Doug Zawisza

Reviewer
Livonia, MI
Plattsburgh, NY
Jul 7

My appreciation of the four-color world of comics started one Saturday morning when my mom returned from a grocery store trip with a coverless issue of some Spider-Man adventure. This was just the right time to hit me with a comic as "Super Friends" had just ended and the television was turned off for the morning. I'm not sure what the Spider-Man issue was, as I was too naive to check the indicia and the issue has since disappeared in one of my many moves, but Spider-Man made an impression on me and comics made an impression on my wallet. Comics have been a mainstay of my public display of support of capitalism ever since.

Writing for CBR isn't my first journalistic gig within the world of comics. I've also written for Comicbloc.com (which started off as GeoffJohns.com) where my first ever interview was with George Perez! I've also written and designed the "Hawkman Companion" for TwoMorrows and have some other ideas for other writing projects at some point in the future. Some of those ideas might involve gorillas, or they might not. Most of those ideas certainly don't involve platypi. Thanks, Perry.

At my day job, I'm an Instructional Designer, developing training materials and curriculum for those who need them, even if they don't realize they do. I have a ridiculously supportive, amazingly talented and beautiful wife and I am lucky enough to be the father of three incredibly talented and awesomely amazing young ladies who each appreciate comics in their own way. In my spare time, when I'm not being a dad, coaching soccer, mowing the lawn (or shoveling the snow), reading and reviewing comics, driving to or from work and actually doing work, I sleep.

FIRST COMIC: An unspecificed coverless Spider-Man issue, but I have reason to believe it to be "Marvel Team-Up" #58. The first one I spent my hard-earned, fifty-cent allowance on was "Justice League of America" #192.

FAVORITE CHARACTER: Firestorm, Hawkman, Benjamin J. Grimm, Cliff Steele

Articles By Doug Zawisza

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REVIEW: "X-O Manowar" #24 'Offers Plenty to Impress'

Thu, April 17th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

The Robert Venditti-scripted lead in to the publisher's "Armor Hunters" event, "X-O Manowar" #24 "serves as a splendid introduction" to the Valiant U.

REVIEW: The Massive "Deadpool" #27 Wedding Issue

Fri, April 11th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Gerry Duggan, Brian Posehn and Mike Hawthorne are joined by many creators from Deadpool's history to celebrate his wedding in "Deadpool" #27.

REVIEW: Kirkman & Ottley's "Invincible" #110

Thu, April 10th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Robert Kirkman and Ryan Ottley's "Invincible" #110 puts Mark Grayson through emotional turmoil in more ways than one.

REVIEW: Robinson, Waid, Dell'Otto & Dell'Edera's "Amazing Spider-Man: Family Business"

Mon, April 7th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

James Robinson, Mark Waid, Gabriele Dell'Otto & Werther Dell'Edera's "Amazing Spider-Man: Family Business" OGN is "very solid."

REVIEW: Bendis, Pichelli & More Celebrate "Ultimate Comics Spider-Man" #200

Thu, April 3rd, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Brian Bendis, Sarah Pichelli, Mark Bagley, Mark Brooks, David Lafuente, Dave Marquez & Andrew Hennessy's "Ultimate Comics Spider-Man" #200 is a great milestone issue.

REVIEW: Slott, Gage & Camuncoli's "Superior Spider-Man" #30

Fri, March 28th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Dan Slott, Christos Gage & Giuseppe Camuncoli's "Superior Spider-Man" #30 presents a "fresh, electric and invigorating" penultimate series issue.

REVIEW: Lemire & Foreman's "Animal Man" #29

Thu, March 20th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Jeff Lemire and Travel Foreman's "Animal Man" #29 wraps the series in an emotionally satisfying issue for longtime fans of the character.

5-STAR REVIEW: Snyder & Albuquerque's "American Vampire: Second Cycle" #1 is "One Hell of a Start"

Wed, March 19th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque make a triumphant return with "American Vampire: Second Cycle" #1, "one hell of a start" to the new series.

