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"Up, Up, and Away! (Part VII of VIII) – Up in the Sky": Lex Luthor pilots an ancient Kryptonian warship made of Sunstone over the skies of Metropolis. Speaking through an amplifier, he brags to Superman of the Kr

Quote1 Today, Metropolis dies. And it was Krypton that built its doom. Quote2
-- Lex Luthor

Appearing in "Up, Up, and Away! (Part VII of VIII) – Up in the Sky"

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Synopsis for "Up, Up, and Away! (Part VII of VIII) – Up in the Sky"

Lex Luthor pilots an ancient Kryptonian warship made of Sunstone over the skies of Metropolis. Speaking through an amplifier, he brags to Superman of the Kryptonian genius involved in the engineering of such a miraculous specimen. He further denounces the citizens of Metropolis for turning their backs on him, citing that if he is going to go, he is taking Metropolis with him.

More crystal spires grow from the roots of Metropolis' soil, many of them taking the form of various offensive weapons including tanks and hover-crafts. Luthor commands all of the Sunstone fragments via remote from within his new starship. As the weapons begin randomly attacking various cultural centers, a phalanx of super-heroes, including Captain Marvel, Green Lantern, the JSA and the Teen Titans arrive to lend a hand. Luthor blocks their efforts by erecting a force field across all of New Troy Island.

Superman scans the warship with his x-ray vision until he finds a knot of circuitry which makes up the ship's broadcasting hub. He fires twin bolts of heat vision that burrow through the Sunstone hull, burning out the circuit. With that, the remote weaponry ceases to function.

With Luthor momentarily distracted, Superman begins targeting various parts of the ship with his heat vision. Luthor has a contingency plan however, and activates an energy module which releases all of the stored Kryptonite radiation within the ship's hull.

Luthor reconfigures the shape of the vessel so that it resembles a giant, green crystalline robot. He begins firing blasts of Kryptonite radiation at Superman. Jimmy Olsen runs out into the street and deflects one of the deadly blasts with a garbage can lid. The radiation burns Jimmy's arm however, and Superman rushes him away from the scene.

Superman realizes that he must make an all-or-nothing gambit. Concentrating all of his energy on a single task, he launches himself like a bullet straight at the heart of the warship. Despite the presence of Kryptonite, he shatters through the hull and grabs Lex Luthor. Flying through the back of the machine, he launches himself high into the sky and out over the West River. The Kryptonite weakened him enough however, that his flight capabilities begin to wane. As the two combatants begin to fall from the sky, Luthor screams, "I hate you!"



  • In this issue, it is revealed that the Kryptonian artifact was once the command ship of the Kryptonian fleet, led by Dru-Zod. Dru-Zod is more commonly known as General Zod, although Superman remarks that Zod once held the rank of Admiral. This historical notation contradicts known Post-Crisis Kryptonian history however, as all Kryptonians (except for Superman) suffered a genetic defect which kept them bound to their planet. Leaving Krypton would automatically result in a Kryptonian's immediate death. [1]

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Up, Up, and Away!
Part I: Superman #650 Part II: Action Comics #837 Part III: Superman #651 Part IV: Action Comics #838
Part V: Superman #652 Part VI: Action Comics #839 Part VII: Superman #653 Part VIII: Action Comics #840

One Year Later
The events from this issue take place one year after the events of the 2006 limited series Infinite Crisis. This template will categorize articles that include it into Category: 1 Year Later Crossover.