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Bruce Wayne, a.k.a. Batman, has been voted as our latest Character of the Month! That means we'll feature him in the Question of the Week, highlight some of his coolest covers, suggest some of his best stories, and a whole lot more throughout August. Being the Character of the Month isn't just about praising the Dark Knight, though. We're also going to test Bruce's abilities as a combatant!
We all know the Caped Crusader is a gifted fighter and has a sharp mind, but what happens when he's forced to battle a character he knows nothing about? Can he still overcome the opponent or will he fall in the random encounter? Last week, Batman was able to defeat the latest incarnation of Star-Lord. This week, he's going face to face with the latest incarnation of Oroku Saki, a.k.a. Shredder! Will Batman best the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' formidable and skilled foe? Or will Shredder slash Batman one too many times and leave Gotham's hero on the floor? The winner will be determined by the voters, so go read the rules, give it some proper thought and then vote and join the discussion!
- Combatants are in character.
- This is a random encounter (aka no prep for either side).
- They're fighting in a dojo (if you need an example, think about the one in The Matrix). It's unpopulated and they start roughly 15 feet apart and visible. The entire area is on limits and they're unable to leave the room.
- Both characters are current versions (New 52 Batman, IDW Shredder) and have their standard gear.
- Incapacitation, knockout or death all count as elimination. Submission/admitting defeat counts as a loss, too.
- Hey, you know what would be really cool? Treating everyone else in the debate with respect. If you think someone's saying something that just isn't true, go ahead and stick to the facts to point out why. There's no need at all to drop insults just because you disagree with someone. Seriously, this is just talking about a fictional fight, there's no need for immaturity and mudslinging.
- If you think the poll isn't going how it should, making an informative post about why a character is being underestimated and spreading the word is far more useful than complaining. Just saying.
- One more thing: you don't need to write an essay to have your post highlighted in Friday's article. Sometimes concise posts can be way more effective than a flood of paragraphs.
Check the homepage this Friday for an updated article with the following:
- Thoughts from the staff.
- Viner Arguments for both characters ().
- If we're lucky, blurbs from industry talent.
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