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Women At DC Comics Watch – September 2015 Solicits: 19 Different Female Creators On 16 Different Comics

June 22, 2015

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Since June’s #DCYou initiative and mini-relaunch, DC Comics has certainly been consistent in its hiring, posting the same number of female creators in 3 of the 4 months we have solicit information for thus far. However, in doing so they remain consistently below the number of women they were hiring before #DCYou, and by a considerable margin. #DCYou remains a step forward compared to the launch of the New 52, but a step backwards compared to where they were just a few months ago. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what in September:

  • Amanda Conner: All Star Section 8 #4 (cover), Harley Quinn #20 (co-writer, cover), Harley Quinn and Power Girl #4 (co-writer, cover), Starfire #4 (co-writer, cover)
  • Annie Wu: Black Canary #4 (cover)
  • Babs Tarr: Batgirl #44 (art and cover)
  • Becky Cloonan: Gotham Academy #10 (co-writer)
  • Bilquis Evely: DC Comics Bombshells #2 (interior art)
  • Chrissie Zullo: Fables: The Wolf Among Us #9 (cover)
  • Corin Howell: Bat-Mite #4 (interior art)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Catwoman #44 (variant cover), Starfire #4 (interior art)
  • Gail Simone: Secret Six #6 (writer)
  • Genevieve Valentine: Catwoman #44 (writer)
  • Karen Traviss: Sensation Comics #14 (writer)
  • Marguerite Bennett: DC Comics Bombshells #2 (writer)
  • Meredith Finch: Wonder Woman #44 (writer)
  • Ming Doyle: Constantine: The Hellblazer #4 (co-writer)
  • Nei Ruffino: Sensation Comics #14 (cover)
  • Pia Guerra: Black Canary #4 (interior art)
  • Rachel Dodson: Wonder Woman #44 (variant cover)
  • Ricken: Teen Titans #12 (art and cover)
  • Vanesa Del Rey: Constantine: The Hellblazer #4 (interior art)

All together, there are 19 different female creators set to work on 16 different comic books at DC in September. It’s the same number of women as August and June, but ties July for the lowest number of different titles this year. Earlier in 2015, DC had 30 different female creators or more multiple times, so it’s disheartening to see them unable to escape the teens currently. Moreover, in February of this year there were women working on 35 different comics; now that’s more than halved.

On the positive side, there are some new and returning names in this month’s solicits. I think that Bilquis Evely is new to DC, and while Nei Ruffino has done a lot of jobs there as a colorist, I believe this is her first time doing line art for them. It’s also nice to have Pia Guerra back inside of a comic book; she’s done some covers here and there, and sporadic interiors, so it’ll be cool to see her do a full issue of Black Canary. She’s a great choice for the book. Ricken is back as well, after a two year absence from DC. Her art should fit very well with Teen Titans.

On the negative side, there are 6 female creators in the September solicits who weren’t there in August. That may sound like a plus, but the overall number didn’t change so that means that there were 6 women in the August solicits who didn’t return in September. New names and returning favourites are great, but not at the expense of other female creators. We want growth, not a revolving door.

There’s not much new for female characters in September, with no new titles as DC continues to settle into their mini-relaunch.

Overall, this is another disappointing month for DC Comics. Consistently underperforming compared to earlier in the year is both frustrating and nonsensical; where did all those women go? DC is hiring female writers and artists at less than 2/3 the rate they used to, and have done so for four straight months. They are capable of a lot better than this.

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Wonder Woman’s September 2015 Covers and Solicits, Plus Green Lantern Variants

June 19, 2015

Wonder Woman is keeping busy yet again in September. It’s nice to have Wonder Woman showing up in a variety of books as of late. While the quality of these books may be hit and miss, more books means a higher likelihood of good stories. A couple years ago, Wonder Woman had just one book, and if you didn’t like it you were hosed for the month. Now she’s got four books, and every fan should be able to find something they like in at least one of them. So let’s see what Wonder Woman is up to in September.

