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: 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."

REVIEW: Young & Parker's "Rocket Raccoon" #9 "Brings Along Some Humor"

Mon, March 9th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Skottie Young and Jake Parker's "Rocket Raccoon" #9 has "fun celebrating every wacky thing about comics."

REVIEW: Waid & Dodson's "Princess Leia" #1 is "Wonderful"

Thu, March 5th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Waid and Dodson's "Princess Leia" #1 will "leave readers anxious for more."

ADV. REVIEW: Thompson & Campbell's "Jem & the Holograms" #1 is "Gorgeous"

Wed, March 4th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

"Kelly Thompson and Ross Campbell's 'Jem and the Holograms' #1 is poised to launch Jem back into the collective pop culture consciousness."

ADVANCE REVIEW: Kindt and Kolins' "PastAways" #1 is "Packed with Promise"

Fri, February 27th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Though Kindt and Kolins "introduce a 'Challengers of the Unknown' vibe" in "Past Aways" #1, "the heart in this first issue is missing."

REVIEW: Robinson and Kirk's "Fantastic Four" #643 is "Chock Full of Amazing Concepts"

Thu, February 26th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

"James Robinson and Leonard Kirk continue to weave one of the most well-planned and masterfully executed Fantastic Four stories in recent memory with 'Fantastic Four' #643."

REVIEW: Duggan and Crystal's "Arkham Manor" #5 is "Smartly Self-Contained"

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

Gerry Duggan and Shawn Crystal's "Arkham Manor" #5 is "fairly light on continuity, solid on action and briskly paced."

5-STAR REVIEW: Latour & Rodriguez's "Spider-Gwen" #1 is "a Bright, Shiny, Spidery Welcome"

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

Latour & Rodriguez's "Spider-Gwen" #1 "is fun, familiar, energetic and invigorating, the art is engaging and the character has nothing but potential."

REVIEW: Remender and Immonen's "All-New Captain America" #4 has "Plenty of Action"

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

By "submerging the reader alongside Sam in the world of Captain America," Remender and Immonen's "All-New Captain America" #4 "provides a deeper appreciation" for Sam Wilson.

REVIEW: Johns and Fabok's "Justice League" #39 is "Dynamic and Dazzling"

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

Johns and Fabok's "Justice League" #39 has "returned the scope of Justice League adventures to a grand scale."

REVIEW: Stewart, Fletcher and Tarr's "Batgirl" #39 is a "Sweeping Adventure"

Thu, February 19th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Stewart, Fletcher and Tarr's "Batgirl" #39 "brings the acting and expression of the characters to a level rarely found in a DC Universe comic."

5-STAR REVIEW: Faerber, Joines and Kyriazis' "Secret Identities" #1 is a "Strong Debut"

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

Faerber, Joines and Kyriazis' "Secret Identities" #1 "brings everything a new comic should: action, adventure, intrigue, visually exciting characters and a story that moves."

ADVANCE REVIEW: Mignola and Stenbeck's "Frankenstein Underground" #1 Delivers "a Strong, If Murky, Introduction"

Tue, February 17th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Mignola and Stenbeck's "Frankenstein Underground" #1 creates a "realistic and tangible" monster despite an opening that's "a little fuzzy."

REVIEW: Aaron and Molina's "Thor" #5 is "Another Grand Adventure"

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

"Jason Aaron and Jorge Molina give readers plenty of action, bits of intrigue and fine character moments" in "Thor" #5.

REVIEW: Bendis and Schiti's "Guardians of the Galaxy" #24 is "Tense"

Fri, February 13th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

The next installment of "The Black Vortex" crossover, Bendis and Schiti's "Guardians of the Galaxy" #24 makes the team "feel truly cosmic and important."

ADVANCE REVIEW: Millar and Murphy's "Chrononauts" #1 is a "Magnificent Display"

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

Millar and Murphy's "Chrononauts" #1 has "a unique set of visual effects that surpass other time travel standards. "

ADVANCE REVIEW: Gillen and Larroca's "Darth Vader" #1 "Shows Darth Vader at His Worst"

Mon, February 9th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca's "Darth Vader" #1 "succeeds in making Darth Vader the terrifying hammer of Palpatine that 'Star Wars' fans craved."

REVIEW: Aaron and Cassaday's "Star Wars" #2 is a "Solid, Fun Adventure"

Fri, February 6th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

In "Star Wars" #2, Jason Aaron and John Cassaday "are clearly having fun with this adventure."

REVIEW: Hickman and Deodato's "Avengers" #41 is "Believably Terrifying"

Fri, February 6th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

In "Avengers" #41, Jonathan Hickman and Mike Deodato "provide readers with plenty to feel uneasy about."

REVIEW: Straczynski, Syaf and Hope's "Superman: Earth One," Vol. #3

Wed, February 4th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

In Straczynski, Syaf and Hope's "Superman: Earth One," Vol. #3, "Lex and Alexandra Luthor make their presence known and the ladies of Clark Kent's life also check in."

