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: Palmiotti, Gray & Johnson Celebrate 100 issues of Hex in "All-Star Western" #28

Fri, February 28th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray & Staz Johnson celebrate 100 issues of working on Jonah Hex with "All-Star Western" #28, "one of the very best comics DC has to offer."

REVIEW: Robinson & Kirk's "Fantastic Four" #1

Thu, February 27th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

James Robinson and Leonard Kirk bring a strong "Fantastic Four" debut to All-New Marvel NOW!, a "welcome addition" to the publisher's library.

REVIEW: Waid & Krause's "Daredevil: Road Warrior" #1 Infinite Comic

Tue, February 25th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Mark Waid & Peter Krause go cross-country with "Daredevil: Road Warrior" #1, with a story that's "some of the very best Marvel has to offer."

REVIEW: Ryan & Marquez's "The Joyners in 3D" is "A Thing of Beauty"

Mon, February 24th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

R.J. Ryan and David Marquez's "The Joyners in 3D" OGN is "a game-changer, reawakening 3D comics" and "a thing of beauty" in stereoscopic 3D.

REVIEW: Duggan & Medina's "Nova" #13.NOW

Fri, February 21st, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Gerry Duggan & Paco Medina construct a meeting between Sam Alexander and Beta Ray Bill in "Nova" #13.NOW, an issue that's "pure comic joy."

REVIEW: Johns & Reis Bring the Metal Men to "Justice League" #28

Thu, February 20th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis & Joe Prado bring "a gorgeous new appearance" for the Metal Men in "Justice League" #28.

REVIEW: Williams & Coleby's "The Royals: Masters of War" #1

Fri, February 14th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Rob Williams & Simon Coleby's superpowered comic "The Royals: Masters of War" #1 is "a fresh, unexpected tale filled with familiar notions."

REVIEW: "The Trial of Jean Grey" Continues in Bendis & Immonen's "All-New X-Men" #23

Thu, February 13th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Brian Bendis & Stuart Immonen's "All New X-Men" #23 "hits an unexpected note and offers a payoff to readers" for "The Trial of Jean Grey."

REVIEW: Snyder, Tynion & Nguyen's Future-Shifted "Batman" #28

Wed, February 12th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV & Dustin Nguyen's future-shifted "Batman" #28 is "a change of pace, a switch in visual impact, a breath of fresh air."

REVIEW: Pak & Colak's "Turok" #1

Mon, February 10th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Greg Pak and Mirko Colak's debut issue of Dynamite's "Turok: Dinosaur Hunter" "delivers on all expectations readers could have."

REVIEW: Aaron & Pastoras' "Thor: God of Thunder" #18

Fri, January 31st, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Jason Aaron and Das Pastoras present "a magnificent sample of collaborative excellence" with "Thor: God of Thunder" #18.

REVIEW: Johns, Reis & Prado's "Justice League" #27

Fri, January 24th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis & Joe Prado's "Justice League" #27 brings a focus on Cyborg, delivering "a damn fine read filled with bombastic fun."

REVIEW: Kesel, Ienco, Allred & Quinones Wrap "Fantastic Four" #16

Thu, January 16th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Karl Kesel, Raffaele Ienco, Lee Allred & Joe Quinones deliver a truly fantastic conclusion to Matt Fraction's run in "Fantastic Four" #16.

REVIEW: Hickman, Spencer & Caselli Populate "Avengers World" #1

Thu, January 9th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Jonathan Hickman, Nick Spencer & Stefano Caselli debut issue of "Avengers World" "sets up a number of plots bubbling with potential."

REVIEW: "Avengers" #24.NOW - Great for Longtime Fans, But Not New Reader-Friendly

Thu, December 26th, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Jonathan Hickman's "Avengers" #24.NOW is satisfying for longtime fans, but may prove problematic for new readers despite the giant #1 on the cover.

REVIEW: Kindt and Braithwaite's "Unity" #2

Mon, December 16th, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Matt Kindt and Doug Braithwaite present a "well-paced, action-packed bigscreen adventure" for Valiant Entertainment's "Unity" #2.

ADVANCE REVIEW: North, Paroline & Lamb Kick Off BOOM! Box with "The Midas Flesh" #1

Wed, December 11th, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Ryan North, Shelli Paroline & Braden Lamb kick off BOOM! Box with "The Midas Flesh" #1, "a solid first offering" of the imprint.

REVIEW: Snyder & Capullo Continue "Zero Year" in "Batman" #26

Wed, December 11th, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Scott Snyder & Greg Capullo's "Batman" #26 "continues to do a fine job of adding more to the Batman mythology" as "Zero Year" continues.

REVIEW: Aaron & McGuinness' "Amazing X-Men" #2

Mon, December 9th, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Jason Aaron and Ed McGuinness scatter the X-Men across Heaven & Hell in "Amazing X-Men" #2, an issue "full of hope and excitement."

