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: 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."

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."

Harley Quinn #8

Mon, August 4th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Harley Quinn" #8 mixes pawn shop robbers, roller derby, and the most horrifying catapult ever, in a fairly funny comic thanks to Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Chad Hardin.

Detective Comics Annual #3

Mon, August 4th, 2014 | Category: Review

Brian Buccellato, Werther Dell'Edera, Jorge Fornes, and Scott Hepburn give us a story that nominally ties into "Icarus" but this is a comic that feels a little less than the sum of its parts.

Outcast #2

Fri, August 1st, 2014 | Category: Review

"Outcast" #2 follows on from Robert Kirkman and Paul Azaceta's powerful debut, as readers learn a little more about possession and the greater forces and conspiracies at work in Kyle's life.

Justice League #32

Thu, July 31st, 2014 | Category: Review

The all-new Doom Patrol tackles the all-new Power Ring, even as Lex Luthor wants to build an all-new Justice League, courtesy Geoff Johns, Doug Mahnke, and Keith Champagne.

The Sandman: Overture #3

Thu, July 31st, 2014 | Category: Review

"The Sandman: Overture" #3 not only continues the story from the first two issues courtesy Neil Gaiman and J.H. Williams III, but also gives us information connecting to earlier "Sandman" story arcs.

Elfquest: The Final Quest #4

Tue, July 29th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Elfquest: The Final Quest" #4 has Wendy and Richard Pini quietly cleaning up a little continuity issue, even as the revelation from the end of the previous issue is followed up.

Wonder Woman #33

Mon, July 28th, 2014 | Category: Review

It's always darkest before the dawn, as the saying goes, and the First Born lays siege to Paradise Island in "Wonder Woman" #33 courtesy Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang.

Batman #33

Wed, July 23rd, 2014 | Category: Review

"Batman" #33 wraps up "Zero Year" with a story that has Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, Danny Miki and FCO Plascencia pull out all the stops with riddles, depression and commitment.

Trees #3

Wed, July 23rd, 2014 | Category: Review

Just when you thought you knew what the series was about, Warren Ellis and Jason Howard surprise you with "Trees" #3, which shifts away from the, "What are the Trees doing?" plot thread.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #5

Wed, July 23rd, 2014 | Category: Review

"Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10" #5 wraps up the first story of the new season, and Gage, Brendon and Issacs show that the new setup is full of possibilities and fun, even as it's unpredictable.

Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #1

Mon, July 21st, 2014 | Category: Review

A licensed comic book can be hard to land tonally, but Al Ewing, Rob Williams, and Simon Fraser nail it on their first try with "Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor" #1.

Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #1

Mon, July 21st, 2014 | Category: Review

"Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor" #1 is off to a quiet but solid start from Nick Abadzis and Elena Casagrande, focusing on a Mexican-American family running a restaurant in Brooklyn.

Avengers World #9

Fri, July 18th, 2014 | Category: Review

Nick Spencer and Stefano Caselli take what could have been a dark trip to the future and make it joyous in "Avengers World" #9, thanks to the duo of Cannonball and Sunspot.

Dark Engine #1

Fri, July 18th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Dark Engine" #1 has some crazy artwork courtesy John Bivens, but as the main character of Sym hacks things up, you might find yourself a little lost in Ryan Burton's story.

100th Anniversary Special: X-Men #1

Fri, July 18th, 2014 | Category: Review

The "100th Anniversary Special: X-Men" has a fun premise from Robin Furth and nice art form Jason Masters, but this is a book that shifts quickly from amusing to slightly pointless.

Batwoman #33

Fri, July 18th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Batwoman" #33 brings more Nocturna, and Marc Andreyko, Jeremy Haun and Scott Kolins make this story of a vamp surprisingly fun even if you can see where it's going.

Uncanny X-Men #23

Thu, July 17th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Uncanny X-Men" #23 has Brian Michael Bendis and Kris Anka pick up the pieces from the last storyline, even as Cyclops' X-Men team heads towards another meeting with the main squad.

Robin Rises: Omega #1

Wed, July 16th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Robin Rises: Omega" #1 should have been great, with a strong story leading up to it, and Peter J. Tomasi and Andy Kubert at the helm... but it's little more than an extended fight scene.

Coffin Hill #9

Mon, July 14th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Coffin Hill" #9 continues the title's second storyline, and Caitlin Kittredge and Inaki Miranda's revealing what happened during the Ice Fisher case that made Eve Coffin a hero is riveting.

Constantine #16

Thu, July 10th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Constantine" #16 has Ray Fawkes and Edgar Salazar drop Constantine into the Black Forest, but a simple search for a magician to remove a spell turns out to be anything but simple.