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Monsters Reviews

Monsters by Barry Windsor-Smith

Monsters

Barry Windsor-Smith

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1 review

Category: Fiction, Thrillers
Imprint: Jonathan Cape Ltd
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publication date: 29 Apr 2021
ISBN: 9781787333413

35 YEARS IN THE MAKING: THE MOST ANTICIPATED GRAPHIC NOVEL IN RECENT HISTORY *A GUARDIAN 'BOOKS OF 2021' PICK*

4 stars out of 5
6 May 2021

"This long-awaited epic makes superhuman strength an unsettling backdrop to family drama"

Monsters hums with suppressed violence and regret, and Windsor-Smith renders both with real power. His command of pose and gesture – Tom’s thick arms bunching with tension, Janet’s shoulders slumping in resignation – brings his cast to life. Some images stay with you: a bike with buckled wheels in long grass, smoke oozing over a dinner table in an officer’s mess, cross-hatched shadow stretching across a face like a cowl. Alongside the naturalism sits stranger stuff: sausages turn into severed fingers and memories swirl into the present, their echoes turning simple conversations into a deafening hubbub. At the heart of the book, the adult Barry relives his childhood traumas, his great, twisted face and freakish frame balled up on the stairs as arguments burst out around him.

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