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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DC Universe Legacies #1

Sun, May 23rd, 2010 | Category: Review

DC rewrites history. Sort of. After continuity punches, crises of all kinds, and general uncertainty, a new history of the DC Universe emerges.

Expendables #1

Sat, May 22nd, 2010 | Category: Review

An action-adventure tale featuring a bunch of cardboard cutout characters leaves a lot to be desired. Maybe the movie will be more intriguing.

Enter the Heroic Age #1

Thu, May 20th, 2010 | Category: Review

A sampler of eight-page stories designed to entice you to check out one of five new(ish) titles from Marvel. Perhaps Marvel should have titled it "Tales to Entice."

Legion of Super-Heroes #1

Wed, May 19th, 2010 | Category: Review

Paul Levitz returns to craft new Legion stories in a new Legion title! Long-time Legion fans rejoice. New Legion fans say, "Um, OK."

Booster Gold #32

Mon, May 17th, 2010 | Category: Review

The cover promises that the Bwa-ha-ha will be brought, and it is. Giffen and DeMatteis, however, don't apply it in the manner you might be expecting.

Avengers: The Initiative #35

Mon, May 17th, 2010 | Category: Review

The Initiative closes up shop, making way for Christos Gage's "Avengers Academy" in a few weeks. That's another review for another time. This review is for one of the last chapters of "Siege."

Star Trek: Leonard McCoy, Frontier Doctor #2

Thu, May 13th, 2010 | Category: Review

Dammit, Jim, McCoy's a doctor, not an action hero.

Birds of Prey #1

Wed, May 12th, 2010 | Category: Review

Flying under the "Brightest Day" banner, the "Birds of Prey" return, bringing Hawk, Dove, and Gail Simone with them, all thanks to a White Lantern ring.

Justice League: Generation Lost #1

Wed, May 12th, 2010 | Category: Review

Maxwell Lord's back and he's brought his sense of entitlement and self-righteousness with him. Oh, and his nose is bleeding again. You know what that means.

The Fallen #1

Wed, May 12th, 2010 | Category: Review

The "Siege" of Asgard has ended. This issue deals with the aftermath of one of the deceased of that battle.

Amazing Spider-Man #630

Sun, May 9th, 2010 | Category: Review

The Lizard sheds his human skin to take on Spider-Man once again.

Avengers: The Origin #2

Sun, May 9th, 2010 | Category: Review

This issue ends with Iron Man uttering the phrase, "So let's get to work." Hopefully they do next issue.

Pilot Season: Stealth #1

Thu, May 6th, 2010 | Category: Review

Kirkman and Silvestri continue to offer up "Pilot Season" books, with a character that believes "No one is above the law." Of course, that character seems to think he is.

War of the Supermen #1

Wed, May 5th, 2010 | Category: Review

Superman against 100,000 people with the same powers? Tough odds.

Brightest Day #1

Wed, May 5th, 2010 | Category: Review

While the white rings resurrected twelve heroes and villains, this issue follows only a half dozen of the returned heroes.

Wonder Woman #43

Tue, May 4th, 2010 | Category: Review

As "Wonder Woman" nears its milestone six-hundredth issue, Gail Simone begins to wrap up her tale. The end result this month is a very enjoyable issue that features some splendid art by Nicola Scott.

Mighty Avengers #36

Mon, May 3rd, 2010 | Category: Review

This issue takes a journey into Underspace which is under there. Did you just say, "Under where?" Gotcha! Sorry. Underspace is below the Microverse.

Penguins of Madagascar/Shrek (FCBD) #1

Sun, May 2nd, 2010 | Category: Review

What does a Free Comic Book Day comic have to do? What is its mission? Draw a potential reader into looking at it? Check. Entice the reader to select it? Check. Give the reader good stories? Check.

War of the Supermen (FCBD) #0

Sat, May 1st, 2010 | Category: Review

As far as free comics go, this one is not bad, but DC set the bar awfully high with last year's "Blackest Night" #0. This is no "Blackest Night."

Thunderbolts #143

Fri, April 30th, 2010 | Category: Review

The Siege of Asgard nears its end, as does the Thunderbolts as we currently know them.

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