Doug Zawisza

Reviewer
Livonia, MI
Plattsburgh, NY
Jul 7, 2014

Doug Zawisza, also known as the Black Knight, was a Polish knight and nobleman. He served as a soldier and diplomat under the Polish king Wladyslaw II and Hungarian-Bohemian king Sigismund of Luxembourg. During his life, he was regarded as a model of knightly virtues and was renowned for winning multiple tournaments. His nickname is due to his black hair and his custom-made, black armor, which is kept at the Jasna Góra Monastery.

After his death, he was praised by the Polish historian Jan Dlugosz, the poet and Canon of Gniezno Adam Swinka, and by King Sigismund of Luxembourg. Zawisza became a folk hero in Poland, famed for reliability, and loyalty. The Polish Scouts oath reads partly: "...polegac na nim jak na Zawiszy" ('[you can] rely on [a boyscout] as on Zawisza'). A monument to Zawisza at Golubac fortress, Serbia, bears the inscription: "In Golubac, his life was taken by the Turks, the famous Polish knight, the symbol of courage and honor, Zawisza the Black. Glory to the hero!" Several Polish football clubs and other sports teams were named after him, including, Zawisza Bydgoszcz.

FIRST COMIC: "Justice League of America" #192

FAVORITE CHARACTER: Robotman/Cliff Steele

Articles By Doug Zawisza

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REVIEW: Walker & Reis Make "Cyborg" #1 Worth the Wait

Thu, July 23rd, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

David F. Walker and Ivan Reis' "Cyborg" #1 "is a brilliant debut for an ongoing series that fulfills fan expectations."

REVIEW: Bermejo, Corona & Randolph Pack "We Are Robin" #2 With Action & Excitement

Wed, July 22nd, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Lee Bermejo, Jorge Corona and Khary Randolph's "We Are Robin" #2 "opens with action dancing across the pages and ends with a shadowy mystery."

REVIEW: Slott & Allred Make "Silver Surfer" #13 Snappy & Concise

Mon, July 20th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

"Readers who have been enjoying this series are sure to find just as much satisfaction in Dan Slott and Mike Allred's 'Silver Surfer' #13."

REVIEW: Stokoe's "Godzilla in Hell" #1 "is a Thing of Beauty"

Mon, July 20th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

"Any Godzilla fan that reads James Stokoe's 'Godzilla in Hell' #1 is certain to find something to enjoy and revel in, right up to the final page."

REVIEW: Guggenheim & Pacheco's "Squadron Sinister" #2 Feels Fresh and Immersive

Mon, July 13th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Marc Guggenheim and Carlos Pacheco's "Squadron Sinister" #2 "feels like a freestanding, brand new adventure filled with fresh developments."

REVIEW: Snyder & Capullo Explore Batman in a Fresh, New Way in "Batman" #42

Mon, July 13th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo "continue to investigate the inspiration of Batman, just from a totally different, inspired perspective" in "Batman" #42.

REVIEW: "American Vampire: Second Cycle" #8 Opens with Action & Ends with Suspense

Mon, July 6th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque's "American Vampire: Second Cycle" #8 is "full of critical moments and developments."

REVIEW: Waid & Dodson Provide a Satisfying Conclusion in "Princess Leia" #5

Mon, July 6th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Mark Waid and Terry Dodson prove "the Princess is every bit as resourceful... as her compatriots, Han Solo and Luke Skywalker" in "Princess Leia" #5.

REVIEW: Bennett, Wilson & Molina Get Personal in "A-Force" #2

Fri, July 3rd, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Marguerite Bennett, G. Willow Wilson and Jorge Molina's "A-Force" #2 "packs in strong characters, smart characterization and wonderful artwork."

REVIEW: King & Bagenda's "Omega Men" #2 Defies Comparison

Wed, July 1st, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Tom King and Barnaby Bagenda "give readers a solid mix of characters and action, uncertainty and comfortable familiarity" in "Omega Men" #2.

REVIEW: Humphries & Laming Fill "Planet Hulk" #2 with Surprises

Mon, June 29th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Sam Humphries and Marc Laming's "Planet Hulk" #2 "lives up to expectations, providing one of the most entertaining reads of the 'Secret Wars' experience."

REVIEW: Bunn & Saiz's "Green Lantern: The Lost Army" #1 is "a Strong Start"

Mon, June 29th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

"Cullen Bunn and Jesus Saiz give readers a dynamic debut for a storied DC franchise" in "Green Lantern: The Lost Army" #1.

REVIEW: Waid & Smallwood Bring the Best of Both Universes to "S.H.I.E.L.D." #7

Mon, June 29th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Mark Waid and Greg Smallwood "infuse 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' #7 with rich character work and fun stories that are upbeat and easily approachable."

REVIEW: "Justice League 3001" #1 Has Something for Everyone

Fri, June 26th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis and Howard Porter "stock 'Justice League 3001' #1 full of potential stories and ongoing developments."

REVIEW: Gleason's "Robin: Son of Batman" #1 Makes a Good First Impression

Mon, June 22nd, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Patrick Gleason's "Robin: Son of Batman" #1 is full of "pages with fun images, emotive characters and exciting action."

REVIEW: Bendis & Sorrentino Pack "Old Man Logan" #2 Full of Action

Fri, June 19th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Brian Michael Bendis and Andrea Sorrentino create "a solid story, vital characters and plenty of action" in "Old Man Logan" #2.

