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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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."

ADVANCE REVIEW: Rafael Albuquerque's "Ei8ht" #1

Tue, January 20th, 2015 | Category: Digital Comics

This February from Dark Horse Comics, "American Vampire's" Rafael Albuquerque debuts "Ei8ht" #1, a solo project that "masterfully builds in suspense and anxiety."

REVIEW: "IXth Generation" #1 Takes Top Cow to the Future

Fri, January 9th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Matt Hawkins and Stjepan Sejic's dystopian tale offers readers a refreshing take on Top Cow's stable of characters.

ADVANCE REVIEW: "Wolverines" #1 "A Strong, Solid Start"

Tue, January 6th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Charles Soule and Nick Bradshaw's "Wolverines" debuts this week, with a "solid start" that needs a little more pizzazz in future installments.

ADVANCE REVIEW: Spencer, Rosanas Aim High with "Ant-Man" #1

Tue, January 6th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Nick Spencer and Ramon Rosanas' "Ant-Man" #1 is a near-perfect introduction to the next character marked for Marvel movie success.

REVIEW: Tynion & Antonio's "Batman Annual" #3 is "Disturbingly Entertaining"

Mon, December 29th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

James Tynion IV and Roge Antonio deliver a "disturbingly entertaining" issue with the Joker-centric "Batman Annual" #3.

REVIEW: Larsen's "Savage Dragon" #200 Anniversary Spectacular

Wed, December 10th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Erik Larsen and a who's who of comic book talent celebrate "Savage Dragon" #200 in style, with 100 pages of story from the entire Dragon universe.

REVIEW: Soule & Saiz's "Swamp Thing" #37

Mon, December 8th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Charles Soule and Jesus Saiz's "Swamp Thing" #37 "a rich, satisfying read with vast potential for emotional impact."

REVIEW: Walker & Evely's "Shaft" #1

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

David F. Walker and Bilquis Evely team up for a "fun comic book filled with intrigue and rich developments" with Dynamite's "Shaft" #1.

REVIEW: Gillen & Jimenez's "Angela: Asgard's Assassin" #1

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

Kieron Gillen and Phil Jimenez's "Angela: Asgard's Assassin" #1 is "one of the most technically stunning debut issues from Marvel."

REVIEW: Spencer & Lieber's "Superior Foes of Spider-Man" #17

Mon, December 1st, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber's "Superior Foes of Spider-Man" #17 closes out their fan-favorite series with "an oasis of ridiculousness."

5-STAR REVIEW: Morrison & Quitely's "The Multiversity: Pax Americana" #1

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

Grant Morrison & Frank Quitely's "Multiversity: Pax Americana" is "a trippy, deep, mind-numbing comic" that brings Charlton characters to the fore.

REVIEW: Remender & Immonen's "All-New Captain America" #1

Wed, November 12th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Rick Remender & Stuart Immonen's "All-New Captain America" #1 is a strong start to a series that will leave readers "clamoring for more."

REVIEW: Soule & Larroca's "Death of Wolverine: The Weapon X Program" #1

Fri, November 7th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Charles Soule & Salvador Larroca craft the beginning of a new mystery in "Death of Wolverine: The Weapon X Program" #1 with "a killer cliffhanger final page."

5-STAR REVIEW: Busiek & Dewey's "Tooth & Claw" #1

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

Kurt Busiek and Benjamin Dewey deliver an incredible issue with "Tooth & Claw" #1, "a comic book that simply can not be missed."

ADVANCE REVIEW: Mignola, Arcudi & Maleev's "Hellboy & the BPRD" #1

Fri, October 31st, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Mike Mignola, John Arcudi & Alex Maleev's "Hellboy & the BPRD" #1 is "the best comic to invite new readers into the dark corners of the world."

5-STAR REVIEW: Acker, Blacker & J. Bone's "Sparks Nevada" #0

Mon, October 20th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Ben Acker, Ben Blacker & J. Bone's "Sparks Nevada" #0 presents "a complete story cleverly framed around an origin of two unlikely allies."

REVIEW: Robinson & Kirk's "Fantastic Four" #11

Mon, October 20th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

James Robinson and Leonard Kirk's "Fantastic Four" #11 "pays dividends on seeds planted early on" from the very beginning of the series.

The Multiversity: Guidebook #1

Fri, January 30th, 2015 | Category: Review

The deceiving title of "The Multiversity: Guidebook" #1 conceals a lynchpin tale in Grant Morrison's sprawling epic and also includes profiles for each of the fifty-two universes.

Gotham Academy #4

Fri, January 30th, 2015 | Category: Review

Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher and Karl Kerschl give readers a little bit of Hogwarts, a little bit of Mystery Machine and a healthy dose of Gotham in "Gotham Academy" #4.

Uncanny Avengers #1

Thu, January 29th, 2015 | Category: Review

"Uncanny Avengers" #1 gives readers a whole new batch of Avengers in a tale written by Rick Remender and gorgeously drawn by Daniel Acuña.

King: Flash Gordon #1

Wed, January 28th, 2015 | Category: Review

Writers Ben Acker and Ben Blacker continue the adventures of Flash Gordon in a story drawn by Lee Ferguson in "King: Flash Gordon" #1, which kicks off Dynamite's 100th anniversary celebration of King Features Syndicate.

Batman #38

Wed, January 28th, 2015 | Category: Review

Crazy Quilt comes back to Gotham City as Batman realizes he needs to come up with a wild plan in "Batman" #38 by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo.

Superior Iron Man #4

Fri, January 23rd, 2015 | Category: Review

Playing Tony Stark like an exceptionally vain version of his silver screen counterpart, writer Tom Taylor and artist Yildiray Cinar give readers an Iron Man they'll love to hate in "Superior Iron Man" #4.

Batman Eternal #42

Fri, January 23rd, 2015 | Category: Review

"Batman Eternal" #42 is virtually a standalone issue that introduces readers to Bluebird, Harper Row's masked identity, in a story scripted by Kyle Higgins with art from Jed Dougherty, Goran Sudzuka and Roger Robinson.

Scarlet Spiders #3

Fri, January 23rd, 2015 | Category: Review

The Scarlet Spiders stage a final gambit against Jennix at the Inheritors' cloning facility in "Scarlet Spiders" #3, written by Mike Costa and drawn by Paco Diaz.

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.

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