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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Untangling the Continuity Behind "Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps" #1

Fri, July 29th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Hal Jordan's a Green Lantern once more, but what about the rest of the Corps? And how does Sinestro fit into the current GLC status quo?

Classic Flash Foe's Return Offers New Clue to Wally West's New 52 Disappearance

Wed, July 27th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Is a classic enemy, not seen since before "Flashpoint," responsible for Wally West's existence being wiped from the DC Universe's collective memory?

"The Hellblazer: Rebirth" Harkens Back to John Constantine's Jamie Delano Era

Fri, July 22nd, 2016 | Category: Comic Books, Comic Book Reviews

Simon Oliver and Moritat's "Hellblazer: Rebirth" #1 is the most deliberate and successful attempt to evoke the spirit of the original "Hellblazer" series.

"Justice League" Is Your Summer Disaster Blockbuster, in Comic Book Form

Fri, July 22nd, 2016 | Category: Comic Books, Comic Book Reviews

Bryan Hitch, Tony S. Daniel and Sandu Florea's "Justice League" #1 feels like an epic feel like a summer movie transformed into a print event.

"Batgirl and the Birds of Prey" Solidifies "Killing Joke" In Rebirth Continuity

Wed, July 20th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

The band gets back together, as the Rebirth one-shot establishes how, exactly, Batgirl/Oracle, Black Canary and Huntress coalesce as a team.

In "Batman" #3, Gotham's New Heroes Have A Familiar Origin Story & A Classic Villain Resurfaces

Wed, July 20th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Gotham and Gotham Girl's secret origin is revealed, and the return of a bad guy teases even more ties to the pre-Flashpoint DCU.

"Nightwing: Rebirth" Ties Up Loose Ends, Keeps Elements That Worked

Wed, July 13th, 2016 | Category: Comic Book Reviews

Tim Seeley & Yanick Paquette build on past glories, celebrating pre-Flashpoint aspects of the character while setting the stage for all-new challenges and foes.

In "Batman" #2, Two Dynamic Duos Are Poised to Shake Up Gotham

Sat, July 9th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Tom King and David Finch introduce a pair of dynamic duos operating on Batman's turf -- but are [Spoiler] and [Spoiler] here to save the city, or destroy it?

Superboy Debuts in "Superman" 2 (And Does Dead Really Mean Dead?)

Fri, July 8th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Superman's son takes one more step toward grabbing his legacy, and what does the arrival of [REDACTED] mean for the Man of Steel's future?

"Aquaman" #2 is Totally Different Than #1 - And Here's Why That's a Good Thing

Thu, July 7th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books, Comic Book Reviews

Dan Abnett, Scot Eaton and Wayne Faucher's "Aquaman" #2 goes down a far more interesting road than its first issue.

In "Batman" #2, Two Dynamic Duos Transform Gotham City's Power Structure

Thu, July 7th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Tom King and David Finch introduce a pair of dynamic duos operating in Batman's city -- but are [Spoiler] and [Spoiler] here to save Gotham, or destroy it?

Here's How "Justice League: Rebirth" #1 Succeeded Where Other One-Shots Fail

Wed, July 6th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books, Comic Book Reviews

Bryan Hitch's "Justice League: Rebirth" #1 finds a balance between existing as part of the DC Universe and telling its own independent story.

"Green Lanterns" #2 Explains Red Lantern Corps' Epic Plan

Wed, July 6th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

The Red Dawn arrives, but what does that mean for the Green Lantern Corps' newest recruits, Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz?

"Extraordinary X-Men" #11 Picks Up the Pace as Apocalypse Arrives

Thu, June 30th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

"Extraordinary X-Men" #11 "moves swiftly towards its conclusion, even as Jeff Lemire and Humberto Ramos take time setting up their next storyline."

"Captain America: Steve Rogers" #2 Reveals Why Cap Hailed Hydra

Wed, June 29th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

After the cliffhanger that shocked the world, Nick Spencer and Jesus Saiz explain how and why Steve Rogers is no longer the hero we remember.

Waid & Fish Balance Humor & Heart in Surprisingly Touching "Archie" #9

Fri, June 24th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Mark Waid and Veronica Fish's "Archie" #9 "and 'Archie' in general succeed because there's a real heart to this comic."

"Bitch Planet" #8 Challenges, Then Rewards Fans with Fast-Paced Resolutions

Fri, June 24th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

"A new issue of 'Bitch Planet' is reason to celebrate, and Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro's 'Bitch Planet' #8 is no exception to that."

"Detective Comics" Introduces A New [Spoiler] to Gotham City, Names Newest Bat-foe

Wed, June 22nd, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Batman's latest threat gains a name, while the Dark Knight's team levels up with a new means with which to battle Gotham's biggest threats.

"The Sixth Gun" #50 Brings on the Apocalypse in Strong Series Finale

Fri, June 17th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

"Cullen Bunn, Brian Hurtt and Bill Crabtree wrap up the series in style" in "The Sixth Gun" #50.

"Green Arrow" #1 Hits the Mark with a Deadly Cliffhanger

Wed, June 15th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Benjamin Percy and Otto Schmidt's "Green Arrow" #1 "takes the basic ideas from 'Rebirth' and uses them as a foundation for a strong first issue."

