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Women At Marvel Comics Watch – September 2015 Solicits: 13 Different Female Creators On 11 Different Comics

June 23, 2015


I’m not entirely sure why, but a lot of books are missing in Marvel’s September solicits. I’m guessing it’s partly due to Secret Wars running a little bit late and pushing tie-ins back, and partly due to regular series wrapping up in advance of Marvel’s big upcoming revamp. Whatever the case, the lack of several series has resulted in one of Marvel’s poorest months of the year for female representation, with women appearing in the lowest number of books since January. Let’s see who’s doing what in September:

  • Chelsea Cain: Mockingbird: S.H.I.E.L.D. 50th Anniversary #1 (writer)
  • G. Willow Wilson: A-Force #5 (co-writer)
  • Jen Soska: Secret Wars Journal #5 (co-writer)
  • Jody Houser: The Cavalry: S.H.I.E.L.D. 50th Anniversary #1 (writer)
  • Joelle Jones: Mockingbird: S.H.I.E.L.D. 50th Anniversary #1 (interior art)
  • Kathryn Immonen: Agent Carter: S.H.I.E.L.D. 50th Anniversary #1 (writer)
  • Kelly Sue DeConnick: Captain Marvel & the Carol Corps #4 (writer)
  • Marguerite Bennett: A-Force #5 (co-writer), Years of Future Past #5 (writer)
  • Noelle Stevenson: Runaways #4 (writer)
  • Robin Furth: Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three – The Lady of Shadows #1 (co-writer)
  • Stacey Lee: Ghost Racers #4 (variant cover), Secret Wars #7 (variant cover)
  • Sylvia Soska: Secret Wars Journal #5 (co-writer)
  • Vanesa Del Rey: Secret Wars Journal #5 (cover)

All together there are 13 different female creators set to work on 11 different books in September, a big drop from August’s 18 and 15, respectively. It’s a very poor showing, even with a few series not coming out. These days, with so many talented female creators doing great work, huge publishers like Marvel and DC should be able to have at least 20 different women writing and drawing their comics with ease, but that’s not the case for either publisher in September.

Moreover, the numbers are bolstered by a series of S.H.I.E.L.D. 50th anniversary one-shots. They sound great, focusing on characters like Agent Carter, Melinda May, Mockingbird, and Quake, and it’s nice to see female characters getting the spotlight. Plus there are four different women working on these books, which is cool. But at the same time, these special one-shots added FOUR new female creators to Marvel’s ranks and their number of female creators still fell substantially. That’s not great.

It is nice to see some new names, though. I think this is Chelsea Cain’s first time working at Marvel, and it may be the first time for the Soska sisters as well. It’s also good to see people returning, like Jody Houser, Kathryn Immonen, and one of my favourite artists in the world, Joelle Jones.

On another positive note, September’s “True Believers” comics, a line that reprints key issues for $1 to bring in new fans, is dedicated to female characters. Thor, Spider-Gwen, Black Widow, Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk, Silk, Princess Leia, Spider-Woman, and Squirrel Girl are all having the first issue of their latest runs reprinted as part of this line, which is very cool. It’s well timed, too; you might want to stock up this September and pass them out to trick or treaters on Halloween.

SIDENOTE: I don’t count reprints when I do up these numbers each month, so that’s why the “True Believers” books aren’t listed above. Also, if I did count them, Marvel would still be down from last month. Oh, Marvel.

Overall, September is a pretty good month for female characters. While a lot of books are benched, the women of S.H.I.E.L.D. are getting a fun showcase, and you can catch up on all of your favourite female characters for a buck each. It’s a bad scene for female creators, though, with a big drop from last month in terms of the number of different female creators working on Marvel’s comics, as well as there being only a handful of Marvel’s books in which female creators appear. Marvel’s been very up and down with female creators this year, and it’s frustrating to watch them continually drop the ball like this. Hiring more women can’t be that hard.


