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: "Batman Eternal" #2 Expands Jim Gordon's Story

Thu, April 17th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV and Jason Fabok keep their weekly story moving along nicely in "Batman Eternal" #2

REVIEW: Snyder & Capullo's "Batman" #30 is "Epic"

Wed, April 16th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Scott Snyder & Greg Capullo's "Batman" #30 is an intro to the "best and most promising chapter" of the far-reaching "Zero Year."

REVIEW: Manapul & Buccellato's "Detective Comics" #30

Wed, April 2nd, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato's "Detective Comics" #30 is a strong debut for the creative team and "one of the best looking books at DC."

REVIEW: Fraction & Wu's "Hawkeye" #18

Thu, March 27th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Matt Fraction and Annie Wu's "Hawkeye" #18 is "another big success" for the series, continuing Kate Bishop's Los Angeles adventures.

REVIEW: Spencer & Lieber's "Superior Foes of Spider-Man" #9

Mon, March 17th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Nick Spencer & Steve Lieber continue their fan-favorite run with "Superior Foes of Spider-Man" #9, "a strong and enjoyable comic."

5-STAR REVIEW: David Lapham's "Stray Bullets: Killers" #1 is a "Wonderful Return"

Wed, March 12th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

David Lapham's resurrection of "Stray Bullets" with "Stray Bullets: Killers" #1 is "a fantastic, wonderful return for the series."

REVIEW: Lemire & Sorrentino's "Green Arrow" #29

Fri, March 7th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino's "Green Arrow" #29 is the latest in the creative team's run that's "too good for you to ignore."

REVIEW: Millar & Parlov's "Starlight" #1

Wed, March 5th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Mark Millar and Goran Parlov's debut issue of "Starlight" has "a real emotional heart, and that's definitely a lot of the attraction."

REVIEW: Pak & Kuder's "Action Comics" #28

Thu, February 6th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

"Action Comics" #28 creative team Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder offer up a fun issue with "a strong voice that also fits the character."

REVIEW: Tomasi, Mahnke & Gleason's "Batman and Robin Annual" #2

Mon, February 3rd, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Peter J. Tomasi, Doug Mahnke & Patrick Gleason's "Batman and Robin Annual" #2 "continues a strong, enjoyable trend for this series."

REVIEW: Fraction & Wu's "Hawkeye" #16 Is "A Winner and A Half"

Fri, January 24th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Matt Fraction and Annie Wu's "Hawkeye" #16 continues Kate Bishop's Los Angeles escapades in an issue that's "a winner and a half."

REVIEW: Hickman, Spencer & Caselli's "Avengers World" #2

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

Jonathan Hickman, Nick Spencer & Stefano Caselli focus in on Smasher in "Avengers World" #2, an issue that's "entertaining from start to finish."

REVIEW: Lemire & Sorrentino's "Green Arrow" #27 is "A Near Perfect Comic"

Mon, January 13th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino deliver another strong issue in "Green Arrow" #27, creating "a near-perfect comic" in the Green Arrow mythos.

REVIEW: Hickman & Dragotta's "East of West" #8

Thu, December 19th, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

In "East of West" #8, Jonathan Hickman & Nick Dragotta's "creation of this strange alternate-history is intriguing" and makes for a strong issue.

REVIEW: Duggan & Medina Chart a New Course for "Nova" #11

Fri, December 13th, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

New series writer Gerry Duggan & artist Paco Media's "Nova" #11 is "good old-fashioned superhero fun, but updated to match today's sensibilities."

REVIEW: Soule & Saiz's "Swamp Thing" #26

Fri, December 6th, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Charles Soule and Jesus Saiz's "Swamp Thing" #26 is "another strong issue by a strong creative team."

REVIEW: Lemire & Sorrentino's "Green Arrow" #26

Thu, December 5th, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino continue "amazing work" with "Green Arrow" #26, the next chapter in "The Outsiders War."

5-STAR REVIEW: Mignola's "Hellboy in Hell" #5 is "Absolutely Enchanting"

Thu, December 5th, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

"Hellboy in Hell" #6 by series creator Mike Mignola is "absolutely enchanting" and "a real memorable way for the series to return."

REVIEW: Diggle, Asmus, Kirkman & Martinbrough's "Thief of Thieves" #18

Mon, December 2nd, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Andy Diggle, James Asmus, Robert Kirkman & Shawn Martinbrough tackle "Thief of Thieves" #18 with "a fairly perfect sense of pacing."

REVIEW: Conner & Palmiotti's Artistic Who's-Who in "Harley Quinn" #0

Thu, November 21st, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti, alongside 17 other artists, deliver "Harley Quinn" #0, a one-off story with "drop-dead gorgeous art."

