Shock And Awe

watch out, mar­vel – new kid Af­ter­Shock is on the block, as David Bar­nett dis­cov­ers

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We pro­file Af­ter­Shock – one of the most ex­cit­ing new comics pub­lish­ers around.

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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

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