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

Showing results 1-20 of 2018

REVIEW: Snyder & Jock Deliver "a Whole New Level of Horror" in "Wytches" #5

Thu, March 26th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Scott Snyder and Jock's "Wytches" #5 "blisters off of the page."

5-STAR REVIEW: "The Multiversity: Ultra Comics" #1 is "Bursting with Energy"

Wed, March 25th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Grant Morrison & Doug Mahnke's "The Multiversity: Ultra Comics" #1 "is the oddest portion of 'The Multiversity' to date, but quite possibly the best."

REVIEW: Stewart, Fletcher & Tarr's "Batgirl" #40 is "Immensely Satisfying"

Thu, March 19th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

"Superhero comics don't get much better than" Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher and Babs Tarr's "Batgirl" #40.

REVIEW: Slott & Allred's "Silver Surfer" #10 is "Grand"

Fri, March 13th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

In "Silver Surfer" #10, "Slott and the Allreds continue to breathe life into a character who is far too easily made stale."

REVIEW: Wilson & Miyazawa's "Ms. Marvel" #13 Has "a Lot of Promise"

Wed, March 11th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

In G. Willow Wilson and Takeshi Miyazawa's "Ms. Marvel" #13, "Kamala is that rare comic book teenager who actually feels like a real teenager.

REVIEW: Petersen's "Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard" Vol. 3 #1 is "a Fun Ride"

Wed, March 11th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Mark Buckingham, Skottie Young & Hannah Christenson give David Petersen's "Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard" Vol. 3 #1 "a sense of wonder and adventure."

REVIEW: Soule & Saiz's "Swamp Thing" #40 is "a Satisfying Conclusion"

Thu, March 5th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Soule and Saiz's "Swamp Thing" #40 is "a creative goldmine of talent."

REVIEW: Waid and Samnee's "Daredevil" #13 is "Dependably Great"

Mon, March 2nd, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Mark Waid and Chris Samnee's "Daredevil" #13 "is the sort of superhero comic that makes you wish that all within the genre were as well-crafted."

REVIEW: Cloonan, Fletcher and Kerschl's "Gotham Academy" #5 is "Inventive"

Thu, February 26th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Cloonan, Fletcher and Kerschl's "Gotham Academy" #5 "is the sort of strong, inventive, fun series that the big publishers should be backing."

REVIEW: Wilson and Alphona's "Ms. Marvel" #11 is "Joyous."

Thu, February 5th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Wilson and Alphona's "Ms. Marvel" #11 "revels in the ridiculousness of the Marvel Universe."

REVIEW: Fraction, Aja and Hollingsworth's "Hawkeye" #21 is "Suitably Apocalyptic"

Thu, February 5th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

As Fraction, Aja and Hollingsworth's "Hawkeye" hurtles towards its conclusion, its penultimate issue is "chaotic," "violent," and "awe-inspiring."

REVIEW: Johns, Romita Jr. and Janson's "Superman" #38

Wed, February 4th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Despite underwhelming artwork, Johns, Romita Jr. and Janson's "Superman" #38 has "a perfect understanding of the character."

REVIEW: Fraction & Zdarsky's "Sex Criminals" #10

Mon, February 2nd, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Image Comics' "Sex Criminals "#10 by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky is a "thoroughly enjoyable comic that achieves everything it sets out to do."

ADVANCE REVIEW: Morrison and Burnham's "Nameless" #1 is "Exquisite."

Fri, January 16th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Morrison and Burnham's "Nameless" #1 has "a lot to focus on and love."

REVIEW: Busiek and Anderson's "Astro City" #19

Thu, January 15th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson's "Astro City" #19 "hits the mark over and over again."

5-STAR REVIEW: "Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen" is "Highly Recommended"

Thu, January 15th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Dylan Horrocks' long-anticipated "Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen" is "well worth the wait."

REVIEW: "Batgirl" #38 is "A Winner"

Wed, January 14th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher & Babs Tarr's "attention to detail and ability to tell truly contemporary stories" make "Batgirl" #38 "a winner."

REVIEW: Pak, Kuder's "Action Comics" 'Continues to Impress'

Thu, January 8th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

As hell bubbles through into an isolated Smallville in Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder's "Action Comics" #38, all is not quite as it seems.

REVIEW: Gage & Isaacs' "Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10" #10

Mon, December 29th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Christos Gage and Rebekah Isaacs' "Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10" #10 is "another strong issue in a strong series."

REVIEW: Gillen & McKelvie's "The Wicked + The Divine" #6

Thu, December 18th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie kick off a new storyarc in "The Wicked + The Divine" #6, an issue with "great promise for what's still to come."

Aquaman #40

Fri, March 27th, 2015 | Category: Review

"Aquaman" #40 wraps up Jeff Parker and Paul Pelletier's time on the title, and they do so in a story that emphasizes one of the best aspects of the character.

