Written by Kurt Busiek Geoff JohnsCover by Terry Rachel Dodson Art by Pete Woods and Renato Guedes It is One Year Laterand no one has seen or heard from the Man of Steel In this collection featuring SUPERMAN and ACTION, as Clark Kent concentrates on his career, the need for the Man of Steel has remained as strong as ever especially now that Lex Luthor has returned to Metropolis, with his thirst for power fully intact


10 thoughts on “Superman: Up, Up, and Away!

  1. Sam Quixote Sam Quixote says:

    It s a bird, it s a plane, no it s that rarest of beasts a good Superman book Whether or not you enjoy this book comes down to how you feel about classic Superman By that I mean classic outfit, demeanour, and world setting he isn t the dickish New 52 Superman or the psychotic Injustice Superman or a combination of both in JMS s Earth One Superman he s the true blue hero of yesteryear If that character s not your bag, you re unlikely to enjoy Up, Up and Away If you do like the original It s a bird, it s a plane, no it s that rarest of beasts a good Superman book Whether or not you enjoy this book comes down to how you feel about classic Superman By that I mean classic outfit, demeanour, and world setting he isn t the dickish New 52 Superman or the psychotic Injustice Superman or a combination of both in JMS s Earth One Superman he s the true blue hero of yesteryear If that character s not your bag, you re unlikely to enjoy Up, Up and Away If you do like the original guy though, you ll really like this one, like I did It s a year after Infinite Crisis when Superman lost his powers He s been plain old Clark Kent for a while and his life post Superman is actually pretty great He s become a dependable journalist much to Perry s delight , he s spendingtime with his wife, Lois Lane, and he s enjoying the little things like pretzels slathered with mustard apparently his favourite snack Metropolis is doing fine without Superman as Supergirl has stepped up as the city s new protector, but Lex Luthor, now ex president and bribed out of criminal charges, is free and Superman s brief holiday is about to come to an end What makes this such a good Superman book is the well balanced character study split down the middle first half, Clark Kent, second half Superman Usually the focus ison the Superman side so it was great to see Clark get a lot of the page count for a change Clark is made vulnerable and is unable to deal with problems the usual way transform into Superman, punch the villain out, use superpowers to solve the problem Now, he s got to rely on other superheroes, if they re around, like Supergirl, Green Lantern and Hawkgirl, or else deal with the situation by putting himself in danger regardless of the now very real possibility of death the mark of a true hero Kurt Busiek and Geoff Johns have created a fantastic situation and make the most of this opportunity for a muchinvolved read Not least because the common complaint about Superman is that he s boringly invincible and difficult to relate to because he s essentially a god Well, all of a sudden he s humanised inways than one, and by developing his new life, Clark s character resonatesdeeply for the audience Busiek Johns also bring back long forgotten villains like the Prankster, who uses refrigerators and Walk Don t Walk signs to cause havoc in downtown Metropolis a very Batman 66 moment Normally a silly bad guy like him wouldn t cause much trouble for Superman but Clark It s a whole new ballgame In this book, the villains aren t the story like they usually are Clark is They re there to further explore and challenge Clark s newly depowered status, and it works really well The first half of the book is excellent but the second half takes a bit of a dip Clark gets his superpowers back just like that No real reason, they just appear one day It s a bit disappointing And from there, Superman s world is quickly brought back in line with the pre established version Superman s Fortress of Solitude reappears, Jimmy Olsen is given the signal watch back, Lex goes from being the ruthless corporate businessman to his mad scientist role from way back when, and Clark is the unreliable reporter The swiftness of reinstating the status quo is a bit too neat for my liking That s not to say it s the worst it s just that it feels at odds with the freshness of the first half of the book And speaking of Superman s return, there s a gut wrenching moment that reminded me of the dismal Superman Returns movie Lex begins his punishment of Metropolis using kryptonite and giant shards of the crystal sprout up across the city, similar to that scene in the movie when the same thing happens Fortunately this is the only instance where the comic bears any similarity to that movie Besides that, this book has one of the best Superman Lex fights ever From the epic battle between Superman and the Lex piloted giant morphing Kryptonian robot to Superman being temporarily depowered to the level of a human and the two fist fighting on the Metropolis docks, it s a brilliantly plotted fight that gets to the core of the characters conflict Even Jimmy has a part to play in Superman s victory which was a nice touch from Busiek Johns Up, Up and Away is a well written character study showcasing what readers love about Superman as well as building up his personality as Clark Kent for those who feel that side to him has been underdeveloped It s entertaining, it s smart, and it s a strong Superman book Kurt Busiek and co bring it with this story arc Fans of the real Superman will really like this


