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Norman 2.0? Hardly, Spider Writers ironically took those characteristics of the Hobgoblin and slapped them onto Norman. But of course they're also the Lex Luthor type things as well they did with him too. It wasn't until Ellis and Bendis they actually did something with him.
Also.. that "good" showing of Phil was him owning the guards. The Human Fly and Venom owned his goblin behind. Even though Phil has two good odds in his favor (sonics and fire), he still got hammered by Flash. Geez.. Dragavon and they say I have horrible taste in characters. Phil is awful. Yeah this was his "strongest" outing but I use that term ever so loosely. He still got owned badly (okay not as badly as someone else in that issue).
I like him as the Kaizer Sooze the one villain who can get away with it and he did. But Dark Reign did technically open that door to Kingsley's return two fold:
1.) Norman was now in control of a power where he could do things to Kingsley even he couldn't imagine in wiping out his accounts which do make sense. If Norman can't kill him he knows hitting Kingsley badly would be via all that money he made.
2.) Kingsley has to return with Norman ousted. Who is going to fill that void now of defacto Goblin? Norman needs a long rest. There has to be someone that brings the moment you see them. They can't have that with Harry so who's left? They can't just create a new goblin because everytime they've tried they failed in Gray and Menace.
Kingsley has to be the only answer. And even then his reputation precedes him. Let newer readers realize just how nasty of a threat he was.
Agreed here for the most part. The only thing I wouldn't want to have happen to Kingsley is to have him blamed for every fricking thing like Norman was when they brought him back and shoe-horn his relevance into so many things happening in Spidey's life. If they were to do that with Kingsley then it would get tired very quickly. I would rather if they brought Kingsley back be used sparingly and not forcibly. For example I would hate for them to come up with a storyline where Kingsley and Mary Jane slept together and had mutant goblin twins like with Norman and Gwen as that would ruin two more characters and bring two new ones that everybody hates with a passion. That's the one thing I like about Kingsley over Osborn is that he is not the go-to-guy for the many wrongs in Spiderman's life.