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Women & NB Creators at Marvel Comics, November 2019 Solicits: 22 Creators on 23 Books

September 27, 2019

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Oh, dear. Marvel’s had a really strong 2019, with consistent, high representation for female and non-binary creators. It’s been month after month of LONG lists of amazing writers and artists. Until the fall, that is. The past two months have been relatively subpar, and now the November solicits mark Marvel’s lowest totals for the year by a wide margin. Let’s dig into who’s doing what at the publisher this November:

  • Alyssa Wong: Aero #5 (co-writer)
  • Aneke: Age of Conan: Valeria #4 (interior art)
  • Ashley Witter: Fallen Angels #1 (cover), Fallen Angels #2 (cover), Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #38 (cover), Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #39 (cover)
  • Emily Ryan Lerner: Absolute Carnage: Captain Marvel #1 (writer)
  • Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #50 (cover)
  • Eve L. Ewing: Ironheart #12 (writer)
  • Gurihiru: Spider-Man/Venom: Double Trouble #1 (interior art, cover)
  • Jen Bartel: Spider-Man/Venom: Double Trouble #1 (cover)
  • Jody Houser: The Web of Black Widow #3 (writer)
  • Karla Pacheco: Fantastic Four 2099 #1 (writer)
  • Kelly Thompson: Captain Marvel #12 (writer), Deadpool #1 (writer)
  • Leah Williams: Amazing Mary Jane #2 (writer), Gwenpool Strikes Back #4 (writer)
  • Mariko Tamaki: Spider-Man/Venom: Double Trouble #1 (writer)
  • Meredith Finch: Age of Conan: Valeria #4 (writer)
  • Peach Momoko: Fallen Angels #2 (variant cover)
  • Rainbow Rowell: Runaways #27 (writer)
  • Sara Pichelli: Spider-Man #3 (interior art)
  • Seanan McGuire: Ghost-Spider #4 (writer)
  • Stephanie Hans: Yondu #2 (variant cover)
  • Tini Howard: Excalibur #2 (writer), Strikeforce #3 (writer)
  • Vita Ayala: Morbius #1 (writer)

All together, there are 22 different female and non-binary creators scheduled to work on 23 different books in November, eight fewer creators than in October on six fewer books. Those are some sizeable drops, without a commensurate drop in the publisher’s overall output. Marvel’s Fearless mini-series has ended, and that’s been a bastion of female creators for the publisher over the past few months, but that doesn’t account for all of the drop. The relaunch of the X-Men line certainly isn’t doing a lot to improve things either.

Marvel will put out 82 new book in November, and with female and non-binary creators on 23 of them we get representation across 28% of the line. That’s a five point drop from October, and a worrying decline given how everything else has gone thus far this autumn. All the numbers are going down.

There’s only one new creator in the list this month, which is what tends to happen when the numbers drop. We’ve got Emily Ryan Lerner writing Absolute Carnage: Captain Marvel #1, one of a bajillion tie-ins to whatever is going on with all of this Carnage stuff (I’m not a big Carnage fan and am very out of the loop on that front).

For new books, the X-titles continue to roll out, adding lots of teams with various female mutants spread throughout them in unique formations. One of them is Fallen Angels, with Psylocke and X-23 in the mix. Not a lot of female or non-binary creators making those books, though. There are also a series of 2099 specials, because that’s a thing this month, I guess?

Overall, November looks like it’s going to be a rough month for female and non-binary creators at Marvel. The numbers are in freefall, and while I assume they’ll level out soon (Marvel puts out so many books that I can’t imagine they’ll fall much further), everything is well off the recent highs right now. It’s disappointing to see.

