There are no two characters in comic book history as similar as DC’s Green Arrow and Marvel’s Hawkeye. Both are assassins in their respective worlds whose weapon of choice is the deadly recurve bow and arrow. If the universes they reside in were to collide, who would triumph as the master archer?
Despite their similar choice of weapon, the characters evolved from very different places. Hawkeye is a bit Batman-ish, with dead parents and life as an orphan. After running away with his brother to join the circus, he is taught the fine art of archery. After some flirtation with the evil underworld, he finally decided to put his skills to good use and join the Avengers.
Green Arrow is an orphan as well, whose parents got mauled by a lion as he watched in horror instead of using his recurve bow to kill the animal and save his parents. After the death of his parents he took on a new rich party boy persona until a yacht accident left him stranded on an island with nothing but his recurve bow and arrows. It was on the island that his final transformation into a bad guy killing arrow slinger began.
Hawkeye is a strong hero with incredible strength and speed on top of his abilities to shoot a recurve bow. Green Arrow is better trained though in fighting skills like the martial arts. Head to head in hand to hand combat, Green Arrow would take down Hawkeye with one well placed kick.
Green Arrow is also more complex with his recurve bow and arrows, and has developed his own (probably after reading hundreds of reviews ;))that explode, emit deadly gas, acid, tear gas, etc. As a part of the Avengers team, Hawkeye’s only strength beyond his ability to shoot is his ability to call upon his friends in time of need.
So Who Wins
Clearly the robin hood-like Green Arrow has honed his skills better and worked on developing more. If it were a fair fight, he would likely win hands down. The problem is that Hawkeye has the power of the entire team of super heroes to support him, which makes us think inevitable, he would be declared the winner.
As far as archery skills go, they are evenly matched. But if you want that skill to help you blow up stuff, then Green Arrow has it covered.
In one way or another both of this very thought out characters would triumph in the end. If you are planning on entering the comic contest we are running, take a look at these two archers and their backgrounds. It is the detail in their former lives that makes them so interesting. This could be something you may try in your comic to catch the eye of the judges.