Greg McElhatton

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, 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: Duggan & Crystal's "Arkham Manor" #1

Thu, October 23rd, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Gerry Duggan and Shawn Crystal's "Arkham Manor" #1 contains "a slow but careful setup, with some different-looking and pleasing art."

REVIEW: Morrison & Oliver's "The Multiversity: The Just" #1

Wed, October 22nd, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Grant Morrison and Ben Oliver's "The Multiversity: The Just" #1 "takes known themes and makes them feel engaging and different."

REVIEW: Stevenson, Ellis & Allen's "Lumberjanes" #7

Fri, October 17th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis and Brooke Allen's "Lumberjanes" #7 is "another strong issue in a strong series" for the fan-favorite.

REVIEW: Stewart, Fletcher & Tarr's "Batgirl" #35

Wed, October 8th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher and Babs Tarr's "Batgirl" #35 is "a great new beginning for the series," introducing the Batgirl of Burnside.

REVIEW: Waid & Samnee's "Daredevil" #8

Mon, September 22nd, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Mark Waid and Chris Samnee's "Daredevil" #8 is "a fully-realized, imaginative book with a living, breathing setting."

5-STAR REVIEW: Fraction & Wu's "Hawkeye" #20

Wed, September 10th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Matt Fraction and Annie Wu craft an incredible experience with "Hawkeye" #20, bringing an end to Kate Bishop's time in Los Angeles.

REVIEW: Morrison & Irving's "Annihilator" #1

Wed, September 10th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Grant Morrison and Frazer Irving's "Annihilator" #1 has a lot of potential, serving as a springboard for the creative team's latest epic.

REVIEW: Vaughan & Staples' "Saga" #22

Thu, August 28th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples continue their excellent run with "Saga" #22, which delivers "everything you hope for, and then a little bit more to boot."

5-STAR REVIEW: Brubaker & Phillips' "The Fade Out" #1

Wed, August 20th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips' debut issue of "The Fade Out" has "careful attention to detail and craft that quickly becomes a hallmark of the issue."

REVIEW: Fraction & Zdarksy's "Sex Criminals" #7

Mon, August 18th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky's "Sex Criminals" #7 is "another big success," creating an "inventive and funny" issue that continues the series' run.

REVIEW: Duggan, Snyder & Scalera's "Batman" #34

Thu, August 14th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Gerry Duggan, Scott Snyder & Matteo Scalera deliver a strong one-shot in "Batman" #34, bringing a new kind of serial killer to Gotham City.

REVIEW: Sakai's "Usagi Yojimbo: Senso" #1

Thu, August 7th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Stan Sakai's ronin rabbit returns for "Usagi Yojimbo: Senso" #1, an issue that's as "excellent as ever" and takes place in the future.

REVIEW: Kirkman & Azaceta's "Outcast" #2

Fri, August 1st, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Robert Kirkman and Paul Azaceta delivers a strong sophomore issue with "Outcast" #2, and the series "feels well on its way to a strong run."

REVIEW: Gaiman & Williams' "The Sandman: Overture" #3

Thu, July 31st, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Neil Gaiman & J.H. Williams III's "The Sandman: Overture" #3 delivers with "flights of whimsy, dangerously grim moments and beautiful inventive set pieces."

REVIEW: Snyder & Capullo Close "Zero Year" with "Batman" #33

Wed, July 23rd, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo bring "Zero Year" to a close in "Batman" #33, "a very strong conclusion" to the year-long saga.

ADV. REVIEW: Ewing, Williams, Ellerby & Fraser's "Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor" #1

Mon, July 21st, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Al Ewing, Rob Williams, Marc Ellerby & Simon Fraser "nail the tone and spirit" of "Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor" #1 for Titan Comics.

REVIEW: Jordan & Strahm's "Spread" #1

Fri, July 11th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Justin Jordan & Kyle Strahm's debut issue of "Spread" is a strong new series with "a lot of potential for where it's going to head next."

5-STAR REVIEW: Sakai's "Usagi Yojimbo Color Special: The Artist" is "A Perfect Comic"

Thu, July 10th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Stan Sakai returns to his ronin rabbit with "Usagi Yojimbo Color Special: The Artist," a "beautifully drawn" and "perfect" comic.

REVIEW: Rucka & Lark's "Lazarus" #9

Mon, July 7th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Greg Rucka & Michael Lark's "Lazarus" #9 does "an amazing job of world-building" as it wraps up the series' second arc.

REVIEW: Tynion, Synder, Janin and More Craft "Batman Eternal" #13

Fri, July 4th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

James Tynion IV, Scott Snyder, Mikel Janin and more craft "Batman Eternal" #13, "one of the strongest issues to date as everything surges forward."