Women & NB Creators at Marvel Comics, October 2019 Solicits: 30 Creators on 29 Books

September 19, 2019

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Marvel looks to hold steady across the board with their October solicits. There aren’t any huge changes from their September numbers, which is unfortunate given that the September numbers were a definite step down from what’s been a stellar year of female and non-binary creator representation at the publisher. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel this October:

  • Alyssa Wong: Aero #4 (co-writer), Future Fight Firsts: Crescent and Io #1 (writer), Future Fight Firsts: Luna Snow #1 (writer), Future Fight Firsts: White Fox #1 (writer)
  • Aneke: Age of Conan: Valeria #3 (interior art)
  • Ashley Witter: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #37 (cover)
  • Becky Cloonan: Bizarre Adventures #1 (co-writer, interior art)
  • Belen Ortega: The Punisher #16 (variant cover)
  • Carmen Carnero: Captain Marvel #11 (interior art)
  • Claire Roe: Fearless #4 (interior art)
  • Colleen Doran: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra Annual #3 (variant cover)
  • Elsa Charretier: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra Annual #3 (interior art, cover)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Valkyrie: Jane Foster #4 (variant cover)
  • Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #49 (cover)
  • Eve L. Ewing: Ironheart #11 (writer)
  • Jen Bartel: Loki #4 (variant cover)
  • Jenny Frison: Fearless #4 (variant cover)
  • Jody Houser: The Web of Black Widow #2 (writer)
  • Kei Zama: Death’s Head #4 (interior art)
  • Kelly Thompson: Amazing Spider-Man: Full Circle #1 (co-writer), Captain Marvel #11 (writer)
  • Leah Williams: Gwenpool Strikes Back #3 (writer), The Amazing Mary Jane #1 (writer)
  • Meredith Finch: Age of Conan: Valeria #3 (writer)
  • Mirka Andolfo: Miles Morales: Spider-Man #11 (variant cover)
  • Peach Momoko: Aero #4 (variant cover)
  • Rachael Stott: Amazing Spider-Man: Full Circle #1 (interior art)
  • Rainbow Rowell: Runaways #26 (writer)
  • Sana Takeda: Future Fight Firsts: Crescent and Io #1 (variant cover), Future Fight Firsts: Luna Snow #1 (variant cover), Future Fight Firsts: White Fox #1 (variant cover)
  • Sara Pichelli: House of X #6 (variant cover), Spider-Man #2 (interior art, variant cover)
  • Seanan McGuire: Fearless #4 (writer), Ghost-Spider #3 (writer)
  • Stacey Lee: Spider-Verse #1 (interior art)
  • Stephanie Hans: The Web of Black Widow #2 (variant cover)
  • Tini Howard: Death’s Head #4 (writer), Doctor Strange Annual #1 (co-writer), Excalibur #1 (writer), Strikeforce #2 (writer)
  • Yasmine Putri: Fearless #4 (cover)

All together there are 30 female creators set to work on 29 different books at Marvel in October, the same number of creators as in September on two more books. As best as I can tell, there are no non-binary creators in this round of solicits, a rarity for Marvel as of late. Very little has changed from September, despite the fact that we’re starting to see some big changes at Marvel as House of X and Powers of X wrap up and start a new era of X-books.

Marvel’s only put out one more book in October than September, meaning that 29 of their 89 books had female creator representation this month. That’s a total of 33%, a jump of two points from last month. It’s a minor change, but one in a positive direction at least. Still, that’s where DC’s at right now. Marvel’s advantage is this proportional metric has long past now.

We’ve got a couple of new names this month, including Alyssa Wong who is writing or co-writing a whopping FOUR books in October. That’s a massive debut. We’ve also got a variant cover from Belen Ortega, who is new to me. Everyone else is someone we’ve seen in some capacity over the past few months.

For new books, the aforementioned X-books are starting to roll out now. I’m not going to go through them all, but suffice it to say if there’s an X-lady you like, she’s probably on a team somewhere this month or next. It’s a pile of teams. There’s a female-led Excalibur title now, though, which looks great! The Amazing Mary Jane is launching this month too, and we’ve also got a series of Future Fight Firsts one-shots that I believe tie into some sort of Marvel mobile game, and they have a lot of female leads.

Overall, October looks to be a steady month for Marvel. The numbers haven’t bounced back, but nor have they dropped. While the November numbers will paint a fuller picture, it looks like Marvel’s strong run may have ended for now.

