Greg McElhatton

Reviewer
Arlington, VA
Indiana, PA
Mar 26

I first discovered the joy of comics in 1980 when some girls on my school bus brought in their father's copies of Wendy and Richard Pini's "Elfquest" and the rest, as they say, is history. Since then, I've written freelance interviews and articles for "Wizard" (going all the way back to the first issue), headed up the Small Press Expo and the Ignatz Awards, served as an Eisner judge and written reviews regularly since 1999 (first for iComics.com, then moving to my own site Read About Comics).

I moved to the Washington DC area in 1974 and have yet to leave. I design and develop training for the Federal government during the day, and I've had both fiction and non-fiction professionally published. In my spare time I train for marathons and triathlons. I've promised my friends one of these days I'll run a race dressed as the Flash.

FIRST COMIC: "Elfquest" #5

FAVORITE CHARACTER: Fone Bone, Captain Britain, Rachel Summers Grey

Articles By Greg McElhatton

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REVIEW: King & Cypress Deliver a Devious Story in "The Omega Men" #4

Thu, September 3rd, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Tom King and Toby Cypress' "The Omega Men" #4 is "intelligent, devious and determined to make you squirm."

REVIEW: Stevenson, Watters & Allen's "Lumberjanes" Continues to be a Blast in #17

Mon, August 31st, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

"There's so much exuberance and joy in Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters and Brooke Allen's 'Lumberjanes' #17 that it just bleeds off of the page."

REVIEW: Hickman & Dragotta Make "East of West" #20 Chilling, Gripping

Fri, August 28th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta's "East of West" #20 "is a warning shot fired over the proverbial bow: ignore this comic at your own peril."

REVIEW: Fletcher, Stewart & Tarr Make "Batgirl" #43 Another Fun Installment

Thu, August 27th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart and Babs Tarr's "Batgirl" #43 "continues to surprise... and delight as the action bursts onto the page."

REVIEW: Brubaker & Epting's "Velvet" #11 Will Take Readers' Breath Away

Mon, August 17th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

"Forget about a new James Bond film; we have a new 'Velvet' story arc" in Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting's "Velvet" #11.

ADV. REVIEW: Orlando & Faith's "Virgil" is a Strong, Emotionally Powerful Graphic Novel

Fri, August 14th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

"Told in a manner from which you can't look away, Steve Orlando and J.D. Faith's 'Virgil' graphic novel is an explosion of rage and vengeance."

REVIEW: Cornell & Edwards' "Doctor Who: Four Doctors" #1 Will Hook Readers

Thu, August 13th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Paul Cornell and Neil Edwards' "Doctor Who: Four Doctors" #1 "is not only a good media tie-in comic, it's a good comic, period."

REVIEW: Brubaker & Phillips' "The Fade Out" #8 Will Keep Readers Guessing

Mon, August 10th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Ed Brubaker and Sean Philips' "The Fade Out" #8 "is yet another twisty, intricate, keeps-you-guessing issue."

REVIEW: Graham & Churchland Continue to Intrigue in "8house: Arclight" #2

Fri, August 7th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Brandon Graham and Marian Churchland's "8house: Arclight" #2 "makes fantasy truly fantastical again."

REVIEW: King & Bagenda Make "The Omega Men" #3 Another Winner

Thu, August 6th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

In "The Omega Men" #3, "Tom King shows the variety available in this series, and Barnaby Bagenda's art keeps up without missing a beat."

REVIEW: Orlando & ACO Dazzle in "Midnighter" #3

Thu, August 6th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

"It's a real pleasure to see such a smart and mature take on the character" in Steve Orlando and ACO's "Midnighter" #3.

REVIEW: Gillen & Andrade's "Siege" #2 Has Plenty to Enjoy

Thu, August 6th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Kieron Gillen and Filipe Andrade's "Siege" #2 "delivers a payoff following an issue of mounting suspense and character study."

ADV. REVIEW: Gillen and McKelvie Kick into High Gear with "Phonogram: The Immaterial Girl" #1

Mon, August 3rd, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie's "Phonogram: The Immaterial Girl" #1 ensures "that new and returning readers alike are entertained."

REVIEW: Thompson & Campbell Make "Jem and the Holograms" #5 a Winner

Mon, August 3rd, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

"Kelly Thompson and Sophie Campbell should be proud of this take on 'Jem and the Holograms' because it's sharp, smart and grabs your attention."

REVIEW: Waid & Samnee's "Daredevil" #17 Cranks Up the Tension

Mon, August 3rd, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

"Mark Waid and Chris Samnee's time on 'Daredevil' is sadly coming to a close, but... they're cranking up the proverbial volume" in "Daredevil" #17.

REVIEW: Fraction & Zdarsky's "Sex Criminals" #11 Returns in a Smart, Sexy & Silly Way

Wed, July 29th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

"With juggled plotlines and a growing cast of characters, every new issue of Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky's 'Sex Criminals' is a real joy to read."

REVIEW: King, Seeley & Janin's "Grayson" #10 Kicks Into High Gear

Fri, July 24th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

"Tim Seeley and Tom King's story in 'Grayson' #10 is fun and full of spy action, but it's Mikel Janin's superstar art that ultimately steals the show."

REVIEW: Stevenson, Watters & Allen Raise the Stakes in "Lumberjanes" #16

Mon, July 20th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Noelle Steveonson, Shannon Watters and Brooke Allen's "Lumberjanes" #16 is, "yet again, a real joy to read."

