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Superman: Up, Up and Away [Paperback]

Geoff Johns , Kurt Busiek , Pete Woods
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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20 Oct 2006 Superman
The world's most famous superhero, Superman's adventures protecting Metropolis have thrilled readers worldwide for over sixty years! But in the year following Infinite Crisis, the world has changed - and Superman has changed with it! Now Supergirl is Metropolis' defender, and the Man of Steel is nowhere to be seen, though Clark Kent's journalism career is going great guns! That is, until Lex Luthor takes a dangerous interest in Kent's writing...! Written by red-hot superstars Geoff Johns ("Infinite Crisis") and Kurt Busiek ("Astro City"), and featuring the art of fan-favourite Pete Woods ("Batman"), "Up, Up and Away" reveals what's happened to Clark Kent...and to Superman!

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (20 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845763483
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845763480
  • Product Dimensions: 25.6 x 16.4 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,042,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Geoff Johns is a highly respected writer and has written a great many comics titles, including Infinite Crisis, Green Lantern, Avengers, The Flash, Hawkman and JSA. Kurt Busiek has written comics for decades, including a legendary run on The Avengers. His other work includes writing for Darkman, The Hulk, Iron Man, Green Lantern, Untold Tales of Spider-Man and the JLA/Avengers crossover. Pete Woods has worked on Batman and Catwoman.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Infinite Crisis follow-up 22 May 2013
By Mr. Mice Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER
This volume reprints Superman #650-653 and Action Comics #837-840, and is the follow up to the Infinite Crisis event. That ended with this Superman and the Earth-2 Superman flying through the red sun of Krypton in order to defeat the Superboy of Earth-Prime, which resulted in Superman losing his powers. The story starts with Clark Kent, crusading reporter, taking on Intergang, and Lex Luthor being released form prison thanks to his lawyers' skills. Both Luthor and Intergang have it in for our ace reporter, but, thanks to his amazing signal watch, he is able to summon help from his best pal, Supergirl (not to mention the JLA) when things get too tough. However, as the threats escalate, he finds his powers slowly returning, which is just as well, as Intergang have stepped up the action by recruiting supervillains to kill Kent, while Luthor and Toyman, aided by Metallo, have been plotting to unleash a Kryptonian super-weapon on Metropolis.

This is an excellently written story, with great character-driven storylines, both for Clark and Lois, as well as Luthor, with suitably good supporting artwork. My favourite panel was Clark, as his powers started to return, looking up at a famous landmark and thinking - "Tall building" .
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This is a Superman story that for the first 3 or 4 chapters has one thing missing, Superman. This is not a bad thing. Set one year after Infinite Crisis it opens with Superman being just Clark Kent. The story shows you the man behind the cape and the life he lives when he's not wearing it. It showcases the major characters well and you understand who they are and why. A well written reminder story which will make new and old readers alike smile.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Superman 18 Mar 2008
I've recently begun to enter the world of graphic novels, and decided to start off with this superman novel which follows the events of 'infinite crisis' a year on. okay so this probably wasnt the best place to start but still I enjoyed it. The drawings, the colour, the text is superb! quite funny in some places and serious in others. i don't really have anything to compare this to, but from what i've read and seen its a cool novel with lots of ups and downs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's all about Clark 15 April 2007
By Gotham Night - Published on Amazon.com
One of my favorite Batman stories was called "24/7", written by Devin Grayson, and the story was actually about Bruce Wayne. It portrayed a day in the life of Bruce as we followed him from a board meeting to a golfing date to visiting friends, etc. I adored that story because there is something that arouses our interest about the ordinary lives that our superheroes lead. "Superman, up, up, and Away" is written with that premise in mind. Superman has lost his powers in the aftermath of the Infinite Crisis. He can finally be just Clark Kent for an entire year. It does wonders for his marriage, it brings him closer to his own humanness, he performs better on his job, and in his own words, "She (Lois) was happy, I was happy. With my powers gone, it was just us." And we find out that he particularly loves warm pretzels with mustard. However, Clark is not totally on vacation by any means. For the action enthusiasts, there's always Luthor meddling in the background and the Intergang is more than willing to cause trouble so Clark can still carry out his mission for truth and justice. It's a great story, written by Kurt Busiek and Geoff Johns with artwork by Pete Woods and Renato Guedes. The artwork is perfect, portraying the everyman Clark Kent we all love and making him believable. I highly recommend this book if you're interested in finding out who Clark Kent really is, because that's what this lovely story is all about.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Essence of a Hero 3 Nov 2007
By Michael E. Hill - Published on Amazon.com
"Superman - Up, Up and Away" is written by Kurt Busiek and Geoff Johns. The art by Pete Woods and Renato Guedes and able supporting creative staff.

