Vaughan & Chiang's "Paper Girls" Builds a Familiar Yet Disconcerting World
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
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"The future of my past. . . " so thinks Steve Rogers as he has an ethereal experience tumbling through his own life. This book is a "Captain America's Greatest Hits" that actually uses those hits to move the story forward.
The spotlight issues of "Titans" continue on with a Beast Boy-centric issue. Ben Raab and Geoff Johns already did this, only theirs was much, much more enjoyable.
Certain to have been criminally under-ordered, "Cursed Pirate Girl" is a great read that offers a story unlike anything else being published in comics or any other medium nowadays.
"Blackest Night: Batman" takes supplemental material and makes it a fabulously entertaining read.
Norman Osborn has been keeping a list and now, he's checking it twice. The hero formerly known as Hawkeye is prominently featured on the cover for this one-shot as well as in the story inside.
As noted in the text page, once upon a time, Captain America was believed dead and the comic book world turned to other Marvel characters to read about, like Millie the Model. Well, Captain America is presumed dead again, so. . .
The story begun in the "War of Kings" series continues on, but there are no kings present in this issue -- at least, no living kings.
For the second time in a quarter of a century, Red Tornado is given a chance to fly in a solo title.
New creative team, same old Black Panther? Not so much. Come on in and let's talk about things Wakandan.
We see more of the Plutonian's past and start to get an idea of the events that may have led the Plutonian to make the decisions he did.
As if a mysterious zombie-like outbreak wasn't enough of a problem, throw in a hurricane, an exploding airplane, and a seemingly deserted island. Wish you were here.
"Magog" springs from the pages of "Justice Society of America" to his very own monthly series. Carnage and mayhem abound –- specifically in the first eight pages!
I'm a page that fell out of a different book. There's nothing I can do. No context for me." So speaks Toro – Tom Raymond – to a Vision of a different stripe. Everything old is new again.
"Blackest Night" sweeps across the galaxy in an issue of "Green Lantern" that doesn't feature Hal Jordan, yet is still chock full of action and excitement.
Shane and Chris Houghton deliver a self-published tale of Reed Gunther, a cowboy who rides a grizzly bear. Yeah, you read that right.
"We warned you that the fabric of the galaxy could not take this war." Or as Rocket Raccoon put it, "We told you so, told you so, told you so!" The Guardians aren't very happy with the Inhumans.
The birth of Jack-Jack seems like a nice logical place to begin the new ongoing "Incredibles" comic series, doesn't it?
Mockingbird finds herself alone against a foe who just took down Spider-Man, Spider-Woman, Ms. Marvel, Captain America, Clint Barton, and Cage. Things get a whole lot worse from there.
"Blackest Night" falls over Titans Tower. As with anything that falls over Titans Tower, this is going to get ugly, but in a good story kind of way.
The cover says it all (although the use of parentheses perplexes me a bit) "The First Pitt Comic in a Decade!"