Sometimes we just wake up to the best news ever. This is one of those moments. Announced this morning by DCU’s The Source blog, Jeff Lemire will have his first on-going book in the DCU. Previously announced as writing the Atom back-up in Adventure Comics, Lemire will now also be writing Superboy with artist Pier Gallo! I had always assumed Adventure Comics was about Superboy, considering that was how Johns had written the first six issues, but it appears that Adventure will feature a full shift into Legion stories to coincide with the Legion on-going, and Superboy will be moved to his own book. Fair enough!
So come August, there will be a one-off co-feature story in Action Comics, which will act as a primer to Superboy, and then the two will begin telling their stories in full 23-page formats that we’ve come to know and love.
“I am really excited to be taking over the adventures of Conner Kent/Superboy in a new monthly series! The book will combine many of the classic touchstones of the Superboy mythos along with new supporting characters, new villains and new ideas, building a strong foundation that can support the Boy of Steel for years to come. I really want to work with our amazing artist Pier Gallo to combine a classic storytelling feel with a thoroughly modern sensibility and explore what it would really be like to be a super powered teenager, in the heart of rural America.”
Given Lemire’s previous work with young characters, it’s fairly fitting that he will be writing Conner’s on-going story. Anyone who has read at least the first story of Essex County will know that Lemire is no stranger to “super powered” kids, and his work on Sweet Tooth has shown to a much wider audience his ability to create heart wrenching stories with characters that stay with us after we put the issue down. Writing Conner Kent seems perfectly up his alley, and if it’s anything like Johns and Manapul’s short lived run on Adventure Comics, then we can expect great things from the adventures of Superboy.
Needless to say, count me in for this one. I’m pre-ordering this book like nobody’s business!