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: 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."

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."

Infinity Man and the Forever People #2

Wed, July 9th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Infinity Man and the Forever People" #2 show us a little more about the Forever People and how they operate, but Keith Giffen, Dan Didio, Tom Grummett, and Scott Hanna's comic feels aimless.

Spread #1

Wed, July 9th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Spread" #1 by Justin Jordan and Kyle Strahm has a familiar story of a parasitic monster, but it's the execution that makes this a fun, gripping and gruesome read.

The Woods #3

Mon, July 7th, 2014 | Category: Review

"The Woods" #3 has an interesting core concept, but with each new issue, James Tynion IV and Michael Dialynas's characters feel less realistic and more like adventure story stereotypes.

Green Arrow #33

Mon, July 7th, 2014 | Category: Review

As Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino's "Green Arrow" run regrettably begins to wind down, the war for Seattle continues while Green Arrow deals with others wearing the cowl, past and present.

Swamp Thing #33

Mon, July 7th, 2014 | Category: Review

If you're going to devote an issue of your series to exposition, "Swamp Thing" #33 has Charles Soule and Javier Pina show readers how it should be done.

Aquaman and the Others #4

Mon, July 7th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Aquaman and the Others" #4 is an example of a perfectly competent comic, but one that doesn't present a compelling enough plot -- or in this case, a central idea -- to become a must-read.

Lazarus #9

Fri, July 4th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Lazarus" #9 wraps up the second storyline, and Greg Rucka, Michael Lark, and Brian Level show us how the Lift Selection process works, even as the bomb is primed for detonation.

Moon Knight #5

Fri, July 4th, 2014 | Category: Review

Warren Ellis's plot for "Moon Knight" #5 is about as basic as you can get -- a fight through a building to save a hostage -- but Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire's art is simply gorgeous.

Batman Eternal #13

Fri, July 4th, 2014 | Category: Review

James Tynion IV, Mikel Janin, Guillermo Ortego, and company reveal Jason Bard's plan to take down the Falcone crime empire in "Batman Eternal" #13, and the end result is satisfying.

Ghost #5

Fri, June 27th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Ghost" #5 features the new creative team of Christopher Sebela, Jan Duursema and Dan Parsons, but this story with a potentially demonic movie host is lacking energy.

Aquaman #32

Thu, June 26th, 2014 | Category: Review

The Atlanteans' dislike of Mera comes to a boil, even as Aquaman encounters the new foe Chimera, all courtesy Jeff Parker, Paul Pelletier and Sean Parsons.

The Flash #32

Thu, June 26th, 2014 | Category: Review

"The Flash" #32 on its surface has a very standard story, but Robert Venditti, Van Jensen, Brett Booth, and Norm Rapmund liven it up thanks to the villain Merge's gauntlets.

Batman Eternal #12

Thu, June 26th, 2014 | Category: Review

James Tynion IV, Mikel Janin, and company bring back a bunch of early characters and plot threads into "Batman Eternal" #12, even as a plan to stop Gotham's gang war is revealed.

Savage Hulk #1

Thu, June 26th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Savage Hulk" #1 has some gorgeous art from Alan Davis and Mark Farmer, but Davis's story -- set immediately after the original "X-Men" #66 -- feels sadly unenergetic.

Ms. Marvel #5

Wed, June 25th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Ms. Marvel" #5 has G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona show us Kamala growing into her role as a superhero, but even a typically-standard training montage is joyous thanks to these creators.

Sir Edward Grey, Witchfinder: The Mysteries of Unland #1

Mon, June 23rd, 2014 | Category: Review

"Sir Edward Grey, Witchfinder: The Mysteries of Unland" #1 has a wonderfully long name, and an equally long amount of set-up time in this first issue. Fortunately, Tyler Crook's art saves the day.

Daredevil #4

Mon, June 23rd, 2014 | Category: Review

Mark Waid and Chris Samnee wrap up their first storyline in the new "Daredevil" series, but this story with the Owl and the Shroud more of a "to be continued later" setup than a definitive conclusion.

Fatale #23

Mon, June 23rd, 2014 | Category: Review

"Fatale" #23 has Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips show us just what it's like to be Josephine, as Nic learns a brutal secret about Jo and his family, even with one issue left to go.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #4

Wed, June 18th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10" #4 delves deeper into the ever-changing vampire powers, while Christos Gage, Nicholas Brendon, and Rebekah Isaacs investigate Xander, Faith, and Dracula.

MPH #2

Wed, June 18th, 2014 | Category: Review

"MPH" #2 zooms into a new installment, as Mark Millar and Duncan Fegredo expand the super-speed, and things progress in a satisfying manner even as the impending crash looms overhead.