Women At Marvel Comics Watch – August 2015 Solicits: 18 Different Female Creators On 15 Different Books

May 26, 2015


As Secret Wars rages on with a seemingly innumerable amount of tie-ins and mini-series, Marvel’s female creator ranks are slowly creeping up. Marvel’s still lagging behind their chief rival, DC Comics, but the numbers are growing nonetheless. Let’s talk a look at who’s doing what this August at Marvel:

  • Alti Firmansyah: Star-Lord & Kitty Pryde #3 (interior art)
  • Amanda Conner: Hank Johnson, Agent of Hydra #1 (cover)
  • Babs Tarr: Secret Wars #6 (variant cover)
  • Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #8 (cover, interior art)
  • G. Willow Wilson: A-Force #4 (co-writer), Ms. Marvel #18 (writer)
  • Gurihiru: Secret Wars: Secret Love #1 (interior art)
  • Katie Cook: Secret Wars: Secret Love #1 (writer, interior art)
  • Kelly Sue DeConnick: Captain Marvel & The Carol Corps #3 (co-writer)
  • Kelly Thompson: Captain Marvel & The Carol Corps #3 (co-writer)
  • Laura Braga: Secret Wars Journal #4 (interior art)
  • Marguerite Bennett: 1602 Witch Hunter Angela #3 (co-writer), A-Force #4 (co-writer). Secret Wars: Secret Love #1 (writer), Years of Future Past #4 (writer)
  • Natacha Bustos: Spider-Woman #10 (interior art)
  • Nik Virella: 1872 #3 (interior art)
  • Noelle Stevenson: Runaways #3 (writer)
  • Stephanie Hans: 1602 Witch Hunter Angela #3 (cover, interior art)
  • Tana Ford: Silk #7 (interior art)
  • Yasmine Putri: Star-Lord & Kitty Pryde #3 (cover)

All together, there are 18 different women scheduled to work on 15 different books in August, a decent jump from July’s 14 and 14 as well as their second best total of the year thus far. On the one hand, Marvel’s a big enough publisher that they should have more than 20 female creators each month with ease, and the fact that they’re still languishing in the teens is very disappointing. On the other hand, things are moving up at least.

A quick note on the numbers: At first glance it looks like there are only 17 women working at Marvel in August, but Gurihiru is an art duo comprised of two women, Chifuyu Sasaki and Naoko Kawano. Whenever they come up here or in my “Gendercrunching” stats, I always count them as two overall (it’s different with the stats, because overall they count as two but since they do different jobs they count as one in the categories; Sasaki pencils and inks, Kawano colors).

Gurihiru and Katie Cook are working on a one-shot and are thus unlikely to be back in September, so while it’s great for the August numbers it’s not particularly good for continued growth. And I doubt Babs Tarr will be back next month either after her variant cover this month. So really, while Marvel is up by four women this month compared to July, there’s four women who likely won’t be back next month. However, Natacha Bustos is set to make her Marvel debut in August, which is exciting, and Tana Ford is back after participating in a couple of Marvel projects a while back. Both look to be fill-in gigs, but it’s good to see Marvel reaching out to women and building up a bigger rolodex of female creators.

It also should be noted that several issues in the solicits advertised manga variant covers, with no artists attached yet. It seems likely that a few of those covers will be drawn by women. Manga is more of an equality opportunity scene than superhero comics.

August doesn’t look like a big month for female characters in new books, though. Ant-Man and Hank Johnson are leading two new titles, but the only woman involved in a new book is Ms. Marvel on the cover of the Secret Wars: Secret Love one-shot, which is a one time deal. It should be fun, though. There are some great creators involved.

Overall, August is looking better for women at Marvel, but things are still far from good. Last week I was super down on DC for their poor female representation in August, and they had more women than Marvel does, so a bad month for DC is still better than one of Marvel’s highest months. Still, it’s good to see Marvel’s female creator ranks growing with new names in the mix. Now if Marvel could only hire a bunch at once on regular gigs, instead of intermittently on one off jobs.

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.

Women At Marvel Comics Watch – June 2015 Solicits: 14 Different Female Creators On 16 Different Books

March 25, 2015


Yesterday we looked at DC’s June solicits, and I was disappointed that DC had only 19 female creators because they hit 32 female creators just a couple of months earlier. Today we turn to Marvel, and they’re just trailing way behind. June is actually a decent month for women at Marvel, relative to their recent output, but they’re still far back of DC’s lowest month of the year. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel in June 2015:

