concerns; they weren’t, but the tone suggested that’s how we were supposed to read them. Turns out, they weren’t going for Wonder Woman learning a lesson; after Wonder Woman saved Alicia and her friends from Superwoman, all was forgiven and Wonder Woman was now her hero. It’s an unpleasant “might makes right” turn that feels unearned and dismisses Wonder Woman’s earlier arrogance.

The art for both issues is fine, if somewhat underwhelming. Irene Koh’s issue is a little bit scratchy and not detailed. It’s not bad, but I’ve seen much better work from her elsewhere. It’ll probably read better on the printed page, in smaller form, than blown up on my computer screen. I liked Emma Vieceli’s art a bit better; it’s more polished, though I’ve seen better work from her as well. Nonetheless, Vieceli has a flair for dynamic storytelling and did a particularly nice job with the fights scenes.

All together, this arc is not one of Sensation Comics‘ better outings, and it’s largely due to a horrendously cocky and rude Wonder Woman. The attitude she displays just doesn’t fit the character at all. I’m all for confidence and being proud of who you are, especially with female characters; Wonder Woman should definitely claim all of the credit she deserves and take pride in her abilities. But these issues went far beyond that, and just turned her into a jerk. There’s one issue left, and I’m curious to see if Kesel can turn it all around somehow and either show Wonder Woman learning something or explain her arrogance in a satisfactory manner. I’d love a finale with a turn that makes me reconsider these first two issues entirely.

If you’re waiting for print, this issue is out in just two weeks! It hits comic shops on August 19.

Wonder Woman’s August 2015 Covers And Solicits

May 25, 2015

August will put us three months into DCYou, the recently revealed branding for DC’s June mini-relaunch, and Wonder Woman has a lot on the go. Along with her three regular series, she’s helping to launch a new book and is sort of the focus of a special one-shot. Let’s dig into the August 2015 solicits and see what Wonder Woman is up to, starting with Wonder Woman #43:


Bombshells variant cover by ANT LUCIA
On sale AUGUST 19 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Donna Troy’s fate becomes more clear as she embarks on a journey that will either end her life or begin a new one, while Wonder Woman draws closer to the Amazon who tried to depose Diana as queen!

Is that Donna Troy out in the world of men, or is Wonder Woman just wearing a terrible outfit? Either way, this is a bit of a drab cover. And if it’s Donna, if her feelings on the Manazons are any indication, she’s going to HATE it in the world of men.

It’s hard to glean a lot from solicits, but the three solicits we have for DCYou Wonder Woman seem rather disconnected. Something different is going on every month, with no stated ties to what happened the month before. I’m sure it’ll tie more together in comic form, but it seems a little bit all over the place right now.

Moving onto Superman/Wonder Woman #20:


Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Bombshells Variant cover by TERRY DODSON
On sale AUGUST 19 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
“Truth” continues—and as Superman and Wonder Woman deal with the ramifications of his secret identity being blown, they dig deeper into the disappearance of Lana Lang and Steel, which force them to team up with an unexpected and dangerous nemesis.

This “Truth” storyline looks to be long and involved, spanning all of the Super-books for months, and it’s irksome to have this book so wrapped up in a Superman-centric story. There’s been barely any Wonder Woman-related stuff over the past twenty issues. We now know that the “Truth” storyline is about Superman’s secret identity being exposed, by Lois Lane no less, so the Super-books aren’t doing great with all of their female characters, basically.

And now, Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #13:


On sale AUGUST 19 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
In “Besties,” three artists take on the challenge of a lifetime as a trio of high school track stars face Wonder Woman in a foot race—and the afternoon gets even scarier when Superwoman shows up! By the time the epic battle concludes, Superwoman and the girls learn an important lesson: Nobody beats Diana!

This sounds very cool. Three different artists for what I’m assuming are the three different digital issues that will comprise the print book. Plus Superwoman! That’s very interesting. A couple of characters have had that mantle over the years, though they never stuck around for long, so I’m curious to see who and what they’re going with here. This could be a fun story.

