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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REVIEW: Parker & Truman's "Convergence: Hawkman" #1 Focuses on Adventure & Character

Fri, April 24th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Jeff Parker and Tim Truman's "Convergence: Hawkman" #1 is "a rich, detailed visual experience."

REVIEW: Nicieza & Moline's "Convergence: Superboy" #1 Has "Gravitas and Spirit"

Mon, April 20th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Fabian Nicieza, Karl Moline and José Marzan Jr's "Convergence: Superboy" #1 is "a story filled with character, energy, action and... fun."

REVIEW: Albuquerque & Johnson's "Ei8ht" #3 "Fills Each Character with Passion"

Thu, April 16th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

"Ei8ht" #3 is "a sharp looking book that proves Rafael Albuquerque is as reliable a storyteller as he is an artist."

REVIEW: "American Vampire: Second Cycle" #7 Delivers a "Topnotch Horror-Filled Adventure"

Thu, April 16th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

"Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque continue to find new ways to elevate the characters in their respective roles" in "American Vampire: Second Cycle" #7.

REVIEW: Lemire & Suayan's "Bloodshot Reborn" #1 "Punches Readers in the Eyes"

Thu, April 16th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

"Regardless of readers' familiarity with Bloodshot, Lemire, Suayan, Baron and Lanphear serve up a masterful introduction" in "Bloodshot Reborn" #1.

REVIEW: "Convergence: Speed Force" #1 Marks a Fun Return for Wally West

Mon, April 13th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Tony Bedard and Tom Grummett's "Convergence: Speed Force" #1 is "the most complete single issue of this event so far."

REVIEW: The Invisible Woman Shines in Waid & Sprouse's "S.H.I.E.L.D." #4

Fri, April 10th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Mark Waid and Chris Sprouse's "S.H.I.E.L.D." #4 is "an enjoyable adventure that has fun mashing up super powers and espionage."

REVIEW: Marvel Kills the Deadpool Universe in Chuckle-Worthy "Deadpool" #250

Thu, April 9th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Alongside some "less memorable" stories, Gerry Duggan, Brian Posehn and Mike Hawthorne "guide the Regeneratin' Degenerate through 'Deadpool' #250 with style."

REVIEW: "Ant-Man" #4 Gives C-List Villains Humanity & Purpose

Thu, April 9th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Nick Spencer and Ramon Rosanas' "Ant-Man" #4 is "a relatable adventure tale with some interesting personalities lining the journey. "

ADV REVIEW: Bennett & Sanchez Take Flight with Patterson's "Maximum Ride"

Mon, April 6th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Despite some hit-or-miss artwork, Marguerite Bennett and Alex Sanchez's "Max Ride: First Flight" #1 "does a nice job of hitting all the highlights."

REVIEW: Weisman & Larraz Make "Kanan - The Last Padawan" #1 a "Must-Read"

Wed, April 1st, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Greg Weisman and Pepe Larraz "lay out a nice welcome mat for new readers" in "Kanan - The Last Padawan" #1.

ADV REVIEW: Soule & McNiven Make "Uncanny Inhumans" #0 a "Strong First Offering"

Tue, March 31st, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

"'Uncanny Inhumans' #0 gives readers a lot to like, from Soule's writing to McNiven's art to the apparent reassertion of Black Bolt as a leader of some magnitude."

ADV REVIEW: Remender, Opena & Larraz "Do a Grand Job" in "Avengers: Rage of Ultron"

Mon, March 30th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Rick Remender, Jerome Opena, and Pepe Larraz's "Rage of Ultron" is "a fine example of what original graphic novels can and should be."

REVIEW: "The Autumnlands: Tooth & Claw" #5 a "Dynamic and Riveting" Chapter

Wed, March 25th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Kurt Busiek and Benjamin Dewey's "The Autumnlands: Tooth and Claw" #5 is a "complete and compelling a transitional tale."

REVIEW: Thompson & Lee's "Silk" #2 is "an Upbeat Adventure"

Mon, March 23rd, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Robbie Thompson and Stacey Lee's "Silk" #2 is "a fun read that hits all the playful, light-hearted notes that comic fans love in their wallcrawlers."

REVIEW: Conway, Barberi & Vlasco's "Amazing Spider-Man" #16.1 is "Enjoyable"

Fri, March 20th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Gerry Conway, Carlo Barberi and Juan Vlasco's "Amazing Spider-Man" #16.1 "gives readers a solid, enjoyable start."

ADV. REVIEW: Millar & Torres' "Jupiter's Circle" #1 is "Spot on for the Era"

Wed, March 18th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Mark Millar and Wilfredo Torres' "Jupiter's Circle" #1 is "an interesting, reality-tinged run with a different perspective on the heroic ideal. "

REVIEW: DeConnick, Ellis & Lopez's "Captain Marvel" #13 is "Exciting"

Mon, March 16th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Kelly Sue DeConnick, Warren Ellis and David Lopez's "Captain Marvel" #13 is "a magnificent read that just so happens to sneak in as new-reader friendly."

REVIEW: Kindt, Mann & Guice's "Ninjak" #1 is "Strong"

Thu, March 12th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Matt Kindt, Clay Mann and Butch Guice's "Ninjak" #1 is "is strong, sharp and entertaining."

