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: 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."

ADVANCE REVIEW: Mignola and Stenbeck's "Frankenstein Underground" #1 Delivers "a Strong, If Murky, Introduction"

Tue, February 17th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Mignola and Stenbeck's "Frankenstein Underground" #1 creates a "realistic and tangible" monster despite an opening that's "a little fuzzy."

REVIEW: Aaron and Molina's "Thor" #5 is "Another Grand Adventure"

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

"Jason Aaron and Jorge Molina give readers plenty of action, bits of intrigue and fine character moments" in "Thor" #5.

REVIEW: Bendis and Schiti's "Guardians of the Galaxy" #24 is "Tense"

Fri, February 13th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

The next installment of "The Black Vortex" crossover, Bendis and Schiti's "Guardians of the Galaxy" #24 makes the team "feel truly cosmic and important."

ADVANCE REVIEW: Millar and Murphy's "Chrononauts" #1 is a "Magnificent Display"

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

Millar and Murphy's "Chrononauts" #1 has "a unique set of visual effects that surpass other time travel standards. "

ADVANCE REVIEW: Gillen and Larroca's "Darth Vader" #1 "Shows Darth Vader at His Worst"

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

Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca's "Darth Vader" #1 "succeeds in making Darth Vader the terrifying hammer of Palpatine that 'Star Wars' fans craved."

REVIEW: Aaron and Cassaday's "Star Wars" #2 is a "Solid, Fun Adventure"

Fri, February 6th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

In "Star Wars" #2, Jason Aaron and John Cassaday "are clearly having fun with this adventure."

REVIEW: Hickman and Deodato's "Avengers" #41 is "Believably Terrifying"

Fri, February 6th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

In "Avengers" #41, Jonathan Hickman and Mike Deodato "provide readers with plenty to feel uneasy about."

REVIEW: Straczynski, Syaf and Hope's "Superman: Earth One," Vol. #3

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

In Straczynski, Syaf and Hope's "Superman: Earth One," Vol. #3, "Lex and Alexandra Luthor make their presence known and the ladies of Clark Kent's life also check in."

REVIEW: Morrison's "The Multiversity: Guidebook" 'Keeps Everything Fun'

Tue, February 3rd, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

At 70 pages long, "The Multiversity: Guidebook," by Grant Morrison and a variety of artists, "is certain to have readers flipping back and forth."

5-STAR REVIEW: Cloonan, Fletcher and Kerschl's "Gotham Academy" #4

Fri, January 30th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Cloonan, Fletcher and Kerschl's "Gotham Academy" #4 is "the comic you didn't know you needed to read."

REVIEW: Remender and Acuna's "Uncanny Avengers" #1

Thu, January 29th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Remender and Acuna's "Uncanny Avengers" #1 is "the strongest, most off-the-wall opening to an Avengers title in recent memory."

REVIEW: Snyder and Capullo's "Batman" #38

Wed, January 28th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

As Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo push the "Endgame" arc forward, this issue "gives readers a lot to consider."

Past Aways #1

Fri, February 27th, 2015 | Category: Review

"Past Aways" #1 introduces readers to a team of stranded chrononauts in a story written by Matt Kindt and drawn by Scott Kolins.

Amazing Spider-Man #15

Thu, February 26th, 2015 | Category: Review

"Spider-Verse" is over! Long live "Spider-Verse" -- or something like that. Dan Slott and Giuseppe Camuncoli add an epilogue to the most spider-riffic event of the year in "Amazing Spider-Man" #15.

Fantastic Four #643

Thu, February 26th, 2015 | Category: Review

Part three of "Back in Blue" brings Marvel's first family back together in "Fantastic Four" #643, written by James Robinson and drawn by Leonard Kirk.

Arkham Manor #5

Wed, February 25th, 2015 | Category: Review

An attack from within the walls of the manor puts everyone on alert in "Arkham Manor" #5, written by Gerry Duggan and drawn by Shawn Crystal.

