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Comics Should Be Good March Madness!

Why let the basketball fans have all the fun?

So today begins Comics Should Be Good DC/Marvel Comic Character Tournament!

As the basketball tournament goes along, so will a series of polls matching various comic book characters against each other. You'll have 24 hours (from when the polls go up) to pick whichever character is your favorite in each match-up (judged by whether they're more interesting, more appealing, whatever criteria you feel like choosing). The winner will advance to the next round, so on and so forth until we get a champion on April 6th!

To seed the characters, I used their rankings from the Top DC/Marvel Characters poll from a year or so ago. I like these rankings because they're quite unpredictable, as who knows if characters are as popular as they were back then?

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 dunno if it fits on one page or not).

And tell you what, I'll give you folks until 6:00 PM (Eastern) to pick who you think the overall winner (and the Final four) will be (with the winner getting some sort of prize), at which point I'll put up the first region of the bracket (with the next region to follow at 8pm, and tomorrow the brackets will go up earlier, to give folks more time to vote - our second round will be on Monday and Tuesday, by the way, instead of Saturday and Sunday).

Read on to see a list of the rankings inside each region (in non-bracket format). This is where you should check if you're unsure which character we're talking about (for characters who have had more than one person use the name):

REGION 11 Batman (Bruce Wayne)2. Dr. Doom3 Wolverine (Logan)4 Cyclops5 Robin (Tim Drake)6 Dr. Strange7 Booster Gold8 Starman (Jack Knight)9 Green Lantern (Kyle)10 John Constantine11 Dream/Morpheus12 Darkseid13 She-Hulk14 Jesse Custer15 Sub-Mariner 16 Firestorm (Whichever)

REGION 41 Superman2 Flash (Wally West)3 The Thing4 Nightwing5 Iron Man (Tony Stark)6 Nightcrawler7 Beast8 Kitty Pryde9 Jean Grey10 Rorschach11 Iron Fist12 Emma Frost13 Thanos14 Flash (Barry Allen)15 Death (of the Endless)16 Nova (Richard Rider)

REGION 21 Spider-Man2 Daredevil 3 Hulk (Bruce Banner)4 Thor5 Wonder Woman6 Magneto7 Martian Manhunter8 Question (Vic)9 Punisher10 Lex Luthor11 Animal Man12 Green Lantern (Guy Gardner)13 Power Girl14 Catwoman (Selina Kyle)15 Swamp Thing 16 Storm

REGION 31 Captain America (Steve Rogers)2 Green Lantern (Hal Jordan)3 The Joker4 Hawkeye (Clint Barton)5 Green Arrow (Oliver)6 Oracle7 Deadpool8 Silver Surfer9 Blue Beetle (Ted Kord)10 Black Canary11 Hawkman (Katar or Carter)12 Zatanna13 Captain Marvel (Billy Batson)14 Aquaman (Orin)15 Spider Jerusalem 16 Nick Fury

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