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Superman: Up, Up, and Away! (Superman by Kurt Busiek Action Comics, #837-840, Superma)

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  1,498 Ratings  ·  44 Reviews
Written by Kurt Busiek & Geoff JohnsCover by Terry & Rachel Dodson Art by Pete Woods and Renato Guedes It is One Year Later...and no one has seen or heard from the Man of Steel. In this collection featuring SUPERMAN #650-653 and ACTION #837-840, as Clark Kent concentrates on his career, the need for the Man of Steel has remained as strong as ever - especially now t ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 27th 2006 by DC Comics
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Sam Quixote
Oct 08, 2014 Sam Quixote rated it really liked it
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
Jun 26, 2012 Patrick rated it it was amazing
I think Busiek did a really nice job with this one. A very nice story that centers more around 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....
Jesse A
May 08, 2014 Jesse A rated it really liked it
Easily the worst damn Superman cover ever! Moving past the cover however it's a very good book.
May 30, 2008 Travis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comic-books
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
John Yelverton
Jul 31, 2011 John Yelverton rated it it was amazing
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.
Jan 07, 2012 Sunil rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, 2012, favorites
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, and...he 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 ...more
Joanne G.
Jun 29, 2012 Joanne G. rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Feather Mista
Aug 16, 2010 Feather Mista rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans del personaje y/o los autores
Recommended to Feather by: Precio principalmente
En su momento lo arranqué con bastantes ganas pero nunca lo pude terminar por culpa de una persona cuyo nombre no quiero recordar pero que comparte mi apellido. Años después, finalmente lo conseguí en papel a un precio relativamente barato y le di otra chance.
ACTUALIZACIÓN: Y hoy, por esos azares del inexistente destino que a uno nunca lo dejan de sorprender, lo tengo firmado por su dibujante el talentosísimo y simpatiquísimo Renato Guedes. Cuando tenga menos sueño quizás cuente la anécdota pert
Jun 22, 2016 Koen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Kal-El, Clark Kent, Supes... It's great to see him going at it, in real life, as Clark, struggling, doing his thing without being "Super"... And still he tries to go after the bad guys... what a guy! :)

And then all of a sudden, he gets his powers back.. And how! Being powerless for so long, for a year, you can see him struggling a bit with the overabundance of it all..
But of course Superman wouldn't be Superman if it would all turn out for the better..
Go read this book and see him take on Lex o
May 14, 2008 Christopher rated it really liked it
I liked how this was a story about how Clark Kent loves the city he protects, and reminiscent of an old fashioned great cartoon, where every villain in the Superman mythos pops up, and Lex Luthor has yet another grandest plan to destroy Superman.
Apr 14, 2008 Chris rated it it was amazing
This was my reintroduction to collecting Superman comics. Set "One Year Later" from DC's Infinite Crisis, Clark Kent has, for one year, been...Clark Kent. His powers are gone. Lois has been enjoying life with a normal husband, he's been enjoying being a reporter (and giving Lex Luthor hell as an investigative journalist), but all good things must come to an end. When somebody pushes Clark in front of a train, trying to kill him, he discovers that his powers are back.

The scene where he reveals t
Wing Kee
Mar 03, 2016 Wing Kee rated it liked it
Nice little character piece that focuses on Clark and Kal-El instead of Superman, and I like it.

So, one year later following Infinite Crisis where do we find Superman? Being Clark Kent!

