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: 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."

REVIEW: Pak, Kuder & McDaniel Bring "Action Comics" #25 to "Zero Year"

Mon, November 11th, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Greg Pak, Aaron Kuder & Scott McDaniel take Superman on a "Zero Year"-era origin with "Action Comics" #25, "the best sort of tie-in" to an event.

REVIEW: Aaron & McGuinness Herald Nightcrawler's Return in "Amazing X-Men" #1

Thu, November 7th, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Jason Aaron & Ed McGuinness' "Amazing X-Men" #1 has incredible art that lives up to the title, but makes for a slightly slow start.

REVIEW: Soule, Pina & Kano's "Swamp Thing Annual" #2

Thu, October 31st, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Charles Soule, Javier Pina & Kano bring a brief history of the Green to "Swamp Thing Annual" #2 in a "surprisingly fascinating" issue.

REVIEW: Gillen & McKelvie's "Young Avengers" #11 is "Smart and Fun"

Mon, October 28th, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie's "Young Avengers" #11 is a lot of set up, but "even an issue all about setting things up is still a lot of fun."

REVIEW: Hurwitz & Maleev Bring Clayface to "Batman: The Dark Knight" #24

Wed, October 23rd, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Gregg Hurwitz and Alex Maleev return to "Batman: The Dark Knight" #24, giving Clayface "a road to hell paved with good intentions."

REVIEW: "Astro City" #5 is "Different and Quirky"

Thu, October 10th, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Greg McElhatton gives the Broken Man-starring "Astro City" #5 4 stars, saying "Any time [Kurt] Busiek and [Brent] Anderson want to play with traditional storytelling, I'm in."

REVIEW: Azzarello & ACO's "Wonder Woman" #23.2

Fri, September 27th, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Brian Azzarello and ACO put the spotlight on the First Born in "Wonder Woman" #23.2, in "one of the real winners of Villains Month" that "clicks in with the rest of the series perfectly."

REVIEW: Vaughan & Staples' "Saga" #14 is "A Compelling Piece Of A Story"

Wed, September 25th, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Fiona Staples continue their Image Comics series with "Saga" #14, an issue that helps to illustrate why it "has rapidly become a comic for the ages."

REVIEW: Soule Breathes New Life Into Black Hand In "Green Lantern" #23.3

Fri, September 20th, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Giving Black Hand's spotlight in "Green Lantern" #23.3 4 stars, Greg McElhatton says Charles Soule and Alberto Ponticelli provide readers with a Villains Month tale that's also an "old-fashioned horror story."

REVIEW: Count Vertigo Features In Lemire & Sorrentino's "Green Arrow" #23.1

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

Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino's "Green Arrow" #23.1 focuses on the origins of Count Vertigo for Villains Month, presenting "a template for future event tie-in books to follow."

REVIEW: Kindt, Basri & Carnero Bring Deadshot to "Justice League of America" #7.1

Wed, September 4th, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

DC's Villains Month kicks off for "Justice League of America" #7.1 with stories by Matt Kindt, Sami Basri and Carmen Carnero, who present "a nasty look into Deadshot's soul, and it's not a pretty place."

REVIEW: Oliver & Rodriguez's "FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics" #2

Tue, September 3rd, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Simon Oliver and Robbi Rodriguez's "FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics" #2 is "a ridiculously fun comic" with weird science, some action and even a dash of conspiracy theory.

REVIEW: Gage & Isaacs Conclude With "Angel & Faith" #25

Thu, August 29th, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Christos Gage and Rebekah Isaacs' "Buffy" spinoff finishes its run with "Angel & Faith" #25, "a great conclusion to a series that will be genuinely missed."

REVIEW: Azzarello & Chiang's "Wonder Woman" #23

Thu, August 22nd, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Greg McElhatton gives "Wonder Woman" #23 by Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang 4 stars, saying, "the series as a whole has walked to the beat of its own drum, and this is no exception."

REVIEW: Diggle & Martinbrough Bring "Thief of Thieves" #16 to Venice

Thu, August 22nd, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Greg McElhatton gives "Thief of Thieves" #16 4 stars, calling the issue by Andy Diggle and Shawn Martinbrough "another strong installment of a fun series" that "continues to provide fun from start to finish."

