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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"The Wicked + The Divine" #20 Rewrites History to Make It Even More Intriguing & Satisfying

Fri, June 10th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie "remind us that they've got a lot of tricks up their sleeves" in "The Wicked + The Divine" #20.

Clever "Daredevil" #8 Gives the Man Without Fear a Job Only He Could Handle

Thu, June 9th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Charles Soule and Goran Sudzuka create "a sharp story, one that wouldn't work with any other superhero," in "Daredevil" #8.

DC's New Batman Family - Meet the Main Players of "Detective Comics"

Thu, June 9th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Batman's got a group of new protectors watching over Gotham City, and here's what you need to know about Red Robin, Batwoman, Spoiler and the rest.

Perfectly Paced "Wonder Woman: Rebirth" #1 Dissects Diana's Conflicting Origins

Wed, June 8th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Greg Rucka, Matthew Clark and Liam Sharp's "Wonder Woman: Rebirth" #1 "lays out the groundwork for exciting times ahead."

REVIEW: Mignola Concludes "Hellboy in Hell" with Grace & Beauty in Issue #10

Thu, June 2nd, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Mike Mignola and Dave Stewart's "Hellboy in Hell" #10 "is an incredibly strong conclusion to the series."

"Superman: Rebirth" Explains What Happened to the Man of Tomorrow

Wed, June 1st, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Picking up in the aftermath of "Superman" #52, the DC one-shot answers a big question about the New 52 Man of Steel. SPOILERS!

"Batman: Rebirth" #1 Gives Duke Thomas a New Role, Revamps Classic Foe

Wed, June 1st, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Although some plot elements are a return to the status quo, the DC one-shot also finds the Dark Knight "trying something new." SPOILERS!

REVIEW: Bendis & Marquez's "Civil War II" is Off to a Very Strong Start with Issue #1

Wed, June 1st, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez's "Civil War II" #1 is "more than enough to get readers coming back for more."

REVIEW: Hickman & Dragotta's "East of West" #26 is Clever & Engaging

Mon, May 30th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta's "East of West" #26 "is a reminder of why people need to pay attention to this comic."

REVIEW: Wilson & Alphona Put Their Own Spin on "Civil War II" in "Ms. Marvel" #7

Thu, May 26th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona's "Ms. Marvel" #7 "takes advantage of a crossover to tell a smaller-scale story that echoes the event's themes."

REVIEW: Stan Sakai's "Usagi Yojimbo" #154 is Fun & Full of Adventure

Mon, May 23rd, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

"Stan Sakai is a master storyteller, and 'Usagi Yojimbo' #154 reminds us once again just how much of a treasure he and his works are."

REVIEW: Busiek & Randall Give "Astro City" #35 a Human Touch

Mon, May 23rd, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Kurt Busiek and Ron Randall's "Astro City" #35 "is a reminder that the superhero genre can give us rich, interesting characters and plots."

REVIEW: "DC Universe: Rebirth" #1 Makes the Future of DC Comics Look Genuinely Bright

Mon, May 23rd, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Geoff Johns, Gary Frank, Phil Jimenez and more "lay out an important path for DC's line of superhero comics to follow" in "DC Universe: Rebirth" #1.

REVIEW: Matt Kindt's "Dept. H" #2 Will Hook Readers with Suspense & Intrigue

Fri, May 20th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Matt and Sharlene Kindt "build the tension quickly, and the presence of danger grows by the second" in "Dept. H" #2.

REVIEW: Parker, Shaner & Rude's "Future Quest" #1 Warmly Welcomes Readers New & Old

Tue, May 17th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Jeff Parker, Evan "Doc" Shaner and Steve Rude's "Future Quest" #1 is "fun, has a strong sense of adventure, moves quickly and looks great."

REVIEW: Waid & Asrar Make "All-New, All-Different Avengers" #9 a Lot of Fun

Mon, May 16th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Mark Waid and Mahmud Asrar's "All-New, All-Different Avengers" #9 follows "good, old-fashioned superheroes" that "will entertain modern readers."

REVIEW: Tynion & Rossmo's "Batman" #52 is an Apt Conclusion to the Series

Mon, May 16th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

James Tynion and Riley Rossmo "deliver a good mix of emotional and plot beats" in "Batman" #52.

5-STAR REVIEW: Spencer & Lieber's "The Fix" #2 is Wonderful in Every Way

Thu, May 12th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

"Readers will be amazed by how thoroughly enthralling it is to read about two awful people" in Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber's "The Fix" #2.

5-STAR REVIEW: "Beasts of Burden: What the Cat Dragged In" #1 is Thoroughly Wonderful

Mon, May 9th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Evan Dorkin, Sarah Dyer and Jill Thompson's "Beasts of Burden: What the Cat Dragged In" #1 "maintains a high standard of excellence."

REVIEW: Thompson & Caldwell Hit the Ground Running in "A-Force" #5

Thu, May 5th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Kelly Thompson and Ben Caldwell's "A-Force" #5 "is fun and exciting, even as there are strong character and plot hooks to keep readers coming back."

Action Comics #957

Thu, June 9th, 2016 | Category: Review

Dan Jurgens and Patrick Zircher bring one of DC's oldest series back to its classic numbering in "Action Comics" #957, and with it, some other familiar faces and setups.