REVIEW: Williams & Barrows' "Martian Manhunter" #1 Feels Epic

Thu, June 18th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Rob Williams and Eddy Barrows' "Martian Manhunter" #1 "delivers the sci-fi horror of a sleeper alien invasion plot cracking wide open."

REVIEW: "Ghostbusters: Get Real" #1 is a Love Letter to the Franchise

Wed, June 17th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

"For fans of the franchise, Erik Burnham and Dan Schoening's 'Ghostbusters: Get Real' #1 is certain to become indispensable."

REVIEW: Aaron & Sprouse Make "Thors" #1 "a Must-Read"

Tue, June 16th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

"For those who have truly enjoyed... 'Thor: God of Thunder' and 'Thor,' Jason Aaron and Chris Sprouse's 'Thors' #1 is a comic you cannot miss."

REVIEW: "Captain Marvel & the Carol Corps" #1 Introduces a World Full of Adventure

Thu, June 11th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

"With the characters effectively established in 'Captain Marvel & the Carol Corps" #1, DeConnick, Thompson and Lopez are ready to continue the adventure."

Cyborg #1

Thu, July 23rd, 2015 | Category: Review

Vic Stone finally gets his own ongoing series in David F. Walker, Ivan Reis and Joe Prado's "Cyborg" #1.

Justice League: Gods and Monsters - Batman #1

Wed, July 22nd, 2015 | Category: Review

"Justice League: Gods and Monsters - Batman" #1 gives readers a more intimate examination of this divergent Dark Knight in a story written by J. M. DeMatteis and drawn by Matthew Dow Smith.

We Are Robin #2

Wed, July 22nd, 2015 | Category: Review

Lee Bermejo, Jorge Corona and Khary Randolph's "We Are Robin" #2 introduces Duke Thomas to the team, but not before he has a conversation with a mysterious man.

Doctor Fate #2

Mon, July 20th, 2015 | Category: Review

The adventures of the new Doctor Fate continue as Khalid Nassour tries to comprehend the strange new world that Paul Levitz and Sonny Liew are building in "Doctor Fate" #2.

Silver Surfer #13

Mon, July 20th, 2015 | Category: Review

The "Last Days of Silver Surfer" comes to readers in "Silver Surfer" #13, as storytellers Dan Slott and Michael Allred present "The Death of Everything That Ever Was or Ever Will Be."

Godzilla in Hell #1

Mon, July 20th, 2015 | Category: Review

James Stokoe's "Godzilla in Hell" #1 takes Godzilla and readers on a journey to Hell.

Hail Hydra #1

Fri, July 17th, 2015 | Category: Review

Ian or Leopold Zola? Writer Rick Remender and artist Roland Boschi ask the question on the first page of "Hail Hydra" #1, and the answer isn't obvious by the end of the issue.

Ant-Man Annual #1

Fri, July 17th, 2015 | Category: Review

Nick Spencer, Brent Schoonover and Ramon Rosanas put Hank Pym and Scott Lang on the case in "Ant-Man Annual" #1.

Superman/Wonder Woman #19

Thu, July 16th, 2015 | Category: Review

Peter J. Tomasi and Doug Mahnke's "Superman/Wonder Woman" #19, the second part of "Dark Truth," opens with Superman and Wonder Woman fighting the Suicide Squad in a graveyard.

Spider-Island #1

Mon, July 13th, 2015 | Category: Review

Christos Gage and Paco Diaz's "Spider-Island" #1 begins to answer the question: "What if the Spider-Queen Won?"

Bloodstrike #1

Mon, July 13th, 2015 | Category: Review

"Bloodstrike" #1 is here from Rob Liefeld.

Lando #1

Mon, July 13th, 2015 | Category: Review

Lando's not a system; he's a man – and, thanks to writer Charles Soule and artist Alex Maleev, Lando Calrissian is THE man in "Lando" #1.

1872 #1

Mon, July 13th, 2015 | Category: Review

Things are happening in the quiet town of Timely, as Mayor Wilson Fisk stirs up trouble for Sheriff Steve Rogers in Gerry Duggan and Nik Virella's "1872" #1.

Squadron Sinister #2

Mon, July 13th, 2015 | Category: Review

If the quintet headlining "Squadron Sinister" #2 wasn't enough, Marc Guggenheim and Carlos Pacheco also bring in the Frightful Four, the Howling Commandos, Mister Sinister and some New Universe characters.

Batman #42

Mon, July 13th, 2015 | Category: Review

"Superheavy" continues in "Batman" #42, as writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo continue to divulge how Gotham continues to change the new Batman.

Star Trek/Green Lantern: The Spectrum War #1

Wed, July 8th, 2015 | Category: Review

"Star Trek/Green Lantern" #1 blends two grand space sagas together and steps back to see what writer Mike Johnson and artist Angel Hernandez can come up with.

American Vampire: Second Cycle #8

Mon, July 6th, 2015 | Category: Review

Trouble comes 'round in Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque's "American Vampire: Second Cycle" #8.

Princess Leia #5

Mon, July 6th, 2015 | Category: Review

Mark Waid and Terry Dodson's "Princess Leia" #5 brings Leia's quest to find the refugees of Alderaan to a close.

Future Imperfect #2

Mon, July 6th, 2015 | Category: Review

"Future Imperfect" #2 pits Maestro against the Thing and, with Peter David writing it and Greg Land drawing it, it's got to be worth checking out, right? Right!

Guardians Team-Up #7

Fri, July 3rd, 2015 | Category: Review

Drax and Ant-Man team up to stop an intergalactic arms deal in Nick Giovanetti, Paul Scheer and Shawn Crystal's "Guardians Team-Up" #7.

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