Review: Superman Dawnbreaker by Matt de la Pena


Rating: ☆☆☆
Title: Superman: Dawnbreaker
Author: Matt de la Pena
Series: DC Icons #4
Genre: Superhero
Audience: Young Adult
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Andrew Eiden
Length: 7 hours (288 pages)
Publisher: Random House books for Young Readers; Listening Library
Release Date: March 4, 2019
Source: Library (Libby app)
Recommended for fans of: DC superheroes
Other Books in Series:
1. Wonder Woman: Warbringer
2. Batman Nightwalker
3. Catwoman Soulstealer


When the dawn breaks, a hero rises.

His power is beyond imagining.

Clark Kent has always been faster, stronger–better–than everyone around him. But he wasn’t raised to show off, and drawing attention to himself could be dangerous. Plus, it’s not like he’s earned his powers . . . yet.

But power comes with a price.

Lately it’s difficult to hold back and keep his heroics in the shadows. When Clark follows the sound of a girl crying, he comes across Gloria Alvarez and discovers a dark secret lurking in Smallville. Turns out, Clark’s not the only one hiding something. Teaming up with his best friend, Lana Lang, he throws himself into the pursuit of the truth. What evil lies below the surface of his small town? And what will it cost Clark to learn about his past as he steps into the light to become the future Man of Steel? Because before he can save the world, he must save Smallville.


This was my least favorite of the DC Icons books. I thought that the plotline involving immigrants and “illegal aliens” was timely and well executed, drawing interesting parallels to Clark’s own status as an alien in Smallville. However, overall this story didn’t hold my interest. Clark Kent tends to be a boring character to me, and this book was no exception.

I was also thrown that this audiobook had the same narrator as The Bromance Book Club series. It’s hard to reframe the voice behind a steamy romance series as a teenage Clark Kent.

This was still good, but I thought the other DC Icons books were better. If you are a superhero fan who wants to read the whole DC Icons series, go for it. But don’t expect this book to turn you into a Superman fan.

Author: Caroline | Carolibrary

Hello! I’m Caroline! I am a teacher, a book lover, and a nerd. My passions include reading, writing, bookstagram, barre & yoga, baking, binging TV shows, and Star Wars. I love stories in all formats because they can transport you to a different world while helping you understand the world around you. I have always found books to be a particularly magical source of imagination.

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