Onto some new stuff:


Written by J.M. DeMATTEIS and BRUCE TIMM
Cover by JAE LEE
1:10 Variant cover by DARWYN COOKE
On sale AUGUST 5 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
Prequel to the DC Universe movie Justice League: Gods & Monsters!
Earth in the 1960s—where a woman-warrior from a faraway world finds herself among a group of young idealists, seeking peace and love in a time of turbulence and upheaval. But Bekka of the New Gods finds her Aquarian dream abruptly shattered when she encounters the monstrous genius of Doctor Psycho and the Shock Exchange!

So it’s Wonder Woman, but not quite. This book is a prequel to Bruce Timm’s upcoming Justice League: Gods & Monsters animated film, a re-imagining of the DC universe that recasts all of its major players. Superman is the son of Zod, Batman is Kirk Langstrom, and Wonder Woman is Bekka of New Genesis. I like that even with a different Wonder Woman they’re playing off classic Wonder Woman villains by including a new take on Doctor Pyscho. I’m curious to check out this new world and see how it goes over with fans. The new Wonder Woman will also take part in a few other prequel comics with the whole team; they’re really going all out for this.

And finally:


Cover by ANT LUCIA
1:25 Variant cover by EMANUELA LUPACCHINO
On sale AUGUST 12 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
The ultra-popular statues from DC Collectibles come to life in their own ongoing comic book series! Learn the story behind this alternate reality where the Second World War is fought by superpowered women on the front lines and behind the scenes! It all begins with the stories of Batwoman, Wonder Woman and Supergirl.

The Bombshells are spinning off into their own book, with Wonder Woman as one of the lead characters. I’m encouraged by the great creative team, and I love the idea of a new take on World War Two where female heroes are the originals and not derivatives of male heroes. This could be very cool, and I’m excited to check it out.

Look for all of these books this August in comic shops everywhere!

Women At Marvel Comics Watch – July 2015 Solicits: 14 Different Female Creators On 14 Different Books

May 5, 2015


After the March “Women of Marvel” promotion helped Marvel reach 20 different female creators for the first time in a long time, the publisher crashed hard in April but slowly grew in the months that followed. Now with the July solicits, Marvel appears to be leveling out, and not at a particularly impressive spot either. As a comparison, DC just had their lowest month of the year for female creators, and Marvel is still lagging behind. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel in July 2015:

  • Alti Firmansyah: Star-Lord and Kitty Pryde #2 (interior art)
  • Erica Henderson: Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #7 (art and cover)
  • G. Willow Wilson: A-Force #3 (co-writer), Ms. Marvel #17 (writer)
  • Irene Koh: 1602 Witch Hunter Angela #2 (art and variant cover)
  • Kelly Sue DeConnick: Captain Marvel & the Carol Corps #2 (co-writer)
  • Kelly Thompson: Captain Marvel & the Carol Corps #2 (co-writer)
  • Marguerite Bennett: 1602 Witch Hunter Angela #2 (co-writer), A-Force #3 (co-writer), Max Ride: First Flight #5 (writer), Years of Future Past #3 (writer)
  • Noelle Stevenson: Runaways #2 (writer)
  • Robin Furth: Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three – House of Cards #5 (co-writer)
  • Sara Pichelli: Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #3 (variant cover)
  • Sophie Campbell: Secret Wars #5 (variant cover)
  • Stacey Lee: Silk #6 (interior art)
  • Stephanie Hans: 1602 Witch Hunter Angela #2 (art and cover), Max Ride: First Flight #5 (cover)
  • Yasmine Putri: Amazing Spider-Man #20.1 (cover), Star-Lord and Kitty Pryde #2 (cover)

All together, 14 different women are scheduled to work on 14 different books in July, the same number of women Marvel had in their June solicits but two fewer titles than in June. On the one hand, these numbers are comparatively not great. Several other publishers, even much smaller ones, could top this with ease. On the other hand, Marvel was a lot lower in the fall; single digit totals were the norm, so to be in the teens consistently now is at least a step in the right direction. It’s another case where better is not yet good. It’s just less bad than before. Which is something! But not enough.