Women & NB Creators at Marvel Comics, September 2019 Solicits: 30 Creators on 27 Books

September 12, 2019

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As we continue our catching up, September marks a slight drop for female and non-binary creators at Marvel. The publisher has maintained a relatively impressive level of representation for some time, and this may well be a momentary blip. That being said, consistency in representation is out of character for Marvel, so we’ll have to see what happens over the rest of the fall. For now, let’s take a look at who is doing what at Marvel this September:

  • Alitha E. Martinez: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #47 (interior art)
  • Amanda Conner: Marvel Comics #1001 (interior art)
  • Amy Reeder: Marvel Comics #1001 (co-writer)
  • Aneke: Age of Conan: Valeria #2 (interior art)
  • Anna Rud: Marvel Team-Up #6 (cover)
  • Ashley Witter: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #36 (cover)
  • Audrey Loeb: Marvel Comics #1001 (co-writer)
  • Carmen Carnero: Captain Marvel #10 (interior art)
  • Claire Roe: Fearless #3 (interior art)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Age of Conan: Valeria #2 (variant cover), Ghost-Spider Annual #1 (cover)
  • Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #48 (cover)
  • Eve L. Ewing: Ironheart #10 (writer)
  • Jen Bartel: Marvel Tales: Black Panther #1 (cover)
  • Jenny Frison: Fearless #3 (variant cover)
  • Jody Houser: The Web of Black Widow #1 (writer), Wolverine Annual #1 (writer)
  • Kei Zama: Death’s Head #3 (interior art)
  • Kelly Thompson: Captain Marvel #10 (writer)
  • Leah Williams: Absolute Carnage: Avengers #1 (writer), Gwenpool Strikes Back #2 (writer)
  • Meghan Hetrick: The Web of Black Widow #1 (variant cover)
  • Meredith Finch: Age of Conan: Valeria #2 (writer)
  • Natacha Bustos: Marvel Comics #1001 (interior art)
  • Peach Momoko: Silver Surfer: Black #4 (variant cover)
  • Rainbow Rowell: Runaways #25 (writer)
  • Sabine Rich: Agents of Atlas #2 (variant cover)
  • Sara Pichelli: House of X #4 (variant cover), House of X #5 (variant cover), Spider-Man #1 (interior art, cover)
  • Seanan McGuire: Fearless #3 (writer), Ghost-Spider #1 (writer)
  • Stephanie Hans: Valkyrie: Jane Foster #3 (variant cover)
  • Tini Howard: Death’s Head #3 (writer), Strikeforce #1 (writer), Thanos #6 (writer)
  • Vita Ayala: Ghost-Spider Annual #1 (writer), Marvel Comics #1001 (co-writer)
  • Yasmine Putri: Fearless #3 (cover), Savage Sword of Conan #9 (variant cover)

All together, there are 30 different female and non-binary creators set to work on 27 different books in September, seven fewer creators but only one fewer book. The drop in creators in considerable, with a decline of nearly a fifth. That’s nothing to scoff at. The number of books remains more or less consistent, though.

With female and non-binary creators working on 27 of Marvel’s 88 books in September, that gives us representation across 31% of the line. This was 33% in August, so it’s a slight step down that, when combined with the big drop in creators, makes September a disappointing month for the publisher. Nothing catastrophic, but certainly a step down from what’s been a relatively strong run as of late.

It’s a quiet month for new creators as well. There don’t seem to be any brand new names, though there are a few returning creators from way back. We haven’t seen Meghan Hetrick or Audrey Loeb in some time, years even, so it’s cool to have them back in the mix. And while we’re used to seeing Sabine Rich at DC, this might be her first credit in the Marvel solicits, which is fun.

For new books, The Web of Black Widow has everyone’s favourite spy starring in some new adventures. If Scarlett Johansson’s got you down, you can still enjoy Black Widow comics at least. There are also some great female characters in the new Strikeforce book, including Angela, Monica Rambeau, and Spider-Woman.

Overall, Marvel’s numbers for female and non-binary creators are slightly down from their recent levels in this round of solicits. It was inevitable, to some degree. The numbers tend to shift far more often than we’ve seen from Marvel this year. Time will tell if September marks a temporary slide or a bigger change at the publisher.

