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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REVIEW: Snyder, Tynion & Nguyen's Future-Shifted "Batman" #28

Wed, February 12th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV & Dustin Nguyen's future-shifted "Batman" #28 is "a change of pace, a switch in visual impact, a breath of fresh air."

REVIEW: Pak & Colak's "Turok" #1

Mon, February 10th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Greg Pak and Mirko Colak's debut issue of Dynamite's "Turok: Dinosaur Hunter" "delivers on all expectations readers could have."

REVIEW: Aaron & Pastoras' "Thor: God of Thunder" #18

Fri, January 31st, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Jason Aaron and Das Pastoras present "a magnificent sample of collaborative excellence" with "Thor: God of Thunder" #18.

REVIEW: Johns, Reis & Prado's "Justice League" #27

Fri, January 24th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis & Joe Prado's "Justice League" #27 brings a focus on Cyborg, delivering "a damn fine read filled with bombastic fun."

REVIEW: Kesel, Ienco, Allred & Quinones Wrap "Fantastic Four" #16

Thu, January 16th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Karl Kesel, Raffaele Ienco, Lee Allred & Joe Quinones deliver a truly fantastic conclusion to Matt Fraction's run in "Fantastic Four" #16.

REVIEW: Hickman, Spencer & Caselli Populate "Avengers World" #1

Thu, January 9th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Jonathan Hickman, Nick Spencer & Stefano Caselli debut issue of "Avengers World" "sets up a number of plots bubbling with potential."

REVIEW: "Avengers" #24.NOW - Great for Longtime Fans, But Not New Reader-Friendly

Thu, December 26th, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Jonathan Hickman's "Avengers" #24.NOW is satisfying for longtime fans, but may prove problematic for new readers despite the giant #1 on the cover.

REVIEW: Kindt and Braithwaite's "Unity" #2

Mon, December 16th, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Matt Kindt and Doug Braithwaite present a "well-paced, action-packed bigscreen adventure" for Valiant Entertainment's "Unity" #2.

ADVANCE REVIEW: North, Paroline & Lamb Kick Off BOOM! Box with "The Midas Flesh" #1

Wed, December 11th, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Ryan North, Shelli Paroline & Braden Lamb kick off BOOM! Box with "The Midas Flesh" #1, "a solid first offering" of the imprint.

REVIEW: Snyder & Capullo Continue "Zero Year" in "Batman" #26

Wed, December 11th, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Scott Snyder & Greg Capullo's "Batman" #26 "continues to do a fine job of adding more to the Batman mythology" as "Zero Year" continues.

REVIEW: Aaron & McGuinness' "Amazing X-Men" #2

Mon, December 9th, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Jason Aaron and Ed McGuinness scatter the X-Men across Heaven & Hell in "Amazing X-Men" #2, an issue "full of hope and excitement."

REVIEW: Waid & Asrar's "Indestructible Hulk #16

Mon, December 2nd, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Mark Waid and new series artist Mahmud Asrar's "Indestructible Hulk" #16 follows up on the time-travel arc with a strong issue.

REVIEW: Hickman & Cheung's Event-Concluding "Infinity" #6

Fri, November 29th, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Jonathan Hickman & Jim Cheung's "Infinity" #6 closes the event in "a most satisfying manner, presenting a solid template for future events."

REVIEW: Bendis & Marquez's "Cataclysm: Ultimate Spider-Man" #1

Fri, November 15th, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Brian Bendis & Dave Marquez kick off "Cataclysm: Ultimate Spider-Man" #1 with "hypnotically conversational interactions" and "gorgeous artwork."

ADVANCE REVIEW: Jordan & Scalera's "Dead Body Road" #1

Tue, November 12th, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Justin Jordan & Matteo Scalera's "Dead Body Road" #1 is a story "unsettling enough to be compelling and memorable without any unnecessary flash or sizzle."

REVIEW: Bendis & Bagley's "Cataclysm: The Ultimates' Last Stand" #1

Mon, November 11th, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley prologue the beginning of the Ultimate Universe's battle for survival versus Galactus in "Cataclysm" #1.

REVIEW: Lemire & Sorrentino Bring "Zero Year" to "Green Arrow" #25

Fri, November 8th, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Jeff Lemire & Andrea Sorrentino bring "a solid story that builds onto the origins of Oliver Queen's hooded heroic identity" for "Green Arrow" #25.

REVIEW: Costa & Dialynas' "Superior Spider-Man Team-Up Special" #1

Mon, November 4th, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

"Arms of the Octopus" concludes in "Superior Spider-Man Team-Up Special" #1, "a fun, retro comic that celebrates team-ups."

