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: "We Are Robin" #1 Creates a Bold New Take on an Old Character

Wed, June 24th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

"There's more than enough here to bring readers back for a second issue" in Lee Bermejo, Jorge Corona and Khary Randolph's "We Are Robin" #1.

REVIEW: Aaron & Latour's "Southern Bastards" #9 Marks a Triumphant Return

Mon, June 22nd, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Jason Aaron and Jason Latour's "Southern Bastards" #9 "is a beautiful book, even when it's ugly."

REVIEW: Levitz & Liew Hit All the Right Notes in "Doctor Fate" #1

Fri, June 19th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

"The mixture of Egyptian mythology and superhero identities is a joy to read" in Paul Levitz and Sonny Liew's "Doctor Fate" #1.

REVIEW: Fletcher & Wu's "Black Canary" #1 "Has a Hugely Wide Appeal"

Wed, June 17th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Brenden Fletcher and Annie Wu's "Black Canary" #1 "has the potential to stick around for a long time to come."

REVIEW: Conner, Palmiotti & Lupacchino Breathe New Life into "Starfire" #1

Thu, June 11th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti and Emanuela Lupacchino's "Starfire" #1 takes "exactly the right tactic for this character, whose exuberance is infectious."

REVIEW: Snyder & Capullo's "Batman" #41 is "as Strong as Ever"

Wed, June 10th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

"Batman" #41 "is a great opportunity and it feels like Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo and Danny Miki are taking full advantage of it."

REVIEW: Orlando & ACO's "Midnighter" #1 is "Off to an Excellent Start"

Mon, June 8th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Steve Orlando and ACO "take a great deal of care to be inviting, and it pays off" in "Midnighter" #1.

REVIEW: Pak & Kuder Knock "Action Comics" #41 Out of the Park

Mon, June 8th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

"Action Comics" #41 "may be tied into the overall 'Truth' storyline, but Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder continue to bring their own voice to the title."

REVIEW: "The Omega Men" #1 Feels Like a Blockbuster Action Film

Fri, June 5th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Tom King and Barnaby Bagenda's "The Omega Men" #1 is "complex, but has a real game plan."

REVIEW: Gaiman & Williams' "Sandman: Overture" #5 is "as Inventive as Ever"

Mon, June 1st, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Despite its delays, Neil Gaiman and J.H. William III's "Sandman: Overture" #5 "is still well above average and worth reading."

REVIEW: Stan Sakai's "Usagi Yojimbo" #145 is "a Reason to Celebrate"

Mon, May 25th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Stan Sakai's "Usagi Yojimbo" #145 is "a good place for a new reader to jump in and discover why Sakai's comic was and continues to be a genuine treasure."

REVIEW: "Lumberjanes" #14 Expands the Cast in Fun New Ways

Mon, May 25th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters and Brooke Allen's "Lumberjanes" #14 "is, once again, a strong issue in a series that just gets better and better."

REVIEW: Busiek & Anderson Create a Compelling New Character for "Astro City" #23

Fri, May 15th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson's "Astro City" #23 "looks great, and the story itself is even better."

REVIEW: "The Wicked + The Divine" Continues to Heat Up in Issue #10

Mon, May 11th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie's "The Wicked + The Divine" #10 is "another satisfying installment to a good series."

REVIEW: "Daredevil" Continues to Be "a Real Gem" in Issue #15

Mon, May 4th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Mark Waid and Chris Samnee's "Daredevil" #15 is another entertaining chapter in a "run that should be remembered and cherished for some time to come."

REVIEW: "Convergence: Detective Comics" #1 is "a Beautiful, Thoughtful Comic"

Fri, May 1st, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Len Wein, Denys Cowan and Bill Sienkiewicz's "Convergence: Detective Comics" #1 is "a nice take on what could have easily been a familiar setup."

ADV. REVIEW: Buccellato & Infante's "Sons of the Devil" #1 is "Twisty & Creepy"

Thu, April 30th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Brian Buccellato and Toni Infante's "Sons of the Devil" #1 "kicks the series off to a good start."

REVIEW: Morrison & Reis' "The Multiversity" #2 is "a Satisfying Conclusion"

Wed, April 29th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Grant Morrison and Ivan Reis' "The Multiversity" #2 is "entertaining" and "has a wicked sense of humor when it's appropriate."

REVIEW: Brubaker & Epting Continue to Dazzle in "Velvet" #10

Mon, April 27th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting's "Velvet" #10 "is what all spy stories should aspire to be."

REVIEW: Hama & Middleton Make "Convergence: Wonder Woman" #1 a Worthy Tie-In

Thu, April 23rd, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Larry Hama and Joshua Middleton's "Convergence: Wonder Woman" #1 is "definitely one of the stronger 'Convergence' tie-ins to date."

Ms. Marvel #17

Thu, August 6th, 2015 | Category: Review

"Ms. Marvel" #17 may be stuck in a tie-in with "Secret Wars," but G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona show everyone how to make such an experience fun even if you aren't reading the crossover.

