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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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."

5-STAR REVIEW: Waid & Samnee's "Daredevil" #5

Mon, July 14th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Mark Waid and Chris Samnee share storyteller co-credits in "Daredevil" #5, featuring the entire creative team "at the peak of their craft."

REVIEW: Remender & Pacheco's "Captain America" #22

Mon, July 7th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Rick Remender & Carlos Pacheco's "Captain America" #22 is "another winner filled with action and suspense" as the Marvel U heads into "AXIS."

ADVANCE REVIEW: Humphries & Medina's "Legendary Star-Lord" #1

Tue, July 1st, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Sam Humphries & Paco Medina's "Legendary Star-Lord" #1 is "a solid first offering" that gives Peter Quill some time to shine.

REVIEW: Barbiere, Rudy's "New Avengers Annual" is Magical

Fri, June 27th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Frank Barbiere and Marco Rudy's Doctor Strange-centric "New Avengers Annual" #1 is "one heck of an issue."

Jim Henson's The Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow

Thu, October 2nd, 2014 | Category: Review

Guardians 3000 #1

Wed, October 1st, 2014 | Category: Review

In "Guardians 3000" #1 writer Dan Abnett and artist Gerardo Sandoval give readers a brand new world filled with the expectedly unexpected as Vance Astro, Martinex, Yondu, Starhawk and Charlie-27 return to their own comic book.

Ghostbusters #20

Mon, September 29th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Ghostbusters" #20 concludes this volume of the team's adventures, as written by Erik Burnham and drawn by Dan Schoening.

Thor #1

Mon, September 29th, 2014 | Category: Review

In "Thor" #1, writer Jason Aaron has declared Thor Odinson unworthy to lift Mjolnir, prompting artist Russell Dauterman to draw an adventure that leads to the debut of the all-new Thor.

Edge of Spider-Verse #3

Fri, September 26th, 2014 | Category: Review

Dustin Weaver is a jack-of-all-trades, writing, drawing and coloring "Edge of Spider-Verse" #3, which introduces readers to Aaron Aikman.

Armor Hunters #4

Thu, September 25th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Armor Hunters" #4 ends Robert Venditti and Doug Braithwaite's story, but not without a humongous cost.

Booster Gold: Futures End #1

Thu, September 25th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Booster Gold: Futures End" #1 reunites Dan Jurgens with Booster Gold and bounces throughout the Multiverse, with multiple artists helping tell the tale.

Superman: Doomed #2

Thu, September 25th, 2014 | Category: Review

Superman's struggle against Doomsday and the consequences of that battle reach a climax in "Superman Doomed" #2, written by Greg Pak and Charles Soule with a host of artists in tow.

Amazing Spider-Man #1.5

Thu, September 25th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Amazing Spider-Man" #1.5 finishes the "Learning to Crawl" story from Dan Slott and Ramón Pérez in spectacular fashion.

All-New X-Men #32

Mon, September 22nd, 2014 | Category: Review

After encountering a skittish mutant last issue, the time-tossed X-Men ultimately find themselves miles away somewhere else altogether in "All-New X-Men" #32 written by Brian Michael Bendis and drawn by Mahmud Asrar.

Thor: God of Thunder #25

Fri, September 19th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Thor: God of Thunder" #25 draws this original Marvel NOW! series to a close, in a fine issue written by Jason Aaron with art from Esad Ribic, Simon Bisley and R. M. Guera.

Purgatori #1

Fri, September 19th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Purgatori" #1 leaves a lot to be desired, as this incarnation struggles to find the right idea to build the story around in a satisfying manner.

Avengers #35

Thu, September 18th, 2014 | Category: Review

In “Avengers” #35, Jonathan Hickman leaps into the future, collaborating with artists Jim Cheung, Paco Medina, Nick Bradshaw and Dustin Weaver to explain the impact of the Avengers.

Deadpool Bi-Annual #1

Wed, September 17th, 2014 | Category: Review

Writers Paul Scheer and Nick Giovanetti bring Brute Force back to comics, just in time for Salva Espin to draw them in "Deadpool Bi-Annual" #1.

George Pérez's Sirens #1

Wed, September 17th, 2014 | Category: Review

"George Pérez's Sirens" #1 hits stands and delivers a dizzyingly deep cast of characters embroiled in a galactic adventure perfect for Pérez's art.

Oddly Normal #1

Tue, September 16th, 2014 | Category: Review

Otis Frampton introduces readers to a young half-witch on her tenth birthday in the pages of "Oddly Normal" #1.

Magneto #9

Mon, September 15th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Magneto" #9 bounces between the concentration camps of Nazi Germany and the reprogramming facilities on modern-day Genosha in this issue written by Cullen Bunn with Gabriel Hernandez Walta artwork.

Edge of Spider-Verse #1

Fri, September 12th, 2014 | Category: Review

Mysterio challenges Spider-Man Noir to a battle in the pages of "Edge of Spider-Verse" #1, written by David Hine and Fabrice Sapolsky with art from Richard Isanove.

Avengers #34.1

Fri, September 12th, 2014 | Category: Review

In “Avengers” #34.1, writer Al Ewing and artist Dale Keown deliver a Hyperion solo adventure that falls short of being spectacular.

Constantine: Futures End #1

Fri, September 12th, 2014 | Category: Review

In "Constantine: Futures End" #1 writer Ray Fawkes puts the helmet of Fate in front of John Constantine, which of course, gives artist Juan Ferreyra plenty to draw.

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