4:25pm PT by Graeme McMillan
Veteran Marvel and DC Editor Joins Start-Up Publisher AfterShock
Mike Marts, the comic book editor responsible for pairing Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo on DC Entertainment's Batman and killing off Marvel Entertainment's Wolverine, has signed on to serve as the editor-in-chief of a brand-new comic book company intent on offering "the next evolutionary step in comic books."
Marts is joining AfterShock, a new publisher that describes itself as "a hybrid comic book company combining the creative edge of an independent comic book publisher with the strengths and experience of a traditional powerhouse." According to the company, it plans to release "creator-driven comics from the industry's top writers and artists," while also "building a shared universe of characters and stories" — following the same business model as another recent (re)launch, Valiant Entertainment.
In taking the position, Marts leaves Marvel for a second time. He rejoined the company in January of last year to become the executive editor of its X-Men and Guardians of the Galaxy line after eight years at competitors DC, where he was responsible for the Batman family of titles. (He'd spent an earlier decade at Marvel, from 1996 through 2006.) He'll join Joe Pruett, a veteran writer and editor of a number of titles from Marvel, Caliber Comics and Desperado Publishing over the past two decades, who'll serve as the company's chief creative officer.
AfterShock has been founded by Michael Richter and Jon Kramer, who'll serve as joint CEOs, as well as former film executive Lee Kramer and Silicon Valley investor Jawad Qureshi, who'll take positions as president and svp investor relations, respectively.
In a statement accompanying the news, Marts said that AfterShock "is paving the way for the next evolutionary step in comic books,” adding that "being part of this great team allows us to further foster relationships with not only the current generation of creators and writers, but also the next one.”