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After completing his service in the United States Navy as a cryptologist, and then in the video game industry for companies including Midway and Sega, Chris made his way into comics and has been with IDW Publishing for nearly nine years as a Senior Graphic Artist. He has also written a number of titles for them during that time. His first project, Transformers: The Reign of Starscream, helped pave the way for more Transformers-related books such as the two prequel miniseries Transformers: Alliance, Transformers: Defiance (both appearing on the New York Times best-seller list), as well as contributing three issues to the Transformers: Tales of the Fallen series.
Growing up a fan of dinosaurs and monsters, Chris finished living out his dream by writing what is soon to be the longest-running Godzilla series in comic history, Godzilla: Rulers of Earth. He also has written an issue for the Godzilla: Legends miniseries and helps out as a Creative Consultant for IDW's Godzilla titles.
Chris lives in San Diego, CA... finally in an apartment that doesn't seem to be haunted.
"Smog of War" is not just a highpoint of IDW's Godzilla series, but also of American Godzilla comics in general. It easily stands alongside the legendary Dark Horse Godzilla Color Special by Art Adams, often considered the greatest Godzilla comic produced in America and one of the best Godzilla comics period. The plot is simple and to the point, with each monster getting a chance to shine. It drops us in the middle of an already well-established universe. And, again like Issue #1, this doesn't hurt the story at all. Mechagodzilla's crew, is a fun and believable bunch of characters without any really groan-inducing dialogue. the art is just downright gorgeous. Not only does it help sell the grim atmosphere of the story, but at times it looks almost photorealistic. I thought it would be hard to top Matt Frank's art in Godzilla Legends Issue #1, but Su and Tramontano have done just that. The opening, full-page shot of Mechagodzilla landing is one of the best pages ever, art-wise, in IDW's Godzilla-related history.
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