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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ADVANCE REVIEW: Williamson & Bressan's "Birthright" #1

Tue, October 7th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Joshua Williamson & Andrei Bressan's "Birthright" #1 is a strong debut of "a rich, new, thrilling adventure with a couple surprises along the way."

REVIEW: Kreisberg, Sokolowski & Sampere's "Green Arrow" #35

Mon, October 6th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

The creative team debut of Andrew Kreisberg, Ben Sokolowski & Daniel Sampere in "Green Arrow" #35 brings more elements of "Arrow" to comics.

REVIEW: "Green Lantern/New Gods: Godhead" #1

Fri, October 3rd, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

DC Comics' "Green Lantern/New Gods: Godhead" #1 features a massive creative team, introducing the New Gods to the New 52.

REVIEW: Langridge's "Jim Henson's The Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow"

Thu, October 2nd, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Roger Langridge takes on "Jim Henson's The Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow," "a fine addition to any library" & "a welcome adventure into imagination."

REVIEW: Venditti & Braithwaite's "Armor Hunters" #4

Thu, September 25th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Robert Venditti & Doug Braithwaite's "Armor Hunters" #4 completes an event "as clean and complete a universe-wide crossover as you'll ever see."

REVIEW: Slott & Perez's "Amazing Spider-Man" #1.5

Thu, September 25th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

"Amazing Spider-Man" #1.5 concludes Dan Slott & Ramon Perez's "Learning to Crawl" story in spectacular fashion.

REVIEW: Aaron, Guera, Bisley & Ribic's "Thor: God of Thunder" #25

Mon, September 22nd, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

"Thor: God of Thunder" #25 by Jason Aaron, R.M. Guera, Simon Bisley & Esad Ribic is a fitting final issue for a spectacular series.

REVIEW: Hickman Takes "Avengers" #35 Eight Months Later

Thu, September 18th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Jonathan Hickman and a cavalcade of artists take readers and characters on a long journey into the unknown in "Avengers" #35.

REVIEW: Scott Snyder & Jim Lee's "Superman Unchained" #8

Thu, September 11th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

"Superman Unchained" #8 is "a bombastic Superman story and a rollicking fun adventure" serving as the penultimate issue by Scott Snyder & Jim Lee.

5-STAR REVIEW: Soule & Saiz's "Swamp Thing: Futures End" #1

Fri, September 5th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Charles Soule and Jesus Saiz's "Swamp Thing: Futures End" #1 is "a pure winner," and stands alone as one of the best event tie-ins yet.

REVIEW: Wood & Smallwood's "Moon Knight" #7

Fri, September 5th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Brian Wood and Greg Smallwood pick up as the new creative team in "Moon Knight" #7, delivering "an enjoyable, nearly definitive introduction to Moon Knight."

REVIEW: Milligan & Fernandez's "The Names" #1

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

Peter Milligan and Leandro Fernandez's "The Names" #1 "defies comparison," detailing the opening chapter to an intense mystery of finance and revenge.

5-STAR REVIEW: Palmiotti, Gray & Cooke Conclude "All-Star Western"

Fri, August 29th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray & Darwyn Cooke deliver an incredible series conclusion with "All-Star Western" #34, sending Jonah Hex into the sunset.

5-STAR REVIEW: Asmus, Van Lente & Kano's "The Delinquents" #1

Fri, August 22nd, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

James Asmus, Fred Van Lente & Kano's "The Delinquents" #1 impresses with an issue that perfectly "blends humor and action, adventure and fun."

5-STAR REVIEW: Morrison, Reis & Prado's "The Multiversity" #1

Thu, August 21st, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Grant Morrison, Ivan Reis & Joe Prado deliver a debut "worthy of study and reflection, re-reading and replication" with "The Multiversity" #1.

5-STAR REVIEW: Van Lente & Fowler's "Howtoons [Re]Ignitiion" #1

Fri, August 8th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Fred Van Lente and Tom Fowler's "Howtoons [Re]Ignition" #1 revives the series in an "informative, entertaining and masterful" way.

REVIEW: Doc Ock Returns in Slott, Gage & Camuncoli's "Superior Spider-Man" #32

Thu, August 7th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Dan Slott, Christos Gage & Giuseppe Camuncoli bring back Doc Ock for "Superior Spider-Man" #32, an issue "backed by action and excitement."

REVIEW: Layman & Guillory's "Chew: Warrior Chicken Poyo" #1

Fri, August 1st, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

John Layman & Rob Guillory's "Chew: Warrior Chicken Poyo" one-shot is a "bold, ridiculous and refreshing" issue in the "Chew"-niverse.

REVIEW: Alan Davis' "Savage Hulk" #2

Fri, July 18th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Alan Davis' "Savage Hulk" #2 "celebrates aspects that made Silver Age comics and Marvel's earlier days fun."

REVIEW: Templesmith's "The Squidder" #1

Thu, July 17th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Ben Templesmith builds a new world in "The Squidder" #1, "a gripping story equal parts supernatural thriller, horror movie and action adventure."

