X-POSITION: Phoenix, Upstarts & More Tear Up Bowers & Sims' "X-Men '92"
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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"Dark Wolverine" continues to be embroiled in "Siege," but this issue doesn't do much more than that.
: "Blackest Night" draws to a close with "Brightest Day" looming on the horizon, but is it worthwhile? I say most definitely. And thank you.
Wolverine is about to take on Romulus (completely different meaning for those of us living the metro-Detroit area) and needs to lay some old ghosts to rest.
Roger Stern joins Team Webhead for a very special Juggernaut-centric Spider-Man story that starts with Peter Parker getting a Spider-sense induced migraine.
BAMF! It's an all-new re-telling of the origin of Nightcrawler. As a bonus, you also get a reprint of the first three pages of Nightcrawler's first appearance.
The former sidekick formerly known as Speedy wakes up and nothing will ever be the same again!!!
In the words of one of the main characters, ". . . we're wasting our time and trying to change a world that doesn't want to be changed." I disagree. This isn't a waste of time, this is a good read.
The Siege of Asgard continues to rage on as this tale adds threads to the fabric woven in "Siege" proper.
The Thunderbolts -- Norman Osborn's Thunderbolts -- are on a quest in the realm of Asgard. This quest, of course, leads to trouble.
This issue is being billed as the penultimate chapter to "Blackest Night." I kinda thought that designation was fulfilled with "Blackest Night" #7, but I guess not. Semantics.
X-23 is treated to a reunion with her co-stars from "NYX" and they meet one of her new co-stars. It's not as compelling as it sounds here.
While I love it when a plan comes together, this comic could have used a bit more of a plan.
Moon Knight vs. Bushman again for the bajillionth time. This time, however, Khonshu is in Moon Knight's corner, calling for him to bite off Bushman's face.
Spidey may have had trouble with one Rhino before, now it's Rhino vs. Rhino in a winner take all battle.
JMS continues to play in the DC Universe sandbox. Here he dusts off some fan favorites for a really unusual team-up.
"Doomwar" is nowhere near as entertaining as "Siege," but then again, it doesn't set out to be. This is a story that plays from the shadows and foxholes of war.
Hulks rise, Hulks fall, Hulks smash. This one is mostly red Hulk.
As far as penultimate issues go, this one is intense: old favorites return, epic battles occur, and the last page is a doozy.
This is Tony Isabella's personal reflection on the "1000 Comic Books You Must Read," and it is an interesting start to an idea that could really grow some legs.
The second part of a crossover with "Batgirl" continues here, with explosions and butt-kicking (not necessarily in that order)