Well, this is a welcome turn-up for the books to close out the week. From the DCU Blog:
We’ve been very fortunate in recent years to have fan favorite creators like Gail Simone, Amy Reeder, Felicia Henderson, Fiona Staples, Amanda Connor, G. Willow Wilson and Nicola Scott write and draw the adventures of the World’s Greatest Super Heroes.
DC Comics is the home of a pantheon of remarkable, iconic women characters like Wonder Woman, Lois Lane, Batgirl, Batwoman, Catwoman and Supergirl as well as fan favorite characters like Black Canary, Katana, Mera and Starfire. We’re committed to telling diverse stories with a diverse point of view. We want these adventures to resonate in the real world, reflecting the experiences of our diverse readership. Can we improve on that? We always can—and aim to.
That’s just a small part of a post signed by both co-publishers, Dan Didio and Jim Lee, which opens by saying “Over the past week we’ve heard from fans about a need for more women writers, artists and characters. We want you to know, first and foremost, that we hear you and take your concerns very seriously.” The post promises “exciting news about new projects with women creators in the coming months,” adding that they “know there are dozens of other women creators and we welcome the opportunity to work with them.”
A way to try and head off some of the criticism they’ve received over the lack of female creators in the New 52 line-up? Undoubtedly. But also a surprisingly welcome response to criticism and fan upset that’s very unlike DC’s traditional “heads down, pretend nothing is happening” attitude. A victory, then, and a sign that maybe things are going to improve soon.