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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).

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Here are the four regions!!

DC STREET LEVEL

1. Batman (Bruce)2. Batman (Dick)3. Lex Luthor 4. Booster Gold5. Hawkman6. Hawkgirl7. Black Canary8. Green Arrow9. Red Robin10. Catwoman11. Batwoman12. Huntress13. Robin14. Azrael15. Harley Quinn16. Batgirl

DC HEAVY HITTERS

1. Superman2. Wonder Woman3. Hal Jordan4. Flash5. Supergirl6. Firestorm7. Power Girl8. John Stewart9. Guy Gardner10. Kyle Rayner11. Martian Manhunter12. Lobo13. Superboy14. Zatanna15. Aquaman16. Poison Ivy

MARVEL HEAVY HITTERS

1. Silver Surfer2. Thor3. Hulk4. Red Hulk5. Magneto6. Iron Man7. Rogue8. Ms. Marvel9. Namor10. War Machine11. Thing12. Invisible Woman13. Skaar14. Emma Frost15. Mister Fantastic16. Cyclops

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MARVEL STREET LEVEL

1. Spider-man2. Wolverine3. Luke Cage4. Steve Rogers5. Daredevil6. Captain America7. Black Panther8. Iron Fist9. Spider Woman10. Hawkeye11. Deadpool12. Daken13. X-2314. Nick Fury15. Black Widow16. 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.

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Here's the links to the first rounds of the four regions...

Now go get voting!

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