DC's digital-first books tend to fly under the radar, at least where the Every Wednesday Crowd is concerned. (I actually understand these books are doing quite well for DC, but they may not be reaching the same people that the in-continuity books do.) I'm not really into the video game or TV show tie-ins but the Legends of the Dark Knight series is very good a lot of the time, and so far Adventures of Superman seems to be a hit as well.
We're up to #3 of AoS now, and each issue has featured a standalone story largely divorced from continuity. Superman's in his pre-New 52 trunks etc. Each story has been better than its predecessor so far, and keep in mind we started with a one-off by Jeff Parker & Chris Samnee.
This most recent issue is a Bizarro story, wherein Bizarro is being all.. uh... bizarre, and Superman steps in. Not exactly a novel setup, of course, but the twist here is the way Superman approaches the problem. [SPOILER ALERT] Instead of fisticuffs, Superman designs an ingenious task for Bizarro to perform off-Earth, a task which will keep him busy for several years and thus prevent him from causing any harm on Earth.
Beyond being an elegant and charming short story, Jordan shows here that he "gets" Superman in a way the modern books rarely do. There has been a tendency, really since the Byrne Era, to pit Superman against baddies who are more and more physically powerful, all the better to show tremendous fight scenes with great visuals. And that's fine, I guess, but there's a level on which it misses the point of the character. Those silly Silver Age Superman stories? The ones we all love ironically now? Go back and look at them and marvel at how rarely Superman actually punches anything. It happens, every so often, but it's far more common in those stories for Superman to use his powers in other ways. He's not a pacifist but he's not especially quick to violence, either. And really, isn't that the only way the character really has much appeal? We already know Superman hits harder than anyone else. We already know he's physically stronger than anyone else. Showing him punching out bigger and bigger bad guys is boring, isn't it? But having him use his wits to solve a problem in a novel way - that's cool.
There's much talk out there about how Superman isn't "relatable" because he's so powerful, which I always find weird because I don't really need Superman or anyone else to be a reader identification figure in order to enjoy his exploits. Superman's power set isn't a hindrance to him, though - it's what makes him so cool. He's hardly the only character you can use in a "solve the problem"-type story - heck, most DC Comics published in the 50's and 60's did this kind of thing. But Superman's toolbox is bigger than anyone else's. He has more powers, and thus more creative ways to use those powers, and *that's* what makes him awesome. If you reduce him to a run, jump, and punch superhero, he becomes one of many. As a problem-solver, he's one of a kind.
I'd be remiss if I didn't also mention the wonderful job Riley Rossmo did with the art here. His linework is just incredible, even where his backgrounds are sparse. Here it looks like he's adapted his style a bit - it's less scratchy than Bedlam or Green Wake, which seems appropriate given the subject matter. By the way, the three artists so far on Adventures of Superman? Chris Samnee, Jeff Lemire, Riley Rossmo. Just saying...
If you're a fan of Superman but not necessarily loving the modern incarnation, give the digital book a look. So far it's stellar, and #3 was the best one yet.