  • Alti Firmansyah: Star-Lord and Kitty Pryde #1 (interior art)
  • Erica Henderson: Secret Wars #4 (variant cover), The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #6 (interior art, cover)
  • G. Willow Wilson: A-Force #2 (co-writer), Ms. Marvel #16 (writer)
  • Jenny Frison: Weirdworld #1 (variant cover)
  • Kelly Sue DeConnick: Captain Marvel & the Carol Corps #1 (co-writer)
  • Kelly Thompson: Captain Marvel & the Carol Corps #1 (co-writer)
  • Marguerite Bennett: 1602 Witch Hunter Angela #1 (co-writer), A-Force #2 (co-writer), Max Ride: First Flight #4 (writer), Years of Future Past #1 (writer), Years of Future Past #2 (writer)
  • Marguerite Sauvage: 1602 Witch Hunter Angela #1 (interior art), Secret Wars #3 (variant cover)
  • Noelle Stevenson: Runaways #1 (writer)
  • Robin Furth: Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three – House of Cards #4 (co-writer)
  • Stacey Lee: Silk #5 (interior art)
  • Stephanie Hans: 1602 Witch Hunter Angela #1 (interior art, cover), Max Ride: First Flight #4 (cover)
  • Vanesa Del Rey: Armor Wars #1 (variant cover)
  • Yasmine Putri: Amazing Spider-Man #19.1 (cover), Star-Lord and Kitty Pryde #1 (cover)

All together, there are 14 different women set to appear in 16 different books in June, one more female creator than in May but one less book. It’s not a great number when compared to other publishers, not just DC but independent publishers with smaller outputs too. At the same time, with Secret Wars on the go and so many new tie-in series, I’m a little bit impressed that the number of female creators ticked up, however slightly. The Big Two tend to fall back on the same old for events, but both DC’s “Convergence” and Marvel’s Secret Wars have had a solid number of female creators in the mix.

There are some new names in the June solicits as well. Alti Firmansyah is making what I think is her first Marvel appearance drawing Star-Lord and Kitty Pryde, while Kelly Thompson is co-writing Captain Marvel’s Secret Wars tie-in, Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps. Noelle Stevenson and Marguerite Sauvage, who recently did a story in a Thor annual, are back with bigger gigs in June as well.

In terms of female characters, there’s a lot going on with new and altered series in June. Thor is part of Thors, Runaways has several female characters including some favourites from the original run, Kitty Pryde is co-headlining a book with Star-Lord, Angela is going back in time with 1602 Witch Hunter Angela, Mary Jane Watson is back married to Peter Parker in Amazing-Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows, Shiklah the queen of the monster metropolis below Manhattan is starring in Mrs. Deadpool and the Howling Commandos, and Captain Marvel is now Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps. Plus, there are lots of women in various new team books as well. It’s a very strong month for female characters across the board.

Ultimately, Marvel is making a bit of progress in female creator representation in June, but remains far behind many other publishers. I’m anticipating a spate of new books and relaunches once Secret Wars wraps up, though, so it’ll be very interesting to see if things improve then. It’s encouraging to see some new names and women returning to Marvel for bigger gigs, and hopefully that bodes well for the future. Only time will tell.

Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #24 Review: “Wonder World, Part 2” by James Tynion IV and Noelle Stevenson

February 12, 2015


At the end of last week’s issue of Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman, our intrepid hero was about to embark on a fierce battle with a powerful foe: A dance off at the arcade with the local Dance Dance Retribution champion. They were perilous times indeed for the teenaged Amazon princess, but she proved herself up to the task. “Wonder World, Part 2” by James Tynion IV and Noelle Stevenson begins with Diana making quick work of her opponent with such furious dancing that he is unable to keep up and falls off of the dance pad. Diana, on the other hand, declares the game to be “pretty refreshing.” As per their wager, the boys leave the arcade and Diana claims her enemy’s skull t-shirt, which she wears triumphantly for the rest of the issue.

It’s an enjoyable beginning to an issue that just gets better from there. The vanquished boy returns later and Diana’s Amazons guards find her, but after her Dance Dance Retribution win, Tynion and Stevenson devote four dialogue free pages to Diana and her new friends just having fun. It’s something that we rarely see Diana get to do; when she’s with the Justice League, she’s fighting bad guys and saving the world, and in her own books she’s been wrapped up in dark adventures for several years now. The only time I can remember Diana doing anything fun recently is her blowing off steam at a punk club early in Azzarello and Chiang’s Wonder Woman run, and some lame dates with Clark in Justice League and Superman/Wonder Woman. To see Diana having a good time with her new friends is, to borrow Diana’s phrase, pretty refreshing.

