DC Comics announced today that, based on the success of Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, they will launch a similar series for Superman, as well, titled Adventures of Superman.
That's right--the series will be free of continuity, feature Superman in his classic "underwear on the outside" costume, and feature a rotating cast of talent.
The weekly, anthology-style series will see a new issue launched every week, thrice monthly; on the fourth week, a print anthology will be released collecting all three of the digital-first issues. The first print issue will feature a cover by Bryan Hitch and a variant by Chris Samnee and colorist Matthew Wilson, seen at left.
Adventures of Superman was, of course, the title taken on by the main Superman comic when a new title, simply called Superman, launched in 1987 following the release of John Byrne's origin reboot The Man of Steel. It ran that way for 225 issues before the title was shortened back to Superman and the line of Superman titles condensed to two.
DC gave the news exclusively to IGN; here's what they have to say about the talent involved:
Debuting on April 29, the first digital chapter of Adventures of Superman will feature a story by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston with art by the wonderful Chris Sprouse and Karl Story on inks -- a team that will continue onto the second chapter a week later. The third chapter will be by Jeff Parker and Chris Samnee; this one tells the tale of Superman's first encounter with the menace of arch enemy Lex Luthor.
Other creators attached to the series, according to the article, include Dan Abnett, Ed Benes, Mitch Breitweiser, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Nathan Edmondson, Joshua Hale Fialkov, Christos N. Gage, Marc Guggenheim, Justin Jordan, Matt Kindt, JT Krul, Max Landis, Andy Lanning, David Lapham, Jeff Lemire, Michael Avon Oeming, Riley Rossmo, Stephen Segovia, Bruce Timm, Marcus To and Marv Wolfman. A number of those creators have worked with Superman in the past in one capacity or another, most notably Bruce Timm, the animation icon who worked on a number of animated projects featuring the Man of Steel; and Marv Wolfman, who wrote the first year of the original Adventures of Superman.