Amazing X-Men #6

Wed, April 16th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Amazing X-Men" #6 is Jason Aaron's final issue, as he and Cameron Stewart give us an epilogue to the return of Nightcrawler, even as it sets up a storyline that is presumably in someone else's hands now.

Batman Eternal #2

Wed, April 16th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Batman Eternal" #2 continues the mystery of Jim Gordon's framing, even as new and old faces are added into the mix, and not all of them are friendly.

Batman #30

Wed, April 16th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Batman" #30 has "Zero Year" enter the final, "Savage City" phase, and so far it's the best part of the trilogy from Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo and Danny Miki.

Mighty Avengers #9

Mon, April 14th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Mighty Avengers" #9 gives us more insight into the Blue Marvel's missing son's plight, even as the latest Ronin's identity is revealed to whomever hadn't guessed it already.

Astro City #11

Mon, April 14th, 2014 | Category: Review

Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson give readers their take on the Doctor Strange and Wong archetypes in "Astro City" #11, and the end result is a charming story on what it means to be a sorcerer's assistant.

Superman/Wonder Woman #7

Mon, April 14th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Superman/Wonder Woman" #7 serves both as epilogue to the last storyline and prologue to the next one around the bend, but Charles Soule and the art team juggle the different balls fairly well.

All-New Ghost Rider #2

Fri, April 11th, 2014 | Category: Review

"All-New Ghost Rider" #2 is definitely all-new courtesy Felipe Smith and Tradd Moore when it comes to Ghost Rider's vehicle, but there's enough familiarity that readers shouldn't be lost.

Avengers Undercover #2

Wed, April 9th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Avengers Undercover" #2 has the survivors of "Avengers Arena" converge on a city full of super-villains, and as the new character dynamics play out, the book becomes that much stronger.

All-New X-Men #25

Wed, April 9th, 2014 | Category: Review

"All-New X-Men" #25 has a lot of great pin-ups from a wide swathe of comic artists, but don't expect any actual sort of plot from the framing device courtesy Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez.

Swamp Thing #30

Mon, April 7th, 2014 | Category: Review

"The Gift of the Sureen" continues in "Swamp Thing" #30 as Charles Soule, Jesus Saiz, and Javier Pina both keep things interesting and also expand the mythology of Swamp Thing in general.

Shotgun Wedding #1

Mon, April 7th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Shotgun Wedding" #1 is a reasonable start to this weekly mini-series from William Harms and Edward Pun, but it feels like we've seen this story about formerly engaged assassins before.

Action Comics #30

Fri, April 4th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Action Comics" #30 wraps up the Ghost Soldier story, and while the sense of wonder from the earlier issues isn't there, Pak, Kuder, Dougherty, and Kershl give us a good conclusion.

Veil #2

Fri, April 4th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Veil" #2 has Greg Rucka and Toni Fejzula continue the strange story of Veil and Dante, even as the focus begins to expand and we start to see the other forces swirling around its orbit.

Dead Letters #1

Fri, April 4th, 2014 | Category: Review

Christopher Sebela and Chris Visions' "Dead Letters" #1 is a noir crime story that initially feels a bit jumbled, but since there's a purpose to that storytelling, it's something that ultimately pays off.

Stormwatch #30

Wed, April 2nd, 2014 | Category: Review

The past 11 issues are wiped from the books as the previous team is suddenly back in the helm for "Stormwatch" #30 -- and quite frankly, it makes me wish that Sterling Gates and Jeremy Roberts had taken over instead.

Detective Comics #30

Wed, April 2nd, 2014 | Category: Review

"Detective Comics" #30 looks absolutely gorgeous courtesy Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato, and the story centering around a waterfront renovation feels timely and full of promise.

Hawkeye #18

Wed, March 26th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Hawkeye" #18 jumps back to Kate Bishop's adventures in Los Angeles, and Matt Fraction, Annie Wu, and Matt Hollingsworth latest case has me convinced that I could read an entire series with this setup.


Wed, March 26th, 2014 | Category: Review

Who doesn't love a trip to the circus? "MIND MGMT" #20 has Matt Kindt take us to the craziest one you've ever heard of, via the '70s.

Alex + Ada #5

Wed, March 26th, 2014 | Category: Review

Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn's "Alex + Ada" #5 has reached the end of the series' first act, and while the pace is still slow, there's something very compelling about this artificial intelligence story.

Blackout #1

Wed, March 26th, 2014 | Category: Review

Frank Barbiere and Colin Lorimer bring Blackout from the pages of "Dark Horse Presents" to his own mini-series, but it's the return of King Tiger in a backup feature that stood out in this first issue.