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: 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."

REVIEW: Morrison's "The Multiversity: Guidebook" 'Keeps Everything Fun'

Tue, February 3rd, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

At 70 pages long, "The Multiversity: Guidebook," by Grant Morrison and a variety of artists, "is certain to have readers flipping back and forth."

5-STAR REVIEW: Cloonan, Fletcher and Kerschl's "Gotham Academy" #4

Fri, January 30th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Cloonan, Fletcher and Kerschl's "Gotham Academy" #4 is "the comic you didn't know you needed to read."

REVIEW: Remender and Acuna's "Uncanny Avengers" #1

Thu, January 29th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Remender and Acuna's "Uncanny Avengers" #1 is "the strongest, most off-the-wall opening to an Avengers title in recent memory."

REVIEW: Snyder and Capullo's "Batman" #38

Wed, January 28th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

As Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo push the "Endgame" arc forward, this issue "gives readers a lot to consider."

ADVANCE REVIEW: Rafael Albuquerque's "Ei8ht" #1

Tue, January 20th, 2015 | Category: Digital Comics

This February from Dark Horse Comics, "American Vampire's" Rafael Albuquerque debuts "Ei8ht" #1, a solo project that "masterfully builds in suspense and anxiety."

REVIEW: "IXth Generation" #1 Takes Top Cow to the Future

Fri, January 9th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Matt Hawkins and Stjepan Sejic's dystopian tale offers readers a refreshing take on Top Cow's stable of characters.

ADVANCE REVIEW: "Wolverines" #1 "A Strong, Solid Start"

Tue, January 6th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Charles Soule and Nick Bradshaw's "Wolverines" debuts this week, with a "solid start" that needs a little more pizzazz in future installments.

ADVANCE REVIEW: Spencer, Rosanas Aim High with "Ant-Man" #1

Tue, January 6th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Nick Spencer and Ramon Rosanas' "Ant-Man" #1 is a near-perfect introduction to the next character marked for Marvel movie success.

REVIEW: Tynion & Antonio's "Batman Annual" #3 is "Disturbingly Entertaining"

Mon, December 29th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

James Tynion IV and Roge Antonio deliver a "disturbingly entertaining" issue with the Joker-centric "Batman Annual" #3.

REVIEW: Larsen's "Savage Dragon" #200 Anniversary Spectacular

Wed, December 10th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Erik Larsen and a who's who of comic book talent celebrate "Savage Dragon" #200 in style, with 100 pages of story from the entire Dragon universe.

REVIEW: Soule & Saiz's "Swamp Thing" #37

Mon, December 8th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Charles Soule and Jesus Saiz's "Swamp Thing" #37 "a rich, satisfying read with vast potential for emotional impact."

REVIEW: Walker & Evely's "Shaft" #1

Thu, December 4th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

David F. Walker and Bilquis Evely team up for a "fun comic book filled with intrigue and rich developments" with Dynamite's "Shaft" #1.

REVIEW: Gillen & Jimenez's "Angela: Asgard's Assassin" #1

Thu, December 4th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Kieron Gillen and Phil Jimenez's "Angela: Asgard's Assassin" #1 is "one of the most technically stunning debut issues from Marvel."

REVIEW: Spencer & Lieber's "Superior Foes of Spider-Man" #17

Mon, December 1st, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber's "Superior Foes of Spider-Man" #17 closes out their fan-favorite series with "an oasis of ridiculousness."

Guardians Team-Up #1

Thu, March 5th, 2015 | Category: Review

The Guardians of the Galaxy earn their keep alongside the Avegners in "Guardians Team-Up" #1 by Brian Michael Bendis and Art Adams.

Princess Leia #1

Thu, March 5th, 2015 | Category: Review

Mark Waid, Terry and Rachel Dodson gain audience with royalty to bring readers "Princess Leia" #1.

Green Arrow #40

Thu, March 5th, 2015 | Category: Review

With "Convergence" looming on the horizon, writers Andrew Kreisberg and Ben Sokolowski wrap up their run on the Emerald Archer's comic book adventures with artist Daniel Sampere in "Green Arrow" #40.

