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Dan Slott: We've seen Hobgoblin before and we've seen other people take up the mantle of Hobgoblin. In the case of Roderick Kingsley, his story had been told. The most interesting thing about Kingsley was the mystery, "Who is Hobgoblin?" The minute you pull of the mask and it's that creepy old groundskeeper whose been haunting the fairgrounds, the Scooby-Doo adventure is over. It's done! [Laughs] So if you're going to make a new Hobgoblin, you want to look at the pieces that are around and not just give a rerun of history.
So if the most interesting thing about Hobgoblin was the mystery, how do we turn that on it's head? The answer: keep it a mystery for Spidey, but this time, let the readers in on it from the get go.
Right there in that entire set of paragraphs and words reveal to me Slott knows absolutely nothing on the character of the Hobgoblin. First off, if fans requested the Hobgoblin, they requested fucking Roderick Kingsley, not a new fuck. Secondly Goblins always had mystery about them. Every sort of Goblin, not just Hob. In the Green Goblin catagory: Norman did, freaking no name clone did, and hell even Bart Hamilton did. Only the original Hobgoblin had that cloud of mystery. Macendale sure as hell didn't, nor did ? from Secret War. Hell fucking Menance was a mystery too.
I love the "His story closed" comment the most. Then why the fuck you bring him back Dan? Oh that's right, cheap ass shock value because you've become a predictable writer.
I also love the Phil Urich comment he makes in this interview.
How much of Phil's actions as the new Hobgoblin are his own, and how much is motivated by the Goblin serum he was exposed to years ago?
If you're a casual reader and you don't know Phil and you jump into "Big Time" -- right now you have pretty much everything you need to know. If you're a long term Marvel reader, though, you may have read about Phil in both the thirteen issue run of "Green Goblin" and the miniseries " The Loners." In those books you saw how Phil had already taken some steps in a descent towards madness. You may have also read Tom DeFalco's "Spider-Girl" series, and then you'd know that in the future, Phil doesn't need the Goblin mask or the suit to have his powers.
You look at all that together and you go, "Okay I see how all of this works." We'll eventually be hitting some of those beats and clearing things up, but the weird thing is if you've only read "Green Goblin," or only read "The Loners," or "Spider-Girl," part of you might go, "That doesn't feel right," but when you put it all together it kind of does. I understand that some readers might feel like this doesn't jibe with what they know about Phil. All good things in time though. We'll get to some more stuff next time we see Hobgoblin in ASM. In the meantime though, keep an eye out for Phil and the Hobgoblin in other Marvel titles, like "Spider-Girl" and the new "Herc" book!
LAZY writing right there. You want answers? Don't look to my run of Amazing Spider-Man. WTF? That's the answer? Well okay. I won't until your off this goddamn book. Also correct me if I'm wrong here, but Spider-Girl isn't in continuity right? So.. yeah. Even more confusing is how he phrases it. People going into Paul Tobin's Spider-Girl ain't gonna know shit what he talks of.
I want Dan Slott off of Spider-Man. This indeed is a big flop.