First up is Wonder Woman #44; here’s the regular cover and a variant cover celebrating Green Lantern’s 75th anniversary:

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WONDER WOMAN #44
Written by MEREDITH FINCH
Art and cover by DAVID FINCH and JONATHAN GLAPION
GREEN LANTERN 75 Variant cover by TERRY DODSON and RACHEL DODSON
On sale SEPTEMBER 16 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Wonder Woman is on the trail of Donna Troy, who seeks refuge in London from both Diana and her past. But a new friend may be more trouble than help for the fleeing Amazon outcast!

Strife! I enjoy Strife, so to see her shadow on the cover is a good sign. Whether the Finches’ can do her justice is a whole other question, but Strife brings some potential for fun, at least. Also, Donna Troy is on the lam and Diana makes a new friend, which isn’t a terribly exciting solicit, but hey, Strife!

What I really want to talk about is how rad the Dodsons’ variant cover is. I love that it’s Green Lantern month but the Dodsons stuck him way in the back and just focused on Wonder Woman looking cool in her invisible jet. The Dodsons drawing Wonder Woman is always a good time, and I’m glad that DC’s constant variant lines bring them back to the character on a regular basis.

Next up, Superman/Wonder Woman #21 and it’s Green Lantern variant:

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SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #21
Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Art by DOUG MAHNKE and JAIME MENDOZA
Cover by PAULO SIQUEIRA
GREEN LANTERN 75 Variant cover by JOE QUINONES
On sale SEPTEMBER 16 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US RATED T
The epic “Truth” arc hits close to the heart as dark secrets come to light, forcing Superman and Wonder Woman to question whether their relationship can work in this new world of identities revealed and questionable actions.

That costume doesn’t do a whole lot for me. I feel like the god of war’s outfit should be cooler; more bad ass than warrior hobo. The solicit isn’t giving us a lot to go on, which has been the case ever since the “Truth” storyline began. They keep teasing us with a possible break up, but it’s turning into the boy who cried wolf at this point.

However, the variant cover is a lot of fun! Sometimes the variant covers are the only enjoyable part of Wonder Woman’s mainline books. A lot of times, lately. It’s been fun to watch Joe Quinones blow up over the past year, and I like his Wonder Woman a lot.

We’ve also got Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #14:

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SENSATION COMICS FEATURING WONDER WOMAN #14
Written by KAREN TRAVISS
Art by ANDRES GUINALDO and RAUL FERNANDEZ
Cover by NEI RUFFINO
On sale SEPTEMBER 16 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
It takes “Nine Days,” the gods say, for an anvil to fall to Earth from Olympus. But what happens when it strikes the world of men? Nyx, primordial goddess of night, is indifferent to the fate of the mortals below when she decides to teach her daughter Strife a lesson. Diana has nine days to step between two warring factions of godhood and stave off a disaster for those caught in the crossfire.

It looks like we’ve got another three parter digitally, which will comprise a whole print issue. That’s always a bit of a risk for an anthology book. If the story isn’t great, it’s all you’re getting! But Sensation Comics has been far more hit than miss, and Karen Traviss is a really good writer. The story sounds like a lot of fun, and I’m excited to check it out.

Finally, Wonder Woman co-stars in DC Comics Bombshells #2:

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DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS #2
Written by MARGUERITE BENNETT
Art by BILQUIS EVELY and STEPHEN MOONEY
Cover by ANT LUCIA
1:25 Variant cover by KEVIN WADA
On sale SEPTEMBER 2 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
Wonder Woman defies her mother’s orders and attempts to break Captain Steve Trevor out of his prison cell on Themyscira. But to accomplish this, she’s going to summon a little help from the deep in the form of Mera, Princess of Atlanta. Meanwhile, in Russia, two new heroes are about to be created to serve the Soviet Union: Supergirl and Stargirl!

Wonder Woman and Mera are teaming up for a prison break, so this issue sounds like the best thing ever. Also, I’m assuming that Mera is the Princess of Atlantis, not the Princess of Atlanta like the solicit suggests, unless they’ve radically changed her origin story. I’m intrigued that there are new artists on board. I love Marguerite Sauvage, but rotating artists could be cool too. I’m looking forward to this book a lot.