Amazing Spider-Man #13

Fri, January 23rd, 2015 | Category: Review

"Spider-Verse" rounds the corner and starts down the homestretch in "Amazing Spider-Man" #13, written by Dan Slott and drawn by Giuseppe Camuncoli.

G. I. Joe: Snake Eyes: Agent of Cobra #1

Thu, January 22nd, 2015 | Category: Review

As much a surprise to Destro as to readers picking up this comic, writer Mike Costa and artist Paolo Villanelli introduce readers to "G. I. Joe: Snake Eyes: Agent of Cobra" #1.

Burning Fields #1

Wed, January 21st, 2015 | Category: Review

A mystery involving private corporations in a volatile part of the Middle East anchors "Burning Fields" #1 as writers Michael Moreci and Tim Daniel and artist Colin Lorimer introduce readers to Dana Atkinson.

Ei8ht #1

Tue, January 20th, 2015 | Category: Review

Best known as the artist of "American Vampire," Rafael Albuquerque introduces readers to a whole new dimension as he handles double-duty writing and drawing "Ei8ht" #1 with a scripting assist from Mike Johnson.

The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage #5

Mon, January 19th, 2015 | Category: Review

Crossing into the land beyond mortality and back, "The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage" #5 brings a satisfying conclusion to Jen Van Meter's story as drawn by Roberto de la Tore.

Avengers #34.2

Mon, January 19th, 2015 | Category: Review

Wedging in before the start of the current "Time Runs Out" mega-story going on in Avengers' titles, writer Sam Humphries and artist Bengal tighten the spotlight around Starbrand in "Avengers" #34.2.

Daredevil #12

Fri, January 16th, 2015 | Category: Review

Responding to a dare from the Stunt-Master, Matt Murdock rides a motorcycle up the Golden Gate Bridge in "Daredevil" #12, written by Mark Waid and drawn by Chris Samnee.

S.H.I.E.L.D. #2

Fri, January 16th, 2015 | Category: Review

When her high school is attacked, Ms. Marvel joins S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents Phil Coulson and Jemma Simmons in 'S.H.I.E.L.D." #2.

Superman/Wonder Woman #15

Thu, January 15th, 2015 | Category: Review

"Superman/Wonder Woman" #15 delivers the origin of Magog in a story written by Peter J. Tomasi and drawn by Ed Benes and Doug Mahnke.

Vampirella #100

Thu, January 15th, 2015 | Category: Review

"Vampirella" #100 gives readers a collection of five tales from a plethora of creators, but nothing really celebrates the recognizable comic character on her centennial.

Wonder Woman '77 #1

Mon, January 12th, 2015 | Category: Review

"Wonder Woman '77" #1 gives readers a fun, groovy adventure featuring the Lynda Carter version of Wonder Woman written by Marc Andreyko and drawn by Drew Johnson.

Red Sonja: Vulture's Circle #1

Mon, January 12th, 2015 | Category: Review

Nancy A. Collins, Luke Lieberman and Fritz Casas' "Red Sonja: Vulture's Circle" #1 sounds like a solid concept when Collins comes to Dynamite to co-write the adventures of the she-devil with a sword, but the execution falls short.

Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier #3

Mon, January 12th, 2015 | Category: Review

Bucky and Quake's aardvark sets out for Mer-Z-Bow in "Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier" #3 by Ales Kot, Marco Rudy and Michael Walsh.

Green Arrow #38

Fri, January 9th, 2015 | Category: Review

"Green Arrow" #38 gives readers a Green Arrow-Green Lantern team-up from artist Daniel Sampere and writers Andrew Kreisberg and Ben Sokolowski.

IXth Generation #1

Fri, January 9th, 2015 | Category: Review

"IXth Generation" #1 gives readers a whole new universe to latch onto as writer Matt Hawkins, artist Stjepan Sejic and letterer Troy Peteri add to the legend of these Top Cow characters.

Wolverines #1

Tue, January 6th, 2015 | Category: Review

Following Logan's demise, a quintet of old foes and sometimes-allies decide to take up his cause and fight in his name.

Ant-Man #1

Tue, January 6th, 2015 | Category: Review

Scott Lang gets his shot at the titular role in "Ant-Man" #1, written by Nick Spencer and drawn by Ramon Rosanas.

Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive #1

Mon, January 5th, 2015 | Category: Review

"Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive" #1 beams down onto comic racks from writers Scott and David Tipton with artist Rachael Stott.

Green Lantern Annual #3

Mon, December 29th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Green Lantern Annual" #3 wraps up the "Godhead" saga with the regular "Green Lantern" creative team of writer Robert Venditti and artist Billy Tan on board for the final chapter.

Nova #25

Mon, December 29th, 2014 | Category: Review

Steve Rogers comes to Carefree, Arizona to have a conversation with Sam Alexander in "Nova" #25, written by Gerry Duggan and drawn by David Baldeon.

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