Over half a century after exploding onto the American comics scene with his work on X-Men, Daredevil, The Avengers, and culminating in his legendary run on Conan, the British comics artist Barry Smith (later Barry Windsor-Smith) is still at it, and has now, at last, delivered his magnum opus. Monsters, is a (quite) long-in-the-works (as in over twenty years), 360 page tour de force largely set in the America of 1964. Here in the pages of Monsters, Windsor-Smith revisits some of the themes he explored in Weapon X – with an undeniable nod to his (sadly, now deceased) artistic peer, Berni Wrightson’s own masterwork, Frankenstein – but here with a heightened degree of realism and greater attention to the details of family dynamics. All together this makes for an ambitious work that connects family to politics to history in ways that reveals these connections to be monstrous. And that barely scratches the surface. Anyone interested in learning more about this ambitious work – and willing to risk a possible spoiler or two – is hereby directed to these reviews in The Guardian and The New York Times, among many others.