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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Red Tornado #6

Thu, February 4th, 2010 | Category: Review

The most recent attempt to put the spotlight on Red Tornado comes to a close –- a merciful close that left me hoping for more Red Tornado soon. The character deserves better.

Ultimate X #1

Tue, February 2nd, 2010 | Category: Review

Older comic fans will come running at the sight of Arthur Adams' name on the cover. Heck, I could be listed as writer and comic fans would still buy it just for the Arthur Adams drawings.

Invincible Iron Man #23

Tue, February 2nd, 2010 | Category: Review

Tony Stark does a great job trying to convince himself (and us) that he is Iron Man. Unfortunately, he never dons the armor in this issue. That doesn't mean this is a lost cause though.

Fantastic Four #575

Thu, January 28th, 2010 | Category: Review

Marvel's house ads for this issue show an image of a decomposing Galactus. That's in here, but not in the way you think. Or maybe it is exactly the way you think. At any rate, Mole Man makes an appearance too.

The Atom and Hawkman #46

Thu, January 28th, 2010 | Category: Review

"Blackest Night" has resurrected another title from the cancellation pile. This issue is about as close to "Blackest Night" #6 1/2 as we're going to get and it leads straight into February's "Blackest Night" #7.

Justice League: Cry for Justice #6

Wed, January 27th, 2010 | Category: Review

After the tizzy created by last issue's dismemberment, this issue promises to be quite the treat for those readers that have been anxiously awaiting the big reveal.

Chew #8

Wed, January 27th, 2010 | Category: Review

Determined to decide if "Chew" is really as fun (fun?!?) as he's heard and read, Doug samples (ha! Get it?) the most recent issue. Mmmm. Not bad. Funny aftertaste, but not bad. . .

Ultimate Enemy #1

Wed, January 27th, 2010 | Category: Review

Marvel's solicits threaten us with the revelation of the "face of true evil in the Ultimate Universe," but we never see the face in this issue. We do, however, see some great Rafa Sandoval art.

Avengers: The Initiative #32

Wed, January 27th, 2010 | Category: Review

"Siege" is under way and the Initiative -- with Taskmaster leading the charge -- is right there in the thick of the invasion of Asgard. Bad things happen.

Doctor Voodoo: Avenger of the Supernatural #4

Sun, January 24th, 2010 | Category: Review

In seeking to upend the nefarious plot of Nightmare, Doctor Voodoo reaches deep into his past to find his true power.

Green Lantern Corps #44

Thu, January 21st, 2010 | Category: Review

Guy Gardner continues his red ring-powered rampage, delivering his own unmitigated brand of justice to everyone in his path. There are some other lanterns in here too.

Phantom Stranger #42

Wed, January 20th, 2010 | Category: Review

". . . the Stranger comes when the Stranger is needed." Evidently the Stranger is needed to advance a subplot of "Blackest Night."

Incredible Hulk #606

Wed, January 20th, 2010 | Category: Review

"Fall of the Hulks" continues to rage on, with much smashing.

Thunderbolts #140

Wed, January 20th, 2010 | Category: Review

Two groups who aren't what they appear to be face off under the orders of Norman Osborn, who also isn't what he appears to be. Craziness, I tell you, but in a good way.

Marvel Super Hero Squad #1

Mon, January 18th, 2010 | Category: Review

The calculated cute caricatures of your favorite Marvel icons have made their way to the floppies. Your kids'll probably want it.

Aliens Vs. Predator: Three World War #1

Sun, January 17th, 2010 | Category: Review

After making it to the silver screen, the matchup between the Aliens and the Predators seems lackluster as a comic book concept, but this series looks to add a new dynamic to that rivalry.

The Power of SHAZAM! #48

Thu, January 14th, 2010 | Category: Review

Cover dated eleven years after "The Power of SHAZAM!" #47, and priced a mere 49¢ more than "The Power of SHAZAM!" #47, "Power of SHAZAM!" comes back among the rest of the Black Lantern titles rising from the ranks of the can

Action Comics #885

Thu, January 14th, 2010 | Category: Review

"Action Comics" continues to be a 100% Superman-free read for all those comic book fans with Superman allergies. All the same, the title does live up to its name with this issue, in both the main story and the backup.

Titans #21

Wed, January 13th, 2010 | Category: Review

"Titans" proceeds apace, marking time between one big event and the next. In this issue, J.T. Krul gives some more insight into the slow motion splintering of one of DC's oldest teams.

Lola: A Ghost Story

Wed, January 13th, 2010 | Category: Review

"Lola: A Ghost Story" is a story about a young man who can see ghosts and other supernatural beings.

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