Doug Zawisza

Reviewer
Livonia, MI
Plattsburgh, NY
Jul 7

My appreciation of the four-color world of comics started one Saturday morning when my mom returned from a grocery store trip with a coverless issue of some Spider-Man adventure. This was just the right time to hit me with a comic as "Super Friends" had just ended and the television was turned off for the morning. I'm not sure what the Spider-Man issue was, as I was too naive to check the indicia and the issue has since disappeared in one of my many moves, but Spider-Man made an impression on me and comics made an impression on my wallet. Comics have been a mainstay of my public display of support of capitalism ever since.

Writing for CBR isn't my first journalistic gig within the world of comics. I've also written for Comicbloc.com (which started off as GeoffJohns.com) where my first ever interview was with George Perez! I've also written and designed the "Hawkman Companion" for TwoMorrows and have some other ideas for other writing projects at some point in the future. Some of those ideas might involve gorillas, or they might not. Most of those ideas certainly don't involve platypi. Thanks, Perry.

At my day job, I'm an Instructional Designer, developing training materials and curriculum for those who need them, even if they don't realize they do. I have a ridiculously supportive, amazingly talented and beautiful wife and I am lucky enough to be the father of three incredibly talented and awesomely amazing young ladies who each appreciate comics in their own way. In my spare time, when I'm not being a dad, coaching soccer, mowing the lawn (or shoveling the snow), reading and reviewing comics, driving to or from work and actually doing work, I sleep.

FIRST COMIC: An unspecificed coverless Spider-Man issue, but I have reason to believe it to be "Marvel Team-Up" #58. The first one I spent my hard-earned, fifty-cent allowance on was "Justice League of America" #192.

FAVORITE CHARACTER: Firestorm, Hawkman, Benjamin J. Grimm, Cliff Steele

Articles By Doug Zawisza

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REVIEW: Yost & Checchetto's "Superior Spider-Man Team-Up" #5

Fri, October 25th, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Christopher Yost and Marco Checchetto's "Superior Spider-Man Team-Up" #5 is an "enjoyable story capable of being appreciated on its own merits."

REVIEW: Constantine Features in DeMatteis & Janin's "Justice League Dark" #24

Thu, October 24th, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

J.M. DeMatteis & Mikel Janin take Constantine through the House of Mystery in "Justice League Dark" #24, exploring the aftermath of "Trinity War."

ADV. REVIEW: DeConnick & Rios' "Pretty Deadly" #1

Tue, October 22nd, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Image's "Pretty Deadly" #1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Rios is "unorthodox and surprisingly unexpected in content, but adventurously so."

REVIEW: Buccellato, Zircher & Hepburn Enter "Forever Evil: Rogues Rebellion" #1

Fri, October 18th, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Brian Buccellato, Patrick Zircher & Scott Hepburn deliver a good, if visually disparate, miniseries debut with "Forever Evil: Rogues Rebellion" #1.

REVIEW: Slott & Stegman's "Superior Spider-Man" #19

Wed, October 16th, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Dan Slott and Ryan Stegman wrap up their latest arc of "Superior Spider-Man" in an issue that is "blazing new trails for Spider-Man's world."

5-Star Review: "Zero Year" Continues in "Batman" #24

Thu, October 10th, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

With the series' return to its "Zero Year" arc, "Batman" #24 receives 5 stars from reviewer Doug Zawisza, who says "writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo give readers exactly what they want."

REVIEW: Costa & Anka Time Travel with "All-New X-Men Special" #1

Fri, October 4th, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Mike Costa and Kris Anka kick off the "Arms of the Octopus" crossover story with "All-New X-Men Special" #1, which sees the original five X-Men team up with the Superior Spider-Man against Doc Ock.

REVIEW: Johns & Finch's "Forever Evil" #2

Thu, October 3rd, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Geoff Johns and David Finch continue their "Forever Evil" saga with the second issue, as the creative team expands the role of the Crime Syndicate and set up Lex Luthor for a greater role.

REVIEW: Kindt & Rudy's "Marvel Knights: Spider-Man" #1

Thu, October 3rd, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Matt Kindt and Marco Rudy bring a new "Marvel Knights: Spider-Man" series to print in "an enjoyable, engaging read that will leave readers wondering as much, if not more, than Spider-Man himself."

