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Women At DC Comics Watch – February 2016 Solicits, 21 Women On 19 Books

December 2, 2015

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The solicits for January promise a big month for female creators at DC, but February isn’t looking nearly as good. Like, down a third. Last spring, DC was topping 30 different female creators a month fairly regularly, and now it’s a rarity. I’m not sure what changed within DC, but their numbers just aren’t what they used to be. So let’s take a look at who’s doing what at DC in February 2016:

  • Amanda Conner: Harley Quinn #25 (co-writer, cover), Harley’s Little Black Book #2 (co-writer, cover), Starfire #8 (co-writer, cover)
  • Amy Chu: Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death #2 (writer)
  • Annie Wu: Black Canary #9 (art and cover)
  • Babs Tarr: Batgirl #49 (art and cover)
  • Becky Cloonan: Gotham Academy #15 (co-writer)
  • Chrissie Zullo: Fables: The Wolf Among Us #14 (cover)
  • Colleen Coover: Gotham Academy #15 (interior art)
  • Elizabeth Torque: DC Comics Bombshells #9 (interior art)
  • Gail Simone: Clean Room #5 (writer), Secret Six #11 (writer)
  • Helen Mingjue Chen: Gotham Academy #15 (art and cover)
  • Holly Black: Lucifer #3 (writer)
  • Jenny Frison: Clean Room #5 (cover)
  • Lauren Beukes: Survivors’ Club #5 (co-writer)
  • Lea Hernandez: Teen Titans Go! #14 (interior art)
  • Marguerite Bennett: DC Comics Bombshells #9 (writer)
  • Maria Laura Sanapo: DC Comics Bombshells #9 (interior art)
  • Meghan Hetrick: Red Thorn #4 (interior art)
  • Meredith Finch: Wonder Woman #49 (writer)
  • Ming Doyle: Constantine: The Hellblazer #9 (co-writer)
  • Renae De Liz: The Legend of Wonder Woman #2 (writer, art, and cover)
  • Tula Lotay: Slash & Burn #4 (cover)

All together, there are 21 different female creators set to work on 19 books in February, a big drop from January’s 31 and 20, respectively. Well, a big drop for creators; the book numbers are about the same. January’s numbers were buoyed by a Vertigo anthology and a variety of women appearing in books that already featured female creators. No anthology in February accounts for a good deal of the creator drop, and a lot of the books that had an extra artist or fun variant cover last month just don’t this month, to the tune of DC’s female creator numbers falling more than 30%.

Also, at least a third of the women listed above are on Vertigo books. Which is cool; it’s great that Vertigo is doing so well with female creators as of late. But Vertigo’s output pales in comparison to the rest of DC’s line; all of the other books outnumber Vertigo by about 4 to 1, while with female creators the rest of the line only tops Vertigo by 2 to 1. It’d be nice to see DC’s non-Vertigo books up their game and match their output in proportionate fashion.

For female characters, not much is going on in February for new books in general. There’s a Dark Knight III one-shot that promises some Selina Kyle, but given how Frank Miller has treated Selina Kyle over the years, that probably won’t be great. Neal Adams is also launching a new Superman mini-series called Superman: The Coming of the Supermen; maybe Lois will be in it some? If this book is anything like Adams’ recent Batman Odyssey series, perhaps we should hope that Lois stays as far away as possible.

Overall, DC took quite a tumble in February, continuing their inability to regain their stride following the big female creator drop of last June’s mini-relaunch. DC’s been inconsistent and well below their previous highs since then. It’s disappointing to see, but also par for the course when it comes to the Big Two. Progress is always followed by a step back in superhero comics; you just have to cross your fingers and hope they start stepping forward again.

