DC Comics announced this morning that Jeff Lemire will launch a Superboy ongoing series later this year with artist Pier Gallo.

A one-off co-feature in August’s Action Comics #982 will kick off the new title.

Lemire, an award-winning cartoonist best known for his Essex County Trilogy and the Vertigo monthly Sweet Tooth, also is writing DC’s upcoming Brightest Day: The Atom Special and an Atom co-feature in Adventure Comics. Gallo most recently illustrated Adventure Comics #8-10.

“I am really excited to be taking over the adventures of Conner Kent/Superboy in a new monthly series!” Lemire tells the DC Universe blog. “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.”

I talked briefly with Lemire when he was at TCAF and he let it slip that he’d be writing Superboy. He was asked personally by Geoff Johns to write the title. It seems like he’s quickly become one of Johns’ favourite writers right now.