REVIEW: Busiek & Anderson's "Astro City" #3

Fri, August 16th, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Greg McElhatton gives "Astro City" #3 by Kurt Busiek and Brad Anderson 4 stars, saying the issue serves as "a reminder that the superhero genre isn't dead."

REVIEW: Greg Pak & Jae Lee's "Batman/Superman" #2 "Succeeds Impressively"

Thu, July 25th, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Greg McElhatton gives "Batman/Superman" #2 by Greg Pak and Jae Lee 4 stars, saying the second issue of the series is "such well-done material that it succeeds impressively."

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.

One-Hit Wonder #2

Wed, March 26th, 2014 | Category: Review

As Fabrice Sapolsky and Ariel Olivetti continue to tell a story of a child star turned hitman in "One-Hit Wonder" #2, the one thing that's still unclear is if you're supposed to like the protagonist or not.

Fatale #21

Wed, March 26th, 2014 | Category: Review

As "Fatale" #21 roars towards the series conclusion, Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips take Nicolas into Josephine's lair, so to speak, but the hide-out of the femme fatale isn't what's expected.

The Fuse #2

Mon, March 24th, 2014 | Category: Review

The murder investigation continues in "The Fuse" #2, but it's Antony Johnston and Justin Greenwood's exploration of what it's like to live on the Fuse that ultimately sells this book.

Superman Unchained #6

Thu, March 20th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Superman Unchained" #6 has hit the 2/3rds mark of the series, and as Scott Snyder and Jim Lee have Superman deal with Ascension, there are other foes still waiting in the wings.

Batman and Aquaman #29

Thu, March 20th, 2014 | Category: Review

The hunt for Robin is on in "Batman and Aquaman" #29, as Batman begins a globe-spanning search for Damian and Talia's bodies. First stop? Aquaman.

X-Men #12

Thu, March 20th, 2014 | Category: Review

"X-Men" #12 wraps up the Arkea story, but Brian Wood, Kris Anka and Clay Mann's comic does so in about the most unsatisfying and perfunctory manner imaginable.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #1

Wed, March 19th, 2014 | Category: Review

Christos Gage and Rebekah Isaacs kick off "Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10" #1 with a strong debut that sets up the new status quo, in what could be the best Buffy "season" to date.

Coffin Hill #6

Mon, March 17th, 2014 | Category: Review

Caitlin Kittredge and Inaki Miranda conclude their first story arc in "Coffin Hill" #6, and while it's a solid wrap-up to one plotline, this is a book that could still use a bit more energy.

Ghost #2

Fri, March 14th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Ghost" #2 has Kelly Sue DeConnick, Chris Sebela, Ryan Sook and Drew Johnson remind readers that a deal with the devil is one that's not to be trusted, even as a serial killer inches closer to a new prey.

X-Force #2

Fri, March 14th, 2014 | Category: Review

Si Spurrier and Rock-He Kim's "X-Force" #2 has Cable lecturing the other mutant teams, but unfortunately that stiff, slightly-stilted feeling doesn't go away even once the communications are shut off.

Superior Foes of Spider-Man #9

Fri, March 14th, 2014 | Category: Review

"The Superior Foes of Spider-Man" #9 has all of the disparate plotlines start to converge, courtesy Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber, even as Boomerang is hunted by Bullseye and can never get a break.

Fantastic Four #2

Fri, March 14th, 2014 | Category: Review

James Robinson and Leonard Kirk's "Fantastic Four" #2 runs into the same problem a lot of creators are having with these characters: how to make them exciting.

Stray Bullets: Killers #1

Wed, March 12th, 2014 | Category: Review

he long wait is over, and it was absolutely worth it. David Lapham's "Stray Bullets: Killers" #1 is a perfect introduction to his signature creation, with a story just as creepy and chilling as the originals.

Juice Squeezers #3

Mon, March 10th, 2014 | Category: Review

David Lapham's "Juice Squeezers" #3 is entertaining, but for a book with an ensemble cast, most of the characters still feel like ciphers even as they battle massively huge insects.