World: I feel Woods' art is ok, it's not the best and I find his character designs to be weird and his splash pages to be meh, but it served it's purpose. The world building here is quite good, it's very character driven and I like it. It's very on the ground and gives the series time for readers to see Metropolis
Feb 02, 2017 Sarah rated it really liked it
So, after coming to a realization that I prefer DC to Marvel, I decided I need to actually read a Superman comic. I'd never read one because I always considered Superman to be: (1) Too over-powered, and (2) Too much of a "Boy Scout" to be a complex character. Well, this comic soundly proved me wrong. I came across it after Googling "comics that focus more on Clark Kent." And this comic did exactly that, while still delivering a solid action story. What made this story arc particularly strong wer ...more
Nov 19, 2016 Lizz rated it it was amazing
This was pretty much everything I have wanted from a Superman story. It really digs in on the idea that Clark Kent is just as essential as Superman - neither of those is a "secret identity," he's both equally. When his powers are gone, he helps people however he can (going all in on his journalism career and calling in his heroic former colleagues when he's reached his limit) but still enjoys the freedom and comforts a human life offers him (he's genuinely happy to just get to spend time with hi ...more
Sep 24, 2008 Nicholas rated it it was amazing
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 n
Dec 31, 2008 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
The only good thing to come out of the last Crisis. Or, wait, was that the second to last crisis now? Regardless, Busiek and Johns tell a classic Superman tale without using Superman's classic powers through most of it. Their love for Clark and his married life with Lois Lane shows strongly in their discussions about his hiatus from superhero-dom and his abilities simply as Clark.

The story involved as many crazy scientists as any Superman comic, which can be a little hard to square up with the a
Arvin Chandra
Jun 19, 2015 Arvin Chandra rated it really liked it
A rather easy to jump in Superman story. A collection of 6 comics which was set One Year Later after the reality-altering Infinite Crisis. Basically, we see Superman powerless, and a heroic Clark Kent enjoying his life and career and marriage with Lois Lane. Even though Superman isn't around, Metropolis is still protected by heroes, and Lex Luthor is back into the path of villainy. The only difference, this time he utilizing ancient Kryptonian technology with the aim .... Actually, I didn't quit ...more
Aug 05, 2007 Bill rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, superheroes
Every so often, the folks at DC put Superman through the wringer to shake things up a bit in attempts at interesting storytelling/sales boosting. But since he's a corporately-owned marketing icon, the changes never last long, and a story will come along that resets the status quo. This is one of those resets. What separates this one from the pack, though, is that it's actually really good. Co-writers Kurt Busiek & Geoff Johns tell the tale of a Superman regaining his powers after living as p ...more
Aug 03, 2013 Julie rated it it was amazing
This is probably one of my most favorite Superman stories. I enjoy it because it has all those moments you desire in a comic. Superman is powerless and things are okay at first but then being powerless begins to show its drawbacks. Then powers come back and now you get to take on the big baddies again and be the hero you always strive to be. Its a predictable story but those are the kinds of stories I like. This story seems to have all the trappings of a great traditional Superman story.

Most imp
Jul 17, 2012 Jake rated it it was amazing
After the events of Infinite Crisis, Superman loses his powers for about a year. This book is about him adjusting to his life without his powers, and about them coming back.

This is my favorite Superman story, without question. See, the thing I love about Superman is his character and what he stands for. He's loyal to his planets, his country, his city, and his wife. He stands for truth, justice, and the American way. He's everything a superhero should be. This book does the best at showcasing th
Sep 16, 2015 Sud666 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Apparently this takes place one year after Superman has disappeared. Clark Kent is depowered and has Green Lantern and Supergirl to fill in for Superman. Luthor is out of jail and trying to rebuild his empire. When is Superman going to get his powers back? That is the essence of the storyline and its not bad. I just didn't think it was as great, though pretty solid, and the artwork was good to sometimes not so good. If you are a big Superman fan then this is a great series for you. For those not ...more
Jul 02, 2012 Shawn rated it it was amazing
Johns and Busiek team up on this tale about the return of Superman. It's been over a year since Clark lost his powers in Infinite Crisis and has since just been a mild mannered reporter, but he's been doing it well. The writing duo brings a great human depth to the character and show us that Clark Kent is a hero with or without out his kryptonian powers. Other aspects are explored such as his relationship with his wife, his arch-nemesis, and his pal. It's a great story, and a great re-introducti ...more
Jul 28, 2010 Ragnell rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Superman Fans
I've been dying for a good Superman story lately, and this one delivers. The setup here lets them explore Clark in his own world--his marriage, his job, his friends, his city, his enemies--in a clear, unfettered way by taking his powers out of the picture. It illustrates the sort of person he really is, and then slowly brings us back into the status quo that we all know and love.