REVIEW: Fialkov Brings Ultimate Vision to "Cataclysm" #0.1

Fri, November 1st, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Joshua Hale Fialkov, Mico Suayan, Mirco Pierfederici & Leonard Kirk give a "personal and focused" story for Ultimate Vision in "Cataclysm" #0.1

5-STAR REVIEW: Neil Gaiman & J.H. Williams III's "The Sandman: Overture" #1

Wed, October 30th, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Neil Gaiman & J.H. WIlliams III deliver an incredible comic with "The Sandman: Overture" #1, combining "brilliant" writing and art for a truly impressive issue.

Amazing X-Men #5

Fri, March 28th, 2014 | Category: Review

With cinematic-worthy spectacles drawn by Ed McGuinness, "Amazing X-Men" #5 brings Jason Aaron's story of "The Quest for Nightcrawler" to a close.

Rocky and Bullwinkle #1

Thu, March 27th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Rocky and Bullwinkle" #1 brings some fun art and an entertaining bit of nostalgic escape from Mark Evanier, Roger Langridge and Jeremy Colwell.

New Avengers #16.NOW

Thu, March 27th, 2014 | Category: Review

In "New Avengers" #16, Namor and T'Challa observe incursions being successfully thwarted on Earth-4,290,001, as told by Jonathan Hickman and drawn by Rags Morales.

Survive #1

Thu, March 27th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Survive" #1 empowers characters in the Ultimate Universe to get introspective during Iron Man's eulogy of Captain America, courtesy of Brian Michael Bendis and Joe Quinones.

Iron Patriot #1

Wed, March 26th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Iron Patriot" #1 delivers a new call to arms for James Rhodes, courtesy of Ales Kot and Garry Brown.

All-New Invaders #3

Mon, March 24th, 2014 | Category: Review

In "All-New Invaders" #3 writer James Robinson and artist Steve Pugh show readers what went down when Tanalth the Pursuer found Namor.

Clockwork Angels #1

Mon, March 24th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Clockwork Angels" #1 leaps from the lyrics and ideas of Rush's album of the same name, thanks to the creative talents of Kevin J. Anderson, Neil Peart and Nick Robles.

New Avengers #15

Fri, March 21st, 2014 | Category: Review

In "New Avengers" #15, Jonathan Hickman and Simone Bianchi give the Black Swan some more backstory and force the Illuminati into paralyzed inactivity. Again.

Daredevil: Road Warrior #4

Thu, March 20th, 2014 | Category: Review

The "Daredevil: Road Warrior" #4 Infinite Comic by Mark Waid and Peter Krause concludes the story of Daredevil and the rogue Adaptoid, making fine use of the Infinite Comics format and effects.

Harbinger: Bleeding Monk #0

Thu, March 20th, 2014 | Category: Review

Why does the Monk bleed? Writer Joshua Dysart is joined by a quartet of artists in an attempt to figure that out in "Harbinger: Bleeding Monk" #0.

Iron Man #23.NOW

Thu, March 20th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Iron Man" #23.NOW sports a new logo on the outside and brings Malekith to visit Tony Stark on the inside in this adventure written by Kieron Gillen and drawn by Luke Ross.

Animal Man #29

Wed, March 19th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Animal Man" #29 ends this era of the adventures of Buddy Baker and his family, courtesy of Jeff Lemire and Travel Foreman.

American Vampire: Second Cycle #1

Wed, March 19th, 2014 | Category: Review

"American Vampire: Second Cycle" #1 gives readers a perfect jumping on point to join Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque as they return to the adventures of Pearl Jones and Skinner Sweet.

Superior Spider-Man #29

Fri, March 14th, 2014 | Category: Review

Dan Slott, Christos Gage and Giuseppe Camuncoli pit the Doc Ock-controlled Spider-Man against the Green Goblin and someone dies in "Superior Spider-Man" #29.

Unity #5

Fri, March 14th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Unity" #5 brings Ninjak, Eternal Warrior and X-O Manowar back together to try and rescue Livewire from the predicament that writer Matt Kindt and artist CAFU have put her in.

Deadpool #25.NOW

Fri, March 14th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Deadpool" #25.NOW by Brian Posehn, Gerry Duggan and Mike Hawthorne is a wacky comic that includes Deadpool and Crossbones beating the heck out of each other, wieners, a bike accident and a pillowcase with money.

Justice League 3000 #4

Thu, March 13th, 2014 | Category: Review

The secret origin of the future Justice League is revealed in "Justice League 3000" #4 from writers Keith Giffen and J. M. DeMatteis and artist Howard Porter.

Magnus: Robot Fighter #1

Wed, March 12th, 2014 | Category: Review

Dynamite Entertainment's Gold Key comic book line adds "Magnus: Robot Fighter" #1 to its ranks, thanks to Fred Van Lente and Cory Smith.

Batman #29

Wed, March 12th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Zero Year: Dark City" draws to a close in "Batman" #29, but Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo are simply turning a corner as the saga continues to expand.

Action Comics #29

Mon, March 10th, 2014 | Category: Review

Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder pit Superman against the Ghost Solider once more in "Action Comics" #29.

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