The Flash #40

Fri, March 27th, 2015 | Category: Review

Robert Venditti, Van Jensen, Brett Booth and Norm Rapmund wrap up their first big story arc in "The Flash" #40 and, while the tale of two Flashes is resolved, more turbulence lies ahead.

Batman Eternal #51

Thu, March 26th, 2015 | Category: Review

"Batman Eternal" #51 lets James Tynion IV, Alvaro Martinez and Raul Fernandez answer the Cluemaster's secrets, even as next week's finale is put into motion.

Wytches #5

Thu, March 26th, 2015 | Category: Review

"Wytches" #5 continues Scott Snyder, Jock and Matt Hollingsworth's trend of creating dark, dirty, claustrophobic series that lurk in the corner of your eye.

The Multiversity: Ultra Comics #1

Wed, March 25th, 2015 | Category: Review

Reading "The Multiversity: Ultra Comics" #1 may very well doom this planet, but Grant Morrison and Doug Mahnke make the apocalypse so very attractive.

Strange Sports Stories #1

Mon, March 23rd, 2015 | Category: Review

"Strange Sports Stories" #1 may sound like a strange topic for Vertigo's latest anthology miniseries, but the premiere's four selections are all solid pieces that interpret the book's premise in different manners.

Princess Ugg #8

Mon, March 23rd, 2015 | Category: Review

"Princess Ugg" #8 pays off the promises made in the series premiere as Ted Naifeh shows us how Princess Ugla's time in the "civilized" world benefits her own people in their war against the giants.

Stray Bullets: Sunshine and Roses #2

Fri, March 20th, 2015 | Category: Review

"Stray Bullets: Sunshine and Roses" #2 works great as a stand-alone issue as Orson and Beth get to know each other, even as long-time readers of David Lapham's crime comic will have much to appreciate.

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #3

Thu, March 19th, 2015 | Category: Review

At its core, "The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl" #3 is a very standard superhero comic about a young hero starting a new life, but Ryan North and Erica Henderson coat it with a veneer of ridiculousness.

Outcast #7

Thu, March 19th, 2015 | Category: Review

A second story arc kicks off in "Outcast" #7 but, while Paul Azaceta and Elizabeth Breitweiser's art continues to look outstanding, Robert Kirkman's story feels like it's slowing down more with each new issue.

Batgirl #40

Thu, March 19th, 2015 | Category: Review

"Batgirl" #40 wraps up the first Burnside story arc and Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher and Babs Tarr pull all the various plot threads together in a way that both satisfies and excites, even as it looks ahead to the future.

The Sixth Gun: Dust to Dust #1

Mon, March 16th, 2015 | Category: Review

"The Sixth Gun: Dust to Dust" #1 is a book aimed squarely at those already a fan of "The Sixth Gun." It's not going to draw in anyone new, but Cullen Bunn and Tyler Crook's story might answer questions to the most die-hards.

Action Comics #40

Fri, March 13th, 2015 | Category: Review

"Action Comics" #40 is a cute one-off set on Bizarroworld but, by its nature as a single, slightly disposable issue, Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder's comic never gains any real traction before its conclusion.

Silver Surfer #10

Thu, March 12th, 2015 | Category: Review

Dan Slott, Michael Allred and Laura Allred wrap up their storyline pitting Surfer, Dawn and Newhaven refugees against Galactus in "Silver Surfer" #10.

Ms. Marvel #13

Wed, March 11th, 2015 | Category: Review

Takeshi Miyazawa joins G. Willow Wilson for a three-issue arc that kicks off in "Ms. Marvel" #13, which brings Kamala's Inhuman heritage to the foreground, even as love is in the air.

Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard Vol. 3 #1

Wed, March 11th, 2015 | Category: Review

"Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard" comes back for a third outing and Petersen, Buckingham, Young and Christenson show us that the Mouse Guard still have plenty of stories to be told.

Southern Cross #1

Wed, March 11th, 2015 | Category: Review

"Southern Cross" #1 by Becky Cloonan and Andy Belanger has a good premise -- a mystery set on a space freighter and a far-off moon -- but both story and art feel unusually stiff.

Angel & Faith Season 10 #12

Mon, March 9th, 2015 | Category: Review

Even though it's a little heavy on exposition, Victor Gischler and Will Conrad make "Angel & Faith Season 10" #12 a solid comic as the series marches forward and the mystery of Fred's revival continues.

Rat Queens #9

Fri, March 6th, 2015 | Category: Review

New artist Stjepan Sejic joins Kurtis J. Wiebe on "Rat Queens" #9 and, though the end of the world is still looming, the Rat Queens themselves are in good hands.

X-Men #25

Thu, March 5th, 2015 | Category: Review

G. Willow Wilson has some good ideas in "X-Men" #25, but this is an issue that unfortunately feels like a half-finished comic from start to finish.

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