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Danielle's Reading Adventures

Reading is my favorite hobby, hands down. Books are love to me.  I am an avid collector, and paper books will always edge out e-books with me.

Some things don't age well

JLA: Zatanna's Search - Gardner F. Fox, Gerry Conway, Murphy Anderson, Carmine Infantino, Gil Kane, Mike Sekowsky, Romeo Tanghal, Steven Utley

If I used one word to describe this book, it would be 'dated.' The other word I'd use was 'cheesy'. I don't think these stories have aged well at all. I checked this out because I am a huge fan of the character Zatanna, and I was curious to see her search for her father Zatara played out. Now I know what happened back then, and I'm ready to move forward and explore the newer Zatanna stories.

I think there is definitely a sensibility of the earlier age, including the sexism that was evident in the early to mid 20th Century. I cringed when Zatanna is referred to as the "Maid of Magic." I was happy that in later stories, she receives her current moniker of "Mistress of Magic." It sounds better, less chauvinistic.

As far as other aspects of the story, I felt like the science and magic explanations are simplistic and the ways in which Zatanna and the other Leaguers defeat their foes are too basic for me to feel they are credible. I guess it's due to the fact that I didn't read a lot of the older comics. I don't know if that is typical for the older ones.

The artwork is okay. It's just dated and sometimes corny.

After going back in the day with the stories in this collection, I'm glad that the new comic writing is more sophisticated.

If someone asked me if this is worth reading, I'd have to say, sadly no.

Overall rating: 2.5/5.0 stars.