It’s not a big month for new names at Marvel, but I think this is Irene Koh’s first gig there, which is fun. Getting an interior art gig right off the bat is pretty rare. It looks like Sophie Campbell is getting her first Marvel gig as well, doing a variant cover for Secret Wars. I’m a little surprised to see no Marvel work in her credits, since she’s been doing great work for years elsewhere.

In terms of female characters, there are a slew of new Secret Wars tie-ins, most of which bring back past events like Civil War, Age of Apocalypse, and Spider-Island. These are mostly group books with a mixed cast, though usually more men than women because that is the way of things. However, there is one new title that appears to have a majority female cast: Captain Britain and the Mighty Defenders #1. Lots of ladies on the cover for that.

Overall, Marvel’s still trailing behind a lot of other publishers in terms of female representation. I’m very curious to see what happens once Secret Wars is over and Marvel premieres tons of new titles. A huge portion of their line right now is tie-ins, and once the event is over whatever new/tweaked/revamped Marvel universe exists will come with a sea of new books. So far, their Secret Wars tie-ins aren’t overly heavy on the female creators, but hopefully they’ve got more scheduled for their next wave of launches. Only time will tell.

A Closer Look At The Many Female Creators And Characters In DC Comics’ New Line Up

February 6, 2015


DC Comics made a big announcement today, revealing the post-“Convergence” line up for their main superhero titles. Along with 29 continuing titles, DC unveiled 24 new series and minis, many of which featured new creators and a variety of new and underutilized characters. It was a good day for women at DC across the board as well. Here’s what coming for women, real and fictional, among DC’s new books:

  • Corin Howell is drawing Bat-Mite.
  • Black Canary is getting her own series…
  • … and Annie Wu is the artist on Black Canary
  • … along with Irene Koh.
  • Ming Doyle is co-writing Constantine: The Hellblazer
  • … and Ming Doyle is also drawing Dark Universe.
  • There’s a new Harley Quinn and Power Girl team-up book…
  • … and Harley Quinn/Power Girl is co-written by Amanda Conner.
  • Alisa Kwitney is writing Mystic U.
  • It looks like the new Prez has a young female lead character.
  • Starfire has a new book…
  • … and Amanda Conner is co-writing Starfire too…
  • … and Emanuela Lupacchino is drawing Starfire.
  • There are some female characters involved in some new team books, too, including at least a couple in We Are Robin.

So all of that should be a lot of fun. Several other female-led series are continuing as well, including Batgirl, Catwoman, Gotham Academy, Harley Quinn, and Wonder Woman. Returning female creators include Amanda Conner, Babs Tarr, Becky Cloonan, Gail Simone, Genevieve Valentine, and Meredith Finch. Yes, in sad news for Wonder Woman fans, it looks like Meredith and David Finch will continue on the title in June. But apart from that, it’s a lot of good news.

All together, there are 13 different female creators set to work on DC’s superhero line up in June. By the numbers, that’s not a big change from March, the last pre-“Convergence” month, where there were 12 different female creators, but March was a very busy month for DC. By percentage, female creators account for 14.7% of all of the credits in the June titles, a decent increase from only 9% in March.

In terms of female-led titles, not counting mixed team books there are 9 different female-led titles scheduled for June while there were only 7 female led titles in March. Some beloved characters won’t be back in June, including Batwoman and Supergirl, but there are a lot of new ones taking their place.

Overall, these changes aren’t massive, but that’s largely because DC’s done a good job increasing their female representation over the past year or so. We should keep in mind that back when DC launched the New 52 in 2011, there were only 2 different female creators for their entire superhero line, and now there are 13. There’s still a lot of room for improvement, but things are definitely trending upward. Similarly, with female characters, it’s great to see more of them in the spotlight, but there’s also a deep roster of female characters on the bench that DC could do something with in the future. Things are going well, but there’s lots of space for DC to grow further with both real and fictional women.

