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: Snyder & Capullo Fill "Batman" #46 with Unpredictable Twists

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

Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's "Batman" #46 "spices up an old story structure recipe" with energetic artwork and a "cliffhanger slobberknocker."

5-STAR REVIEW: Rucka & Scott Craft a Game-Changer in "Black Magick" #1

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

Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott "have crafted a new world around the concept of witches" in "Black Magick" #1 and "it's gorgeous, scary and mysterious."

REVIEW: Bendis & Marquez Really Blast Off in "Invincible Iron Man" #2

Fri, October 23rd, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

"Invincible Iron Man" #2 soars "with stunning visuals from David Marquez and Brian Michael Bendis' intriguing direction."

REVIEW: Christopher, Wendig & Johnson Make "The Shield" #1 a Winner

Wed, October 21st, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Adam Christopher, Chuck Wendig and Drew Johnson's "The Shield" #1 is "a smart, fresh interpretation of a vintage concept given a new burst of energy."

REVIEW: Jurgens & Weeks Deliver a Solid Introduction in "Superman: Lois and Clark" #1

Mon, October 19th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Dan Jurgens and Lee Weeks' "Superman: Lois and Clark" #1 has "a viable concept... that has legs" in this debut issue.

5-STAR REVIEW: Aaron & Bachalo Introduce a Bold New Era in "Doctor Strange" #1

Wed, October 7th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

"Jason Aaron, Chris Bachalo and an unseen, scarily-powerful menace make 'Doctor Strange' #1 a perfect launching point for a bold new era."

REVIEW: "Avengers" #0 Offers a Strong Sampling of the All-New, All-Different Marvel Universe

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

"Avengers" #0 "gives readers more than enough to make informed opinions on the upcoming half-dozen related titles."

REVIEW: Waid & Shaner Make "S.H.I.E.L.D." #10 a Must-Read for Howard the Duck Fans

Mon, October 5th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Mark Waid and Evan Shaner "give readers a comic that isn't afraid to be both silly and serious" in "S.H.I.E.L.D." #10.

ADVANCED REVIEW: Stjepan Sejic's "Switch" #1 is Ambitious & Energetic

Mon, October 5th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Despite a few bumps in the road, Stjepan Sejic's "Switch" #1 "does a nice job presenting the world for newer readers."

REVIEW: Johns & Fabok's "Justice League" #44 Feels Epic

Fri, October 2nd, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok's "Justice League" #44 "strings readers along with teases and hints early on but delivers a game-changing conclusion."

REVIEW: Snyder & Albuquerque's "American Vampire: Second Cycle" #10 is Addictive

Thu, October 1st, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque's "American Vampire: Second Cycle" #10 "ramps up the intensity and teases readers for what's to come."

REVIEW: Loeb & Sale Make "Captain America: White" #1 a Must-Have

Thu, September 17th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale's "Captain America: White" #1 "is definitely worth checking out."

REVIEW: Thompson & McClaren Pack "Heart in a Box" with Emotion & Soul

Tue, September 15th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Kelly Thompson and Meredith McClaren's "Heart in a Box" graphic novel "delivers a complete, satisfying tale."

REVIEW: Parker & Pelletier's "Justice League United" #13 Embraces DC's Lush History

Fri, September 11th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Jeff Parker and Paul Pelletier "give fans of specific solo characters moments to smile over" in "Justice League United" #13.

5-STAR REVIEW: "Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Shattered Empire" #1 Has It All

Thu, September 10th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Greg Rucka and Marco Checchetto "make 'Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Shattered Empire' #1 something worth seeking out."

5-STAR REVIEW: Ben Hatke's Charming "Little Robot" Gives Readers a Fun, Memorable Story

Wed, September 9th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

"Ben Hatke's characters -- even the robots -- are organic and filled with life, inviting the readers into 'Little Robot' to stay a while."

REVIEW: Spencer & Rosanas Deliver an Impactful Finale in "Ant-Man: Last Days" #1

Thu, August 27th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Nick Spencer and Ramon Rosanas "deliver as much energy and quality in 'Ant-Man: Last Days' #1 as they did in the debut issue."

REVIEW: Aaron & Del Mundo's "Weirdworld" #3 is Another Fantastic Chapter

Thu, August 20th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

"There is no shortage of weird, just more potential to be explored" in Jason Aaron and Mike Del Mundo's "Weirdworld" #3.

REVIEW: Aaron & Immonen Are at the Top of Their Game in "Star Wars" #8

Thu, August 20th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

"Through Jason Aaron and Stuart Immonen, the world -- er, galaxy -- comes to life around Han, Luke and Leia" in "Star Wars" #8.

