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Comics Should Be Good’s 6th Annual March Madness!!

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Welcome to the 2014 DC/Marvel Comic Character Tournament!

As the NCAA basketball tournament goes along, so will a series of polls matching various comic book characters against each other. This year, we’re mixing it up. Instead of voting based on who is your favorite, you’ll be voting on who you think would win in a fight.

The characters I am using are the top 32 characters on each of the DC and Marvel Top 100 Characters List from a couple of years back (with a few omissions – I removed characters who are not in the New 52 for DC). You might differ with some of the rankings or the brackets (a particularly tricky one is differentiating between the low end of “Heavy Hitter” and the high end of “Street Level”). Let’s just take for granted that you will differ and save the time of saying, “A #6 seed? Character X should be a #4 seed!” or whatever, and just vote on what the Selection Committee came up with (especially since I’m not going to be changing anything).

Here are the four regions!!

MARVEL STREET LEVEL

1. Spider-Man

2. Wolverine

3. Captain America

4. Cyclops

5. Kitty Pryde

6. Daredevil

7. Iron Fist

8. Winter Soldier

9. Deadpool

10. Nick Fury

11. Mister Fantastic

12. Beast

13. Nightcrawler

14. Hawkeye (Clint Barton)

15. Jamie Madrox

16. The Punisher

MARVEL HEAVY HITTERS

1. Silver Surfer

2. Thor

3. Hulk

4. Doctor Strange

5. Magneto

6. Iron Man

7. Dr. Doom

8. Ms. Marvel

9. Jean Grey

10. Storm

11. Scarlet Witch

12. Emma Frost

13. The Thing

14. Rogue

15. She-Hulk

16. Luke Cage

DC HEAVY HITTERS

1. Superman

2. Darkseid

3. Wonder Woman

4. Green Lantern (Hal Jordan)

5. Supergirl

6. Flash

7. Shazam (Billy Batson)

8. Superboy

9. Green Lantern (Kyle Rayner)

10. Sinestro

11. Power Girl

12. Red Lantern (Guy Gardner)

13. Martian Manhunter

14. Swamp Thing

15. Aquaman

16. Zatanna

DC STREET LEVEL

1. Batman

2. Nightwing

3. Lex Luthor

4. Red Robin

5. John Constantine

6. Hawkman

7. Booster Gold

8. Batwoman

9. Huntress

10. Green Arrow

11. Batgirl

12. Black Canary

13. Robin

14. Catwoman

15. Joker

16. Harley Quinn

Here is the tournament bracket – click on it to get the full bracket and feel free to print it out if you’d like (I doubt it fits on one page though).


Each competitor has, let’s say, a half hour to prepare (so it’s not like the Hulk just walking up to Lex Luthor and smacking him – Luthor would be prepared), and can use whatever weaponry you figure would be typical for that character (so Punisher can use whatever guns you would expect him to normally use, but he can’t go get, I dunno, the Infinity Gauntlet, or whatever). These are not “to the death” fights, by the way. And if a character is currently dead, just act like the fight happened while they were alive.

Here are the first two regions up for voting!

DC Heavy Hitters, Round 1

Marvel Street Level, Round 1