I'm just wondering if people prefer the original revelation or the Kingsley one. I recently bought and reread Amazing #289 (When Ned was revealed at that time to be The Hobgoblin.), and I kind of liked the issue. Macendale was the Hobgoblin that I read about until his death, so he was kind of "My" Hobgoblin. Looking back though, he wasn't all that great in the role. I definitely prefer the original Hobgoblin. From what I understand, a lot of people didn't really like Ned as the Hobgoblin (Including editorial.). I still think that it's a pretty good issue, but one thing that bothers me is that it said that Ned became the Hobgoblin to TAKE down criminals (Such as the Kingpin.), but then went kind of crazy. BUT, in the original issues, he was pretty cold and murderous from the beginning. When he kills his informant and then kidnaps and kills Lefty Donovan. I'm not sure how that can fit, so I think that Kingsley works better. We don't really know anything about Kingsley though, so, who knows? Anyhow, what do you guys think?
While Stern has stated that Kingsley was always intended to be the Hobgoblin and that Marvel shoehorned Ned in, after the fact. I found that Hobgoblin Lives, despite solid writing and beautiful artwork, was a huge disappointment. Whether it was the fact that I couldn't even remember Kingsley as a supporting character or that the damage had been done with Ned having been exposed and accepted... or both, I would have been more accepting, had they left it the way that it was, or had the reveal been someone else. Kingsley was a huge disappointment for me.