Shock And Awe
watch out, marvel – new kid AfterShock is on the block, as David Barnett discovers
We profile AfterShock – one of the most exciting new comics publishers around.
he eve of the world premiere of the second
Avengers movie, Age Of Ultron, might not seem the most auspicious timing for announcing you’re walking away from the all-conquering Marvel juggernaut.
But that’s exactly what Marvel Comics executive editor Mike Marts did a year ago… to join a brand new comics company, AfterShock, in collaboration with Joe Pruett, an editor, publisher and former Marvel writer himself.
History might be littered with breakaway companies who thought they could replicate the success of the House of Ideas – anyone with long memories and extensive 1970s comic collections will remember Atlas – but AfterShock was determined from the get-go not to be a footnote in comics history. Announcing themselves to the world, they described the start-up 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”.
With top talent including Brian Azzarello, Marguerite Bennett, Garth Ennis, Ray Fawkes, Adam Glass and Sam Kieth lining up to ink deals with the