REVIEW: Aaron & Garney Explore the Nine Realms in "Thor: God of Thunder" #13

Mon, September 23rd, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Jason Aaron and Ron Garney explore the Nine Realms and reintroduce Malekith in "Thor: God of Thunder" #13, with art that is "crisp and clean, at times revealing and other times well-polished."

REVIEW: Dysart, Gage & Lupacchino's "Bloodshot and H.A.R.D. Corps" #14

Thu, September 19th, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

With both a title and creative shift, Joshua Dysart, Christos Gage and Emanuela Lupacchino's "Bloodshot and H.A.R.D. Corps" #14 is a great jumping-on point "filled with a compelling plot and diverse characters."

REVIEW: Seeley & Norton's "Adventures of Superman" #21 is "Charming and Graceful"

Wed, September 18th, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Creative team Tim Seeley and Mike Norton explore the digital-first frontier with "Adventures of Superman" #21, with two stories containing "simple and rewarding" execution.

REVIEW: The New Lobo Debuts In Bennett & Oliver's "Justice League" #23.2

Thu, September 12th, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Marguerite Bennett and Ben Oliver's "Justice League" #23.2 serves as an introduction to the new Lobo, "a sleek, clean character who looks more like a metrosexual galactic version of Skinner Sweet than the clich├ęd biker ruffian."

REVIEW: Spider-Man 2099 Comes To "Superior Spider-Man" #17

Thu, September 5th, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Writer Dan Slott and artist Ryan Stegman bring the future to Marvel NOW! in "Superior Spider-Man" #17, as Spider-Man 2099 heads to the present in "a fun comic filled with visual wonders."

5-STAR REVIEW: Aaron & Klein's "Thor: God of Thunder" #12

Fri, August 30th, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Doug Zawisza gives Jason Aaron & Nic Klein's "Thor: God of Thunder" #12 5 stars, calling Aaron "the best writer Thor could have... and Thor is the best character for Aaron's range."

REVIEW: Johns, Reis & Prado Conclude "Trinity War" in "Justice League" #23

Thu, August 29th, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis and Joe Prado's conclusion to the epic "Trinity War" event in "Justice League" #23 is "a fun, large-scale, good-looking story," despite the lack of a true conclusion.

ADVANCE REVIEW: Bendis, Cho & Immonen's "X-Men: Battle of the Atom" #1

Wed, August 28th, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

With the X-Event on the horizon, CBR takes an advance look at Brian Bendis, Frank Cho and Stuart Immonen's "X-Men: Battle of the Atom" #1, a debut issue with "energy, excitement and flair."

5-STAR REVIEW: Waid & Samnee's "Daredevil" #30 Is A "Remarkable Team-Up"

Fri, August 23rd, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Doug Zawisza gives "Daredevil" #30 5 stars, calling the issue by writer Mark Waid and artist Chris Samnee "another example of what great comics should look like."

REVIEW: Snyder & Lee's "Superman Unchained" #3

Wed, August 21st, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Doug Zawisza gives "Superman Unchained" #3 by Scott Snyder and Jim Lee 4 stars, calling the issue "another successful installment in the adventures of the most famous Kryptonian."

REVIEW: Aaron & Ribic's "Thor: God of Thunder" #11

Mon, August 19th, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Doug Zawisza gives "Thor: God of Thunder" #11 4.5 stars, calling Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic's conclusion of the "God Bomb" arc "the greatest Thor story for the present."

New Warriors #2

Fri, March 7th, 2014 | Category: Review

"New Warriors" #2 provides a by-the-numbers tightening of the heroes' paths in a story written by Chris Yost and drawn by Marcus To.

Earth 2 #21

Fri, March 7th, 2014 | Category: Review

Superman causes all sorts of mayhem and destruction in "Earth 2" #21, written by Tom Taylor and drawn by Nicola Scott.

Forever Evil #6

Fri, March 7th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Forever Evil" #6 unmasks the hooded figure the Crime Syndicate brought along and pits Batman against Luthor in Geoff Johns' story with David Finch on art.