Jem and the Holograms #1

Wed, March 4th, 2015 | Category: Review

"Jem & the Holograms" #1 brings back a 1980s icon in bold fashion as written by Kelly Thompson and drawn by Sophie Campbell.

Joe Frankenstein #1

Mon, March 2nd, 2015 | Category: Review

Graham Nolan and Chuck Dixon, the co-creators of Batman foe Bane, come back together to give readers the adventures of another hulking behemoth in "Joe Frankenstein" #1.

Aquaman #39

Mon, March 2nd, 2015 | Category: Review

There is no Jason Momoa to be found in the pages of Jeff Parker's and Paul Pelletier's "Aquaman" #39 -- just the old-school, blonde-haired King of Atlantis trying to talk to his mother.

Past Aways #1

Fri, February 27th, 2015 | Category: Review

"Past Aways" #1 introduces readers to a team of stranded chrononauts in a story written by Matt Kindt and drawn by Scott Kolins.

Amazing Spider-Man #15

Thu, February 26th, 2015 | Category: Review

"Spider-Verse" is over! Long live "Spider-Verse" -- or something like that. Dan Slott and Giuseppe Camuncoli add an epilogue to the most spider-riffic event of the year in "Amazing Spider-Man" #15.

Fantastic Four #643

Thu, February 26th, 2015 | Category: Review

Part three of "Back in Blue" brings Marvel's first family back together in "Fantastic Four" #643, written by James Robinson and drawn by Leonard Kirk.

Arkham Manor #5

Wed, February 25th, 2015 | Category: Review

An attack from within the walls of the manor puts everyone on alert in "Arkham Manor" #5, written by Gerry Duggan and drawn by Shawn Crystal.

Spider-Gwen #1

Wed, February 25th, 2015 | Category: Review

"Spider-Gwen" #1 is a truly accessible comic book that can be thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish, thanks to writer Jason Latour and artist Robbi Rodriguez.

King: Mandrake the Magician #1

Mon, February 23rd, 2015 | Category: Review

Roger Langridge and Jeremy Treece join Dynamite's 100th anniversary celebration of King Features Syndicate with "King: Mandrake the Magician" #1.

The Thrilling Adventure Hour Presents: Sparks Nevada: Marshal on Mars #1

Mon, February 23rd, 2015 | Category: Review

Justice rides a rocket steed to comics racks as writers Ben Acker and Ben Blacker team up with artist J. Bone deliver the comic book interpretation of "The Thrilling Adventure Hour Presents: Sparks Nevada: Marshal on Mars" #1.

All-New Captain America #4

Mon, February 23rd, 2015 | Category: Review

Sam Wilson's shield-slinging adventure continues as writer Rick Remender and artist Stuart Immonen launch Baron Zemo's master plan in "Captain America" #4.

Justice League #39

Fri, February 20th, 2015 | Category: Review

"The Amazo Virus" concludes but leaves some critical developments in its wake as Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok set the team up to enter into the "Darkseid War."

Legendary Star-Lord #9

Thu, February 19th, 2015 | Category: Review

The Black Vortex" continues with its third chapter in "Legendary Star-Lord" #9, written by Sam Humphries and drawn by Paco Medina as another member of the cast submits to the mysterious artifact.

Batgirl #39

Thu, February 19th, 2015 | Category: Review

Under an oppressive "Batgirl Vs Burnside" declaration, Batgirl dashes across the cover of "Batgirl" #39, written by Cameron Stewart and Brenden Fletcher and drawn by Babs Tarr.

Secret Identities #1

Wed, February 18th, 2015 | Category: Review

Writers Jay Faerber and Brian Joines team up with artist Ilias Kyriazis to introduce a new super team and a fun new read in "Secret Identities" #1.

Frankenstein Underground #1

Tue, February 17th, 2015 | Category: Review

No stranger to monstrous characters, writer Mike Mignola presents Victor Frankenstein's original creation to readers in "Frankenstein Underground" #1 while Ben Stenbeck provides the artwork.

Tech Jacket #8

Mon, February 16th, 2015 | Category: Review

The Colossals are shifting formation and preparing for a universe-shaking attack in "Tech Jacket" #8, written by Joe Keatinge and drawn by Khary Randolph.

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