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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ADV REVIEW: Soule & McNiven Make "Uncanny Inhumans" #0 a "Strong First Offering"

Tue, March 31st, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

"'Uncanny Inhumans' #0 gives readers a lot to like, from Soule's writing to McNiven's art to the apparent reassertion of Black Bolt as a leader of some magnitude."

ADV REVIEW: Remender, Opena & Larraz "Do a Grand Job" in "Avengers: Rage of Ultron"

Mon, March 30th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Rick Remender, Jerome Opena, and Pepe Larraz's "Rage of Ultron" is "a fine example of what original graphic novels can and should be."

REVIEW: "The Autumnlands: Tooth & Claw" #5 a "Dynamic and Riveting" Chapter

Wed, March 25th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Kurt Busiek and Benjamin Dewey's "The Autumnlands: Tooth and Claw" #5 is a "complete and compelling a transitional tale."

REVIEW: Thompson & Lee's "Silk" #2 is "an Upbeat Adventure"

Mon, March 23rd, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Robbie Thompson and Stacey Lee's "Silk" #2 is "a fun read that hits all the playful, light-hearted notes that comic fans love in their wallcrawlers."

REVIEW: Conway, Barberi & Vlasco's "Amazing Spider-Man" #16.1 is "Enjoyable"

Fri, March 20th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Gerry Conway, Carlo Barberi and Juan Vlasco's "Amazing Spider-Man" #16.1 "gives readers a solid, enjoyable start."

ADV. REVIEW: Millar & Torres' "Jupiter's Circle" #1 is "Spot on for the Era"

Wed, March 18th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Mark Millar and Wilfredo Torres' "Jupiter's Circle" #1 is "an interesting, reality-tinged run with a different perspective on the heroic ideal. "

REVIEW: DeConnick, Ellis & Lopez's "Captain Marvel" #13 is "Exciting"

Mon, March 16th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Kelly Sue DeConnick, Warren Ellis and David Lopez's "Captain Marvel" #13 is "a magnificent read that just so happens to sneak in as new-reader friendly."

REVIEW: Kindt, Mann & Guice's "Ninjak" #1 is "Strong"

Thu, March 12th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Matt Kindt, Clay Mann and Butch Guice's "Ninjak" #1 is "is strong, sharp and entertaining."

REVIEW: Bunn & Churilla's "Hellbreak" #1 is a "High-Octane Adventure"

Wed, March 11th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Bunn & Churilla's "Hellbreak" #1 is "familiar enough to be dynamically compelling but inserts enough new twists to keep things moving and energized."

REVIEW: Young & Parker's "Rocket Raccoon" #9 "Brings Along Some Humor"

Mon, March 9th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Skottie Young and Jake Parker's "Rocket Raccoon" #9 has "fun celebrating every wacky thing about comics."

REVIEW: Waid & Dodson's "Princess Leia" #1 is "Wonderful"

Thu, March 5th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Waid and Dodson's "Princess Leia" #1 will "leave readers anxious for more."

ADV. REVIEW: Thompson & Campbell's "Jem & the Holograms" #1 is "Gorgeous"

Wed, March 4th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

"Kelly Thompson and Ross Campbell's 'Jem and the Holograms' #1 is poised to launch Jem back into the collective pop culture consciousness."

ADVANCE REVIEW: Kindt and Kolins' "PastAways" #1 is "Packed with Promise"

Fri, February 27th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Though Kindt and Kolins "introduce a 'Challengers of the Unknown' vibe" in "Past Aways" #1, "the heart in this first issue is missing."

REVIEW: Robinson and Kirk's "Fantastic Four" #643 is "Chock Full of Amazing Concepts"

Thu, February 26th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

"James Robinson and Leonard Kirk continue to weave one of the most well-planned and masterfully executed Fantastic Four stories in recent memory with 'Fantastic Four' #643."

REVIEW: Duggan and Crystal's "Arkham Manor" #5 is "Smartly Self-Contained"

Wed, February 25th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Gerry Duggan and Shawn Crystal's "Arkham Manor" #5 is "fairly light on continuity, solid on action and briskly paced."

5-STAR REVIEW: Latour & Rodriguez's "Spider-Gwen" #1 is "a Bright, Shiny, Spidery Welcome"

Wed, February 25th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Latour & Rodriguez's "Spider-Gwen" #1 "is fun, familiar, energetic and invigorating, the art is engaging and the character has nothing but potential."

REVIEW: Remender and Immonen's "All-New Captain America" #4 has "Plenty of Action"

Mon, February 23rd, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

By "submerging the reader alongside Sam in the world of Captain America," Remender and Immonen's "All-New Captain America" #4 "provides a deeper appreciation" for Sam Wilson.

REVIEW: Johns and Fabok's "Justice League" #39 is "Dynamic and Dazzling"

Fri, February 20th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Johns and Fabok's "Justice League" #39 has "returned the scope of Justice League adventures to a grand scale."

REVIEW: Stewart, Fletcher and Tarr's "Batgirl" #39 is a "Sweeping Adventure"

Thu, February 19th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Stewart, Fletcher and Tarr's "Batgirl" #39 "brings the acting and expression of the characters to a level rarely found in a DC Universe comic."