REVIEW: Van Lente & Smith's "Magnus, Robot Fighter" #1

Thu, March 13th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Fred Van Lente & Cory Smith's Dynamite relaunch of "Magnus, Robot Fighter" is "a fine addition to the Gold Key lineup."

REVIEW: Snyder & Capullo Return To "Zero Year" For "Batman" #29

Thu, March 13th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's extra-sized "Batman" #29 heads back to "Zero Year" with "meticulous writing" and "enthusiastically, brutally animated art."

REVIEW: Aguirre-Sacasa & Francavilla's "Afterlife With Archie" #4

Thu, March 6th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa & Francesco Francavilla's "Afterlife With Archie" #4 is "a fun story that crosses genres and transforms a cast of characters."

REVIEW: Ellis & Shalvey's "Moon Knight" #1

Wed, March 5th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey's "Moon Knight" #1 puts a new spin on the disciple of Khonsu in "a magnificent debut issue" for All-New Marvel NOW!

REVIEW: Palmiotti, Gray & Johnson Celebrate 100 issues of Hex in "All-Star Western" #28

Fri, February 28th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray & Staz Johnson celebrate 100 issues of working on Jonah Hex with "All-Star Western" #28, "one of the very best comics DC has to offer."

REVIEW: Robinson & Kirk's "Fantastic Four" #1

Thu, February 27th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

James Robinson and Leonard Kirk bring a strong "Fantastic Four" debut to All-New Marvel NOW!, a "welcome addition" to the publisher's library.

REVIEW: Waid & Krause's "Daredevil: Road Warrior" #1 Infinite Comic

Tue, February 25th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Mark Waid & Peter Krause go cross-country with "Daredevil: Road Warrior" #1, with a story that's "some of the very best Marvel has to offer."

REVIEW: Ryan & Marquez's "The Joyners in 3D" is "A Thing of Beauty"

Mon, February 24th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

R.J. Ryan and David Marquez's "The Joyners in 3D" OGN is "a game-changer, reawakening 3D comics" and "a thing of beauty" in stereoscopic 3D.

REVIEW: Duggan & Medina's "Nova" #13.NOW

Fri, February 21st, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Gerry Duggan & Paco Medina construct a meeting between Sam Alexander and Beta Ray Bill in "Nova" #13.NOW, an issue that's "pure comic joy."

REVIEW: Johns & Reis Bring the Metal Men to "Justice League" #28

Thu, February 20th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis & Joe Prado bring "a gorgeous new appearance" for the Metal Men in "Justice League" #28.

REVIEW: Williams & Coleby's "The Royals: Masters of War" #1

Fri, February 14th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Rob Williams & Simon Coleby's superpowered comic "The Royals: Masters of War" #1 is "a fresh, unexpected tale filled with familiar notions."

REVIEW: "The Trial of Jean Grey" Continues in Bendis & Immonen's "All-New X-Men" #23

Thu, February 13th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Brian Bendis & Stuart Immonen's "All New X-Men" #23 "hits an unexpected note and offers a payoff to readers" for "The Trial of Jean Grey."

Captain Action Cat: The Timestream CATastrophe! #1

Fri, April 18th, 2014 | Category: Review

Dynamite Entertainment delivers the first installment of "Captain Action Cat," a series that could only come from the collective creativity of Art Baltazar and Franco, with an assist from Chris Smits.

X-O Manowar #24

Wed, April 16th, 2014 | Category: Review

"X-O Manowar" #24 is a prelude of the upcoming "Armor Hunters" series and a fine introduction to the X-O Manowar cast of characters thanks to writer Robert Venditti and artist Diego Bernard.

Solar: Man of the Atom #1

Wed, April 16th, 2014 | Category: Review

Dynamite Entertainment's Gold Key comic book line continues on with a very solid third offering in "Solar: Man of the Atom" #1, written by Frank J. Barbiere with art from Joe Bennett.