Amazing Spider-Man #17

Fri, April 3rd, 2015 | Category: Review

The ol' Parker luck returns as Peter has to explain his dating status and fight for his company in Dan Slott, Christos Gage and Humberto Ramos' "Amazing Spider-Man" #17.

The New 52: Futures End #48

Thu, April 2nd, 2015 | Category: Review

Despite having a creative team that includes Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens and Keith Giffen, "The New 52: Futures End" #48 is certain to be overshadowed by other events from DC Comics.

Earth 2: World's End #26

Thu, April 2nd, 2015 | Category: Review

It takes a cast of thousands and a creative team of tens to bring about the end of a universe in "Earth 2: World's End" #26.

Kanan - The Last Padawan #1

Wed, April 1st, 2015 | Category: Review

Riding Marvel's "Star Wars" wave, "Kanan - The Last Padawan" comes to readers from Greg Weisman, Pepe Larraz and a galaxy far, far away.

Uncanny Inhumans #0

Tue, March 31st, 2015 | Category: Review

Charles Soule and Steve McNiven launch a new chapter in the adventures of the Inhumans by sending Black Bolt on a quest that leads to Kang in "Uncanny Inhumans" #0.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad #1

Mon, March 30th, 2015 | Category: Review

Writer Dennis Hopeless and artist Tigh Walker take readers on "the wildest ride in the wilderness" in "Big Thunder Mountain Railroad" #1.

Justice League Dark #40

Mon, March 30th, 2015 | Category: Review

"Justice League Dark" #40 brings the series to a close in a story written by J. M. DeMatteis and drawn by Andres Guinaldo.

Avengers: Rage of Ultron

Mon, March 30th, 2015 | Category: Review

The forthcoming adversary of the next "Avengers" film is all the rage in the Rick Remender, Jerome Opeña and Pepe Larraz's "Avengers: Rage of Ultron."

Inhuman #13

Fri, March 27th, 2015 | Category: Review

Charles Soule and André Araújo set up an epic conclusion for the first big Inhumans adventure in "Inhuman" #13.

Gotham By Midnight #5

Fri, March 27th, 2015 | Category: Review

The Spectre looms large over Gotham City in Ray Fawkes and Ben Templesmith's "Gotham By Midnight" #5.

Batman and Robin #40

Thu, March 26th, 2015 | Category: Review

With "Batman and Robin" #40, Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason bid a fond farewell to the dynamic duo in the pages of this comic.

The Autumnlands: Tooth and Claw #5

Wed, March 25th, 2015 | Category: Review

The Great Champion, Learoyd, leads Dunstan and a small band of the pooch's pals on a quest for bat guano in Kurt Busiek and Benjamin Dewey's "The Autumnlands: Tooth and Claw" #5.

Silk #2

Mon, March 23rd, 2015 | Category: Review

Robbie Thompson and Stacey Lee's "Silk" #2 continues to delve into Cindy Moon's past and present as she tries to find her place in the city.

Moon Knight #13

Fri, March 20th, 2015 | Category: Review

Cullen Bunn and Ron Ackin's "Moon Knight" #13 gives readers a done-in-one tale of vengeance and ghost.

Guardians Team-Up #3

Fri, March 20th, 2015 | Category: Review

Ronan takes up second-billing in "Guardians Team-Up" #3, written by Sam Humphries and drawn by Mike Mayhew as the sixth chapter of "The Black Vortex" goes to Hala, the Kree homeworld.

All-New X-Men #39

Fri, March 20th, 2015 | Category: Review

"All-New X-Men" #39, written by Brian Michael Bendis and drawn by Andrea Sorrentino, brings readers the fifth chapter of "The Black Vortex."

Amazing Spider-Man #16.1

Fri, March 20th, 2015 | Category: Review

Legendary comic writer Gerry Conway returns to script the adventures of his old friend, Spider-Man, as "Spiral" launches in "Amazing Spider-Man" #16.1, drawn by Carlo Barberi and Juan Vlasco.

Green Lantern: New Guardians #40

Thu, March 19th, 2015 | Category: Review

The tagline "It All Ends Here" greets readers on the first splash page of "Green Lantern: New Guardians" #40, written by Justin Jordan and drawn by Diogenes Neves.

Jupiter's Circle #1

Wed, March 18th, 2015 | Category: Review

"Jupiter's Circle" #1 introduces readers to the heroic ideal of 1950s America as told by Mark Millar and drawn by Wilfredo Torres.

Detective Comics: Endgame #1

Mon, March 16th, 2015 | Category: Review

Brian Buccellato, Roge Antonio and Ronan Cliquet's "Detective Comics: Endgame" #1 pays tribute to Norm Breyfogle in the setting of the current "Endgame" storyline that carries over from the pages of "Batman."

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