It’s also hilarious. Diana is a killer commander at laser tag, absolutely loves ice cream, wins her friends all of the prizes at the strength test, but is not particularly adept at roller skating:


It’s all so heartwarming. Wonder Woman needs more of this. I know it’s easier for teen Diana to have fun times with her pals than it is for a grown up Wonder Woman with all her responsibilities, but she’s just so serious all the time. The adult Wonder Woman needs some of this spirit infused in her series. I’m not saying her book needs to be like the new Batgirl or some such, but some joy and camaraderie and fun would go a long way.

The rest of this issue is great, too. There’s an interesting discussion about how man’s world can be a terrible place but it’s also got its own wonders, and how friendship can overcome the bad aspects of the world. Plus the dancing boy calls one of Diana’s friends “chubs” and she straight up punches him in the face and knocks him out, which is pretty fun. The book ends by planting the seeds of who Diana will become as she advocates for the Amazons to come to man’s world and help make it better rather than staying cloistered away from its ills. And then everyone gets ice cream sundaes!

There have been a lot of excellent stories in Sensation Comics thus far, but I think this is my favourite one of them all. Tynion and Stevenson infuse the tale with so much charm and fun, presenting a young Diana who is very much a teenager but also very much the girl who will grow up to become Wonder Woman. Tynion’s writing is sharp and funny, and Stevenson’s art is exuberant and joyful. It’s all just absolutely delightful. Both issues are available digitally now, or you can get the story in print form on March 18 in Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #8. I’m going to get both!

Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #23 Review: “Wonder World, Part 1” by James Tynion IV and Noelle Stevenson

February 5, 2015


I’ve been looking forward to this issue of Sensation Comics for a while now. James Tynion IV is swell and all, but I absolutely love Noelle Stevenson’s work and I couldn’t wait for her to tackle Wonder Woman. The end product, or rather part one thereof, did not disappoint in the slightest. Any book with a dance off cliffhanger is doing something right, and everything leading up to it was an absolute blast.

The premise of the story is simple enough: The Amazons go on expeditions to man’s world occasionally, and a teenaged Diana was irked that she didn’t get to go on the latest trip. Thus she found her own way off of Paradise Island and made new friends when she landed in America. She and fellow teen girl named Riley were instantly united in their disdain for boys who wouldn’t let girls play games, and a battle of sorts ensued.

Tynion does a great job of staying true to Wonder Woman in the midst of a more light-hearted, fun story. His take on the teenaged Diana is reminiscent of the hero she’ll become while also a more immature version of Wonder Woman. She’s full of the bravado of youth, but there’s also an element of perhaps over-extending herself to impress her new friends; the “Gulp” before Diana takes on the boy bully in a game of Dance Dance Retribution is very telling. Being raised an Amazon, she seems fully confident that a girl can beat a boy at anything and that supporting your sisters is paramount, and she boldly strides into the arcade to demand justice for Riley. However, she is clearly untested in the world of men, and Dance Dance Retribution is her first true battle. The slight moment of nervousness before she steps onto the dancing platform both humanizes Diana and captures her youthfulness.

Alongside the arcade adventure, we get the tale of Techne and Epistme, Diana’s bodyguards who have to track her down. They are hilariously tough customers, and their shakedown of a drunken vagrant on the beach makes for a particularly fun moment. No doubt they will find their princess in next week’s issue, with amusing results, I’m sure.

Stevenson’s art here is great. The entire book is completely her style; much like her award winning webcomic, Nimona, Stevenson draws, colours, and letters everything. Through her work on Nimona, Stevenson is obviously comfortable with swords and armour, but she does an excellent job capturing the look of the real world as well. Riley and her friends all look like modern teenagers, with cool outfits, good hair, and a variety of body shapes. In a genre where female characters are often depicted generically in a sexualized, interchangeable manner, it’s always nice when an artist draws women who look like real people.

Her Diana is especially enjoyable. She looks like a younger version of Wonder Woman, with Amazonian garb instead of the usual outfit, and her constant look of determination as she confronts the bullies at the arcade certainly hints at the stalwart hero she will become. There are delightful smaller moments, too. Diana’s sheer joy upon entering the arcade, which she calls “a place of wonder”, is perfectly depicted, and her look of absolute scorn when she sees a woman on the side of an arcade game in a sexy, brokeback pose is spectacular. Diana looks about ready to punch the machine across the room:


All together, this issue of Sensation Comics is an absolute blast, and definitely one of the best stories to come out of the series thus far. This is exactly the kind of Wonder Woman story we need. She’s been so dark and violent for so long, and just so damn serious. The market is screaming for an all ages Wonder Woman title, and I think one where a teen Diana visits man’s world to make new pals and have rad adventures would be the perfect way to do it. It’s a great premise used to wonderful effect here, and I’d love to see more of it after next week’s conclusion. Get on it, DC! And hire Tynion and Stevenson to do it, because they both killed it with this story.