  2. James DeSantis James DeSantis says:

    So I love Kurt Busiek work usually, and I m a fan of Superman, so this should be a slam dunk right Superman doesn t have powers After the events of Infinite Crisis he lost them So he s trying to be the reporter he always wanted to be with his wife However, soon Lex returns to begin his evil plotting as well as a world without superman having trouble adjusting Half way through, no big spoilers, Superman regains his powers and begins the rebirth, in a way, of our caped hero Good I enjoyed t So I love Kurt Busiek work usually, and I m a fan of Superman, so this should be a slam dunk right Superman doesn t have powers After the events of Infinite Crisis he lost them So he s trying to be the reporter he always wanted to be with his wife However, soon Lex returns to begin his evil plotting as well as a world without superman having trouble adjusting Half way through, no big spoilers, Superman regains his powers and begins the rebirth, in a way, of our caped hero Good I enjoyed the art, and the moments with Clark and Lois was amazing I really dug the idea of Clark using his smarts for once to out do his villains instead of pure power, least for the first half Bad The pacing felt disjointed Overly long build up for not a major payoff Lex s plans seemed meh, the fights not all that interesting, and honestly the overall plot felt too saturday morning cartoon for me This wasn t all that great Busiek wrote a much better superman tale, one of my favorite, called secret identity I recommend that one 100% This is a 2.5 out of 5


  3. Patrick Patrick says:

    I think Busiek did a really nice job with this one A very nice story that centersaround the character of Superman, rather than the action of people fighting all the time That s a big problem with a lot of the mainstream superhero comics, in my opinion Too much action, not enough character and story.


  4. Artemy Artemy says:

    A very good Superman book with exceptional focus on the character of Clark as a reporter and a superhero, and his relationships with everyone around him Lois, Jimmy Olsen, Perry White and Lex Luthor The pacing is a bit wonky and the artwork may not be to everyone s liking, but the story is full of fun twists and turns, and the character work is absolutely incredible.


  5. Jesse A Jesse A says:

    Easily the worst damn Superman cover ever Moving past the cover however it s a very good book.


  6. Travis Travis says:

    Every couple years somebody comes along and does a story that reminds you just how cool Superman is.After the events of a really over hyped event mini series that you don t want to bother to read, Superman has lost his powers and is actually enjoying just being mild mannered reporter Clark Kent He writes, gets soft pretzils from street venders and spends quality time with his wife.Then things start to go bad, villains keep popping up, Lex Luthor has given up that stupid evil business man thing Every couple years somebody comes along and does a story that reminds you just how cool Superman is.After the events of a really over hyped event mini series that you don t want to bother to read, Superman has lost his powers and is actually enjoying just being mild mannered reporter Clark Kent He writes, gets soft pretzils from street venders and spends quality time with his wife.Then things start to go bad, villains keep popping up, Lex Luthor has given up that stupid evil business man thing and is back in full blown mad scientist mode and Clark realizes that the world needs Superman.Really good stuff rebuilding Superman s rogues gallery, reminding us what a great supporting cast he has and the Luthor Superman fight at the end is one of the best, and contains several bits of the most brilliant bits of dialogue summing up the Lex Superman relationship.Just a great story that manages to balance some nice character moments with some huge, big screen man, that is cool action


  7. John Yelverton John Yelverton says:

    I was very concerned with the status of this book series following the One Year Later status, but this was absolutely amazing as it returned Superman to his true level of super powers.