Iron Fist: The Living Weapon #1

Fri, April 11th, 2014 | Category: Review

Kaare Andrews tries his hand at telling the tales of Danny Rand in "Iron Fist: The Living Weapon" #1.

Superior Foes of Spider-Man #11

Fri, April 11th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Superior Foes of Spider-Man" #11 turns the spotlight on Grizzly and the Looter by writers Tom Peyer and Elliott Kalan respectively, but adds in a one-dollar price increase.

Justice League 3000 #5

Fri, April 11th, 2014 | Category: Review

Firestorm joins the future Justice League in "Justice League 3000" #5, co-written by Keith Giffen and J. M. DeMatteis with art by Raymund Bermudez over layouts from Giffen.

Deadpool #27

Fri, April 11th, 2014 | Category: Review

With a host of creators contributing to it, "Deadpool" #27 features the wedding of Deadpool and a cover with a lot -- a lot -- of characters.

Manifest Destiny #6

Wed, April 9th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Manifest Destiny" #6 brings the first arc to a close, as Chris Dingess and Matthew Roberts continue to relate the horrors waiting for Lewis and Clark on the new frontier of the Louisiana Purchase.

Kings Watch #5

Wed, April 9th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Kings Watch" #5 wraps up the series that teams Flash Gordon, Mandrake and the Phantom in an adventure written by Jeff Parker with Marc Laming art.

Invincible #110

Wed, April 9th, 2014 | Category: Review

In "Invincible" #110 writer Robert Kirkman and artist Ryan Ottley once again push the envelope, but this time is sure to raise some eyebrows and concerns.

Amazing Spider-Man: Family Business

Mon, April 7th, 2014 | Category: Review

In the "Amazing Spider-Man: Family Business" original graphic novel, Mark Waid, James Robinson and Gabrielle Dell'Otto introduce readers to Peter Parker's sister and welcome Wilson Fisk back to business.

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Prelude #1

Fri, April 4th, 2014 | Category: Review

Nebula takes center stage in "Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Prelude" #1 as writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning join artist Wellington Alves to lay critical groundwork for the galaxy the Guardians call home.

Black Widow #5

Fri, April 4th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Black Widow" #5 gives the titular Avenger a shot at the Mad Monk courtesy of Nathan Edmondson's writing and Phil Noto's always-beautiful art.

She-Hulk #3

Fri, April 4th, 2014 | Category: Review

"She-Hulk" #3 sends Jennifer Walters and Kristoff Vernard to federal court to attain citizenship for Kristoff in a Charles Soule-written, Javier Pulido-drawn story.

Captain America #19

Fri, April 4th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Captain America" #19 by Rick Remender and Nic Klein continues the deconstruction of the Sentinel of Liberty.

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #200

Thu, April 3rd, 2014 | Category: Review

A host of artists led by regular collaborator Dave Marquez bring the celebration to Brian Michael Bendis' two-hundredth issue in "Ultimate Spider-Man" #200.

Guardians of the Galaxy Prelude Infinite Comic #1

Wed, April 2nd, 2014 | Category: Review

Gamora takes center stage in "Guardians of the Galaxy Prelude Infinite Comic" #1 as writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning return to familiar characters in the nascent cinematic universe.

Aquaman #29

Mon, March 31st, 2014 | Category: Review

"Aquaman" #29 is a bombastic example of the world-building Jeff Parker and Paul Pelletier bring to the adventures of Arthur and crew.

Forever Evil: A.R.G.U.S. #6

Mon, March 31st, 2014 | Category: Review

As "Forever Evil" closes in on its own conclusion, Sterling Gates and Neil Edwards' "Forever Evil: A.R.G.U.S." #6 brings the meandering adventures and emotions of Steve Trevor to a temporary conclusion.

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #200

Fri, March 28th, 2014 | Category: Review

Larry Hama hits a milestone and writes "G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero" #200, which is illustrated by S. L. Gallant and features a G.I. Joe and Cobra firefight in the middle of the desert.

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