DC announced yesterday that Ann Nocenti will be taking over the writing chores on Green Arrow, as of issue #7. JT Krul was previously (currently, if you’re at the shop) writing Green Arrow.
Nocenti, while having done a small amount of work for DC (a Kid Eternity series for Vertigo and a handful of Batman-related material 7 years ago), is best known for her work at Marvel: a well-regarded run on Daredevil with John Romita, Jr. and the original Longshot mini-series with Arthur Adams. Besides Longshot, Nocenti’s lasting contributions to the Marvel universe include Typhoid Mary and Blackheart.
You may recall DC was taking a lot of heat from fans over the lack of female creators when the “New 52” was announced.
Nocenti’s been out of comics for quite a while. DC went out and brought her back. Nocenti’s name also appeared a few times after Dan DiDio asked who he ought to hire (after a fan confrontation about the lack of women on the new titles). We just might be witnessing a publisher listening to its fanbase and acting on it. This is not such a common occurrence in comics. Good for you, DC.
It’s likely I’ll be giving Green Arrow a look when it hits #7. Not because a woman’s writing it, but because I liked Nocenti’s Daredevil run.