It is a year after the "Infinite Crisis". The world is still coping with a world without Superman. Unknown to most Superman has lost his powers in a climatic battle with a psychotic Superboy from an alternate reality.

No Superman - just Clark Kent, intrepid investigative reporter with a major metropolitan newspaper - The Daily Planet. A newly released acquitted Lex Luthor and his thugs have just given Clark a good old-fashioned back alley beating. No powers, getting worked over by his arch enemy should be depressing.

Not at all, Clark is having the time of his life.

This story is about what it means to be hero. Clark is free to focus on his career and marriage. Even powerless, he is still intrepid and fearless. He's got a lot of help from his friends like Supergirl and Green Lantern. Meanwhile Lex Luthor is using this opportunity of a world without Superman to take revenge against Metropolis.

Of course he fails.

Lets get one thing straight. I am a lifelong comics fan from childhood. Decades ago I became bored with Superman. This graphic novel was purchased because I consider the names of Busiek and Johns a mark of quality.

My faith was justified. This is the finest Superman comic I've ever read.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superman: The Clark Kent Story 21 April 2009
By Marvin B. - Published on Amazon.com
The overview of this book's plot has been mentioned in other reviews so I won't cover much of that, but I will say that the story is excellent. What makes the book worthwhile is that this is really Clark's story. This isn't simply Superman defending Metropolis against some giant robots (well, not for the most part anyway) this is the story of a man who wants to help people, but realizes just how much better his own life can be if he doesn't. The Lex Luthor that is shown here is downright desperate after finally losing his last shred of credibility and his company. Lex is a man out for revenge. It has great characterization and development, the pacing is great, and the art is wonderful. Great read.
5.0 out of 5 stars The book that made me search out more Superman titles 9 Nov 2011
By Sarah - Published on Amazon.com
During Infinite Crisis, Superman lost his powers, and in the year that follows (and is covered in this book), he learns how to be Clark Kent again. Which means: he becomes a dedicated reporter, he and Lois work on keeping their marriage strong, and if he needs help dealing with the somewhat evil element around Metropolis? He calls on his many friends. Supergirl. Hawkgirl. Green Lantern.

When Lex Luthor gets released from prison, his reputation in tatters, he decides that he's going to punish Metropolis for turning its back on the one who should be her favorite son. He and Clark clash almost immediately, but Luthor isn't the only person that Clark has to worry about. See, Clark is also on the trail of Intergang, and he manages to uncover several things that they would rather remain covered and in return, they put a bounty on Clark's head. Then, to make matters worse, Kryptonite is disappearing from all over the world, and no one seems to know who's behind it.

When I first read this book, I was a total comics newbie. Aside from a few Superman/Batman books, I hadn't actually ever read a predominantly Superman-based book. I picked this one up because it was at the used bookstore, and... why not?

This was the book that made search out more Superman-centric titles because I loved this book. Yes, I was a little lost (I'd only made it halfway through Crisis on Infinite Earths and I hadn't yet tackled Infinite Crisis), but I absolutely adored this Superman. Or, rather, Clark.

I loved seeing the reporter doggedly going after the story; the nice guy attitude which was refreshingly light compared to all of the Bat books I'd been reading; the supportive wife who quite obviously kicked all sorts of ass on her own. I liked seeing a Clark that was happy with his `normal life' and how he was making a life that wasn't quite his own. And yet, I was happy for him when his powers started to return.

So, yes. I really, really recommend this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Busiek pays as much attention to the supporting cast as he does to Clark in this one. 27 July 2011
By N. Kunka - Published on Amazon.com
Kurt Busiek is the only person who should be allowed to write Superman stories. The premise is fantastic. A year after Identity Crisis, Clark Kent is without his powers, the source of his current condition a mystery. How does the Universe's strongest hero deal with being an ordinary person? What makes a hero? Is it the power or the person? This story gets to the very essence of who Clark Kent is and why he does what he does.

I thought that the story was well told and really spent a lot of time not just developing Clark's character, but all the supporting ones as well. How does Lois deal with having a normal husband who still insists on solving Metropolis's problems? How does Jimmy deal with his best friend missing? How does the city deal with super-villains like Intergang or Lex Luthor without it's guardian angel?

I'm sure the story would be even better if I knew the underlying context of the DC Universe at the moment, but as a stand-alone story it works brilliantly. The writing really shines in this one and absent are all the silly little lines of dialogue that usually undermine great Superman stories.
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