The Omega Men #3

Thu, August 6th, 2015 | Category: Review

Tom King and Barnaby Bagenda's "The Omega Men" #3 is the most straightforward and traditional issue of the series to date but, even with a simpler plot, it's still a lot of fun.

Midnighter #3

Thu, August 6th, 2015 | Category: Review

Steve Orlando, ACO and Hugo Petrus's "Midnighter" #3 is almost non-stop action, but it still effortlessly slips in some character developments and another fun cliffhanger to keep us coming back for more.

Phonogram: The Immaterial Girl #1

Mon, August 3rd, 2015 | Category: Review

Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie's first co-creation returns in the form of "Phonogram: The Immaterial Girl" #1, and their take on the idea of music as magic is wonderfully creepy when you least expect it.

Jem and the Holograms #5

Mon, August 3rd, 2015 | Category: Review

Kelly Thompson and Sophie Campbell move the first storyline towards its big conclusion in "Jem and the Holograms" #5, as truths are revealed, relationships are put on rocky ground and pies are thrown.

Daredevil #17

Mon, August 3rd, 2015 | Category: Review

Daredevil's plans to save himself and his friends fall apart hideously, just as Mark Waid and Chris Samnee's time with the character draws near the end in "Daredevil" #17.

Batgirl Annual #3

Fri, July 31st, 2015 | Category: Review

"Batgirl Annual" #3 sends Batgirl on a mission through the Batman family supporting cast to stop a terrorist, and the longer length suits this story well.

Gotham by Midnight Annual #1

Wed, July 29th, 2015 | Category: Review

The first "Gotham by Midnight Annual" has a strong opening thanks to Ray Fawkes and Christian Duce, but its conclusion feels a little aimless and reuses an increasingly familiar deus ex machina.

Sex Criminals #11

Wed, July 29th, 2015 | Category: Review

"Sex Criminals" #11 kicks off the series' third volume with a reminder of just what it is that Suzie and Jon are up to, and Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky pay a brief homage to David Caruso's reign on "CSI: Miami." No, really

Lobster Johnson: A Chain Forged in Life #1

Wed, July 29th, 2015 | Category: Review

"Lobster Johnson: A Chain Forged in Life" lets Mike Mignola, John Arcudi, Troy Nixey and Kevin Nowlan bring us to a story of crime and kidnapping with a Christmas theme, just in time for an end of July release.

Harley Quinn and Power Girl #2

Mon, July 27th, 2015 | Category: Review

If you like the current "Harley Quinn" series with its slightly goofy tone, then you'll like "Harley Quinn and Power Girl" #2 as well, as the duo continue their outer space romp.

Justice League 3001 #2

Mon, July 27th, 2015 | Category: Review

"Justice League 3001" #2 has both the strengths and weaknesses of this series on display, as Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis and Howard Porter continue to add in new characters while neglecting existing ones.

Grayson #10

Fri, July 24th, 2015 | Category: Review

Tim Seeley and Tom King's story in "Grayson" #10 is fun and full of double-crossing spy action, but it's Mikel Janin's superstar art that ultimately steals the show.

Uncanny X-Men #35

Thu, July 23rd, 2015 | Category: Review

"Uncanny X-Men" #35 continues the wind-down of the series, as Brian Michael Bendis and Valerio Schiti detail the post-Cyclops lives of the teen squad.

Death Head #1

Mon, July 20th, 2015 | Category: Review

Zack Keller, Nick Keller and Joanna Estep's "Death Head" #1 has a genuinely spooky moment or two but, judged solely on this first issue, comes across a little too disjointed to hold one's interest for long.

Martian Manhunter #2

Mon, July 20th, 2015 | Category: Review

"Martian Manhunter" #2 has a deliberately odd and disjointed voice to its story and, while that can't work for too long without some answers, Rob Williams, Eddy Barrows and Eber Ferreira keep readers jumping for now.

Green Lantern: The Lost Army #2

Mon, July 20th, 2015 | Category: Review

"Green Lantern: The Lost Army" #2 continues the wandering of the lost Green Lanterns, but Cullen Bunn and Jesus Saiz's story is less the fresh start it initially seemed and instead tightly bound to other "Green Lantern" comics.

Lumberjanes #16

Mon, July 20th, 2015 | Category: Review

"Lumberjanes" #16 serves up another helping of friendship, fantasy, danger and scouting from Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters and Brook Allen.

Justice League #42

Fri, July 17th, 2015 | Category: Review

"Darkseid War" heats up in "Justice League" #42, as Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok continue to show the different sides assembling. Unfortunately for Earth, there are no good guys -- and guess who's trapped in the middle?

Captain Britain and the Mighty Defenders #1

Fri, July 17th, 2015 | Category: Review

"Captain Britain and the Mighty Defenders" #1 has a nice enough premise as another utopia is invaded by a surrounding hell-on-earth, but the two-issue length does Al Ewing, Alan Davis and Mark Farmer no favors.