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DC Comics Introduces the Round Robin Tournament

The Round Robin Bracket (Credit: DC Comics)


As we leave the month of March, plenty of college basketball fans are still crying over their brackets that were busted by the unexpected upsets that come each year to the NCAA tournament. DC Comics has come through for those looking for a second go at bracketing. They call it Round Robin. There are no teams in this new tournament. Instead, the bracket is filled with potential comic series. The endgame is simple – the winning title will get published as a series in the latter part of 2021. 16 titles, 1 prize…

DC provided info on each of the competitors:

:00_lc_green_lantern:Green Lanterns: Underworld On FireA deadly outfit of space outlaws are razing the intergalactic underworld sector by sector under the command of a disruptive new kingpin, in search of an ancient payday worth becoming the target of every power player in the galaxy—including Sinestro! Green Lanterns Kyle Rayner and Kilowog are put on the case, but will Kyle be able to do this one by the book when he finds out who’s behind it all?
:candy:Etta Candy: Holliday Hero, Inc.On summer break from Holliday College, an accident grants Etta Candy her very own superpowers! Taking on the new superhero mantle of Candy Stripe, Etta joins forces with Wonder Woman, Amanda Waller, and her Beeta Lambda sorority sisters to create Holliday Hero Inc.—an all-girls agency sworn to protect and assist anyone in need. WOO WOO!
:bug:The Brave and the Bug: Crisis on Infinite AmbushAmbush Bug must team up with some of DC’s greatest heroes to survive an attack by revenge-seeking Ambush Bugs from across the MULTIVERSE who never got to exist thanks to AB’s refusal to be rebooted.
:tophat:Zatanna and the King of NightmaresSomething is terribly wrong with Zatanna’s powers, but before she can heal herself, she is forced to confront her worst fears in a strange new spiritual realm ruled by the terrifying otherworldly foe known as the King of Nightmares.
:motorcycle:Lobo / Animal Man: Scorched EarthLobo. The name makes entire alien races collectively wet themselves with fear. The Main Man is proudly hyper-violent, arrogant, loud, stubborn, impatient, and ill-tempered. The best thing about him is that after he completes his contract, he leaves. Until now…
:japanese_ogre:Son of the CreeperAn awkward teenager’s life is turned upside down when he inherits his dad’s chaotic powers. With his family in danger, Kieran Millar must save a father he doesn’t know from the monster he’s become.
:00_dc_pride:Justice League QueerEight young queer heroes investigate a series of monstrous manifestations around the world and discover that something much more terrifying is coming.
:00_robin:RobinsIn the Blüdhaven apartment of Dick Grayson, a group of young people meets for coffee, doughnuts, and kvetching (between long, awkward silences.) The only thing they have in common? All were once Kid Wonders. Sidekicks to Batman. Robins.
:paw_prints: Paws Off the Justice LeagueWhen the Justice League disappears, Jimmy Olsen and the Super Pets must save the world from certain doom by posing as the missing League.
:00_flash:Jesse Quick: ControlWhen Jesse Quick uses her speed to access an alien artifact from a long-dead civilization, she finds herself imbued with the ability to harness and control the elements around her as her former super-speed is drained. But, when the power begins to corrupt Jesse, she must decide to give up these gifts or risk becoming, quite literally, her own worst enemy.
:mortar_board: Blue Beetle: Graduation DayTrapped between heroics and his future, Jaime Reyes is directionless. When the Reach interrupt Jaime’s high school graduation, things only get worse. Starfire becomes a new mentor to Blue Beetle, but is it Jaime or the Scarab that’s really in the driver’s seat? And why hasn’t Jaime applied to any colleges?
:fr: Nightrunner: Love in ParisAll of Paris is obsessed with an intoxicating virtual songstress, whose holographic stage shows are lighting up the City of Love. But when the “vocaloid” ingenue’s fans start to disappear, Nightrunner must track down the infamous developer behind the eerily realistic celebrity AI.
:st_swamp_thing:Swamp Thing: A House of SecretsWhen love will not die, the dead must rise from the grave to kill it.
Louisiana, 1905: Caught in an eternal triangle of love and living death, the monstrous Alex Olsen; his widow, Linda; and his undead rival, Damian, vie for control of the cursed swamp where life, death, the past, and the future spiral into one never-ending nightmare.
:00_suicide_squad:Suicide Squad SevenHarley Quinn leads a team of criminals—a millionaire adventurer, a stage magician, a sugar-obsessed serial killer, a delusional former superhero, a drunk assassin, a mute metahuman, and a child who becomes a monster—to stop the centuries-old Church of Blood from trying to destroy all of humankind.
:00_wonder_woman_1982: Asteria: The Last AmazonAn immortal Amazonian champion returns to Man’s World to discover her and the Amazons’ sacrifice now forgotten; a new breed of hero seeking power, glory, and dominance; and the secret family she left behind offering one last chance at redemption.
:superman:Superman & Lois: IgnitionOur solar system is a machine—and its purpose is to trap and kill Superman! The sun is darkening, Mars’s orbit is changing, and a mysterious citadel in Jupiter’s Great Red Eye has awoken; it is time for Kal-El to stand against the very end of his world. But he won’t be doing it alone: Lois Lane is suited up and blasting off to get the biggest story in human history…and to watch Clark’s back as he faces his greatest challenge yet. Facing ancient aliens and planet-sized machines, trickster asteroids and the gigakrakens of Neptune, Superman and Lois will fight across all nine planets to prevent Earth’s dark destiny and save our future!

DC is providing multiple facets for readers to votes on the match-ups. This first is via DC’s Twitter page, where right now the first round of voting is ongoing through April 7th. Round 2 will begin on April 8th. The third round starts a few week later on May 5th. The fourth and final round begins on May 20th. While the first three rounds will be voted on via DC’s Twitter page (with some matches also occurring on DC’s Instragram page, the final round of voting will only be held in the Community section of DCU Infinite, the publisher’s digital comics service.

The winning title will be released in the late part of 2021.

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