Doug Zawisza

Reviewer
Livonia, MI
Plattsburgh, NY
Jul 7, 2014

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

Articles By Doug Zawisza

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5-STAR REVIEW: Van Lente & Fowler's "Howtoons [Re]Ignitiion" #1

Fri, August 8th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Fred Van Lente and Tom Fowler's "Howtoons [Re]Ignition" #1 revives the series in an "informative, entertaining and masterful" way.

REVIEW: Doc Ock Returns in Slott, Gage & Camuncoli's "Superior Spider-Man" #32

Thu, August 7th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Dan Slott, Christos Gage & Giuseppe Camuncoli bring back Doc Ock for "Superior Spider-Man" #32, an issue "backed by action and excitement."

REVIEW: Layman & Guillory's "Chew: Warrior Chicken Poyo" #1

Fri, August 1st, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

John Layman & Rob Guillory's "Chew: Warrior Chicken Poyo" one-shot is a "bold, ridiculous and refreshing" issue in the "Chew"-niverse.

REVIEW: Alan Davis' "Savage Hulk" #2

Fri, July 18th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Alan Davis' "Savage Hulk" #2 "celebrates aspects that made Silver Age comics and Marvel's earlier days fun."

REVIEW: Templesmith's "The Squidder" #1

Thu, July 17th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Ben Templesmith builds a new world in "The Squidder" #1, "a gripping story equal parts supernatural thriller, horror movie and action adventure."

5-STAR REVIEW: Waid & Samnee's "Daredevil" #5

Mon, July 14th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Mark Waid and Chris Samnee share storyteller co-credits in "Daredevil" #5, featuring the entire creative team "at the peak of their craft."

REVIEW: Remender & Pacheco's "Captain America" #22

Mon, July 7th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Rick Remender & Carlos Pacheco's "Captain America" #22 is "another winner filled with action and suspense" as the Marvel U heads into "AXIS."

ADVANCE REVIEW: Humphries & Medina's "Legendary Star-Lord" #1

Tue, July 1st, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Sam Humphries & Paco Medina's "Legendary Star-Lord" #1 is "a solid first offering" that gives Peter Quill some time to shine.

REVIEW: Barbiere, Rudy's "New Avengers Annual" is Magical

Fri, June 27th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Frank Barbiere and Marco Rudy's Doctor Strange-centric "New Avengers Annual" #1 is "one heck of an issue."

REVIEW: Nitz & Smallwood's "Dream Thief: Escape" #1

Thu, June 26th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Jai Nitz and Greg Smallwood reunite for "Dream Thief: Escape" #1, a "wonderful contribution to the comic book landscape."

REVIEW: Duggan & Baldeon Take "Nova" #18 Through "Original Sin"

Fri, June 20th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Gerry Duggan & David Baldeon's "Nova" #18 is "yet another solid issue" that takes Sam Alexander through "Original Sin."

REVIEW: Remender & Klein Drive "The Iron Nail" Home in "Captain America" #21

Fri, June 6th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

In all war stories, a terrible price must be paid, and the same holds true in "Captain America" #21, by Rick Remender and Nic Klein.

REVIEW: "The New 52: Futures End" Continues to Intrigue

Thu, June 5th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Five issues in, "The New 52: Futures End" continues to present more questions than it answers, which is enough to keep readers dialed in to see what's next.

REVIEW: Art & Franco Are Back with "Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse" #1

Thu, June 5th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Art and Franco head back to their Eisner Award winning roots with "Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse," a 'perfect gateway comic for the young.'

REVIEW: Surprises Abound in "Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man" #2

Thu, June 5th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Brian Bendis and Dave Marquez bring back more characters with surprising agendas in "Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man" #2.

REVIEW: Parker, Pelletier & More Bring Swamp Thing to "Aquaman" #31

Fri, May 30th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Swamp Thing guest-stars in a compelling issue of "Aquaman" #31 by Jeff Parker, Paul Pelletier, Sean Parsons and more.

REVIEW: Robinson, Kirk & More Craft "Fantastic Four" #5

Thu, May 29th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

James Robinson, Leonard Kirk and more deliver "Fantastic Four" #5 as an issue that "hits readers in the gut" for a memorable story.

REVIEW: Snyder & Capullo Begin Final "Zero Year" Chapter in "Batman" #31

Thu, May 29th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Scott Snyder & Greg Capullo open up the final arc of "Zero Year" in "Batman" #31, which continues the high quality of the long-running story.

REVIEW: Valiant's Anniversary Spectacular "X-O Manowar" #25

Mon, May 26th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Robert Venditti, J.G. Jones, Bryan Hitch and more craft "X-O Manowar" #25, an anniversary issue that "sets the bar high for the rest of the line."

REVIEW: Waid & Samnee's "Daredevil" #3

Fri, May 23rd, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Mark Waid & Chris Samnee's "Daredevil" #3 is a solid and excellent jumping-on point for new readers, despite being three issues deep.