“Wonder World” should be in print form in Sensation Comics #8, out on March 18. I don’t want to be rude to you, but you need to deal with this harsh truth: If you don’t buy this comic, then you’re a dummy. It’s so much fun, so get on it!

Women At DC Comics Watch – March 2015 Solicits: 23 Different Female Creators On 26 Different Books

January 5, 2015


After breaking their record total for female creators several months in a row, a drop from DC was pretty much inevitable at some point and it’s come with the March 2015 solicits. The drop is bigger than I’d like to see; losing nearly a quarter of the female creators in one month is quite a tumble. Nonetheless, DC remains well above where they were just a year ago, so there’s that. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what in the March 2015 solicits:

  • Amanda Conner: Harley Quinn #16 (co-writer, cover)
  • Ann Nocenti: Klarion #6 (writer)
  • Babs Tarr: Batgirl #40 (art)
  • Becky Cloonan: Gotham Academy #6 (co-writer), Gotham Academy: Endgame #1 (co-writer), The Kitchen #5 (cover)
  • Caitlin Kittredge: Coffin Hill #16 (writer)
  • Cat Staggs: Smallville Season 11: Continuity #4 (cover)
  • Celia Calle: The Names #7 (cover)
  • Chrissie Zullo: Fables: The Wolf Among Us #3 (cover)
  • Christy Marx: Secret Origins #11 (writer)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Justice League #40 (variant cover), Supergirl #40 (art, cover)
  • Gail Simone: Secret Six #4 (writer)
  • Genevieve Valentine: Catwoman #40 (writer)
  • Heather Nuhfer: Sensation Comics #8 (writer)
  • Jenny Frison: Detective Comics #40 (variant cover)
  • K. Perkins: Supergirl #40 (co-writer)
  • Keto Shimizu: Arrow Season 2.5 #6 (co-writer)
  • Marguerite Bennett: Earth 2 #32 (cowriter), Earth 2: World’s End #22-26 (co-writer)
  • Marguerite Sauvage: Hinterkind #16 (cover)
  • Marley Zarcone: Effigy #3 (art)
  • Meredith Finch: Wonder Woman #40 (writer), Wonder Woman Annual #1 (writer)
  • Ming Doyle: The Kitchen #5 (art)
  • Noelle Stevenson: Sensation Comics #8 (art)
  • Sandra Hope: Aquaman #40 (inker, cover), Batman/Superman #20 (inker)

All together, there are 23 different female creators set to work on 26 different books in March, both big drops from February’s 30 and 35. I’m hoping this is just a minor setback and that DC will continue their stellar numbers in April, but the “Convergence” event might throw a wrench into the works since a lot of the New 52 regulars will be off until June.

Despite the drop, there’s a new name and some returning favourites in the solicits. Noelle Stevenson is doing her first work for DC, while Christy Marx is back for a quick story, Jenny Frison is doing a variant cover, and Heather Nuhfer, who tends to pop up here and there, returns again. March may also be the last time we see Ann Nocenti for a while, though, because this is the final issue of Klarion. Luckily a lot of female creators’ books escaped DC’s many pre-“Convergence” axings.

With “Convergence” set for April, there’s not much in the way of new books in March, much less new books featuring female characters. There are, however, some special issues of female-led series. Both Gotham Academy and Batgirl are putting out extra issues that tie into the “Endgame” storyline in Batman, while Wonder Woman is getting an annual that will wrap up the current storyline in the regular series. In sadder news, Batwoman ships its final issue in March; it’s sad to lose such a great character, but by all accounts the book has gone severely downhill. Perhaps a relaunch is in the works?

Overall, DC is certainly down in terms of female representation, but also remain far better than they used to be. Keep in mind that there were months with only FIVE female creators in the early days of the New 52 relaunch, so 23 is pretty good. At the same time, DC has shown that they can do better, and 23 accounts for a significant minority of the overall ranks. Even at their best, there’s still loads of room for improvement, and thus there’s even more so when they fail to meet their best.

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