AfterShock Comics, LLC.
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Aftershock Comics Logo
FounderJoe Pruett
Mike Marts
Lee Kramer
Jon Kramer
Michael Richter
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationSherman Oaks, California
DistributionDiamond Book Distributors (books)
Publication typesComic books, graphic novels
Official website

AfterShock Comics is an American comic book publisher launched in 2015. AfterShock is described 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."


The company was co-founded by Joe Pruett, editor of the noted comic anthology Negative Burn and Mike Marts, the former executive editor in charge of Marvel Comics' X-Men franchise[1] and DC Comics' Batman franchise. Other co-founders include Lee Kramer, Jon Kramer, and Michael Richter.[2] Other senior executives include Jawad Qureshi.[2]

AfterShock's published works are creator-owned and its portfolio includes comics by Cullen Bunn, Warren Ellis,[3] Garth Ennis,[4] and Marguerite Bennett,[5] among others.

AfterShock Comics won the New Publisher of the Year Diamond Gem Award in 2017.[6]

The label attracted attention in 2016 when it published Paul Jenkins' comic Alters, featuring the character Chalice, touted as the first transgender superhero.[7][8] In a column for The Mary Sue, transgender activist Jes Grobman dismissed Alters as "cliche".[9] Other critics were more positive; one noted that "[t]he visuals are beautiful and deserve attention, while the story looks to be addressing something avoided in American society."[10]


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  1. ^ Johnston, Rich. "Mike Marts And Joe Pruett Head Up New Comics Publisher, Aftershock Comics". Bleeding Cool. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b Busch, Anita (2015-04-13). "Marvel Exec Editor Mike Marts Quits To Join Upstart AfterShock". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  3. ^ Betancourt, David (7 July 2016). "Warren Ellis will bring the six-issue 'Shipwreck' to AfterShock Comics". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  4. ^ Jasper, Marykate. "Garth Ennis Launches New AfterShock Series Titled Jimmy's Bastards". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  5. ^ Helvie, Forrest. "DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS Writer Tells 'Adults Only' Talking Animal Tale with ANIMOSITY". Newsarama. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Diamond Announces 2017 Gem Award Winners". Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  7. ^ Barnett, David (4 July 2016). "Creating the first transgender superhero". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  8. ^ Gustines, George Gene (23 June 2016). "In a New Comic, a Transgender Superhero Hides 2 Identities". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  9. ^ Grobman, Jes. "Babes in Tropeland: How Alters Shows We Need More Complex Trans Characters in Comics". The Mary Sue. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  10. ^ "In Review: Alters #6". Retrieved 2018-03-28.