Spider-Gwen #1

Wed, February 25th, 2015 | Category: Review

"Spider-Gwen" #1 is a truly accessible comic book that can be thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish, thanks to writer Jason Latour and artist Robbi Rodriguez.

King: Mandrake the Magician #1

Mon, February 23rd, 2015 | Category: Review

Roger Langridge and Jeremy Treece join Dynamite's 100th anniversary celebration of King Features Syndicate with "King: Mandrake the Magician" #1.

The Thrilling Adventure Hour Presents: Sparks Nevada: Marshal on Mars #1

Mon, February 23rd, 2015 | Category: Review

Justice rides a rocket steed to comics racks as writers Ben Acker and Ben Blacker team up with artist J. Bone deliver the comic book interpretation of "The Thrilling Adventure Hour Presents: Sparks Nevada: Marshal on Mars" #1.

All-New Captain America #4

Mon, February 23rd, 2015 | Category: Review

Sam Wilson's shield-slinging adventure continues as writer Rick Remender and artist Stuart Immonen launch Baron Zemo's master plan in "Captain America" #4.

Justice League #39

Fri, February 20th, 2015 | Category: Review

"The Amazo Virus" concludes but leaves some critical developments in its wake as Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok set the team up to enter into the "Darkseid War."

Legendary Star-Lord #9

Thu, February 19th, 2015 | Category: Review

The Black Vortex" continues with its third chapter in "Legendary Star-Lord" #9, written by Sam Humphries and drawn by Paco Medina as another member of the cast submits to the mysterious artifact.

Batgirl #39

Thu, February 19th, 2015 | Category: Review

Under an oppressive "Batgirl Vs Burnside" declaration, Batgirl dashes across the cover of "Batgirl" #39, written by Cameron Stewart and Brenden Fletcher and drawn by Babs Tarr.

Secret Identities #1

Wed, February 18th, 2015 | Category: Review

Writers Jay Faerber and Brian Joines team up with artist Ilias Kyriazis to introduce a new super team and a fun new read in "Secret Identities" #1.

Frankenstein Underground #1

Tue, February 17th, 2015 | Category: Review

No stranger to monstrous characters, writer Mike Mignola presents Victor Frankenstein's original creation to readers in "Frankenstein Underground" #1 while Ben Stenbeck provides the artwork.

Tech Jacket #8

Mon, February 16th, 2015 | Category: Review

The Colossals are shifting formation and preparing for a universe-shaking attack in "Tech Jacket" #8, written by Joe Keatinge and drawn by Khary Randolph.

Thor #5

Mon, February 16th, 2015 | Category: Review

Artist Jorge Molina joins writer Jason Aaron for the adventures of Thor in "Thor" #5 as the latest wielder of Mjolnir encounters the Absorbing Man and Titania.

Spider-Woman #4

Fri, February 13th, 2015 | Category: Review

Jessica Drew checks in on the aftermath of "Spider-Verse" in "Spider-Woman" #4, written by Dennis Hopeless and drawn by Greg Land.

Justice League United #9

Thu, February 12th, 2015 | Category: Review

The penultimate chapter of "The Infinitus Saga" comes to readers in "Justice League United" #9, courtesy of writer Jeff Lemire and artist Neil Edwards.

Guardians of the Galaxy #24

Wed, February 11th, 2015 | Category: Review

Brian Michael Bendis writes the second chapter of "The Black Vortex" for Valerio Schiti to draw in "Guardians of the Galaxy" #24, which features an amped-up Gamora letting loose on the Slaughter Lords.

Chrononauts #1

Wed, February 11th, 2015 | Category: Review

With Mark Millar writing the story and Sean Murphy drawing it, "Chrononauts" #1 has to be good, right? Well, yes. Yes, it is.

King: Jungle Jim #1

Mon, February 9th, 2015 | Category: Review

Dynamite's 100th anniversary celebration of King Features Syndicate digs a little deeper to bring readers "King: Jungle Jim" #1 by writer Paul Tobin and artist Sandy Jarrell.

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