Look for all of these comics this September in comic shops and online!

Women In Comics Statistics: The DCnU, September 21, 2011

September 22, 2011

We’re now in the third full week of the brand new DC universe, and things are looking up on the women in comics front.  Also, Wonder Woman #1 came out this week and it was AWESOME.  Did you all get it?  You should.  It’s fantastic.  But yeah, stats… on September 21, 2011, DC put out 12 new first issues featuring 85 credited creators, 75 men and 10 women.  Here are the overall stats:

The average from January-August 2011 was 9.4%, so this week’s 11.8% is really good, and way better than the seven percent range of the past two weeks.  Hopefully this continues next week, and with Gail Simone on Firestorm and Jenny Frison on I, Vampire we know we’ve got at least two female creators already.  Strong numbers next week could put the DCnU as a whole on par with the old DC.  Onto the categories:

And the chart:

The overall total is great, but when we break the numbers down we see that the editorial-heavy trend from the past two weeks has become even more pronounced.  These are spectacular numbers for editorial, particularly for full editors, and that’s great to see.  But the creative side is pretty vacant.  The two creative credits represent the work of one woman on one book, Nei Ruffino colouring the cover and interiors for Birds of Prey #1.  I’m excited about the gains in editorial, but the lack of representation on the creative side is odd.  Nonetheless, there were a lot of women working on a lot of comics this week, and that’s a definite plus.

Notes:

  • Seriously, did you all get Wonder Woman?  It’s REALLY good.  If you didn’t pick it up yesterday, go back to the shop today and grab it.
  • The busiest book of the week was tie between Blue Beetle #1 and Green Lantern Corps #1, both with 10 creators, and both with no ladies.
  • There were an impressive 4 books with 2 female creators each, but the book with the highest percentage of female creators was Birds of Prey #1 at 2 of 5.
  • To learn more about this statistics project and its methodology click here, and to see the previous stats click here.

Flashpoint: Wonder Woman and the Furies #2 Preview

July 15, 2011

The Source has put up a three page preview for Flashpoint: Wonder Woman and the Furies #2, and it looks like the art is all shuffled up.  Scott Clark, Dave Beaty, and Nei Ruffino illustrated the first issue but they are only doing the cover here, while Agustin Padilla, Jose Aviles, and Val Staples take over the interior art.  The solicited Ed Benes cover isn’t actually a Benes cover (which I called when they revealed it in the solicits a couple months ago), so that’s a little weird.  The solicit is way off all around really… DC might want to update that.  Here’s the preview:

We already know that a war between the Amazons and Atlanteans is inevitable, and that Mera is going to get killed, so there probably won’t be a ton of surprises in this issue, or in the mini generally.  But, on a fun note, Wonder Woman and the Furies was the fifth highest selling of DC’s score of Flashpoint minis.  Only Batman, Superman, and the two Green Lantern books sold higher.

Flashpoint: Wonder Woman and the Furies #2 is on sale July 20.  Check it out… there’ll probably be lots of fighting.

Flashpoint: Wonder Woman and the Furies #1 Preview

June 14, 2011

DC Comics’ The Source blog has put up a preview of Flashpoint: Wonder Woman and the Furies #1, which comes out tomorrow.  It features Themyscira, Diana and Phillipus, cargo ships, and a very large sea monster.  Check it out:

It looks like some Atlanteans, perhaps even Aquaman himself, will save Diana, and then the Atlanteans and Amazons will become friends (maybe?) and there will be an arranged marriage between Aquaman and Diana.  An arranged marriage doesn’t sound like something Hippolyta would go for, though… I’m curious to see how they set that up.  Anyway, by the time we get to the Flashpoint present, things will have soured between the couple, resulting in a massive war.  The Amazons take over Great Britain and Europe sinks.  I need to get to my comic shop soon and see what’s going on with Flashpoint… I’m a few weeks behind.  But yeah, the Wonder Woman book looks interesting so far.

Also, Nei Ruffino is colouring the book!!  She’s the first woman to work on a Wonder Woman book this year, so that’s fun!!


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