Hi there! It’s Becky, again. I have had such mixed reactions to the DC Icon series. I don’t really love them but I enjoy them just enough to keep reading. I just finished the audio book of the last book in the series. Here are my thoughts:
Title: Superman: Dawnbreaker
Author: Matt de la Pena
Note: I listened to the audio book.
Other Books in the Series that I Reviewed: Catwoman: Soulstealer and Wonder Woman: Warbringer (see video of review below)
Summary: Clark Kent has always known that he is different than his classmates at Smallville High but he could never have guess how much. Clark’s entire life begins to change when a large conglomerate begins buying up farmland in his hometown. To protect his friends and family, Clark will have to visits the secrets of his past that will reshape his future.
Review: The DC Icons series has been difficult for me. I have lamented about how DC hired fantastic YA authors then limited what they were able to write by confining them to superhero lore. Yet, there was something about Superman: Dawnbreaker that I kind of enjoy. De la Pena wrote a basic Superman origin story filled with Clark discovering his powers and having to defeat his first real foe. The book doesn’t have any surprises but it doesn’t really need them. Readers looking for a tale of how Clark Kent became Superman will be happy with this story of his metamorphosis. Plus, the book’s message of immigration and racism is something that is relevant and a much needed conversation starter in today’s political climate. The book may be simple and without surprises but it does what it’s supposed to do and I’m okay with that.
Final Rating: 3 out of 5