Great news from DC Comics: the publisher has announced Adventures of Superman, a new digital-first series that's the sort of thing we've been eager to see for years. Launching in April, the title will give a number of writers and artists a place to tell stories of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster's Man of Steel unrestrained by the continuity and aesthetics of the main New 52 line. Among those contributing are ComicsAlliance favorites Jeff Parker (Bucko, Red She-Hulk) and Chris Samnee (Daredevil, The Rocketeer: Cargo of Doom), who will collaborate on a story about Superman's first encounter with Lex Luthor. But before that, Adventures of Superman begins with a two-part story written by popular novelist Orson Scott Card (Ender's Game) and drawn by the great Chris Sprouse and Karl Story.Adventures of Superman follows the model of DC's Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, the digital comics series that launched last year and invites various creators to apply their diverse styles and attitudes to the Batman without having to fit into the continuity or visual restrictions of the main superhero line. Like the Batman project, Adventures of Superman will be compiled into print editions following digital publication. Bryan Hitch (The Authority, The Ultimates) will provide regular covers, but issue one will also sport this spectacular variant by Samnee and colorist Matt Wilson:

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The project debuts in the DC Comics app and digital comics website on April 29. The first two issues will feature Card and Sprouse & Story's work, with Parker and Samnee coming on board with issue #3. IGN reports that the following creators are also on board for future installments:

- 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

- Marv Wolfman

Most auspiciously, Adventures of Superman will see some new comics work by the legendary animator and cartoonist Bruce Timm, whose last solo Superman story was, as best as I can determine, all the way back in the 1990s when he was working on Superman: The Animated Series and drawing covers for its comic book tie-in, Superman Adventures.

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