Afterlife With Archie #4

Wed, March 5th, 2014 | Category: Review

The entire Archieverse is afflicted with the zombies, which is exactly how Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla want it in "Afterlife With Archie" #4.

Moon Knight #1

Wed, March 5th, 2014 | Category: Review

The All-New Marvel NOW! debut of the servant of Khonshu makes for some fabulously entertaining reading in "Moon Knight" #1 from Warren Ellis, Declan Shalvey, Jordie Bellaire and Chris Eliopoulos.

Headspace #1

Wed, March 5th, 2014 | Category: Review

Ryan K. Lindsay, Eric Zawadzki, Chris Peterson and Marissa Louise bring a very trippy and smartly-paced "Headspace" #1 to Monkeybrain for a $0.99 digital read.

Adventures of Superman (Digital) #45

Wed, March 5th, 2014 | Category: Review

Ron Marz and Doc Shaner wrap up "Only Child" in spectacular fashion in "Adventures of Superman" #45.

All-Star Western #28

Fri, February 28th, 2014 | Category: Review

Jonah Hex's adventures in the modern-day DC Universe reach their conclusion in "All-Star Western" #28, the hundredth Jonah Hex tale written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray.

Mighty Avengers #7

Thu, February 27th, 2014 | Category: Review

White Tiger takes center stage in "Mighty Avengers" #7 as Al Ewing and Valerio Schiti set the heroine on the path of her family's killer.

Cataclysm: The Ultimates' Last Stand #5

Thu, February 27th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Cataclysm: The Ultimates' Last Stand" #5 wraps up the Galactus saga as Brian Bendis and Mark Bagley summon all hands to challenge the devourer of worlds.

Batman: The Dark Knight #28

Thu, February 27th, 2014 | Category: Review

Gregg Hurwitz and Ethan Van Sciver take a quick flight with Man-Bat in "Batman: The Dark Knight" #28.

Fantastic Four #1

Wed, February 26th, 2014 | Category: Review

James Robinson and Leonard Kirk get things rolling in the All-New Marvel NOW! debut of Marvel's first family in "Fantastic Four" #1.

Bloodshot and H.A.R.D. Corps: H.A.R.D. Corps #0

Wed, February 26th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Bloodshot and H.A.R.D. Corps: H.A.R.D. Corps" #0 spans three decades and delivers some interesting insider information courtesy of Christos Gage, Joshua Dysart, Valentine De Landro, Joseph Cooper and ChrisCross.

Vandroid #1

Wed, February 26th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Vandroid" #1 brings a missing grindhouse film to the printed page, but Tommy Lee Edwards, Noah Smith and Dan McDaid provide fuzzy details where harder edges should be.

Daredevil: Road Warrior #1

Tue, February 25th, 2014 | Category: Review

Mark Waid and Peter Krause set out to deliver Murdock's journey from New York to San Francisco in the "Daredevil: Road Warrior" #1 Infinite Comic.

The Joyners in 3D

Mon, February 24th, 2014 | Category: Review

R.J. Ryan and David Marquez, with assistance from Tara Rhymes and Jon Adams, come together for "The Joyners in 3D," a gorgeous original graphic novel in the Archaia tradition.

Disney Kingdoms: Seekers of the Weird #2

Fri, February 21st, 2014 | Category: Review

"Disney Kingdoms: Seekers of the Weird" #2 continues to build out the world around Maxwell and Melody Keep courtesy of writer Brandon Seifert and artists Karl Moline and Rick Magyar.

GoGetters #1

Fri, February 21st, 2014 | Category: Review

Shawn Aldridge, Christopher Peterson and Nick Johnson deliver a wonderfully wacky adventure comic complete with a white gorilla in a dune buggy in "GoGetters" #1.

Iron Man Annual #1

Fri, February 21st, 2014 | Category: Review

"Iron Man Annual" #1 brings a trio of tales from the mind of Kieron Gillen together under three different artists with unsurprisingly uneven results.

Bloodshot and H.A.R.D. Corps #19

Fri, February 21st, 2014 | Category: Review

"Bloodshot and H.A.R.D. Corps" #19, written by Christos Gage and Joshua Dysart, with art from Bart Sears and ChrisCross gives readers a concise sample of what this book is about while setting up adventures to come.

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