Fanart of one of my favourite characters. Rick Remender’s run specifically is wonderful.
I’m playing this right now and it’s a breath of fresh air. The puzzles are actually fun and the art style is just a joy to watch. Unfortunate that they don’t make more games like this these days.
I reread this book this month. Nabokov’s protagonists are always fascinating. The one is Despair, Hermann, is almost tragic in how desperately he hides from reality. In this he is like that other great unreliable narrator, Charles Kinbote from Pale Fire. And when people in the real world laugh and point a finger at this naked emperor, he chooses to recede into a reality where his garments are the finest, his wit awes his friends, and his intellect outwits the police.
You are never really certain if perhaps, deep down, he knows but continues to pretend. The monster gets his comeuppance and descends into despair. His fine plots are tangled. For all the world he is a bumbling crook but in his mind he is inches away from the perfect crime, bested only by bad luck.
Highly recommended to read and re-read.