Women & NB Creators at Marvel Comics Watch, July 2019 Solicits: 38 Creators on 30 Books

June 20, 2019

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Marvel’s July 2019 solicits may mark the highest number of female and non-binary creators we’ve seen from either Big Two publisher in the several years I’ve been doing these pieces. I say “may” in part because I’ve done quite a lot of them and skimming back through years and years of posts to check seems deeply onerous. But also in part because while we’ve definitely been in the high 30s before, it was at a time when DC and Marvel were putting out fewer books, and right now Marvel is putting out SO many books. Thus, this may well be the biggest number we’ve seen (it’s certainly very close to it) but on a per capita basis I doubt it would hold up as the best month ever. Nonetheless, it’s quite good! Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel in July:

  • Alitha E. Martinez: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #45 (interior art)
  • Amanda Conner: Captain Marvel #8 (cover)
  • Anna Rud: Marvel Team-Up #4 (cover)
  • Ashley Witter: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #34 (cover)
  • Audrey Mok: Marvel Rising #5 (cover)
  • Carmen Carnero: Captain Marvel #8 (interior art), Star Wars: Target Vader #1 (variant cover)
  • Claire Roe: Fearless #1 (interior art)
  • Elsa Charretier: Star Wars: Age of Resistance Special #1 (interior art)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Loki #1 (variant cover)
  • Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #46 (cover)
  • Eve L. Ewing: Ironheart #8 (writer)
  • G. Willow Wilson: Star Wars: Age of Resistance Special #1 (co-writer)
  • Gail Simone: Domino: Hotshots #5 (writer)
  • Gurihiru: The Unstoppable Wasp #10 (interior art)
  • Jen Bartel: Marvel Tales: Captain America #1 (cover), Marvel Tales: Hulk #1 (cover)
  • Jenny Frison: Age of Conan: Belit #5 (variant cover), Fearless #1 (variant cover)
  • Jody Houser: Star Wars: Tie Fighter #4 (writer)
  • Karla Pacheco: Punisher Annual #1 (writer)
  • Kate Niemcyzyk: Age of Conan: Belit #5 (interior art)
  • Kei Zama: Death’s Head #1 (artist)
  • Kelly Thompson: Captain Marvel #8 (writer)
  • Kirbi Fagan: Shuri #10 (cover)
  • Leah Williams: Fearless #1 (co-writer)
  • Magdalene Visaggio: Ms. Marvel Annual #1 (writer)
  • Mirka Andolfo: Aero #1 (variant cover)
  • Nilah Magruder: Marvel Rising #5 (writer)
  • Nnedi Okorafor: Shuri #10 (writer)
  • Rachael Stott: Shuri #10 (interior art)
  • Rainbow Rowell: Runaways #23 (writer)
  • Sana Takeda: Age of Conan: Belit #5 (cover)
  • Sara Pichelli: House of X #1 (variant cover)
  • Seanan McGuire: Fearless #1 (co-writer), Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider #10 (writer)
  • Stacey Lee: Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge #4 (variant cover), The Unstoppable Wasp #10 (cover)
  • Stephanie Hans: Invisible Woman #1 (variant cover)
  • Tini Howard: Age of Conan: Belit #5 (writer), Death’s Head #1 (writer), Secret Warps: Iron Hammer Annual #1 (co-writer), Thanos #4 (writer)
  • Vita Ayala: Age of X-Man: Prisoner X #5 (writer)
  • Yasmine Putri: Fearless #1 (cover)

That is a very long list! All together, there are 38 different female and non-binary creators scheduled to work on 30 different comic books at Marvel in July, three more creators than in June though on six fewer books. That is the one thing I did notice when compiling this month’s numbers, that there was more clumping than usual, i.e. several women and non-binary creators on one book rather than spread out more across the line. There’s one case in particular where this makes sense, the new Fearless mini that features all female characters and an all-female creator line up. But generally, things were more concentrated this month.

We saw that especially when we look at the number of books that are coming out, as we’ve been doing lately to make up the discrepancy between DC and Marvel’s publishing slate. Marvel’s putting out 93 new books in July, so with female and non-binary creators on 30 of them, that gives us a representation percentage of 32%, a noticeable step down from June’s 40%. This total also puts both Big Two publishers in the same ballpark right now in terms of representation across the line, though Marvel’s still got a significant lead in creators overall even when adjusted for output.

