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: Lemire & Foreman's "Animal Man" #29

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

Jeff Lemire and Travel Foreman's "Animal Man" #29 wraps the series in an emotionally satisfying issue for longtime fans of the character.

5-STAR REVIEW: Snyder & Albuquerque's "American Vampire: Second Cycle" #1 is "One Hell of a Start"

Wed, March 19th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque make a triumphant return with "American Vampire: Second Cycle" #1, "one hell of a start" to the new series.

REVIEW: Van Lente & Smith's "Magnus, Robot Fighter" #1

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

Fred Van Lente & Cory Smith's Dynamite relaunch of "Magnus, Robot Fighter" is "a fine addition to the Gold Key lineup."

REVIEW: Snyder & Capullo Return To "Zero Year" For "Batman" #29

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

Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's extra-sized "Batman" #29 heads back to "Zero Year" with "meticulous writing" and "enthusiastically, brutally animated art."

REVIEW: Aguirre-Sacasa & Francavilla's "Afterlife With Archie" #4

Thu, March 6th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa & Francesco Francavilla's "Afterlife With Archie" #4 is "a fun story that crosses genres and transforms a cast of characters."

REVIEW: Ellis & Shalvey's "Moon Knight" #1

Wed, March 5th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey's "Moon Knight" #1 puts a new spin on the disciple of Khonsu in "a magnificent debut issue" for All-New Marvel NOW!

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."

The Shadow #0

Wed, July 16th, 2014 | Category: Review

Cullen Bunn and Colton Worley take a look back at Lamont Cranston's training alongside Harry Houdini in "The Shadow" #0.

The Squidder #1

Wed, July 16th, 2014 | Category: Review

Ben Templesmith wastes no time setting up a dismal world populated with violent people hoping to find a reason to live despite being conquered in the pages of "The Squidder" #1.

Armor Hunters #2

Fri, July 11th, 2014 | Category: Review

Behind a chromium cover, "Armor Hunters" #2 delivers a lot of devastation as writer Robert Venditti and artist Doug Braithwaite prepare to deliver even more.

Superior Foes of Spider-Man #13

Fri, July 11th, 2014 | Category: Review

Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber continue their romp through Spider-Man's rogues' gallery in "The Superior Foes of Spider-Man" #13 as Boomerang tries to pull his erstwhile team back together.

Daredevil #5

Fri, July 11th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Daredevil" #5 shows readers what the completely synchronous creative team of Mark Waid, Chris Samnee, Javier Rodriguez and Joe Caramagna can deliver, thanks to the appearance of Leapfrog and the death of Foggy Nelson.

Captain Marvel #5

Thu, July 10th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Captain Marvel" #5provides a revelation for the interest in Torfa and gives Carol Danvers renewed interest in fighting the bullies in this Kelly Sue DeConnick-written, David Lopez-drawn issue.

New Suicide Squad #1

Thu, July 10th, 2014 | Category: Review

"New Suicide Squad" #1 brings Black Manta, Deathstroke, Joker's Daughter, writer Sean Ryan and artist Jeremy Roberts to Amanda Waller's world.

American Vampire: Second Cycle #4

Wed, July 9th, 2014 | Category: Review

"American Vampire: Second Cycle" #4 puts the farmhouse of Pearl Jones in the line of a vampiric twister as the series created by Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque continues to get spookier.

Star Wars #19

Wed, July 9th, 2014 | Category: Review

Written by Brian Wood with art from Carlos D'Anda, "Star Wars" #19 brings in IG-88 and a junkyard planet.

Robocop #1

Mon, July 7th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Robocop" #1 gives readers a chance to follow new adventures of Alex Murphy as writer Joshua Williamson and artist Carlos Magno launch a new series following the 1987 version of the character.

Thanos: A God Up There Listening #1

Mon, July 7th, 2014 | Category: Review

Rob Williams writes a conflicted Thane into the Iban Coello-drawn pages of the "Thanos: A God Up There Listening" #1 Infinite Comic.

Earth 2 #25

Mon, July 7th, 2014 | Category: Review

In "Earth 2" #25 Tom Taylor gives Val-Zod a chance to embrace while Nicola Scott shows readers as much detail of this Earth as possible in the twenty-eight pages provided.

Iron Fist: The Living Weapon #4

Mon, July 7th, 2014 | Category: Review

In “Iron Fist: The Living Weapon” #4 Kaare Andrews adds some new kinks to the relationship between Danny Rand and his interviewer while exhuming ghosts from Iron Fist's past.

Captain America #22

Mon, July 7th, 2014 | Category: Review

In “Captain America” #22, writer Rick Remender sidelines Steve Rogers and busts open a portal to Dimension Z, while Carlos Pacheco draws the heck out of it all.

100th Anniversary Special: Fantastic Four #1

Thu, July 3rd, 2014 | Category: Review

"100th Anniversary Special: Fantastic Four" #1, from writer Jen Van Meter and artist Joanna Estep gives readers a peek into 2061, where readers meet a legacy Fantastic Four.

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell #1

Thu, July 3rd, 2014 | Category: Review

"Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Echoes" #1 brings the author's work to comics, courtesy of comic book pros Nathan Edmondson and Marc Laming.

Original Sin #5

Wed, July 2nd, 2014 | Category: Review

Jason Aaron and Mike Deodato deliver "The Secret History of Colonel Nicholas J. Fury," in "Original Sin" #5.

Legendary Star-Lord #1

Tue, July 1st, 2014 | Category: Review

"Legendary Star-Lord" #1 sets Peter Quill off on a solo adventure written by Sam Humphries and drawn by Paco Medina.

Original Sins #2

Mon, June 30th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Original Sins" #2 puts a spotlight on the Black Knight, written by Frank Tieri with art from Raffaele Ienco, Ryan North and Ramon Villalobos while Ty Templeton shows off a two-page Howard the Duck tale.

Amazing Spider-Man #3

Fri, June 27th, 2014 | Category: Review

"The Amazing Spider-Man" #3 pits Black Cat against her frequent ally and companion, Spider-Man, in a story written by Dan Slott and drawn by Humberto Ramos.

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