REVIEW: Fialkov & Chang Create a Bizarre but Relatable New World in "King" #1

Thu, August 20th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

"King" #1 creates "a brand new world where anything can happen and Joshua Hale Fialkov and Bernard Chang are just the team to make it happen."

Batman #46

Wed, November 11th, 2015 | Category: Review

"Superheavy" continues in "Batman" #46 as Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo provide bookend matchups between Batman and Mister Bloom.

Captain America: Sam Wilson #2

Fri, October 30th, 2015 | Category: Review

Nick Spencer and Daniel Acuña's "Captain America: Sam Wilson" #2 continues to track Sam Wilson's adventures as he slings the shield despite his increasingly unpopularity.

Justice League: Darkseid War: Batman #1

Thu, October 29th, 2015 | Category: Review

The new "New Gods" coming out of the "Darkseid War" begin exploring their newfound power, starting with the Dark Knight in Peter J. Tomasi and Fernando Pasarin's "Justice League: Darkseid War: Batman" #1.

Howling Commandos of SHIELD #1

Wed, October 28th, 2015 | Category: Review

Frank Barbiere and Brent Schoonover introduce readers to a whole new set of recruits in "Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D." #1.

Black Magick #1

Wed, October 28th, 2015 | Category: Review

"Black Magick" #1 is an absolute game-changer from writer Greg Rucka and artist Nicola Scott, who introduce readers to Rowan Black at the intersection of her personal and professional lives.

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1953 - The Phantom Hand & The Kelpie #1

Wed, October 28th, 2015 | Category: Review

Mike Mignola and Ben Stenbeck give readers more Hellboy adventures in "Hellboy and the B. P. R. D.: 1953 - The Phantom Hand & the Kelpie."

Invincible Iron Man #2

Fri, October 23rd, 2015 | Category: Review

Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez's "Invincible Iron Man" #2 takes Tony Stark to Latveria on the trail of Madame Masque.

Uncanny Inhumans #1

Thu, October 22nd, 2015 | Category: Review

Medusa fights the good fight and sponsors a search for NuHumans in Charles Soule, Steve McNiven and Jay Leisten's "Uncanny Inhumans" #1.

The Shield #1

Wed, October 21st, 2015 | Category: Review

Adam Christopher, Chuck Wendig and Drew Johnson's "The Shield" #1 brings an American myth to light and continues Archie's Dark Circle imprint launch.

Superman: Lois and Clark #1

Mon, October 19th, 2015 | Category: Review

Tumbling out of "Convergence," Dan Jurgens and Lee Weeks' "Superman: Lois and Clark" #1 blends a "What If. . .?" concept into the current DC Universe.

Guardians of the Galaxy #1

Fri, October 16th, 2015 | Category: Review

Ben Grimm heads for the stars in Brian Michael Bendis and Valerio Schiti's "Guardians of the Galaxy" #1.

Spider-Man 2099 #1

Thu, October 15th, 2015 | Category: Review

Kicking off with a slow burn, Peter David and Will Sliney's "Spider-Man 2099" #1 finds Miguel O'Hara as an executive at Parker Industries.

Cyborg #3

Mon, October 12th, 2015 | Category: Review

David F. Walker, Ivan Reis and Eduardo Pansica's "Cyborg" #3 brings the battle to Detroit.

Star Wars: Lando #5

Mon, October 12th, 2015 | Category: Review

"Star Wars: Lando" #5 ends the loveable scoundrel's solo adventures under the direction of writer Charles Soule and artist Alex Maleev.

Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Shattered Empire #2

Mon, October 12th, 2015 | Category: Review

Greg Rucka and a trio of artists bridge the gap between the destruction of the second Death Star and new adventures in a galaxy far, far away in "Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens -- Shattered Empire" #2.

Contest of Champions #1

Thu, October 8th, 2015 | Category: Review

Inspired by the mobile game of the same name, Al Ewing and Paco Medina's "Contest of Champions" #1 introduces readers to Battlerealm.

Doctor Strange #1

Wed, October 7th, 2015 | Category: Review

In "Doctor Strange" #1, Jason Aaron and Chris Bachalo give readers the perfect jumping on point into Stephen Strange's bizarre new world.

Avengers #0

Tue, October 6th, 2015 | Category: Review

A super-sized sampler, "Avengers" #0 gives readers bite-sized stories from across the Avengers brand of the All-New, All-Different Marvel Universe.

S.H.I.E.L.D. #10

Mon, October 5th, 2015 | Category: Review

Howard the Duck joins Mark Waid and Evan Shaner's "S.H.I.E.L.D." #10 for an issue that could easily have been a "Howard the Duck" comic as well.

Switch #1

Mon, October 5th, 2015 | Category: Review

In "Switch" #1, Stjepan Sejic takes the reins for the entire "Artifacts" world and introduces the Darkness, the Witchblade and the bearers of both.

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