Superman: Dawnbreaker

DC Icons Series
Narrated by: Andrew Eiden
Series: DC Icons, Book 4
Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
Categories: Teens, Ages 11-13
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Publisher's Summary

The blockbuster DC Icons series that began with Leigh Bardugo's Wonder Woman, Marie Lu's Batman, and Sarah J. Maas' Catwoman continues with the story of the world's first superhero - Superman - from award-winning and number-one New York Times best-selling author Matt de la Peña.

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.

©2019 Matt de la Peña (P)2019 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

"A wonderful, bold interpretation of a DC icon that aspires to embrace all readers, new and old." (Kirkus Reviews)

“In his brilliant take on Superman, de la Peña shows us that there’s a chance we’ll all need to step up like Clark Kent - with or without a cape.” (Jason Reynolds, New York Times best-selling author of Miles Morales: Spider-Man and Long Way Down)

“Matt de la Peña’s Superman is the quintessential American alien. Despite being caught between two worlds, he’s everything we love about the Man of Steel: courageous, compassionate, and full of hope.” (Gene Luen Yang, author of New Super-Man and National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature)

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Bashed in the face with an intersectional 2X4

When I ordered the book I knew the author leaned left and that he would create a story that argued for his political views.

He didn’t write a story. He wrote about his political views and stuck a story on top of them It wasn’t subtle. It wasn’t organic. It wasn’t even professional

Star Trek, marvel, dc. They’ve always moved the envelope and presented a certain view of the world But they also wrote great stories. De la Pena didn’t. He could have But he’s just trying too hard

Opening scene takes pains to mention the high school Latinx book club. The narrator actually pronounces latinx. New characters usually immediately come with a description of their race and class and gender.

Rich people are the creepy suspicious bad guys. People who are “different” are persecuted and wonderful Society hates people who are “different” and therefore make them unsafe. Small town America is a bad and dangerous place full of evil things like a desire for legal immigration and control of criminal activity.

Racism, bigotry, allusions to homophobia and religious intolerance. Small town America is a deeply problematic place that requires heroic freedom fighters to ask tough questions and challenge the patriarchy.

But it does not seemingly need tolkienesque prose. It just needs an intersectional club.

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A slightly heavy handed tale of Superman

This volume of the DC Icons series focused on the short period of time when Clark's powers are manifesting and his first appearance as Superman. It's interesting to see that, arguably, the greatest hero so far spotlighted in this series has the shortest story to tell. The story is fairly simple and adds little to the mythos. We do get angsty Clark, would be reporter Lana Lang, kindly Ma and Pa Kent. They even work in a young Lex Luthor acting suspiciously, but not really doing much else. They even name drop Lois Lane at one point. All the parts are in place, and yet, it falls flat for me. It seemed to me that the author was much more interested in the plight of the local Smallville Hispanic population, both legal and illegal, than the Superman story. Yes, I get that Clark is the poster child for immigrants and I give credit to the writer for playing off of that. The story had potential, but I personally think it needed more development before being written. This is not, by any means, a bad story. It's just kind of average for me. This fourth volume of the DC Icons series is the weakest of the bunch but still enjoyable for what it is. In my opinion, that would be a back up story in any Superman comic. So, a mild recommendation.

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Disappointing.

I listen to audio books while commuting to and from work to relax. I selected this book because I was looking for something light, something to get me out of my head. This book has alot of socially charged content and alot of the authors personal views. Not what I was expecting from a Superman book. I don't mind when I'm looking for a book to inspire an internal debate or gain political perspective. This is a book about Superman, not a platform for the author to indoctrinate his views on to the readers. I'm not agreeing or disagreeing with the opinions of the author, just stating that this was disappointing.

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how Clark Kent decided to become Superman m

The narrator brings you into the story as you watch Kal-el decide to be a hero or just be a passerby.

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Smallville-esque audio book

Very reminiscent of Smallville...loved every minute of it. Had a lil bit of the animated series history Alon with a Smallville vibe to it. I highly recommend it

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Superman Soars!

at first I was a little bummed to figure out that this was a origin story. but I should have guessed from this synopsis. The story was still a lot of fun, very interesting to add topical relevancy of today and our society and weave it into Superman's story without it being Superman's direct story. the narration was pretty great on this too!

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Love

I really enjoyed this book. If you like superhero,action then you should get this book.

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Interesting, but Somewhat Unimpressive

I liked some aspects to this novel, but I think I got hung up on the over sensationalizing of the immigrant aspect. I got real middle of the road there because I like pairing the situation of him as an alien feeling ostracized with no where to go and illegal immigrants feeling a version of that. I just think throwing in race and immigration into a superhero novel with the political climate of today takes away from some of the key aspects superheroes are designed to address with subtlety.

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SUPER

great Superman story. very cannon in its story structure and references. for every true Superman lover this is the book for you. I was very afraid then I was going to be disappointed and I very much so was not. two thumbs up

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Ways to describe this book...

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- a must read ( or listen )