The other good character study we get is Lex Luthor, who gets considerably less screentime but still gets an unspoiled
Jul 11, 2011 victoria.p rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
I wanted a story about Clark living without his powers after ...whatever crisis that was, and this was recommended and I really enjoyed it. Clark is so very charming even when he isn't being Superman, and I really loved the scenes of his life with Lois, and how much she was enjoying having her husband all to herself, yet how willing she was for him to go back to being Superman once his powers came back. ♥LOIS♥ I also liked how competent Clark was once he didn't have to keep up the fumbling facad ...more
Victor Orozco
May 11, 2015 Victor Orozco rated it liked it
One Year after the events of Infinite Crisis and I realize that Superman has been living happily without his powers. But he's making himself capable as Clark Kent while he's trying to regain his powers taking time out of his day and covering stories and as trouble bursts he calls for Jimmy Olsen's watch to summon his cousin.

While nice here and there I was wondering how this was going to go. It leads to a predictable conclusion and there is some fun into it though. Not very ground-breaking... of
Philip Marcil
Apr 14, 2013 Philip Marcil rated it liked it
L'histoire se deroule 1 an apres les incidents de Infinite crisis et Superman qui n'a plus de pouvoir a quitter Metropolis. En apparence seulement car Clark Kent lui est toujours bien la sureillant la ville et appelant des renfort comme Supergirl et Green lantern lorsque c'est nécessaire.

Le livre etait bon mais il n'est pas dans le meme calibre que des oeuvres comme Kingdom come ou Superman: Red son! Etant un superfan de Superman et de DC j'ai quand meme apprecie. J'ai aimer ce qu'il ont fait de
Víctor Segovia
Mar 04, 2016 Víctor Segovia rated it it was amazing
Excelente comic, de ni más ni menos de dos iconos de ese medio, don Kurt Busiek y el azuloso de Superman.

Ambientada un año despues de los eventos de Crisis Infinita, nos adentramos en el día a día de un Kal El sin sus superpoderes y viviendo una vida que siempre quiso, la de un mero mortal más. Pero nadie descansa, ya que hasta su némesis (así como villanos menores y revisiones de otros villanos) quiere regresar a ser el que controlaba la ciudad, por mucho que se haga evidente que el azuloso ya
Jun 30, 2013 Chad rated it really liked it
You can certainly tell where the Johns story ends and the Busiek begins. It is like moving from 4D to 2D in record time. Johns is the reason for the 4 stars. His arc about Clark and the loss of his powers, his stronger relationship with Lois, and his new found ability to be the best reporter at the paper make this a new kind of Superman tale. The reader begins to wonder whether Clark deserves an ordinary life without powers. Clark finds his powers again in a few stunning scenes and the rest disi ...more
Dec 08, 2009 Steven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Fanboy awesomeness.Probably nothing revolutionary,but that is precisely its charm. Superman should be fighting scientific monstrosities and alien battle ships. Yet, when he regains his god-like powers, the book reminds us why Superman is the greatest hero of all time. It is not the ability to move planets that makes a superhero, but his selflessness in facing injustice.
Sep 29, 2012 Micah rated it liked it
I like this book a little more than I probably should. Its not a great superman story. but the very beginning when Clark has no powers are fun. I am always disappointed at how quickly he gets them back. The superman part of the story is just a sort of standard Superman story.
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Kurt Busiek is an American comic book writer notable for his work on the Marvels limited series, his own title Astro City, and his four-year run on Avengers.

Busiek did not read comics as a youngster, as his parents disapproved of them. He began to read them regularly around the age of 14, when he picked up a copy of Daredevil #120. This was the first part of a continuity-heavy four-part story arc;
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