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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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."

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."

Saga #22

Wed, August 27th, 2014 | Category: Review

That sense of doom hovering overhead comes to a turning point in "Saga" #22, courtesy Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples.

Superman #34

Wed, August 27th, 2014 | Category: Review

Part three of Geoff Johns, John Romita Jr., and Klaus Janson's "Men of Tomorrow" drops in "Superman" #34, and while it's a touch predictable, it's still enjoyable.

Stray Bullets: Killers #6

Mon, August 25th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Stray Bullets: Killers" #6 has David Lapham seem to actually give some of his characters a happy ending. Needless to say, you'll be spending the entire issue waiting for the other shoe to drop.

B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth #122

Mon, August 25th, 2014 | Category: Review

"B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth" #122 is advertised as a good starting point for new readers, but sadly I think Mike Mignola, John Arcudi, and Joe Querio did so by ignoring the existing audience.

Batman Eternal #20

Thu, August 21st, 2014 | Category: Review

"Batman Eternal" #20's plot isn't the problem, as the Gotham Underground, Brazil, and Blackgate share the spotlight, but Simeoni's art is just as scattered as the story's locations.

Fables #143

Thu, August 21st, 2014 | Category: Review

"Fables" #143 has the series racing towards a conclusion, but everything's happening so fast that Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham's sprint feels more like a crash and burn.

Supreme: Blue Rose #2

Thu, August 21st, 2014 | Category: Review

"Supreme: Blue Rose" #2 is a truly gorgeous comic thanks to Tula Lotay, but Warren Ellis' story feels deliberately scattered and obtuse.

Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland #1

Wed, August 20th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland" #1 could have been a crass retread of Windsor McCay's masterpiece, but instead Eric Shanower and Gabriel Rodriguez's comic pays homage even as it shines.

The Fade Out #1

Wed, August 20th, 2014 | Category: Review

Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips's "The Fade Out" #1 is the perfect first issue, slowly doling out information about a 1948 boozy party in Hollywood that ended in the perfect murder.

Jason Shiga's Demon #1

Mon, August 18th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Jason Shiga's Demon" #1 is just the tip of the iceberg for Shiga's comic that mixes adventure with puzzle-solving, for those who are willing to hang in and wait.

New Suicide Squad #2

Mon, August 18th, 2014 | Category: Review

"New Suicide Squad" #2 has Sean Ryan joined by Tom Denerick and a slew of finishers, even as we start to see the differences between the similarly-armed members of the Squad.

All-New X-Men #30

Mon, August 18th, 2014 | Category: Review

"All-New X-Men" #30's story from Brian Michael Bendis about Angel, X-23, Jean Grey, and Emma Frost is fine, but it's Sara Pichelli's art that does the truly heavy lifting.

Sex Criminals #7

Mon, August 18th, 2014 | Category: Review

Suzie and Rach reunite, Jon discovers Kegel Face's secret sex dungeon, and Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky continue to serve up a mixture of sweetness and sex-based adventure. Plus, the Dildo Throne.

X-Men #18

Fri, August 15th, 2014 | Category: Review

"X-Men" #18 brings in Marc Guggenheim and Harvey Tolibao for a guest story arc, and as they head off into space you'll wish that this was the new permanent creative team.

Batman #34

Wed, August 13th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Batman" finally returns to the present day, as Gerry Duggan, Scott Snyder, and Matteo Scalera bring us on a search for a killer whose greatest wish... is to be anonymous.

Angel & Faith Season 10 #5

Fri, August 8th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Angel & Faith Season 10" #5 is really just "Angel Season 10" #5, but Victor Gischler and Derlis Santacruz's story addressing the recent changes in vampires is the best issue to date.

New 52: Futures End #14

Fri, August 8th, 2014 | Category: Review

80% of "New 52: Futures End" #14 consists of fight scenes (Emiko, Big Barda, Deathstroke, Plastique, Batman Beyond, etc.) and it's eroding a lot of good will that the book's writing staff built up a month ago.

Justice League 3000 #8

Fri, August 8th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Justice League 3000" #9 gives the team a desperately needed victory, as Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis, Howard Porter, and Chris Batista give us an escape from Cadmusworld.

New Warriors #8

Fri, August 8th, 2014 | Category: Review

"New Warriors" #8 finishes up the focus on new Inhuman Haechi, but Christopher Yost and Marcus To's comic has good ideas but feels a little too scattered to fully grab one's attention.

Nightworld #1

Fri, August 8th, 2014 | Category: Review

Adam McGovern and Paolo Leandri's "Nightworld" #1 is dreamlike and strange, even as it feels like a lost dark fantasy comic by Jack Kirby.