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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REVIEW: Fraction & Zdarsky's "Sex Criminals" #11 Returns in a Smart, Sexy & Silly Way

Wed, July 29th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

"With juggled plotlines and a growing cast of characters, every new issue of Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky's 'Sex Criminals' is a real joy to read."

REVIEW: King, Seeley & Janin's "Grayson" #10 Kicks Into High Gear

Fri, July 24th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

"Tim Seeley and Tom King's story in 'Grayson' #10 is fun and full of spy action, but it's Mikel Janin's superstar art that ultimately steals the show."

REVIEW: Stevenson, Watters & Allen Raise the Stakes in "Lumberjanes" #16

Mon, July 20th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Noelle Steveonson, Shannon Watters and Brooke Allen's "Lumberjanes" #16 is, "yet again, a real joy to read."

REVIEW: Johns & Fabok Fill "Justice League" #42 with Danger & Excitement

Fri, July 17th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok's "Justice League" #42 "feels like it's providing a story that will eventually shape the future of a lot of characters."

5-STAR REVIEW: Vaughan & Staples' "Saga" #30 is "Emotionally Explosive"

Mon, July 13th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

"Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples 'Saga" #30 is a knock-out issue in one of the strongest ongoing series being published right now."

REVIEW: Gillen & Brown Blast Full Speed Ahead in "The Wicked + The Divine" #12

Wed, July 1st, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Kieron Gillen and Kate Brown's "The Wicked + The Divine" #12 "is divinely fun, but wicked in making us wait another month to find out what happens next."

REVIEW: Vaughan & Skroce's "We Stand On Guard" #1 Lives Up to Expectations

Wed, July 1st, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

"Readers will be very pleased with what they find" in Brian K. Vaughan and Steve Skroce's "We Stand On Guard" #1.

REVIEW: "We Are Robin" #1 Creates a Bold New Take on an Old Character

Wed, June 24th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

"There's more than enough here to bring readers back for a second issue" in Lee Bermejo, Jorge Corona and Khary Randolph's "We Are Robin" #1.

REVIEW: Aaron & Latour's "Southern Bastards" #9 Marks a Triumphant Return

Mon, June 22nd, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Jason Aaron and Jason Latour's "Southern Bastards" #9 "is a beautiful book, even when it's ugly."

REVIEW: Levitz & Liew Hit All the Right Notes in "Doctor Fate" #1

Fri, June 19th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

"The mixture of Egyptian mythology and superhero identities is a joy to read" in Paul Levitz and Sonny Liew's "Doctor Fate" #1.

REVIEW: Fletcher & Wu's "Black Canary" #1 "Has a Hugely Wide Appeal"

Wed, June 17th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Brenden Fletcher and Annie Wu's "Black Canary" #1 "has the potential to stick around for a long time to come."

REVIEW: Conner, Palmiotti & Lupacchino Breathe New Life into "Starfire" #1

Thu, June 11th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti and Emanuela Lupacchino's "Starfire" #1 takes "exactly the right tactic for this character, whose exuberance is infectious."

REVIEW: Snyder & Capullo's "Batman" #41 is "as Strong as Ever"

Wed, June 10th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

"Batman" #41 "is a great opportunity and it feels like Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo and Danny Miki are taking full advantage of it."

REVIEW: Orlando & ACO's "Midnighter" #1 is "Off to an Excellent Start"

Mon, June 8th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Steve Orlando and ACO "take a great deal of care to be inviting, and it pays off" in "Midnighter" #1.

REVIEW: Pak & Kuder Knock "Action Comics" #41 Out of the Park

Mon, June 8th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

"Action Comics" #41 "may be tied into the overall 'Truth' storyline, but Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder continue to bring their own voice to the title."

REVIEW: "The Omega Men" #1 Feels Like a Blockbuster Action Film

Fri, June 5th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Tom King and Barnaby Bagenda's "The Omega Men" #1 is "complex, but has a real game plan."

REVIEW: Gaiman & Williams' "Sandman: Overture" #5 is "as Inventive as Ever"

Mon, June 1st, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Despite its delays, Neil Gaiman and J.H. William III's "Sandman: Overture" #5 "is still well above average and worth reading."

REVIEW: Stan Sakai's "Usagi Yojimbo" #145 is "a Reason to Celebrate"

Mon, May 25th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Stan Sakai's "Usagi Yojimbo" #145 is "a good place for a new reader to jump in and discover why Sakai's comic was and continues to be a genuine treasure."

REVIEW: "Lumberjanes" #14 Expands the Cast in Fun New Ways

Mon, May 25th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters and Brooke Allen's "Lumberjanes" #14 "is, once again, a strong issue in a series that just gets better and better."

REVIEW: Busiek & Anderson Create a Compelling New Character for "Astro City" #23

Fri, May 15th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson's "Astro City" #23 "looks great, and the story itself is even better."

Batgirl Annual #3

Fri, July 31st, 2015 | Category: Review

"Batgirl Annual" #3 sends Batgirl on a mission through the Batman family supporting cast to stop a terrorist, and the longer length suits this story well.

