An "X-Force" To Be Reckoned With - Marvel's Mutant Militia Turns 25
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.
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X-Force and Captain Britain Corps, what’s not to love?
“I Can’t Believe It’s Not Tarzan" was too long a title for this book, but for one hundred pennies, you can check out the origin of young Lord Greystoke.
The other side of the battle between Frankenstein and O.M.A.C. still features stuff getting broken.
Chugging along, this little anthology continues to entertain in bite-size installments.
The Horde stands outside the village walls, ready to destroy. Exactly the right time for a traitor to be revealed.
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Wolverine celebrates his three-hundredth anniversary as only Wolverine can: by getting stabby.
The new Ray fights some more freaky monsters and then has to meet his girlfriend’s parents.
O.M.A.C. and Frankenstein get together to discuss the way to best hem the cuffs of their pants. Or maybe they’re just gonna punch each other. A lot.
Red She-Hulk decides to surprise her pop with a visit out of the blue. Naturally, with two red Hulks in this issue, there’s a lot more red than blue here.
It’s the final showdown between the JLI and Peraxxus, giving the JLI a chance to shine. Unfortunately, the book doesn't.
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Four issues in and the Blackhawks are ready to soar. Of course, they have to get out of the nest first.
The new Hawkman book continues forward, but I’m not sure where “forward” is really taking us.
What would be the best thing for the fourth issue of Firestorm? How about four Firestorms? It’s possible. . .
Rafael Albuquerque returns to handle the art, as Scott Snyder's story jumps to tales of vampiric greasers. It's a great jumping-on point for a great title.
Batgirl stops by to help the Birds against a foe they’re having a hard time finding.