For new names, we’ve got nothing. Everyone listed above has worked at Marvel before. We’ve got some returning favourites, though, with a few folks we haven’t seen in a little while. Or, in the case of Karla Pacheco and Kei Zama, nearly three years! Also, Marvel’s debuting a new line of Asian characters written and drawn by Asian creators, and while I’ve tracked down several of them, a few don’t seem to have an English language presence online to allow me to read up on them and determine their gender preference, so we’ve got a few question marks this month.

In terms of female characters, the aforementioned Fearless looks like it’s going to be pretty dang cool. We’ve also got a new Valkyrie with Jane Foster taking on the mantle, which I’ve got mixed feelings about. She’s such a good Thor, and I want movie Valkyrie to be comics Valkyrie now! But still, it looks decent. The Invisible Woman’s got a new book as well, with an all-male creative team apart from a variant cover, and Aero is a female-led book that’s part of this new Asian heroes lineup.

Overall, female and non-binary creator representation at Marvel is quite strong, though with so many books the impressive numbers don’t hold up quite as well on a per capita basis. Still, this level of consistency isn’t something we’re used to seeing from Marvel, and keeping the numbers so high for so long, regardless of the plethora of books, is quite a feat, even with lots of room to grow yet.

Women & NB Creators at Marvel Comics Watch, May 2019 Solicits: 33 Creators on 35 Books

April 22, 2019

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Marvel’s solid 2019 is set to continue in May as the publisher’s female and non-binary creator representation remains high. It’s a stability we’re not used to seeing at Marvel, but it’s a welcome change. There’s been a strong core of creators with regular gigs thus far this year, as well as a rotating group of creators who bounce from specials to minis to random ongoing issues and help keep the numbers high. And they’re even higher now. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel in May:

  • Alti Firmansyah: The Unstoppable Wasp #7 (interior art), The Unstoppable Wasp #8 (interior art)
  • Amanda Conner: Captain Marvel #5 (cover)
  • Ashley Witter: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #32 (cover), X-23 #12 (cover)
  • Audrey Mok: Marvel Rising #3 (cover)
  • Carmen Carnero: Captain Marvel #5 (interior art)
  • Devin Grayson: War of the Realms: War Scrolls #2 (co-writer)
  • Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #33 (cover)
  • Eve L. Ewing: Ironheart #6 (writer), Marvel Team-Up #2 (writer)
  • Gail Simone: Domino: Hotshots #3 (writer), Tony Stark: Iron Man #12 (writer)
  • Jen Bartel: Black Panther #12 (interior art), Marvel Tales: Avengers #1 (cover), Marvel Tales: Iron Man #1 (cover), Thanos #2 (variant cover)
  • Jen Soska: Black Widow #5 (co-writer)
  • Jody Houser: Star Wars: Tie Fighter #2 (writer)
  • Kate Niemczyk: Age of Conan: Belit #3 (interior art)
  • Kelly Thompson: Captain Marvel #5 (writer), Mr. and Mrs. X #11 (writer)
  • Kirbi Fagan: Shuri #8 (cover)
  • Leah Williams: Age of X-Man: X-Tremists #4 (writer), Giant-Man #1 (writer), Giant-Man #2 (writer)
  • Mariko Tamaki: X-23 #12 (writer)
  • Michelle Delecki: Age of X-Man: The Amazing Nightcrawler #4 (cover)
  • Natacha Bustos: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #43 (cover)
  • Nilah Magruder: Marvel Rising #3 (writer)
  • Nnedi Okorafor: Shuri #8 (writer)
  • Rachael Stott: Shuri #8 (interior art)
  • Rachel Dodson: Star Wars: Age of Rebellion – Boba Fett #1 (cover), Star Wars: Age of Rebellion – Han Solo #1 (cover), Star Wars: Age of Rebellion – Jabba the Hutt #1 (cover), Star Wars: Age of Rebellion – Lando Calrissian #1 (cover)
  • Rainbow Rowell: Runaways #21 (writer)
  • Sana Takeda: Age of Conan: Belit #3 (cover)
  • Seanan McGuire: Age of X-Man: The Amazing Nightcrawler #4 (writer), Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider #8 (writer)
  • Stacey Lee: The Unstoppable Wasp #7 (cover), The Unstoppable Wasp #8 (cover)
  • Stephanie Hans: Age of Conan: Belit #3 (variant cover), Marvels Annotated #4 (variant cover), Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #32 (variant cover)
  • Sujin Jo: Amazing Spider-Man #21 (variant cover), Magnificent Ms. Marvel #3 (variant cover), Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #43 (variant cover), The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #33 (variant cover), The Unstoppable Wasp #7 (variant cover)
  • Sylvia Soska: Black Widow #5 (co-writer)
  • Tini Howard: Age of Conan: Belit #3 (writer), Thanos #2 (writer)
  • Vita Ayala: Age of X-Man: Prisoner X #3 (writer)
  • Yasmine Putri: Star Wars: Age of Rebellion – Han Solo #1 (variant cover)

