Barry Windsor-Smith Returns With Long-Awaited ‘Monsters’ Graphic Novel from Fantagraphics

Legendary artist Barry Windosr-Smith returns to comic book and book store shelves this week with his new graphic novel Monsters.

Fantagraphics’ Monsters (a story that Windsor-Smith has been working on for over three decades) is “set in a timeline spanning the 1940s to the ’60s” and features “…Bobby Bailey, a naïve, emotionally fraught young man with a tragic destiny. The day he walks into a US military recruitment office, little does he know that he will become the subject of a top secret, experimental genetics program with loathsome Nazi origins. Thus kicks off a dizzying chain of cascading events that spin out of everyone’s control as friends, foes, and others are swept into his orbit and must grapple with the earth-shattering ramifications of what this unholy experiment has wrought. As the titular monsters of the title multiply, becoming real and metaphorical, literal and ironic, the story reaches its emotional and moral reckoning.”

Fantagraphics publisher Gary Groth is thrilled to be able to share the labor of love with the world, and has “…known Barry for over 50 years now, so publishing his biggest and most artistically mature work to date is a personal and professional milestone for me.”

The 360 page hardcover graphic novel retails for $39.99 and is currently available in finer comic book shop and book stores everywhere.

Check out the cover and a sample art page from Monsters below.

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