I really have (Or had, rather, since it's over.) no interest in any of this Axis hoopola, but I bought this because I love The Hobgoblin, and it was on sale ($6 for all three issues. That's not too bad.),so I thought that you can't go wrong. I read almost the entirety of it, and I was pleasantly surprised. This was fun, and parts of it were near hilarious. The writer made this really entertaining, and some of the product "endorsements" were funny and clever. There were also some nice, subtle touches to old continuity, without wearing you down, or being continuity porn (Like Dan Slott or Geoff John's work.). It was cool to see Phil Urich, but the one real sore point that I had with this series was that he died. I don't love the character, and I disliked him as The Hobgoblin (He became Jason Macendale, basically. A hireling.), but his death struck me as being a tad unnecessary (Although, again, the build-up to it was funny. "You want to be like Norman Osborn, huh? Here, I think that I can help you".). He'll be back one day, I'm sure (Who HASN'T come back at this point?), but it just rubbed me the wrong way, for some reason. Roderick Kingsley is pretty much a cipher that we know very little about (In terms of his background, history, inner demons, etc.), and, sadly, this mini didn't give us any new insight into anything about him, but it was just so much fun.
Now, here's what I didn't get. The Axis mindwipe/inversion thing didn't seem to work on Kingsley, right? Why? It seemed to work on pretty much everyone else. I mean, it worked on Carnage and Sabretooth, for gods sakes. Speaking of Carnage, I really hate that. The guy was a stone-cold serial killer. He was one of the few MU villains that was pretty much purely evil and irredeemable (Alongside Bullseye, The Red Skull, and The Purple Man. And a few X-Villains. And Baron Von Strucker?), and they made HIM a good guy? Puhleeeease! I don't buy that for a second. So, it would work on a total psychopath like Cletus, but NOT on just a self-centered, heartless criminal like Kingsley? How exactly does that work? And didn't Captain America ask him to join The Avengers? Why would he do that if the inversion failed?
Other than that though, this was a surprisingly good mini series, and I think that people who love The Hobgoblin, and or just want a fun, clever, entertaining book should pick this up. Spread the word.
Also, would the inversion have worked on Macendale?