Women At DC Comics Watch – February 2015 Solicits: 30 Female Creators On 35 Different Books

November 24, 2014


Last month, after DC broke their record for female creators in their solicits yet again, I was wondering when they might hit the mark of 30 different women. Turns out, it was this month, with DC breaking their record once more in their February solicits. I’ve been expecting a drop off after so many months of steady growth into impressive new highs, but it hasn’t come yet. It will, of course, but let’s enjoy DC outdoing themselves each month for now. Here are all of the female creators listed in DC’s February 2015 solicits:

  • Alex de Campi: Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #7 (writer)
  • Amanda Conner: Aquaman #39 (variant cover), Harley Quinn #15 (co-writer, cover), Harley Quinn Valentine’s Day Special #1 (co-writer, cover), Superman #39 (variant cover), The Flash #39 (variant cover)
  • Amy Chu: Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #7 (writer)
  • Amy Wolfram: Teen Titans Go! #8 (writer)
  • Ann Nocenti: Klarion #5 (writer)
  • Babs Tarr: Batgirl #39 (artist), Justice League #39 (variant cover)
  • Becky Cloonan: Gotham Academy #5 (co-writer), The Kitchen #4 (cover)
  • Caitlin Kittredge: Coffin Hill #15 (writer), Secret Origins #10 (writer)
  • Cat Staggs: Smallville Season 11: Continuity #3 (cover)
  • Celia Calle: The Names #6 (cover)
  • Chrissie Zullo: Fables #149 (artist), Fables: The Wolf Among Us #2 (cover)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Batman and Robin #39 (variant cover), Supergirl #39 (cover and art)
  • Gail Simone: Secret Six #3 (writer)
  • Genevieve Valentine: Catwoman #39 (writer)
  • Georgia Ball: Scooby Doo Where Are You? #54 (writer)
  • Irene Koh: Secret Origins #10 (artist)
  • Jill Thompson: Batman #39 (variant cover), Wolf Moon #3 (cover)
  • K. Perkins: Supergirl #39 (co-writer)
  • Keto Shimizu: Arrow Season 2.5 #5 (co-writer)
  • Lea Hernandez: Teen Titans Go! #8 (writer)
  • Marguerite Bennett: Earth 2 #31 (co-writer), Earth 2: World’s End #18-21 (co-writer)
  • Marguerite Sauvage: Hinterkind #15 (cover)
  • Marley Zarcone: Effigy #2 (artist)
  • Meghan Hetrick: Bodies #8 (artist)
  • Meredith Finch: Wonder Woman #39 (writer)
  • Ming Doyle: The Kitchen #4 (artist)
  • Nicola Scott: Action Comics #39 (variant cover)
  • Sandra Hope: Batman/Superman #19 (inker)
  • Tula Lotay: Bodies #8 (artist)
  • Yuko Shimizu: Detective Comics #39 (variant cover)

All together, there are 30 different female creators working on 35 different books for DC Comics this February, up from January’s record breaking 28 and 25. Also encouraging to see is a number of women working on multiple titles. Amanda Conner leads the charge, drawing a variety of Harley Quinn variant covers as part of February’s variant theme, but several other women are set to work on multiple books as well.

As a quick sidenote, DC’s solicits list “Alison Borges” on art for Lobo #5, but I’m assuming that this is a misspelling of Alisson Borges, a male artist from Brazil who’s gotten some Big Two work recently. DC has a history of misspelling names in their solicits. However, if it turns out I’m wrong I will happily adjust the list accordingly and add her to the numbers.

In terms of new titles, February is very quiet. Harley Quinn has a Valentine’s special issue, co-written and with a cover by Amanda Conner, and Vertigo is launching Suiciders, a new book written and drawn by Lee Bermejo; the solicit for Suiciders lacks a character breakdown, so I don’t know how much female representation is inside the book.

Overall, DC broke their record yet again, and that is a fantastic thing. There’s still a lot of room for improvement, of course. For example, the only way female creators seem to get close to a major male character is through variant covers. The vast majority of women making comics at DC are writing and drawing female characters or lower tier male characters. Many of the big names remain elusive, and it would be nice to see that change. Nonetheless, it’s still a great month for DC, and I’m hoping to see another record shatter in March!

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