REVIEW: Bunn & Churilla's "Hellbreak" #1 is a "High-Octane Adventure"

Wed, March 11th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Bunn & Churilla's "Hellbreak" #1 is "familiar enough to be dynamically compelling but inserts enough new twists to keep things moving and energized."

Convergence: Blue Beetle #1

Mon, May 4th, 2015 | Category: Review

The big three of the Charlton heroes -- Blue Beetle, Captain Atom and the Question -- defend Hub City in Scott Lobdell and Yishan Li's "Convergence: Blue Beetle" #1.

Convergence: Shazam! #1

Mon, May 4th, 2015 | Category: Review

The Big Red Cheese returns in all his thunderous glory in the pages of Jeff Parker, Evan Shaner and Jordie Bellaire's "Convergence: Shazam!" #1.

All-New Captain America #6

Mon, May 4th, 2015 | Category: Review

"All-New Captain America" #6 brings the first arc of Sam Wilson wielding the shield to a close as Rick Remender and Stuart Immonen deliver a fight to the finish between Cap and Baron Blood.

New Avengers: Ultron Forever #1

Fri, May 1st, 2015 | Category: Review

The "Ultron Forever" saga continues in Al Ewing and Alan Davis' "New Avengers: Ultron Forever" #1.

Justice League #40

Fri, May 1st, 2015 | Category: Review

After a bit of a delay, "Justice League" #40 finally hits the racks as Geoff Johns brings along a cavalcade of artists for the prologue to "Darkseid War."

Fantastic Four #645

Thu, April 30th, 2015 | Category: Review

James Robinson and Leonard Kirk bring their story and the series to a most satisfying conclusion in "Fantastic Four" #645.

Quantum and Woody Must Die #4

Wed, April 29th, 2015 | Category: Review

James Asmus and Steve Lieber close out this panda-exploding series with more black humor-induced laughs and plenty of awkward moments in "Quantum and Woody Must Die" #4.

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #4

Mon, April 27th, 2015 | Category: Review

The fight of the year is here in "The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl" #4, as Ryan North and Erica Henderson's Squirrel Girl takes on Galactus. No, seriously.

Convergence: Swamp Thing #1

Mon, April 27th, 2015 | Category: Review

Swamp Thing co-creator Len Wein enlists the talents of horror artist Kelley Jones to deliver "Convergence: Swamp Thing" #1.

Star Wars #4

Fri, April 24th, 2015 | Category: Review

Jason Aaron and John Cassaday deliver the fourth installment of "Skywalker Strikes" in "Star Wars" #4, as both sides of the galactic conflict take inventory and plot next steps.

The Thrilling Adventure Hour Presents: Beyond Belief #1

Fri, April 24th, 2015 | Category: Review

Ben Acker, Ben Blacker and Phil Hester's "The Thrilling Adventure Hour Presents: Beyond Belief" #1 brings Frank and Sadie Doyle to comics.

Convergence: Hawkman #1

Fri, April 24th, 2015 | Category: Review

It may be Gotham City, not Midway City, but the "Shadow War of Hawkman" era Hawks still come out to the "Convergence" event in Jeff Parker and Tim Truman's "Convergence: Hawkman" #1.

Convergence #3

Fri, April 24th, 2015 | Category: Review

The refugee heroes from "Earth 2" continue to investigate their prison planet in Jeff King and Stephen Segovia's "Convergence" #3 as casualties begin to pile up.

Convergence: Justice League International #1

Mon, April 20th, 2015 | Category: Review

Ron Marz and Mike Manley check in on Blue Beetle, Fire, Ice, Martian Manhunter, Captain Atom and Red Tornado in "Convergence: Justice League International" #1.

Convergence: Superboy #1

Mon, April 20th, 2015 | Category: Review

It's back to Cadmus Labs in "Convergence: Superboy" #1 as Fabian Nicieza and Karl Moline check in on Kon-El and crew under the dome.

Superior Iron Man #7

Fri, April 17th, 2015 | Category: Review

Tom Taylor, Yildiray Cinar and Felipe Watanabe unleash Tony Stark's contingency plan for, well, Tony Stark in "Superior Iron Man" #7.

American Vampire: Second Cycle #7

Thu, April 16th, 2015 | Category: Review

Skinner Sweet and Pearl Jones join forces with the Vassals of the Morning Star to bring heat to the original monster in Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque's "American Vampire: Second Cycle" #7.

Ei8ht #3

Thu, April 16th, 2015 | Category: Review

Rafael Albuquerque and Mike Johnson continue their science-fiction action thriller in "Ei8ht" #3, as Joshua begins to recall his mission.

Bloodshot Reborn #1

Wed, April 15th, 2015 | Category: Review

"Bloodshot Reborn" #1 brings readers up to speed on who Bloodshot is and what he has become in this new series from Jeff Lemire and Mico Suayan.

Spider-Woman #6

Mon, April 13th, 2015 | Category: Review

Spider-Woman continues to try and find the culprits threatening super villains families in Dennis Hopeless and Javier Rodriguez's "Spider-Woman" #6.

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