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Women At DC Comics Watch – January 2016 Solicits, 31 Women On 20 Books

October 28, 2015

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It took a long time, but DC is finally back in the ballpark of the highs they hit early in 2015 with female creators. Things took a big dip after “Convergence”, with the #DCYou initiative bringing a substantial drop in female creators that was slow to recover. Things are looking up in the New Year, though, with a lot of great female creators set to work on books at DC. There are a few caveats, but DC’s posted their highest total in some time and that’s a good thing. Let’s see who’s doing what in January 2016:

  • Amanda Conner: Harley Quinn #24 (cover, variant cover, co-writer), Starfire #8 (co-writer, cover)
  • Amy Chu: Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death #1 (writer)
  • Annie Wu: Black Canary #8 (art, cover)
  • Babs Tarr: Batgirl #48 (art, cover)
  • Becky Cloonan: Gotham Academy #14 (writer)
  • Chrissie Zullo: Fables: The Wolf Among Us #13 (cover)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Deathstroke #14 (variant cover), Starfire #8 (interior art), Wonder Woman #48 (variant cover)
  • Emma Needell: Vertigo SFX #4 (unspecified)
  • Gail Simone: Clean Room #4 (writer), Secret Six #10 (writer)
  • Holly Black: Lucifer #2 (writer)
  • Hope Larson: Gotham Academy #14 (writer)
  • Jenny Frison: Clean Room #4 (cover)
  • Jody Houser: Vertigo SFX #4 (unspecified)
  • Joelle Jones: Superman: American Alien #3 (variant cover, interior art)
  • Jordie Bellaire: Vertigo SFX #4 (unspecified)
  • Kate Perkins: Vertigo SFX #4 (unspecified)
  • Katie Cook: Gotham Academy #14 (writer, art)
  • Laura Braga: DC Comics Bombshells #8 (interior art)
  • Lauren Beukes: Survivors’ Club #4 (co-writer)
  • Leila Del Duca: Vertigo SFX #4 (unspecified)
  • Marguerite Bennett: DC Comics Bombshells #8 (writer)
  • Maria Laura Sanapo: DC Comics Bombshells #8 (interior art)
  • Megan Levens: Fables: The Wolf Among Us #13 (interior art)
  • Meghan Hetrick: Red Thorn #3 (interior art)
  • Meredith Finch: Wonder Woman #48 (writer)
  • Ming Doyle: Constantine, The Hellblazer #8 (co-writer)
  • Mingjue Helen Chen: Gotham Academy #14 (cover)
  • Rachel Dodson: Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death #1 (variant cover)
  • Renae De Liz: The Legend of Wonder Woman #1 (writer, cover, interior art)
  • Samantha Shannon: Vertigo SFX #4 (unspecified)
  • Tula Lotay: Slash & Burn #3 (cover)

All together there are 31 different female creators set to work on 20 different books in January, a big jump from December’s 20 and 18. DC was hitting the 30s earlier in 2015, so this is a much welcome return to form, and long overdue. After showing they were capable of hiring so many women, it was disappointing to see them slip down.

But now they’re back! Though it remains to be seen for how long. Six of the women listed above are on Vertigo SFX #4, a one-shot anthology book that won’t be back next month. I’m anticipating a drop in February, but these anthologies have proven fruitful long-term; many of the women who work on the anthologies end up getting regular series work down the road. Also, there are a lot of new, sustainable gigs; Amy Chu will be writing a new Poison Ivy book for a few months, and Renae De Liz will be on a digital first Wonder Woman series.

Both of these books represent a strong month for female characters, and Poison Ivy and Wonder Woman’s new ventures are joined by a spotlight on Katana, who headlines a special Suicide Squad Most Wanted one-shot. It’s always good to see more female characters leading their own series, and while they’re mini-series and thus will have a limited run, it’ll add to DC’s female representation for several months to come.

Ultimately, January looks good for women at DC, but I’m not sure how long it will last. DC’s going to need to increase their ranks of female creators again in February to counter all of the one-time gigs listed above. But they can do it; their rolodex is deep. They are capable of hiring a wide array of female creators, if they so choose.