  8. Danny Danny says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Not a bad comic by any means, reminded me of Spider Man 2 where a big plot point his a loss of powers But it was a bit paint by numbers as far as plot goes The themes explored with Superman and Lex were done better in All Star Superman But one thing I greatly appreciated was the nuanced moments with Clark and his civilian friends Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen, Perry White are, in my mind, just as iconic So this comic became really fun with them Also, I kinda enjoyed when Clark had no powers versu Not a bad comic by any means, reminded me of Spider Man 2 where a big plot point his a loss of powers But it was a bit paint by numbers as far as plot goes The themes explored with Superman and Lex were done better in All Star Superman But one thing I greatly appreciated was the nuanced moments with Clark and his civilian friends Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen, Perry White are, in my mind, just as iconic So this comic became really fun with them Also, I kinda enjoyed when Clark had no powers versus when he got them back It created a new tension for a characters we know cannot die suddenly become vulnerable


  9. Joanne G. Joanne G. says:

    Back in the 50s and 60s, I didn t know of another girl who read superhero comic books Thankfully, the boys I knew didn t mind me borrowing their copies I devoured DC comics by the stacks I loved Batman, the Flash, Hawkman, Green Lantern, and Wonder Woman, but, mostly, I loved Superman I liked that he came from a small town in Kansas, became a reporter for a newspaper, and loved a strong, brave woman named Lois Lane Those were all peripherals to the person he was, however He was decent, s Back in the 50s and 60s, I didn t know of another girl who read superhero comic books Thankfully, the boys I knew didn t mind me borrowing their copies I devoured DC comics by the stacks I loved Batman, the Flash, Hawkman, Green Lantern, and Wonder Woman, but, mostly, I loved Superman I liked that he came from a small town in Kansas, became a reporter for a newspaper, and loved a strong, brave woman named Lois Lane Those were all peripherals to the person he was, however He was decent, solid, and good He fought for truth, justice, and the American way He was a true hero When I became a teen, I put away my comics and becameinterested in other things boys, mostly I didn t think much about comic books until I had children which often follows when a girl gets interested in boys When my son began to read, I picked up some Superman graphic novels which looked suspiciously like comic books only they cost considerablyI was excited to share Superman with my son Unfortunately, the graphic novels didn t have my Superman in its pages Instead of the true blue hero, the new Superman was dark, conflicted, broody, and morally confused He wasPeter Parker than Clark Kent I didn t like the artwork, storyline, or the gritty Superman I didn t bother with comics after that experience until a friend recommended I try this offering by Busiek Here, I found my old Superman He was kind, thoughtful, and heroic just the way he should be


  10. Sunil Sunil says:

    In his continual quest to get me to care about Superman, my pusher bought me this for my birthday It begins as the story of Clark Kent, Superman having lost his powers during Infinite SuperMegaCrisis or whatever It s been a year of living as a norm, andhe kind of likes it Lois likes it too It was neat to see the character in this light, as well as his relationship with Lois Truthfully, I could have read a whole book about that, but the title is Superman, not Clark Kent, so he has to get In his continual quest to get me to care about Superman, my pusher bought me this for my birthday It begins as the story of Clark Kent, Superman having lost his powers during Infinite SuperMegaCrisis or whatever It s been a year of living as a norm, andhe kind of likes it Lois likes it too It was neat to see the character in this light, as well as his relationship with Lois Truthfully, I could have read a whole book about that, but the title is Superman, not Clark Kent, so he has to get his powers back eventually Yet what surprised me was that even that didn t feel like an eye rolling reset of the status quo Even that actually tied into the characterization and what makes Superman Clark Kent who he is In a way, the story is really a character study about not just who he is but why he does what he does Toss in Lex Luthor at his Lex Luthor est, and you ve got a great book It s a bit overstuffed with heroes and villains, but it s also highly accessible to new readers, since Clark helpfully explains who everyone is.By the time I reached the last page, I had a startling, unexpected realization I actually cared about Superman Maybe I only want to readKurt Busiek Geoff Johns Superman stories, but there you have it This is a great book for Superman fans and non Superman fans alike