Wonder Woman: Rebirth #1

Wed, June 8th, 2016 | Category: Review

Wonder Woman begins a search for her identity in Greg Rucka, Matthew Clark and Liam Sharp's "Wonder Woman: Rebirth" #1, a promising opening chapter that explores what her title really means.

Paper Girls #6

Mon, June 6th, 2016 | Category: Review

Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang's "Paper Girls" #6 kicks off its second story arc in 2016, but it's not until the final two pages that the story shifts from somewhat unremarkable into something interesting.

Amazing Spider-Man #13

Mon, June 6th, 2016 | Category: Review

Dan Slott, Guiseppe Camuncoli and Cam Smith's "Amazing Spider-Man" #13 continues the "Power Play" storyline, but it requires Spider-Man and Iron Man to act ridiculously immature to advance the plot.

All-New Wolverine #9

Mon, June 6th, 2016 | Category: Review

Tom Taylor and Marcio Takara's "All-New Wolverine" #9 has a couple of fun moments, but the storyline is surprisingly predictable on the whole and seems to exist solely to introduce Old Man Logan.

Hellboy in Hell #10

Thu, June 2nd, 2016 | Category: Review

Mike Mignola once said that the events of "Hellboy in Hell" #10 felt impossible to escape, and -- as he closes up shop on his long-running creation -- the inevitability is both deadening and uplifting at the same time.

Green Lanterns: Rebirth #1

Wed, June 1st, 2016 | Category: Review

In "Green Lanterns: Rebirth" #1, Geoff Johns, Sam Humphries, Ethan Van Sciver and Ed Benes set up the new "Green Lanterns" series, but the book barely gets moving before it comes to an end.

Civil War II #1

Wed, June 1st, 2016 | Category: Review

Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez's "Civil War II" #1 launches with a bang as an Inhuman psychic named Ulysses helps the Avengers prevent mass destruction.

East of West #26

Mon, May 30th, 2016 | Category: Review

Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta's "East of West" #26 rumbles forward as Death actively looks for his son Babylon with a new ally, and a new face enters into the presence of the Chosen.

The Totally Awesome Hulk #6

Fri, May 27th, 2016 | Category: Review

In "Totally Awesome Hulk" #6, Greg Pak and Mike Choi quickly wrap up the story about the Hulk and Maddy's encounter with the Enchantress and Thor, but it feels like there could have been a lot more at play here.

Batgirl #52

Fri, May 27th, 2016 | Category: Review

In "Batgirl" #52, Brenden Fletcher, Eleonora Carlini and Minkyu Jung's wrap-up of the series feels almost like an afterthought, despite some fun cameo appearances by the "Gotham Academy" cast.

Ms. Marvel #7

Thu, May 26th, 2016 | Category: Review

The Tri-State Science Fair goes horribly wrong in G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona's "Ms. Marvel" #7, which finds Kamala Khan and Miles Morales on opposing sides of a geek-style arms race.

Adventures of Supergirl #2

Thu, May 26th, 2016 | Category: Review

In "Adventures of Supergirl" #2, Sterling Gates, Jonboy Meyers and Pop Mhan pit Kara against Vril Dox, and -- while the overall story is fun and worth reading -- some of the plotting falls into a pattern.

Usagi Yojimbo #154

Mon, May 23rd, 2016 | Category: Review

Stan Sakai's "Usagi Yojimbo" #154 is another done-in-one story, where Usagi's moment of kindness to a winged Komori ninja comes back to haunt him when he tries to defend a merchant from an attack.

Astro City #35

Mon, May 23rd, 2016 | Category: Review

In "Astro City" #35, Kurt Busiek and Ron Randall tell a story of legacies -- both superheroes and otherwise -- with Jack-in-the-Box at its center.

Silver Surfer #4

Mon, May 23rd, 2016 | Category: Review

Thanks to Michael Allred and Laura Allred, "Silver Surfer" #4 looks great, but Dan Slott's story of Shalla Bal seeking revenge for the erasure of Zenn-La's culture is little more than a retread of the previous issue.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #27

Mon, May 23rd, 2016 | Category: Review

In "Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10" #27, the gang splinters in the face of adversity, but -- when Christos Gage and Rebekah Isaacs focus on Xander and Dawn -- the comic really sings.

DC Universe: Rebirth #1

Mon, May 23rd, 2016 | Category: Review

Geoff Johns, Gary Frank, Ethan Van Sciver, Ivan Reis and Phil Jimenez lay out a new manifesto for the company's line of comics in "DC Universe: Rebirth" #1, which calls for characters with more hope in their hearts.

Dept. H #2

Fri, May 20th, 2016 | Category: Review

"Dept. H" #2 gives us a glimpse of Mia's past in outer space, even as Matt Kindt plunges her and her brother Raj into the depths of the ocean for a scarily familiar mission filled with danger.

Future Quest #1

Tue, May 17th, 2016 | Category: Review

"Future Quest" #1 mashes up numerous Hanna-Barbera properties into one big adventure story, and Jeff Parker, Evan "Doc" Shaner and Steve Rude make sure to open the book up to new and old fans alike.

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