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2011 Top DC Characters #35-31

After nearly 1,400 ballots were cast, YOU the reader ranked your favorite comic book characters from 1-10. I assigned point totals to each ranking and then tabulated it all into a Top 50 list. We’re now revealing that list throughout September. Here is the master list of all the characters revealed so far. The countdown continues…

Write-ups later, results now!

35. Harley Quinn – 550 points (9 first place votes)

34. Batwoman – 562 points (5 first place votes)

33. Batgirl (Stephanie Brown) – 565 points (10 first place votes)

32. Hawkman – 567 points (4 first place votes)

31. Darkseid – 578 points (4 first place votes)

Tomorrow will be Marvel’s #35-31! Be sure to check it out!


Wow, big jumps for the new Bat-types. I was expecting a massive surge for Damian, (he seems like a potential top 10 candidate now and a top 20 type for sure) but I didn’t expect this much gain from Stephanie and Kate, both of whom added more votes than Sinestro did.

Interesting that Darkseid went down (5 ranks) after getting a major event within the last year. Hawkman also dropped (9 ranks). Harley edged up 19 ranks after being in a computer game. Stephanie Brown and Batwoman both went up after getting their own books (106 ranks and 132 ranks respectively). The biggest surprise to me was that Brown was slightly higher despite the praise I’d heard for Batwoman. (Though it should be noted that they’ve been fairly close in vote differences both times.)

Also, the average male character advanced only 1 spot (buoyed by Sinestro’s 70 rank leap) but the average female character has gone up 43 placed (led by the Bat characters : Brown, Batwoman, Question, Harley, Huntress).

My speculation on who fell off the top 50 list : Mr. Miracle, Spectre, Ambush Bug, Elongated Man, Jonah Hex, Plastic Man, Bizarro, Yorick Brown, Green Lantern (Alan Scott) and Firestorm.

The only one I care that much for here is Darkseid who was on my shortlist.

Wow Alot lower than i expected for Darksied, he’s basically DC’s best villian after the joker.

darksiede another surprise ranking for would also think he would be higher up . batwoman nice to see her make the list given that she really is not an old character. hawkman kind of thought he would be in the thirties on this list.

The Crazed Spruce

September 8, 2011 at 7:15 am

Well, nothing from my list this time ’round.

I loved Harley Quinn in the cartoon. The comics…. not so much. (To be fair ,though, I haven’t read many issues with her in them. The newsstands around here pretty much stopped carrying DC Comics not long after she was introduced.)

I only know Batwoman from 52, but I liked what I saw. Too bad the regular series wasn’t available around here.

I have to admit, I loved Stephanie Brown as The Spoiler, but she kinda drifted below my radar. If I’d thought about her when putting my list together, she might’ve squeezed into my Top 25. Maybe.

Hawkman had some great moments, but he’s just been portrayed too inconsistently for me to seriously consider him.

At his best, Darkseid’s the greatest comic book villain ever written. At his worst, he’s a lazy plot device. If it weren’t for Genesis and Final Crisis, he might’ve made my Top 10. As it is, he finished just outside my list.

That is remarkably low for Darkseid, particularly if Aquaman shows up in the next batch.

Stephanie Brown is the first one to appear from my list. Her Batgirl series was really great. It’s sad to see her go and be replaced by the original.

I remember enjoying Harley Quinn’s solo series back in the day. I should really re-read that sometime and see how it holds up.

I’ve heard generally good things about Stephanie’s latest series, so that might account for her ranking (coupled with the residual affection for the character).

Surprised Darkseid appeared so early, but I suppose there’s a ton of fan favorites crowding the top spots (various Flashes, GLs, Robins, etc.). I’ll be truly surprised if tons more villains place higher than him (aside from Lex, Joker, and maybe Brainiac or a random Batman rogue).

10 first place votes for Stephanie Brown? Scans_Daily strikes back

I guess no Hawkgirl or Hawkwoman on the list then :(

People like Hawkman? Weird.

That is remarkably low for Darkseid, particularly if Aquaman shows up in the next batch.

I’m expecting Aquaman to jump a lot this time around. It’s going to be totally OUTRAGEOUS!

I like Hawkman. but I have to admit it’s more for the visual and idea of the character than any specific story. A dude dressed like a hawk carrying a big old mace is pretty cool. And Geoff Johns’ solo series was pretty good, too.

Hawkaman’s only my second pick to appear so far. I’m guessing since we’re already 20 in on DC that there’s not much chance for any of their war or western characters to show up at this point. Maybe Rock will still make the list.

Aquaman in the top ten!!

And go Steph!!!!! Too bad she just get reconned out of existance.

Ronald Jay Kearschner

September 8, 2011 at 7:11 pm

Darkseid was the first DC character to make it from my list but I still got a shot at 7 or 8 more.

This is another list that illustrates the perils of depending upon derivative characters. Three of the five characters listed (and all the females) are derivative and/or dependent. Stephanie Brown is second order derivative twice over. She was briefly a Robin (and, therefore, derivative of a character who was dependent upon Batman) and then Batgirl (derivative of a derivative of Batman). Just when she was gaining a little momentum, the character further up the legacy line changed and she was consigned to oblivion.

It happens all the time.

35. Harley Quinn: She is the most successful character migration from an adaptation back to the comics, since … Jimmy Olsen, maybe? Harley really is a terrific character, because she is genuinely unpredictable. She has a crazy head and a warm heart that are at war with one another. She was terrific in the Arkham Asylum video game. Sadly, DC seems to have taken all the wrong lessons from it.

34. Batwoman: Was there a worse character on paper that became great in practice? The short description of the character as a “lesbian version of Batwoman” really does Kate Kane no justice. BATWOMAN: ELEGY is easily the best Greg Rucka scripted comic that I have ever read. JH Williams III did an amazing job on the art. It was just flat out great comics with a fascinating central character who happened to be a gay woman.

33. Batgirl (Stephanie Brown) On the other hand, the premise of the Steph Brown Batgirl series is so natural that you cannot believe that it didn’t already exist. I mean, how have there not been 10 different “college co-ed by day, super-heroic detective by night” series already? I almost think that the Bat-Family connection hurt the title a little bit. It was launched with so much focus on who she wasn’t that the premise got a little buried. By the time word got out that Bryan Q. Miller was scripting it well, the sales made it look D.O.A. The lesson, as always, is do not get attached to derivative characters.

32. Hawkman: I sort of love the idea of Hawkman, or at least the Golden Age premise that Geoff Johns revived. The visual is really strong. The idea of a couple being reincarnated through time is sort romantic. The ancient weapons lend themselves nicely to horror-tinged stories. Flying as a single power is a pretty good one to have. Still, he is a rough character in a shared universe. I mean, how people fly in the DCU? It almost seems like they should’ve tried the Hawks in a Vertigo series.

31. Darkseid: He is obviously a terrific bad guy. He has a clear objective. He has the best supporting cast of any super-villian.

Great image of Batgirl – very cool! I am surprised by how popular Hawkman is, though….

Darkseid IS.

Hawkman was my # 2 DC character and the only one on my DC list to appear yet. Glad to see him getting some recognition.

He should be another breakout character for DC down the road.

Darkseid. Not on my list but a great character.

Batwoman – one of my favorite DC characters. And all because of the great writing of Greg Rucka! This new series has alot to live up too. Hope it isn’t just pretty pictures!

Hawkman? I guess some people WILL be buying his solo book after all. Nice to hear. Still, I like Harley WAY better than Hawkman.

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