X-Men and Guardians of the Galaxy editor and former Batman editor Mike Marts announced yesterday that he's leaving the Big Two to form a new venture: Aftershock Comics. He'll be working with former Cable and Wolverine writer Joe Pruett, and it seems they have some pretty big plans.
The company's press release includes a mission statement that expresses aspirations to "explore building a shared universe of characters and stories" over time. That's a massive task.
Since news first broke of DC Comics' plan to relocate its entire operation from New York City to Los Angeles, industry insiders have expected some high profile staffers would not only choose to leave DC Comics but actually make a jump to rival Marvel rather than move West. That scenario came true with DC editor Will Moss' migration to Marvel earlier this year, and now Marvel's announced that longtime DC staffer Mike Marts is joining the company as a new Executive Editor.
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