Preview 5 Women of Marvel Variant Covers Coming in March
At the Women of Marvel panel at NYCC 2014, Marvel announced their Women of Marvel event, in which they would showcase female artists for a slew of special variant covers for many of their most successful series. Here is the first look at five of the covers coming this March:
Uncanny X-Men #33 by Stacey Lee:
Thor #6 by Stephanie Hans:
S.H.I.E.L.D. #4 by Colleen Doran:
The full line-up for the Women of Marvel event is Katie Cook for Ant-Man #3, Vanesa del Ray for Black Widow #16, Colleen Doran for S.H.I.E.L.D. #4, Ming Doyle for Amazing Spider-Man #16, Stephanie Hans for Thor #6, Erica Henderson for Guardians of the Galaxy #25, Faith Erin Hicks for X-Men #39, Janet Lee for Rocket Raccoon #9, Stacey Lee for Uncanny X-Men #33, Sarah Pichelli for Ms Marvel #13, Afua Richardson for All-New Hawkeye #1, Jill Thompson for Inhuman #13, and yet to be announced artists for Deadpool #43, Captain Marvel #13, Uncanny Avengers #3, New Avengers #31, Avengers #42, All-New Captain America #5, Superior Iron Man #6, and The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #3.
Guardians of the Galaxy #25 by Erica Henderson:
Ant-Man #3 by Katie Cook:
While this event is definitely a step in the right direction, it won't solve the pervasive problem of the scarcity of women writing and illustrating mainstream comics. Both Marvel and DC have this problem, and it's admirable that they're (very slowly) working to fix it, but these artists are only doing the variant covers, which is a one-off job, rather than having any real creative control over the comic itself. More meaningful initiatives will need to be implemented in order to really solve the issue of underrepresentation among artists, which will, in turn, go a long way towards solving the problem of underrepresentation and misrepresentation among the fictional characters. That being said, these covers look awesome, especially Uncanny X-Men and Thor, and it can only be a good thing to give these talented artists more opportunities.