Daredevil/Punisher #1

Fri, July 1st, 2016 | Category: Review

Charles Soule, Szymon Kudranski and Mast's "Daredevil/Punisher" #2 feels a little light on plot, but that may have something to do with the issue having an origin as an "infinite comic."

Jem and the Holograms #16

Fri, July 1st, 2016 | Category: Review

"Jem and the Holograms" #16 wraps up Kelly Thompson and Sophie Campbell's "Dark Jem" storyline, but the conclusion feels a little too easy considering how much danger there was leading up to this moment.

All-New, All-Different Avengers #11

Fri, July 1st, 2016 | Category: Review

"All-New, All-Different Avengers" #11 suffers a bit from "middle chapter syndrome," but Mark Waid and Mahmud Asrar still manage to make the Avengers' fight against Annihilus entertaining and fun.

Extraordinary X-Men #11

Thu, June 30th, 2016 | Category: Review

Things go from bad to worse for the future of both humanity and mutants in Jeff Lemire and Humberto Ramos' "Extraordinary X-Men" #11, which pits the X-Men against the Horsemen of Apocalypse.

Captain America: Sam Wilson #10

Mon, June 27th, 2016 | Category: Review

Nick Spencer and Angel Unzueta tie "Captain America: Sam Wilson" #10 into "Civil War II" with the funeral of James Rhodes, even as the title explores what it's like to be a minority suffering a loss.

Justice League #52

Mon, June 27th, 2016 | Category: Review

Dan Jurgens, Tom Grummett and company give us a closer look into the mind of Lex Luthor in "Justice League" #52, which serves as a prelude to this month's issues of "Action Comics."

Civil War II: Choosing Sides #1

Mon, June 27th, 2016 | Category: Review

"Civil War II: Choosing Sides" #1 includes stories about Nick Fury, Night Thrasher and Damage Control, all of which having nothing to do with the parent title's conceit of heroes choosing sides.

Aquaman #1

Fri, June 24th, 2016 | Category: Review

In "Aquaman" #1, Dan Abnett, Brad Walker and Andrew Hennessy play up the sovereign nation aspect of the ruler of Atlantis, but this first chapter of "The Drowning" is a little too uneven.

Archie #9

Fri, June 24th, 2016 | Category: Review

Mark Waid and Veronica Fish's "Archie" #9 may be a typical "upper class person befuddled by lower class lifestyle" story, but it's one that has real heart, and that makes all the difference.

Bitch Planet #8

Fri, June 24th, 2016 | Category: Review

Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro refuse to take the easy way out in "Bitch Planet" #8, where we learn where Kamau's sister is being held.

Vote Loki #1

Fri, June 17th, 2016 | Category: Review

Christopher Hastings and Langdon Foss' "Vote Loki" #1 finds the god of lies running for office, but this debut issue never quite clicks into place.

The Sixth Gun #50

Fri, June 17th, 2016 | Category: Review

In "The Sixth Gun" #50, Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt wind down their long-running western/horror/fantasy with the apocalypse that was impossible to avoid.

Justice League #51

Thu, June 16th, 2016 | Category: Review

In "Justice League" #51, Dan Abnett, Paul Pelletier and Sandra Hope flash back to the early days of the League, when they first met Robin, and it's is surprisingly fun.

Uncanny X-Men #8

Thu, June 16th, 2016 | Category: Review

There's an interesting story lurking within the pages of "Uncanny X-Men's" contribution to "Apocalypse Wars," but Cullen Bunn and Ken Lashley's latest chapter has almost no actual plot progression as its characters inch

Superman #1

Thu, June 16th, 2016 | Category: Review

Raising a half-human/half-Kryptonion child isn't easy, but it's even more difficult when the other two-thirds of the Trinity come knocking in Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason and Mick Grey's "Superman" #1.

Green Arrow #1

Wed, June 15th, 2016 | Category: Review

In Benjamin Percy and Otto Schmidt's "Green Arrow" #1, Black Canary issues Oliver a warning about his crime-fighting methods, even as danger looms heavily around the corner.

Goldie Vance #3

Mon, June 13th, 2016 | Category: Review

Situations look dire in Hope Larson and Brittney Williams' "Goldie Vance" #3, even as there's hope that Goldie may still solve the case and make things right for everyone.

The Wicked + The Divine #20

Fri, June 10th, 2016 | Category: Review

In "The Wicked + The Divine" #20, Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie spill the beans and reveal how Laura survived death at Ananke's hands, even as the gods continue to choose sides with Minerva's life on the line.

Civil War II: Gods of War #1

Thu, June 9th, 2016 | Category: Review

Dan Abnett and Emilio Laiso's "Civil War II: Gods of War" #1 should really just be renamed "Hercules" #7.

Daredevil #8

Thu, June 9th, 2016 | Category: Review

In "Daredevil" #8, Charles Soule and Goran Sudzuka give us a high-stakes Texas Hold 'Em tournament in Macau and prove that sometimes you don't need to see cards to know what's in front of you.

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