Armor Hunters: Aftermath #1

Fri, October 3rd, 2014 | Category: Review

"Armor Hunters: Aftermath" #4 gives Robert Venditti a chance to dot "i"s and cross "t"s as the Armor Hunters attack is put to rest while the heroes who fought against them look towards the future.

Green Lantern/New Gods: Godhead #1

Thu, October 2nd, 2014 | Category: Review

Writers Van Jensen, Justin Jordan, Robert Venditti, Charles Soule and Cullen Bunn team up with artists Ethan Van Sciver, Martin Coccolo, Goran Sudzuka, Chriscross and Pete Woods for "Green Lantern/New Gods: Godhead" #1.

The Flash: Season Zero #1

Thu, October 2nd, 2014 | Category: Review

The CW series' showrunner Andrew Kreisberg brings series writers Brooke Eikmeier and Katherine Walczak with him to tell the story of "The Flash: Season Zero #1, drawn by Phil Hester.

Jim Henson's The Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow

Thu, October 2nd, 2014 | Category: Review

Guardians 3000 #1

Wed, October 1st, 2014 | Category: Review

In "Guardians 3000" #1 writer Dan Abnett and artist Gerardo Sandoval give readers a brand new world filled with the expectedly unexpected as Vance Astro, Martinex, Yondu, Starhawk and Charlie-27 return to their own comic book.

Ghostbusters #20

Mon, September 29th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Ghostbusters" #20 concludes this volume of the team's adventures, as written by Erik Burnham and drawn by Dan Schoening.

Thor #1

Mon, September 29th, 2014 | Category: Review

In "Thor" #1, writer Jason Aaron has declared Thor Odinson unworthy to lift Mjolnir, prompting artist Russell Dauterman to draw an adventure that leads to the debut of the all-new Thor.

Edge of Spider-Verse #3

Fri, September 26th, 2014 | Category: Review

Dustin Weaver is a jack-of-all-trades, writing, drawing and coloring "Edge of Spider-Verse" #3, which introduces readers to Aaron Aikman.

Armor Hunters #4

Thu, September 25th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Armor Hunters" #4 ends Robert Venditti and Doug Braithwaite's story, but not without a humongous cost.

Booster Gold: Futures End #1

Thu, September 25th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Booster Gold: Futures End" #1 reunites Dan Jurgens with Booster Gold and bounces throughout the Multiverse, with multiple artists helping tell the tale.

Superman: Doomed #2

Thu, September 25th, 2014 | Category: Review

Superman's struggle against Doomsday and the consequences of that battle reach a climax in "Superman Doomed" #2, written by Greg Pak and Charles Soule with a host of artists in tow.

Amazing Spider-Man #1.5

Thu, September 25th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Amazing Spider-Man" #1.5 finishes the "Learning to Crawl" story from Dan Slott and Ramón Pérez in spectacular fashion.

All-New X-Men #32

Mon, September 22nd, 2014 | Category: Review

After encountering a skittish mutant last issue, the time-tossed X-Men ultimately find themselves miles away somewhere else altogether in "All-New X-Men" #32 written by Brian Michael Bendis and drawn by Mahmud Asrar.

Thor: God of Thunder #25

Fri, September 19th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Thor: God of Thunder" #25 draws this original Marvel NOW! series to a close, in a fine issue written by Jason Aaron with art from Esad Ribic, Simon Bisley and R. M. Guera.

Purgatori #1

Fri, September 19th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Purgatori" #1 leaves a lot to be desired, as this incarnation struggles to find the right idea to build the story around in a satisfying manner.

Avengers #35

Thu, September 18th, 2014 | Category: Review

In “Avengers” #35, Jonathan Hickman leaps into the future, collaborating with artists Jim Cheung, Paco Medina, Nick Bradshaw and Dustin Weaver to explain the impact of the Avengers.

Deadpool Bi-Annual #1

Wed, September 17th, 2014 | Category: Review

Writers Paul Scheer and Nick Giovanetti bring Brute Force back to comics, just in time for Salva Espin to draw them in "Deadpool Bi-Annual" #1.

George Pérez's Sirens #1

Wed, September 17th, 2014 | Category: Review

"George Pérez's Sirens" #1 hits stands and delivers a dizzyingly deep cast of characters embroiled in a galactic adventure perfect for Pérez's art.

Oddly Normal #1

Tue, September 16th, 2014 | Category: Review

Otis Frampton introduces readers to a young half-witch on her tenth birthday in the pages of "Oddly Normal" #1.

Magneto #9

Mon, September 15th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Magneto" #9 bounces between the concentration camps of Nazi Germany and the reprogramming facilities on modern-day Genosha in this issue written by Cullen Bunn with Gabriel Hernandez Walta artwork.

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