5-STAR REVIEW: Faerber, Joines and Kyriazis' "Secret Identities" #1 is a "Strong Debut"

Wed, February 18th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Faerber, Joines and Kyriazis' "Secret Identities" #1 "brings everything a new comic should: action, adventure, intrigue, visually exciting characters and a story that moves."

Uncanny Inhumans #0

Tue, March 31st, 2015 | Category: Review

Charles Soule and Steve McNiven launch a new chapter in the adventures of the Inhumans by sending Black Bolt on a quest that leads to Kang in "Uncanny Inhumans" #0.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad #1

Mon, March 30th, 2015 | Category: Review

Writer Dennis Hopeless and artist Tigh Walker take readers on "the wildest ride in the wilderness" in "Big Thunder Mountain Railroad" #1.

Justice League Dark #40

Mon, March 30th, 2015 | Category: Review

"Justice League Dark" #40 brings the series to a close in a story written by J. M. DeMatteis and drawn by Andres Guinaldo.

Avengers: Rage of Ultron

Mon, March 30th, 2015 | Category: Review

The forthcoming adversary of the next "Avengers" film is all the rage in the Rick Remender, Jerome Opeña and Pepe Larraz's "Avengers: Rage of Ultron."

Inhuman #13

Fri, March 27th, 2015 | Category: Review

Charles Soule and André Araújo set up an epic conclusion for the first big Inhumans adventure in "Inhuman" #13.

Gotham By Midnight #5

Fri, March 27th, 2015 | Category: Review

The Spectre looms large over Gotham City in Ray Fawkes and Ben Templesmith's "Gotham By Midnight" #5.

Batman and Robin #40

Thu, March 26th, 2015 | Category: Review

With "Batman and Robin" #40, Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason bid a fond farewell to the dynamic duo in the pages of this comic.

The Autumnlands: Tooth and Claw #5

Wed, March 25th, 2015 | Category: Review

The Great Champion, Learoyd, leads Dunstan and a small band of the pooch's pals on a quest for bat guano in Kurt Busiek and Benjamin Dewey's "The Autumnlands: Tooth and Claw" #5.

Silk #2

Mon, March 23rd, 2015 | Category: Review

Robbie Thompson and Stacey Lee's "Silk" #2 continues to delve into Cindy Moon's past and present as she tries to find her place in the city.

Moon Knight #13

Fri, March 20th, 2015 | Category: Review

Cullen Bunn and Ron Ackin's "Moon Knight" #13 gives readers a done-in-one tale of vengeance and ghost.

Guardians Team-Up #3

Fri, March 20th, 2015 | Category: Review

Ronan takes up second-billing in "Guardians Team-Up" #3, written by Sam Humphries and drawn by Mike Mayhew as the sixth chapter of "The Black Vortex" goes to Hala, the Kree homeworld.

All-New X-Men #39

Fri, March 20th, 2015 | Category: Review

"All-New X-Men" #39, written by Brian Michael Bendis and drawn by Andrea Sorrentino, brings readers the fifth chapter of "The Black Vortex."

Amazing Spider-Man #16.1

Fri, March 20th, 2015 | Category: Review

Legendary comic writer Gerry Conway returns to script the adventures of his old friend, Spider-Man, as "Spiral" launches in "Amazing Spider-Man" #16.1, drawn by Carlo Barberi and Juan Vlasco.

Green Lantern: New Guardians #40

Thu, March 19th, 2015 | Category: Review

The tagline "It All Ends Here" greets readers on the first splash page of "Green Lantern: New Guardians" #40, written by Justin Jordan and drawn by Diogenes Neves.

Jupiter's Circle #1

Wed, March 18th, 2015 | Category: Review

"Jupiter's Circle" #1 introduces readers to the heroic ideal of 1950s America as told by Mark Millar and drawn by Wilfredo Torres.

Detective Comics: Endgame #1

Mon, March 16th, 2015 | Category: Review

Brian Buccellato, Roge Antonio and Ronan Cliquet's "Detective Comics: Endgame" #1 pays tribute to Norm Breyfogle in the setting of the current "Endgame" storyline that carries over from the pages of "Batman."

Itty Bitty Comics: Grimmiss Island #1

Mon, March 16th, 2015 | Category: Review

In typical Art Baltazar and Franco Aureliani fashion, the Tiki Monoliths awaken in an effervescent adventure filled with fun, new characters and bright, happy colors.

Captain Marvel #13

Mon, March 16th, 2015 | Category: Review

Warren Ellis joins Kelly Sue DeConnick and David Lopez in "Captain Marvel" #13 as Carol Danvers pilots her ship, Harrison, through a space envelope.

New Avengers #31

Thu, March 12th, 2015 | Category: Review

The identity of Rabum Alal is revealed in Jonathan Hickman and Kev Walker's "New Avengers" #31 as Doctor Strange leads the Black Priests against the Black Swans.

Ninjak #1

Thu, March 12th, 2015 | Category: Review

Valiant Entertainment brings another fan-favorite title back to the new comics' rack with Matt Kindt, Clay Mann and Butch Guice's "Ninjak" #1.

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