REVIEW: Johns & Fabok Fill "Justice League" #42 with Danger & Excitement

Fri, July 17th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok's "Justice League" #42 "feels like it's providing a story that will eventually shape the future of a lot of characters."

5-STAR REVIEW: Vaughan & Staples' "Saga" #30 is "Emotionally Explosive"

Mon, July 13th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

"Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples 'Saga" #30 is a knock-out issue in one of the strongest ongoing series being published right now."

Silver Surfer #14

Thu, September 3rd, 2015 | Category: Review

"Silver Surfer" #14 veers off from "Secret Wars" as Dawn and the Surfer try to recreate the universe, but Dan Slott and Michael Allred's comic feels a little too one-note in its message.

The Omega Men #4

Thu, September 3rd, 2015 | Category: Review

"Omega Men" #4 delves further into Kyle Rayner's presence in the Vega System as well as the Princess's larger strategy, as Tom King and Toby Cypress deliver an unsettling story of manipulation.

Jupiter's Circle #6

Wed, September 2nd, 2015 | Category: Review

"Jupiter's Circle" #6 wraps up the first volume of Mark Millar and Wilfredo Torres's prequel series to "Jupiter's Legacy," and this look at the early days of superheroics continues to succeed.

Lumberjanes #17

Mon, August 31st, 2015 | Category: Review

Along with Rosie, Abigail and Barney, the Lumberjanes save the mountain even though lingering issues remain, and the greater mystery of what's happening at the camp inches forward in "Lumberjanes" #17.

Thief of Thieves #30

Fri, August 28th, 2015 | Category: Review

"Thief of Thieves" #30 prepares to kick off a courtroom drama and, while Andy Diggle and Shawn Martinbrough do a good enough job, this title has lost a bit of its steam.

East of West #20

Fri, August 28th, 2015 | Category: Review

A background character gains much prominence in "East of West" #20 as Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta begin the fifth volume of their apocalyptic series in a chilling and gripping manner.

Batgirl #43

Thu, August 27th, 2015 | Category: Review

Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart, Babs Tarr, Juan Castro and Michel Lacombe unleash a tiger or two in "Batgirl" #43, and we're not talking about the proverbial kind.

Cyborg #2

Thu, August 27th, 2015 | Category: Review

David F. Walker and Ivan Reis's "Cyborg" #2 moves like a defragmenting hard drive, but it's prettier and sleeker than Windows 3.1.

Superman #43

Wed, August 26th, 2015 | Category: Review

"Superman" #43 gives us the reason for Lois Lane outing Clark Kent, but Gene Luen Yang, John Romita Jr., Klaus Janson and Scott Hanna's story feels so predictable that there's little surprise or drama involved.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #18

Fri, August 21st, 2015 | Category: Review

Christos Gage and Rebekah Isaacs's Buffy/Angel team-up concludes in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10" #18 and, while the characterization is the star of the show, the plotting feels like it takes a back seat.

Invader Zim #2

Fri, August 21st, 2015 | Category: Review

"Invader Zim" #2 wraps up the continuation of the bizarre animated show's first story arc and, while Jhonen Vasquez, Eric Trueheart and Aaron Alexovich bring a lot of hilarity to the pages, some jokes don't translate as well to print.

Secret Six #5

Fri, August 21st, 2015 | Category: Review

After a slightly troubled launch, "Secret Six" #5 not only feels like the series is back on track, but that Gail Simone, Dale Eaglesham and Tom Derenick are making up for lost time as the Six learns the truth of their capture.

Black Canary #3

Thu, August 20th, 2015 | Category: Review

"Black Canary" #3 draws parallels between superhero action and a band on tour, even as Brenden Fletcher and Annie Wu give us a bit more backstory on why everyone's looking for Ditto.

Astro City #26

Thu, August 20th, 2015 | Category: Review

Twenty years after the very first "Astro City" comic was published, Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson revisit its themes in "Astro City" #26 as we once more investigate Samaritan's dreams.

Years of Future Past #4

Mon, August 17th, 2015 | Category: Review

Marguerite Bennett and Mike Norton's "Years of Future Past" #4 continues the mutant battle to avoid extinction, but several double-crosses and about-faces feel rushed.

Constantine: The Hellblazer #3

Mon, August 17th, 2015 | Category: Review

John Constantine returns to England in "Constantine: The Hellblazer" #3, but Ming Doyle, James Tynion IV and Vanesa Del Rey's introduction of Georgiana Snow as John's frenemy feels like it's missing some impact.

Abe Sapien #25

Mon, August 17th, 2015 | Category: Review

"Abe Sapien" #25 teases answers, but Mike Mignola, Scott Allie, Sebastian Fiumara and Tyler Crook's comic is short on plot while big on atmosphere.

Velvet #11

Mon, August 17th, 2015 | Category: Review

Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting's "Velvet" #11 kicks off its third volume, and Velvet Templeton's life has just gotten more complicated.

Virgil OGN

Fri, August 14th, 2015 | Category: Review

Told in a manner from which you can't look away, Steve Orlando and J.D. Faith's "Virgil" graphic novel is an explosion of rage and vengeance as a Jamaican police officer's closeted life is destroyed by his fellow officers.

Doctor Who: Four Doctors #1

Thu, August 13th, 2015 | Category: Review

Paul Cornell and Neil Edwards kick off a multi-Doctor storyline that the companions actively try to stop from happening in "Doctor Who Event 2015: Four Doctors," and it's a solid opening chapter.

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