Well, the numbers are bad and I should feel bad. A bunch of new and returning series were out this week - nine number ones! Five of those had some gender diversity, but the numbers are grim. I got a couple books I had been thinking of dropping, so that’s on me.
But enough bad news, what’s good?
Margaret Atwood has a new book out because I guess she’s tired of kicking ass in prose and on TV. Excited to see where War Bears goes.
Jason Aaron’s run on Avengers has begun its second arc and somebody found some ladies to work on it! I don’t think he noticed my complaints, but Jason if you did, have Sara Pichelli draw me into a crowd scene!
The first Sandman spin-off/extension/zombie series of serieses kicks off today with Bilquis Evely on art for The Dreaming, and fans of American Gods are probably super confused. (The timeline doesn’t work out.)
Two more of Bendis’ Jinxworld books are out and both have women colorists. Brian seems like such a nice guy, and I’d love to see him use his new DC imprint to spotlight some more women.
But it’s not all good:
Books that are fundamentally about women keep getting made by all-male teams: Ant-Man & the Wasp, Doctor Aphra and Paper Girls are all great books, but there really ought to be a lady somewhere on the team one of these days.
Marvel, the publisher I buy the most from, only managed a gender diverse team on one of the ten books I bought this week. Image went 0 for 4. Aftershock who advertises their diversity on the back of their books, 0 for 2. It’s important to remember that isn’t all of the books that came out, but look at my pull list for yourself - what am I missing?
See you next week!
This Week's Books
Ant-Man & the Wasp #5 - Marvel - (0+4)
Asgardians of the Galaxy #1 - Marvel - (0+4)
Avengers #7 - Marvel - (2+3)
Batman #54 - DC Comics - (0+4)
Border Town #1 - DC Comics - (1+3)
Bully Wars #1 - Image - (0+4)
Captain America #3 - Marvel - (0+5)
Cover #1 - Jinxworld - (1+3)
Dark Ark #10 - Aftershock - (0+3)
Deadpool #4 - Marvel - (0+4)
The Dreaming #1 - DC Comics - (1+3)
Immortal Hulk #5 - Marvel - (0+5)
James Bond Origin #1 - Dynamite - (0+3)
The Last Siege #4 - Image - (0+4)
Leviathan #2 - Image - (0+4)
The Long Con #2 - Oni Press - (3+2)
Paper Girls #24 - Image - (0+4)
Pestilence: A Story of Satan #4 - Aftershock - (0+6)
Quicksilver: No Surrender #5 - Marvel - (0+4)
Silver Surfer Annual #1 - Marvel - (0+4)
Star Wars #53 - Marvel - (0+4)
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra Annual #2 - Marvel - (0+3)
The Unexpected #4 - DC Comics - (0+6)
United States of Murder Inc. #1 - Jinxworld - (1+3)