It’s been announced that Mike Marts, DC’s Batman group editor, has moved to Marvel Comics this week as an Executive Editor. Having overseen the Batman titles for several years – including runs like the Snyder/Capullo Batman, Grant Morrison’s Batman Inc and Williams/Blackman’s Batwoman – he’ll be returning to Marvel, where he previously worked for ten years between 1996 and 2006.
This likely follows the news that in 2015 DC will be moving their offices to LA, meaning many members of staff will have to decide whether to move across and start a new life on the West Coast, or stay where they are and look for a new job. Editor Wil Moss was the first to make a move across to Marvel, with many predicting that several other editors will be moving to different companies over the next few months.
Marts’ departure is likely a blow for DC, as the Batman titles are their most consistent sellers, and strongest titles. When he worked for Marvel Marts was in charge of several of the X-Men books, editing Astonishing X-Men, Exiles, New X-Men – many of their more notable titles from the late nineties. Nick Lowe is currently in charge of the X-Men, meaning there’s been a lot of speculation about which – if any – line of books Marts may take over.
The keen suggestion seems to be that he’ll take on the role Steve Wacker occupied, although on twitter Brian Truitt speculated that there IS a new line of Star Wars books which could probably do with an editor….