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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; First Edition edition (September 27, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401209548
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401209544
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 6.6 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #515,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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The art is good, and the story is solid.
Fryman
If you've ever seen and liked Superman 2, the movie from the 80's, then you'll like this story.
CJC
What makes the book worthwhile is that this is really Clark's story.
Marvin B.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Gotham Night on April 15, 2007
Format: Paperback
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.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Michael E. Hill on November 3, 2007
Format: Paperback
"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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marvin B. on April 21, 2009
Format: Paperback
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.
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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.
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