Part two of Up, Up, and Away keeps the action coming fast and furious, even though Superman is still powerless. We meet a new Toyman early on in the issue, and he's a creepy little fellow, very much in the style of the one from the Dini cartoon. No clue to his identity as of yet. Luthor, now bankrupt and disgraced, seems to be back to his old rogue scientist ways. This is a Luthor we haven't seen for a while. One that can finally cut loose. Superman confirms that something happened at the end of IC one year ago that took his powers away, apparently for good. That's not stopping Clark from taking his life in his hands to try to get an expose on Intergang, though. Intergang, who has apparently gotten it's hands on Luthor's old battlesuits. Caught and running for his life, Clark calls on his backup, Hal Jordan and Hawkgirl, who take out the intergang thugs. At this point, we see an interlude between Luthor and Metallo in Metropolis Park. They're standing at the memorial statue for Superman - and Superboy. Luthor seems somber but unemotional over the apparent death of his "son". The issue ends with Clark and Hal having a conversation about Superman getting back in action. At this point, Hal pulls out a GL ring with an "S" shield on the center. Fade out.
Another great issue, which leaves a lot more questions and mysteries to be answered. Johns and Buseik know their Superman. There's absolutely no doubt about that. This is one of the best runs on the character in a while.