Wonder Woman’s January 2016 Covers and Solicits

October 26, 2015

Even though Sensation Comics is set to end in December, there’ll be no lull in Wonder Woman fun with a new digital first series set to take its place beginning in January. That, plus Wonder Woman’s usual outings, make for a busy month for the amazing Amazon. It’s also an even split, with two mainline series and two out of continuity books, so if you’re not into the New 52 Wonder Woman than you’ve got some good options. Let’s take a look at what Wonder Woman is up to this January, starting with Wonder Woman #48:

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WONDER WOMAN #48
Written by MEREDITH FINCH
Art and cover by DAVID FINCH and JONATHAN GLAPION
Adult Coloring Book Variant cover by EMANUELA LUPACCHINO
On sale JANUARY 20 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
A mysterious illness that could affect all of Olympus strikes its first victim: Baby Zeke! Can Wonder Woman find the cure in time? It’s the start of a new quest that will redefine the God of War!

Here’s what bums me out: “It’s the start of a new quest.” I assume that means that the Finches are going to be around for at least another arc of remarkably subpar stories. I have no idea what DC is thinking here, especially with Wonder Woman set to make her film debut in March. This book deserves a marquee creative team doing a fun, exciting book, not this jumbled mess of a series. It just seems like bad business. Though I’m also just sad for myself to have to keep reviewing this god awful book for a few more months.

Next up, Superman/Wonder Woman #25:

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SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #25
Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Art by DOUG MAHNKE
Cover by ED BENES
Adult Coloring Book Variant cover by AARON LOPRESTI
On sale JANUARY 20 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
“The Savage Dawn” continues! Diana presents a badly wounded Superman to the Greek Gods to see if they will restore him to his former self. But before they can decide, they first must determine if he is truly worthy.

Hey, people from Wonder Woman’s corner of the universe are actually going to be in Superman/Wonder Woman! The whole gods determining if someone is worthy scene does sound like a bit of a cliché, but it’ll be nice to have this not just be another Superman book for a change.

A new digital first series debuts with The Legend of Wonder Woman #1:

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THE LEGEND OF WONDER WOMAN #1
Written by RENAE DE LIZ
Art by RENAE DE LIZ and RAY DILLON
Cover by RENAE DE LIZ
1:25 Variant cover by DUSTIN NGUYEN
On sale JANUARY 13 • 40 pg, FC, 1 of 9 $3.99 US • RATED T DIGITAL FIRST
A new WONDER WOMAN 9-issue miniseries begins here with a story written and pencilled by Renae De Liz (The Last Unicorn)! In the beginning there was only chaos. But Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons, saw a better future—and eventually, her daughter would be destined to bring that new world to life! Before her ultimate fate unfolds, though, Diana of Themyscira must learn the important lessons of an Amazonian childhood!

I am so excited for this! It sounds amazing: Renae De Liz is fantastic, it’s out of continuity, and it’s young Diana out having adventures. I am ten million percent on board. Plus it’s going to be nine print issues! When it was first announced, it sounded like it would be nine digital issues, but no. Nine print, so 27 digital issues; that’s a solid half year of Wonder Woman fun! This lessens the pain of losing Sensation Comics considerably.

Wonder Woman is also front and center in DC Comics Bombshells #8:

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DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS #8
Written by MARGUERITE BENNETT
Art by LAURA BRAGA and MARIA LAURA SANAPO
Cover by ANT LUCIA
On sale JANUARY 6 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Now serving on the side of the Allies as part of the Amanda Waller’s Bombshells program, Supergirl and Stargirl wonder if they still are being used as instruments of propaganda. Meanwhile, mythological creatures and the undead legions of Tenebrus attack the Allied forces, bringing Wonder Woman into the fray. Can she count on the newest Bombshells to help?

This book is just delightful. I love everything that Bennett and the great art team are doing with all of these female characters in the World War Two setting. It’s so much fun to read. They’ve taken something as simple as a novelty variant cover line and turned it into something huge and expansive and enjoyable. It’s really quite impressive.

Wonder Woman’s also got a role in Justice League #48 and Justice League of America #7 in January, and Donna Troy is in Titans Hunt #4. Look for all of these books in the New Year, and be especially sure to check out The Legends of Wonder Woman. The only way we get more cool Wonder Woman books like this is if we buy them when they come out, so we need to be all over this, gang.


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