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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
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An action-adventure tale featuring a bunch of cardboard cutout characters leaves a lot to be desired. Maybe the movie will be more intriguing.
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."
Paul Levitz returns to craft new Legion stories in a new Legion title! Long-time Legion fans rejoice. New Legion fans say, "Um, OK."
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.
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."
Dammit, Jim, McCoy's a doctor, not an action hero.
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.
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 "Siege" of Asgard has ended. This issue deals with the aftermath of one of the deceased of that battle.
The Lizard sheds his human skin to take on Spider-Man once again.
This issue ends with Iron Man uttering the phrase, "So let's get to work." Hopefully they do next issue.
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.
Superman against 100,000 people with the same powers? Tough odds.
While the white rings resurrected twelve heroes and villains, this issue follows only a half dozen of the returned heroes.
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.
This issue takes a journey into Underspace which is under there. Did you just say, "Under where?" Gotcha! Sorry. Underspace is below the Microverse.
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.
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."
The Siege of Asgard nears its end, as does the Thunderbolts as we currently know them.
Roy Harper struggles to adapt to the changes made to his life.