REVIEW: Waid & Asrar's "Indestructible Hulk #16

Mon, December 2nd, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Mark Waid and new series artist Mahmud Asrar's "Indestructible Hulk" #16 follows up on the time-travel arc with a strong issue.

Amazing X-Men #8

Mon, June 9th, 2014 | Category: Review

Ed McGuinness returns to the title with new writing duo Craig Kyle and Chris Yost as "Amazing X-Men" #8 opens up "World War Wendigo!"

Captain America #21

Fri, June 6th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Captain America" #21 draws to a close Rick Remender's "The Iron Nail" storyline. And as with all war stories, a terrible price must be paid.

The New 52: Futures End #5

Thu, June 5th, 2014 | Category: Review

"The New 52: Futures End" #5 breaks down the Firestorm matrix and dials up the latest Terrifitech creation while Grifter lies helpless, in enemy hands.

Painkiller Jane: The 22 Brides #1

Thu, June 5th, 2014 | Category: Review

Jimmy Palmiotti presents two tales in "Painkiller Jane: The 22 Brides" #1, with art from Juan Santacruz, Noberto Fernandez and Steve Mannion.

Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man #2

Wed, June 4th, 2014 | Category: Review

After last issue's surprising return, Brian Michael Bendis and Dave Marquez bring back more surprise characters with surprising agendas in "Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man" #2.

Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse #1

Wed, June 4th, 2014 | Category: Review

Comic fans everywhere can exclaim "Aw Yeah!" as Art Baltazar and Franco Aureliani revisit a fan-favorite with "Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse" #1.

Disney Kingdoms: Seekers of the Weird #5 #5

Fri, May 30th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Disney Kingdoms: Seekers of the Weird" #5 draws the adventures of Maxwell and Melody Keep to a close -- for now -- courtesy of writer Brandon Seifert and artist Karl Moline.

Aquaman #31

Fri, May 30th, 2014 | Category: Review

Aquaman brings the fight to Swamp Thing in "Aquaman" #31, written by Jeff Parker with art by Paul Pelletier and Alvaro Martinez.

Fantastic Four #5

Thu, May 29th, 2014 | Category: Review

James Robinson and Leonard Kirk deliver a grand tour of the Marvel Universe and begin dealing with the ramifications of the assault on New York in “Fantastic Four” #3.

Doctor Spektor: Master of the Occult #1

Thu, May 29th, 2014 | Category: Review

Mark Waid and Neil Edwards introduce readers to Adam Spektor and company in "Doctor Spektor: Master of the Occult" #1.

Nightwing #30

Thu, May 29th, 2014 | Category: Review

Dick Grayson's time as a grown-up sidekick draws to a close in "Nightwing" #30 from writers Tim Seeley and Tom King and a slew of artists.

Batman #31

Wed, May 28th, 2014 | Category: Review

The second installment of "Zero Year: Savage City" from Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo gives "Batman" #31 a fight with some lions and a supercool early Batcycle scene.

X-O Manowar #25

Mon, May 26th, 2014 | Category: Review

"X-O Manowar" #25 is an extra-sized anniversary celebration from Robert Venditti and company that celebrates the past and also looks forward to the upcoming "Armor Hunters" story.

New 52: Futures End #3

Fri, May 23rd, 2014 | Category: Review

Dan Jurgens and Mark Irwin deliver the visuals in "New 52: Futures End" #3 for Frankenstein's big debut in the story's "modern" timeline.

Daredevil #3

Fri, May 23rd, 2014 | Category: Review

The Owl makes his presence known as Daredevil and the Shroud try to find their places in "Daredevil" #3, written by Mark Waid with art by Chris Samnee.

Star Wars: Darth Maul - Son of Dathomir #1

Thu, May 22nd, 2014 | Category: Review

"Star Wars: Darth Maul -- Son of Dathomir" #1 brings on the bad guys, giving Darth Maul, Count Dooku and General Grievous a chance to shine in this story from Jeremy Barlow with art by Juan Frigeri.

Justice League #30

Thu, May 22nd, 2014 | Category: Review

Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis and Doug Mahnke usher in a new era as Lex Luthor tries to join the team in “Justice League” #30.

Batman and Frankenstein #31

Thu, May 22nd, 2014 | Category: Review

Doug Mahnke steps in to draw Frankenstein's reunion with Batman in Peter J. Tomasi's "The Hunt for Robin" story in "Batman and Frankenstein" #31.

Justice League of America #14

Thu, May 22nd, 2014 | Category: Review

While the successor to "Justice League of America" #14 has already seen two issues published, this issue tries to put a bow on the short-lived series in a story by Matt Kindt with Tom Derenick, Eddy Barrows and Diogenes Neves on art.

Forever Evil #7

Thu, May 22nd, 2014 | Category: Review

"Forever Evil" #7 closes the Crime Syndicate chapter of Geoff Johns' "Justice League" story while it affords David Finch a chance to draw such things as Bizarro giving Lex Luthor a hug.

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