SUPERMAN DAWNBREAKER by Matt de la Pena

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.


Title : Superman Dawnbreaker
Author : Matt de le Pena
Series : DC Icons #4
Format : Hardback
Page Count : 288
Genre : YA fantasy
Publisher : Penguin
Release Date : March 7, 2019

Reviewer : Micky
Rating : ★ ★ ★


Micky’s 3-3.5 star review

There were few surprises for me going into SUPERMAN DAWNBREAKER, what with two sets of films and a series or two under my belt. That said, I liked the YA age of Clark Kent in the context of Smallville and his friends Lana and Gloria. I would have liked to have seen more of Clark’s parents.

Although the surprises were few, the familiarity was good. Clark slowly came into his powers in this book and I was glued to the page at those moments, I don’t think that’s ever been explored in the films or series before.

The first half of the book was good, enjoyable reading with a good pace. The second half seemed to be on sprint speed and the plot developed at a rate that was rushed with lots of predictability and neat wrapping up. I wanted the pace to slow and more pages to to tease out the plot and friendships.

This was the last read of the series, so that’s a box ticked and although this wasn’t my favourite (CATWOMAN and WONDER WOMAN WARBRINGER are), it has finished the series on a solid point; I would have preferred a high!