Gotham by Midnight Annual #1

Wed, July 29th, 2015 | Category: Review

The first "Gotham by Midnight Annual" has a strong opening thanks to Ray Fawkes and Christian Duce, but its conclusion feels a little aimless and reuses an increasingly familiar deus ex machina.

Sex Criminals #11

Wed, July 29th, 2015 | Category: Review

"Sex Criminals" #11 kicks off the series' third volume with a reminder of just what it is that Suzie and Jon are up to, and Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky pay a brief homage to David Caruso's reign on "CSI: Miami." No, really

Lobster Johnson: A Chain Forged in Life #1

Wed, July 29th, 2015 | Category: Review

"Lobster Johnson: A Chain Forged in Life" lets Mike Mignola, John Arcudi, Troy Nixey and Kevin Nowlan bring us to a story of crime and kidnapping with a Christmas theme, just in time for an end of July release.

Harley Quinn and Power Girl #2

Mon, July 27th, 2015 | Category: Review

If you like the current "Harley Quinn" series with its slightly goofy tone, then you'll like "Harley Quinn and Power Girl" #2 as well, as the duo continue their outer space romp.

Justice League 3001 #2

Mon, July 27th, 2015 | Category: Review

"Justice League 3001" #2 has both the strengths and weaknesses of this series on display, as Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis and Howard Porter continue to add in new characters while neglecting existing ones.

Grayson #10

Fri, July 24th, 2015 | Category: Review

Tim Seeley and Tom King's story in "Grayson" #10 is fun and full of double-crossing spy action, but it's Mikel Janin's superstar art that ultimately steals the show.

Uncanny X-Men #35

Thu, July 23rd, 2015 | Category: Review

"Uncanny X-Men" #35 continues the wind-down of the series, as Brian Michael Bendis and Valerio Schiti detail the post-Cyclops lives of the teen squad.

Death Head #1

Mon, July 20th, 2015 | Category: Review

Zack Keller, Nick Keller and Joanna Estep's "Death Head" #1 has a genuinely spooky moment or two but, judged solely on this first issue, comes across a little too disjointed to hold one's interest for long.

Martian Manhunter #2

Mon, July 20th, 2015 | Category: Review

"Martian Manhunter" #2 has a deliberately odd and disjointed voice to its story and, while that can't work for too long without some answers, Rob Williams, Eddy Barrows and Eber Ferreira keep readers jumping for now.

Green Lantern: The Lost Army #2

Mon, July 20th, 2015 | Category: Review

"Green Lantern: The Lost Army" #2 continues the wandering of the lost Green Lanterns, but Cullen Bunn and Jesus Saiz's story is less the fresh start it initially seemed and instead tightly bound to other "Green Lantern" comics.

Lumberjanes #16

Mon, July 20th, 2015 | Category: Review

"Lumberjanes" #16 serves up another helping of friendship, fantasy, danger and scouting from Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters and Brook Allen.

Justice League #42

Fri, July 17th, 2015 | Category: Review

"Darkseid War" heats up in "Justice League" #42, as Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok continue to show the different sides assembling. Unfortunately for Earth, there are no good guys -- and guess who's trapped in the middle?

Captain Britain and the Mighty Defenders #1

Fri, July 17th, 2015 | Category: Review

"Captain Britain and the Mighty Defenders" #1 has a nice enough premise as another utopia is invaded by a surrounding hell-on-earth, but the two-issue length does Al Ewing, Alan Davis and Mark Farmer no favors.

The Tomorrows #1

Mon, July 13th, 2015 | Category: Review

"The Tomorrows" #1 promises a world in which the oppressed rise up to stop the corporations, but Curt Pires and Jason Copelnd's comic is full of clichés involving self-proclaimed art terrorists.

Saga #30

Mon, July 13th, 2015 | Category: Review

"Saga" #30 closes out the fifth volume of the series, and Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples's story of the power of family bonds -- for good and for ill -- is both thrilling and emotionally powerful.

Injection #3

Mon, July 13th, 2015 | Category: Review

"Injection" #3 continues to bring the strange even as it ducks around providing any solid answers, but Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey's comic might have hidden just enough clues to start figuring out a central mystery.

Justice League of America #2

Mon, July 13th, 2015 | Category: Review

"Justice League of America" #2 looks spectacular thanks to Bryan Hitch's pencils, but his story of the Kryptonian god Rao coming to Earth slows to a crawl for a montage of the scenes readers probably saw coming.

Gotham Academy #8

Wed, July 8th, 2015 | Category: Review

Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher and Karl Kerschl bring Olive back to school in "Gotham Academy" #8, and what better way for her to be distracted from a death in the family than with romance and a Man-Bat?

Justice League United #11

Wed, July 8th, 2015 | Category: Review

Jeff Parker and Travel Foreman unveil a series revamp with "Justice League United" #11, and their concept feels like a mash up of several different older titles, but one that as a lot of potential.

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