When it comes to members of the Avengers, Hawkeye is in a class of his own. He isn't your typical hero and pretty much has no desire to be. He is a man that will do things the way he sees fit and deal with the repercussions afterwards. Time and time again, he has been at the front lines facing some of the biggest threats the Avengers ever came across.
He may have proven himself as one of Earth's Mightiest Heroes and has plenty of experience he could pass on to others. There's no doubting his ability to be a hero or a leader. Being a mentor to a youth is another story.
In the upcoming HAWKEYE series announced at C2E2, Hawkeye will be taking a new route, detouring away from the Avengers from time to time. Along the way, he will take on Kate Bishop as his protege. Skilled with a bow and arrow herself and spending time as a leader of the Young Avengers, it sounds like it could be a good pairing. But with Hawkeye's certain ways and attitude, is he the best person to be her mentor?== TEASER ==
Let's make it clear, Hawkeye is one of the best Avengers out there. That doesn't necessarily make him the best teacher. Or does it?
In some ways, you could say Kate got her start as a criminal as well. Despite coming from a wealthy family, she wanted a different life. When the Avengers had disassembled, she broke in to what was left of the Avengers Mansion and helped herself to some of their weaponry, including Hawkeye's bow and arrow (who was kind of dead at the time).
Some would question his ability to teach or lead because he doesn't have any superpowers. This is actually one of his greater assets. He understands that he fights along gods and super-soldiers while he is simply a normal man. He is a normal man that constantly trains himself to be more than just that. He is an expert marksman. He is determined to "never miss" when locking a target with one of his trick arrows.
It's also this ability to be the best that could be one of his downfalls. It's admirable to want to strive to perfection. But there's a fine line between determination and obsession. During a recent team up with fellow Avenger, Spider-Man, Hawkeye was constantly focused on always hitting the target to prove his worth rather than admit there was an advantage to fighting along side Spidey. When Captain America was trying to hand over leadership of the Secret Avengers to Hawkeye, Clint's short temper lead to him immediately becoming defensive and he lashed out at Steve.
Hawkeye has a chip on his shoulder. Again, he feels the need to constantly prove himself and make himself a more skilled hero. Leading a team is one thing but mentoring an impressionable young hero is another. Despite Clint's experience leading other teams like the West Coast Avengers and Thunderbolts, his first mission leading the Secret Avengers didn't go too well. He was constantly insulting his teammates and the mission was far from a success. Sure, they'll win the battle at the end of the day but it wasn't a smooth transition from Captain America to Hawkeye as leader of the team.
In a lot of ways, Hawkeye is like your typical teenager. He thinks he can do it all. He doesn't want to ask for help and he doesn't want to admit he might actually need any help. He has a huge chip on his shoulder. He doesn't think about the consequences of his actions. He's brash and impulsive and often gets through situations by the skin of his teeth.
Hawkeye may have questionable behavior. He may make impulsive decisions and find himself in awkward situations but that could be what would make him a great mentor. He can relate to the young and stubborn upcoming hero. Just as he managed to take the Thunderbolts and turn them into heroes when he was leading the team, he could do the same with a young hero like Kate Bishop. He can recognize the potential in others. He knows what they are going through. As long as he doesn't feel his abilities are being called into question, he has a lot to offer to others in terms of guidance.
At the end of the day, Hawkeye is one of the hardest working Avengers. He is constantly working to make himself a better hero and that's a great philosophy to pass on to others. You can't become too comfortable when lives are at stake. Because he can be impulsive and immature, he knows where the younger hero is coming from. He can relate to them. Becoming a mentor will also teach Hawkeye a thing or two. Not only will Kate learn from him but he will be learning from the experience. If nothing else, becoming a mentor could actually make Hawkeye an even better hero than he already is.