Amazing X-Men #12

Fri, October 24th, 2014 | Category: Review

Craig Kyle, Chris Yost, Carlos Barberi and Iban Coello wrap up "World War Wendigo" in "Amazing X-Men" #12, but there's nothing new in this flat retread of the Wendigo attacking humanity.

Superman #35

Thu, October 23rd, 2014 | Category: Review

"Superman" #35 looks great thanks to John Romita Jr., Klaus Janson, and Laura Martin, but Geoff Johns's story of Ulysses is starting to repeat itself a bit.

The Multiversity: The Just #1

Wed, October 22nd, 2014 | Category: Review

Grant Morrison and Ben Oliver's "The Multiversity: The Just" #1 takes the concept of legacy heroes to its natural conclusion, as ennui-filled hipsters can't see what's coming even as it's about to destroy them.

Arkham Manor #1

Wed, October 22nd, 2014 | Category: Review

"Arkham Manor" #1, featuring the conversion of Wayne Manor into a new asylum for the criminally insane, has a slightly slow setup from Gerry Duggan but distinctive art from Shawn Crystal.

New 52: Futures End #24

Fri, October 17th, 2014 | Category: Review

"New 52: Futures End" continues to lurch from strength to weakness, with most of this issue continuing to revive storylines that had been dormant for a while.

Lumberjanes #7

Fri, October 17th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Lumberjanes" #7 continues to delight, as Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, and Brooke Allen give us answers even as the adventure in the camp continues.

Teen Titans #3

Thu, October 16th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Teen Titans" #3 continues the likable reboot of the series from Will Pfeifer and Kenneth Rocafort, most notably by giving us a team that seems to genuinely like each other and do good things.

Uncanny X-Men #27

Thu, October 16th, 2014 | Category: Review

Uber-mutant Matthew Malloy's abilities continue to strengthen even as the X-Men and S.H.I.E.L.D. try to contain him, but Brian Michael Bendis and Chris Bachalo give Cyclops the best idea yet.

Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor #1

Thu, October 16th, 2014 | Category: Review

Robbie Morrison and Dave Taylor give us a "Doctor Who" comic set amidst the current season, but "Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor" #1 suffers by trying to keep up with new characters.

Batman and Robin #35

Wed, October 15th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Batman and Robin" #35 alternates between Batman kicking butt on Apokolips, and the Bat-Family doing their best to follow him to the distant world; it's that balance that makes the comic work.

Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #3

Mon, October 13th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor" #3 wraps up its first storyline on a pleasing note, as Nick Abadzis and Elena Casagrande give us a showdown between the Doctor, Gabby, and the Cerebravores.

The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage #2

Mon, October 13th, 2014 | Category: Review

Jen Van Meter and Roberto De La Torre's "The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage" #2 has a great setup for mixing past and present, but at the same time it's a little hard to fully connect with the lead.

Abe Sapien #17

Mon, October 13th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Abe Sapien" #17 features the conclusion of Abe's return to the town where his second transformation began, but the story feels curiously anticlimactic, even as Sebastian Fiumara's art dazzles.

Grendel Vs. The Shadow #2

Wed, October 8th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Grendel vs. The Shadow" #2 has Matt Wagner continue to match up his signature creation against a classic character, and the end result is surprisingly entrancing.

Justice League United #5

Wed, October 8th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Justice League United" #5 has Jeff Lemire and new artist Timothy Green II focus on Equinox, but while her origin is explained and has potential, her character still feels a bit one-note.

Batgirl #35

Wed, October 8th, 2014 | Category: Review

Lobo #1

Thu, October 2nd, 2014 | Category: Review

The original "Lobo" mini-series instantly grabbed readers with a perverse charm mixed with ultra-violence, but Cullen Bunn and Reilly Brown's new "Lobo" #1 is competent but generic.

Aliens: Fire and Stone #1

Wed, September 24th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Aliens: Fire and Stone" #1 is a prequel to the "Aliens" film, when Chris Roberson and Patric Reynolds show us what happens when an escape from Acheron takes the colonists to the one place even worse than their home.

Daredevil #8

Mon, September 22nd, 2014 | Category: Review

The Purple Man returns in "Daredevil" #8, and Mark Waid and Chris Samnee rise to the challenge of making him more creepy every time he comes back.

Avengers World #13

Mon, September 22nd, 2014 | Category: Review

Nick Spencer & Raffaele Ienco's "Avengers World" #13 suffers from yet another introduction of multiple new characters, as well as some slightly less energetic art.