All together, there are 33 female and non-binary creators set to work on 35 different books at Marvel in May, two more creators than in April across five more books. The lengthy list above is an amazing compilation of talented creators, and the publisher had done a solid job keeping a solid portion of them employed across the line for several months running now. They’re working throughout the books as well. A lot of covers, as always, but a lot of writers, too, and a growing number of interior artists.

We’re also now keeping track of the number of books as well, what with DC cutting back their line and Marvel appearing to expand theirs. They’re set to publish 99 books in May, a massive numbers of titles. With female and non-binary creators working on 35 different books, that accounts for representation on a smidge over 35% of the books, which is a drop of 4% from April. Marvel is set to publish twenty additional issues in May, and they haven’t hired women or non-binary creators at a proportional rate for all of these new books, which is somewhat disappointing to see.

For new names, we’ve got Sujin Jo on several variant covers. I should also point out that there are a slew of Asian artists working on other variant covers across the line and, while I’ve been able to track down some of them, a few remain mysteries to me and I can’t determine their gender. Most of them are based in Asia, with websites in their native languages, and I can’t glean the information I need. So there may be even more new female and non-binary creators in the mix. I’m going to keep searching, and hopefully I can track everyone down in time for my more detailed full stats count.

May isn’t a big month for new female creators, apart from team books. Elektra is in Savage Avengers, while a range of War of the Realms tie-ins have Black Widow, Captain Marvel, Freyja, Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk, Silk, and a handful more superheroines in the mix.

Overall, while Marvel’s numbers for female and non-binary creators aren’t exactly keepin up with May’s big jump in titles, representation remains high at the publisher. And across a wide range of books as well, not just ones headlined by female characters. It’s been a relatively impressive run for Marvel, and we’ll be back next month to see if it continues.

Women & NB Creators at Marvel Comics Watch, January 2019 Solicits: 29 Creators on 29 Books

November 27, 2018

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Marvel closed out 2018 with solid gains in terms of female and non-binary creator representation, bouncing back well after some terribly low numbers last winter to plateau at a relatively decent level. The numbers aren’t great by any means, but they’re now consistently not bad, and that’s what counts for progress when it comes to representation in superhero comic books. Now we’ve got numbers from the new year, and this consistency is set to continue. Marvel is rolling into 2019 at about the same level they ended 2018, which is nice to see. Let’s take a look at who is doing what at Marvel this January:

