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Comics Should Be Good’s 3rd Annual March Madness!!

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Comics Should Be Good’s 3rd Annual March Madness!!

Welcome to the 2011 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. The first two years, I had you judge the polls based on which characters you liked the best. This year, we’re mixing it up. Instead, you’ll be voting on who you think would win in a fight.

The characters I am using are 64 characters currently starring in superhero books for DC and Marvel. In the case of Marvel, they have less solo books so I’ve worked in members of the more prominent superhero teams (so Cyclops, Emma Frost and Magneto are listed, for instance, as are Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Woman and the Thing). Similarly, for DC, I’ve included all three of the Gotham City Sirens and the main leads of Brightest Day (Aquaman, Hawkman, Hawkgirl, Martian Manhunter and Firestorm). 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 before you (especially since I’m not going to be changing anything).

Here are the four regions!!


1. Batman (Bruce)
2. Batman (Dick)
3. Lex Luthor
4. Booster Gold
5. Hawkman
6. Hawkgirl
7. Black Canary
8. Green Arrow
9. Red Robin
10. Catwoman
11. Batwoman
12. Huntress
13. Robin
14. Azrael
15. Harley Quinn
16. Batgirl


1. Superman
2. Wonder Woman
3. Hal Jordan
4. Flash
5. Supergirl
6. Firestorm
7. Power Girl
8. John Stewart
9. Guy Gardner
10. Kyle Rayner
11. Martian Manhunter
12. Lobo
13. Superboy
14. Zatanna
15. Aquaman
16. Poison Ivy


1. Silver Surfer
2. Thor
3. Hulk
4. Red Hulk
5. Magneto
6. Iron Man
7. Rogue
8. Ms. Marvel
9. Namor
10. War Machine
11. Thing
12. Invisible Woman
13. Skaar
14. Emma Frost
15. Mister Fantastic
16. Cyclops


1. Spider-man
2. Wolverine
3. Luke Cage
4. Steve Rogers
5. Daredevil
6. Captain America
7. Black Panther
8. Iron Fist
9. Spider Woman
10. Hawkeye
11. Deadpool
12. Daken
13. X-23
14. Nick Fury
15. Black Widow
16. Punisher

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).

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.

Here’s the links to the first rounds of the four regions…

DC Street Level Region, Round 1

Marvel Street Level Region, Round 1

DC Heavy Hitters Region, Round 1

Marvel Heavy Hitters Region, Round 1

Now go get voting!

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