Firstly, you have all read Laura Hudson’s piece on DC Comics and the lack of female creators in the relaunched DCU books already, right? If not, go and do so now, I’ll wait for you.
Okay, back? Well, it’s not just female creators who are losing out in the September relaunch; it’s female characters, too. Tim Hanley blogs the statistics, and they make for depressing reading:
There are about a THIRD LESS books with all-female leads in the DCnU compared to the current status quo. I was surprised, and rather bummed out, by this decline. Sure, the number is the same, but men got 9 more books in the DCnU so maintaining at 7 for female characters hardly seems fair… Overall, the DC relaunch is going to result in less lead female characters compared to DC’s current line. Male-starring books and female characters in team books will maintain the status quo, while female-starring books will drop by a significant amount. This is not good. The relaunch is DC putting all of their eggs in one basket, their big argument for why they are awesome and we all should get their books. According to its architects, the relaunch is the essence of everything iconic and great about DC, the core – nay, the heart – of their universe, boiled down into these 52 new series. And this essence, this heart, means less female characters.
Hanley also makes this important point:
I don’t even need to run the numbers to tell you that DC would beat Marvel for female leads… I see all of these books every single week, and DC would win handily. However, come September, DC is going to have a worse percentage of female leads than they did the month before. This isn’t about DC in the context of the industry as a whole… this is about DC against itself, and it’s getting worse. It’s worse for female creators, and it’s worse for female characters. And worst of all, no one in charge at DC seems to care.