  • Amanda Conner: Captain Marvel #1 (cover)
  • Amy Reeder: Ironheart #3 (cover)
  • Ann Nocenti: Marvel Comics Presents #1 (co-writer)
  • Ashley Witter: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #28 (cover), X-23 #8 (cover)
  • Carmen Carnero: Captain Marvel #1 (interior art)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Conan the Barbarian #2 (variant cover), X-Force #2 (variant cover)
  • Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #40 (cover)
  • Eve L. Ewing: Ironheart #3 (writer)
  • Gail Simone: Domino #10 (writer)
  • Gurihiru: The Unstoppable Wasp #4 (interior art)
  • Jen Bartel: Marvel Tales: Fantastic Four #1 (cover), Marvel Tales: Venom #1 (cover)
  • Jen Soska: Black Widow #1 (co-writer)
  • Jody Houser: Star Wars: Age of Republic – Jango Fett #1 (writer), Star Wars: Age of Republic – Obi-Wan Kenobi #1 (writer), Star Wars: Age of Republic Special #1 (co-writer)
  • Kelly Thompson: Captain Marvel #1 (writer), Mr. and Mrs. X #7 (writer), Uncanny X-Men #8 (co-writer), Uncanny X-Men #9 (co-writer), Uncanny X-Men #10 (co-writer), West Coast Avengers #7 (writer)
  • Kirbi Fagan: Conan the Barbarian #1 (variant cover)
  • Lauren Tsai: Captain Marvel #1 (variant cover)
  • Mariko Tamaki: X-23 #8 (writer)
  • Mirka Andolfo: Black Widow #1 (variant cover)
  • Natacha Bustos: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #39 (interior art, cover)
  • Nnedi Okorafor: Shuri #4 (writer)
  • Rachel Dodson: Mr. and Mrs. X #7 (cover)
  • Rainbow Rowell: Runaways #17 (writer)
  • Rosi Kampe: Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider #4 (interior art)
  • Seanan McGuire: Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider #4 (writer)
  • Stacey Lee: The Unstoppable Wasp #4 (cover)
  • Stephanie Hans: Asgardians of the Galaxy #5 (interior art)
  • Sylvia Soska: Black Widow #1 (co-writer)
  • Yasmine Putri: Shatterstar #4 (cover), Solo: A Star Wars Story Adaptation #4 (variant cover)

All together, there are 29 different female creators set to work on 29 different comic books at Marvel in January, the same number of creators as in December though spread across 6 fewer books. As best I can tell, there are no non-binary creators listed in this round of solicits. So the number of female creators remains steady for the third straight month, which is good. Even though Marvel’s still below their past highs, 29 isn’t a terrible number. The drop in books is steep, though. Some event tie-ins have wrapped, which explains part of the decline, and while Marvel usually has a bevy of different one-shots each month, December’s had more female creators in the mix than January’s offerings do. Still, decent numbers all around.

We’ve got some new names in the mix as well. Laruen Tsai is doing a variant cover for the new Captain Marvel, and I don’t think we’ve seen her at Marvel before. We’ve also got the Soska Sisters, Jen and Sylvia, writing a new Black Widow series. We’ve seen them before briefly, in one of those aforementioned one-shots, and now they’ve jumped to an ongoing book. That’s the benefit of including female and non-binary creators in these one-shots: It’s a great way to find talent that you can promote to a bigger role.

Marvel’s one-shots this month just aren’t doing that. They’ve got a series of specials lined up to celebrate the publisher’s 80th anniversary, and it’s a dude-centric affair. The vast majority of the books star male characters, and the vast majority of the creators involved are men. Ann Nocenti’s got a story in the special Marvel Comics Presents, and that’s about it. It’s not a great look.

We’ve got a couple big new books with female leads, though. Captain Marvel is relaunching yet again, with Kelly Thompson and Carmen Carnero on board. I’m very excited for this one; Kelly’s been killing it on so many books lately, and Carmen Carnero is always good. We’ve got a new Black Widow series too, and I’m looking forward to seeing what the Soska Sisters bring to it. Elsewhere, there are a few teams books with some ladies in the mix as well, including relaunches of Guardians of the Galaxy and Champions.

Overall, it looks like Marvel is starting the year on a good foot. Their numbers are consistent, some of their biggest female characters are launching new titles, and their embarrassingly poor start to 2018 is becoming a distant memory. As much as there’s lots of room to grow, as always, steady representation at Marvel is rare. Hopefully it continues as the year goes on, and even grows.

