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: 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."

REVIEW: Azzarello & Chiang's "Wonder Woman" #23

Thu, August 22nd, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Greg McElhatton gives "Wonder Woman" #23 by Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang 4 stars, saying, "the series as a whole has walked to the beat of its own drum, and this is no exception."

REVIEW: Diggle & Martinbrough Bring "Thief of Thieves" #16 to Venice

Thu, August 22nd, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Greg McElhatton gives "Thief of Thieves" #16 4 stars, calling the issue by Andy Diggle and Shawn Martinbrough "another strong installment of a fun series" that "continues to provide fun from start to finish."

REVIEW: Busiek & Anderson's "Astro City" #3

Fri, August 16th, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Greg McElhatton gives "Astro City" #3 by Kurt Busiek and Brad Anderson 4 stars, saying the issue serves as "a reminder that the superhero genre isn't dead."

REVIEW: Greg Pak & Jae Lee's "Batman/Superman" #2 "Succeeds Impressively"

Thu, July 25th, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Greg McElhatton gives "Batman/Superman" #2 by Greg Pak and Jae Lee 4 stars, saying the second issue of the series is "such well-done material that it succeeds impressively."

Astro City #13

Fri, June 13th, 2014 | Category: Review

Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson's "Astro City" #13 is deliberately told out of order, but no matter what sequence you read the pages in, it's still a fantastic issue that merges love and art.

Batman Eternal #10

Thu, June 12th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Batman Eternal" #10 is unfortunately the first issue in this weekly series that feels just a little bit skippable; not a lot happens, and there's no real spark to grab a reader's interest.

Nightcrawler #3

Thu, June 12th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Nightcrawler" #3 continues to use an intensely boring new villain, Trimega, but Chris Claremont and Todd Nauck's scenes with Nightcrawler among the X-Men save the book from crashing and burning.

All-New X-Men #28

Wed, June 11th, 2014 | Category: Review

"All-New X-Men" #28 moves the present storyline of the past X-Men fighting the future renegades forward, and also fills in the "Battle of the Atom" backstory, courtesy Bendis, Immonen, and von Grawbadger.

Uncanny X-Men Special #1

Wed, June 11th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Uncanny X-Men Special" #1 kicks off a crossover story between Cyclops' X-Men team, Iron Man, and Nova, but Sean Ryan and Ron Ackins's story feels startlingly average.

Green Arrow #32

Mon, June 9th, 2014 | Category: Review

Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino's "Green Arrow" #32 picks up in the aftermath of the "Outsiders War," as Seattle is overwhelmed by a crime wave, even as a new Green Arrow debuts.

Five Weapons #9

Mon, June 9th, 2014 | Category: Review

Jimmie Robinson's "Five Weapons" #9 continues Robinson's pattern of pulling together previously-placed clues, then adding a nice twist, even as the enemy for this storyline is revealed.

Swamp Thing #32

Mon, June 9th, 2014 | Category: Review

It's round two between Swampy and Aquaman in "Swamp Thing" #32, but Charles Soule and Jesus Saiz make sure that you don't need to have read their previous encounter to enjoy this.

Ghost #4

Fri, June 6th, 2014 | Category: Review

Kelly Sue DeConnick bids farewell to the title character she revamped in "Ghost" #4, and this glimpse into Elisa's past is a fitting final story for DeConnick, even as Elisa herself is poised for the future.

Avengers World #7

Wed, June 4th, 2014 | Category: Review

Nick Spencer and Stefano Caselli debut S.P.E.A.R. in "Avengers World" #7, and while the concept is a good one, the series continues to move at a glacial pace.

Original Sin #3

Wed, June 4th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Original Sin" #3 is the sort of comic where Jason Aaron and Mike Deodato just throw random scenes together, and it succeeds in spite of its hodgepodge nature.

Elfquest: The Final Quest #3

Fri, May 30th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Elfquest: The Final Quest" #3 starts off a bit slow, but Wendy and Richard Pini make sure to end it with a bang as Ember's tribe remains in great danger.

Inhuman #2

Fri, May 30th, 2014 | Category: Review

Charles Soule and Joe Madureira's "Inhuman" #2 is supposed to be one of Marvel's big new comics, but unfortunately comes across as lackluster.

Batman Eternal #8

Thu, May 29th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Batman Eternal" #8 has John Layman, Guillem March, and company show us what happens when Batman is caught between the GCPD and the Roman's empire, even as Stephanie Brown scrambles to survive.

Suicide Squad #30

Thu, May 29th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Suicide Squad" #30 has Sean Ryan set up his upcoming "New Suicide Squad" in its page, and this assemblage of new and old villains is off to a reasonable start.

Clive Barker's Nightbreed #1

Wed, May 28th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Clive Barker's Nightbreed" #1 brings the old movie and comics property back to life, and Clive Barker, Marc Andreyko, and Piotr Kowalski's story of monsters hidden among us has promise.

Trees #1

Wed, May 28th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Trees" #1 is as much world-building as it is narrative, but Warren Ellis and Jason Howard's comic about a slow-game alien invasion is almost instantly gripping.

Brain Boy: The Men from G.E.S.T.A.L.T. #1

Fri, May 23rd, 2014 | Category: Review

"Brain Boy: The Men from G.E.S.T.A.L.T." #1 kicks off the character's second mini-series, and so far, Fred Van Lente and Freddie Williams II have given us a fast-paced psychic adventure.

Wonder Woman #31

Fri, May 23rd, 2014 | Category: Review

"Wonder Woman" #31 enters its endgame, as Brian Azzarello and Goran Sudzuka change the status quo on Paradise Island, even the dead begin to spill out of the underworld.

Batwoman #31

Fri, May 23rd, 2014 | Category: Review

"Batwoman" #31 wraps up the first full storyline from Marc Andreyko and Jeremy Haun, and while a round 2 against the Wolf Spider is no doubt up ahead, for now we have a solid resolution.