(Goblins contains graphic depictions of violence and adult situations, and is not suitable for younger readers.)
Way back in the early days of Goblins, the comic initially focused on a small band of adventurers who were hunting goblins. It didn’t take cartoonist Tarol Hunt long to realize that the goblin antagonists he wrote about were actually more fun and interesting than the adventurers, and the story focused more on them. However, from time to time Hunt returns to Minmax and Forgath, the two surviving adventurers who first fought the goblins, even while the goblins evolved from foes to eventually become the primary characters of the comic.
Part of the reason Hunt has returned to Minmax and Forgath lies with the oath of vendetta that were sworn between Minmax and the goblin Complains of Names; while Hunt could have ignored the non-goblin characters (and has predominantly focused on the goblins in much of the archives), there would be no sense of challenge in the eventual conflict between the two. What is interesting, however, is how Minmax and Forgath appear to be inadvertently following in the footsteps of their erstwhile foes, leading to Minmax and Forgath meeting an old enemy of the goblins, the sadistic ranger Dellyn Goblinslayer.
The recent fight between Minmax and Dellyn (and its conclusion) was rather surprising. It seemed more than likely that Dellyn would end up joining with the non-goblin adventurers and once again hunt his old adversary, the goblin Thaco. Instead, upon learning how Dellyn regularly assaulted Kin, a Yuan-ti (snakewoman) he held prisoner, Minmax proceeded to throw Dellyn through a plate-glass window, and he and Forgath eventually prevailed. We also got to see Kin’s reaction to seeing the man who had tortured her for so long rendered helpless before her, and her surprisingly-human response. It is these elements that make Goblins well worth reading, whether it’s focusing on the nonhuman protagonists, or the non-goblin adventurers the comic originally focused on.