Women & NB Creators at Marvel Comics Watch, November 2018 Solicits: 29 Creators on 28 Books

September 19, 2018

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When the November solicits were released last month, it looked like Marvel was taking a big step in terms of representation and were moving toward finishing the year on a high note. Then things changed. The numbers didn’t crater by any means, but a big jump got noticeably smaller. It’s an odd set of circumstances, and we’ll dig into it all after we look at who was originally scheduled to do what at Marvel in November:

  • Afua Richardson: Shuri #2 (variant cover)
  • Amy Reeder: Ironheart #1 (cover)
  • Ashley Witter: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #26 (cover), X-23 #6 (cover)
  • Aud Koch: The Vision #1 (interior art)
  • Chelsea Cain: The Vision #1 (co-writer)
  • Elizabeth Torque: Captain America #5 (variant cover), Spider-Geddon #3 (variant cover)
  • Elsa Charretier: Star Wars: Han Solo – Imperial Cadet #1 (variant cover)
  • Erica Henderson: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #38 (cover)
  • Eve Ewing: Ironheart #1 (writer)
  • G. Willow Wilson: Ms. Marvel #36 (writer)
  • Gail Simone: Domino #8 (writer)
  • Gurihiru: The Unstoppable Wasp #2 (interior art)
  • Jen Bartel: Black Panther #6 (interior art), Ironheart #1 (variant cover), Uncanny X-Men #1 (variant cover)
  • Jenny Frison: X-Men Red #10 (cover)
  • Jody Houser: Spider-Girls #2 (writer)
  • Kelly Thompson: Mr. and Mrs. X #5 (writer), Uncanny X-Men #1 (co-writer), Uncanny X-Men #2 (co-writer), Uncanny X-Men #3 (co-writer), West Coast Avengers #4 (writer)
  • Margaret Stohl: The Life of Captain Marvel #5 (writer)
  • Marguerite Sauvage: The Life of Captain Marvel #5 (interior art)
  • Mariko Tamaki: Infinity Wars: Infinity Warps #1 (co-writer), X-23 #6 (writer)
  • Natacha Bustos: Infinity Wars: Infinity Warps #1 (interior art), Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #37 (cover)
  • Nnedi Okorafor: Shuri #2 (writer)
  • Rainbow Rowell: Runaways #15 (writer)
  • Rosi Kampe: Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider #2 (interior art)
  • Sara Pichelli: Fantastic Four #4 (interior art)
  • Seanan McGuire: Marvel Super Hero Adventures: Captain Marvel – Mealtime Mayhem #1 (co-writer), Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider #2 (writer)
  • Stacey Lee: The Unstoppable Wasp #2 (cover)
  • Stephanie Hans: Ironheart #1 (variant cover)
  • Yasmine Putri: Shatterstar #2 (cover), Spider-Girls #2 (cover)

All together, 29 female creators were scheduled to work on 28 different books at Marvel this November, 4 more creators than in October and 5 more books. As best as I can tell, there are no non-binary creators in this round of solicits. This is a very solid gain, and a good beginning to the end of a year that has seen some troubling lows at Marvel. But then Marvel decided to cancel The Vision, without releasing a single issue. Apparently the book didn’t fit with the publisher’s new plans for the character or some such. So while Chelsea Cain and Aud Koch are listed in the solicits, their book isn’t coming out and that 4 creator gain is now only 2. Now, 2 isn’t terrible; any gain is a plus in the superhero comic business. But wow, after an already very rough year for gender representation at Marvel, this cancellation is bizarre.

We do have a new name, though. Eve Ewing is writing the new Ironheart series, which should be rad. That’s about it, though. Everyone else we’ve seen before, last month or in the recent past. But shout out to my pal Kelly Thompson, who’s writing or co-writing FIVE books for Marvel this month. She’s blowing up and I’m loving it because she is super excellent at what she does.

In terms of female characters, we’ve got the aforementioned Ironheart series starring Riri Williams. And we’ve got some group books, too. It looks like every mutant ever is going to be in Uncanny X-Men, so look for your favourite ladies there, while Proxima Midnight is part of a new Black Order series. Everything else is dudes, though. The Vision would have featured Viv, but it is no more.

Overall, November’s looking to be kind of a weird month for Marvel. The Vision situation is just odd, and takes what looked to be some solid growth down to something a bit more humdrum. I suppose they’re not going backwards, at least. That’s good to see after the publisher’s disastrous performances earlier this year. Growth is growth, however slow. But dang, Marvel needs to learn to stop shooting themselves in the foot.


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