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: "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."

REVIEW: "The Wicked + The Divine" Continues to Heat Up in Issue #10

Mon, May 11th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie's "The Wicked + The Divine" #10 is "another satisfying installment to a good series."

REVIEW: "Daredevil" Continues to Be "a Real Gem" in Issue #15

Mon, May 4th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Mark Waid and Chris Samnee's "Daredevil" #15 is another entertaining chapter in a "run that should be remembered and cherished for some time to come."

REVIEW: "Convergence: Detective Comics" #1 is "a Beautiful, Thoughtful Comic"

Fri, May 1st, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Len Wein, Denys Cowan and Bill Sienkiewicz's "Convergence: Detective Comics" #1 is "a nice take on what could have easily been a familiar setup."

ADV. REVIEW: Buccellato & Infante's "Sons of the Devil" #1 is "Twisty & Creepy"

Thu, April 30th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Brian Buccellato and Toni Infante's "Sons of the Devil" #1 "kicks the series off to a good start."

REVIEW: Morrison & Reis' "The Multiversity" #2 is "a Satisfying Conclusion"

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

Grant Morrison and Ivan Reis' "The Multiversity" #2 is "entertaining" and "has a wicked sense of humor when it's appropriate."

REVIEW: Brubaker & Epting Continue to Dazzle in "Velvet" #10

Mon, April 27th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting's "Velvet" #10 "is what all spy stories should aspire to be."

REVIEW: Hama & Middleton Make "Convergence: Wonder Woman" #1 a Worthy Tie-In

Thu, April 23rd, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Larry Hama and Joshua Middleton's "Convergence: Wonder Woman" #1 is "definitely one of the stronger 'Convergence' tie-ins to date."

Kaptara #3

Mon, June 29th, 2015 | Category: Review

"Kaptara" #3 continues Chip Zdarsky and Kagan McLeod's strange mash up of epic adventure and cheesy cartoons, but it's feeling increasingly hollow with each new issue.

Gotham by Midnight #6

Mon, June 29th, 2015 | Category: Review

"Gotham By Midnight" #6 has new series artist Juan Ferryra join Ray Fawkes and, even as the team recovers from their loss at the end of the previous story arc, a more mundane case comes their way.

Batgirl #41

Fri, June 26th, 2015 | Category: Review

"Batgirl" #41 spends part of its time adjusting to the big changes over in "Batman," even as Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher and Babs Tarr add Livewire to Batgirl's rogue's gallery.

The Flash #41

Wed, June 24th, 2015 | Category: Review

"The Flash" #41 gives Van Jensen, Robert Venditti, Brett Booth and Norm Rapmund the chance to let Professor Zoom burst into Flash's life once more, even as Henry Allen makes his own big move.

We Are Robin #1

Wed, June 24th, 2015 | Category: Review

"We Are Robin" #1 lets Lee Bermejo, Jorge Corona and Rob Haynes re-introduce Duke Thomas to comic readers, even as Duke is introduced to a whole new round of Robins.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #16

Mon, June 22nd, 2015 | Category: Review

"Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10" #16 brings Angel temporarily back into the fold, giving Christos Gage and Rebekah Isaacs a chance to revisit their time on "Angel & Faith."

Southern Bastards #9

Mon, June 22nd, 2015 | Category: Review

Jason Aaron and Jason Latour turn the spotlight on Sheriff Hardy in "Southern Bastards" #9, as we're reminded once again that there are few with clean hands in Craw County.

Lazarus #17

Fri, June 19th, 2015 | Category: Review

War has broken out between the families, and "Lazarus" #17 allows Greg Rucka, Michael Lark and Tyler Boss to show us what's happening on the front lines as well as behind the scenes.

Doomed #1

Fri, June 19th, 2015 | Category: Review

Scott Lobdell and Javier Fernandez's "Doomed" #1 is off to a slow start, but it's the general clueless nature of its protagonist that makes its title a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Doctor Fate #1

Thu, June 18th, 2015 | Category: Review

The new Doctor Fate is in, and Paul Levitz and Sonny Liew's "Doctor Fate" #1 goes back to the Egyptian roots of the character in a setting where gods and epic floods crash into the world.

Black Canary #1

Wed, June 17th, 2015 | Category: Review

All aboard the "Black Canary" tour bus, as this foursome secretly fronted by a superhero quickly discover that Brenden Fletcher and Annie Wu throw more than just overzealous fans into the audience.

Silver Surfer #12

Fri, June 12th, 2015 | Category: Review

Life is a little too perfect on New Newhaven but, despite the predictable (and slightly rushed) plot, Dan Slott, Michael Allred and Laura Allred still bring some charm to "Silver Surfer" #12.

New Suicide Squad #9

Thu, June 11th, 2015 | Category: Review

"New Suicide Squad" #9 joins writer Sean Ryan with new artist Philippe Briones, and so far the book feels more topical and on-track as the Squad infiltrates a splinter of the League of Assassins.

Constantine: The Hellblazer #1

Thu, June 11th, 2015 | Category: Review

"Constantine: The Hellblazer" #1 brings John Constantine his latest ongoing series, and Ming Doyle, James Tynion IV and Riley Rossmo bring a good helping of horror, backstabbing and mystery.

Starfire #1

Wed, June 10th, 2015 | Category: Review

Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti, having worked their writing magic on Harley Quinn, spread the love along to "Starfire" #1 with Emanuela Lupacchino, bringing a breath of fresh air to the character.

Batman #41

Wed, June 10th, 2015 | Category: Review

Jim Gordon is the new caped crusader in "Batman" #41, as Scott Synder, Greg Capullo and Danny Miki walk us through Gordon's decision to take over the role and an early run out in the suit.

The Sixth Gun: Valley of Death #1

Mon, June 8th, 2015 | Category: Review

Brian Hurtt steps into the driver's seat for "The Sixth Gun: Valley of Death" #1, as he and A.C. Zamudio journey into the past before the Six have gone on the move, but equally dangerous things still lurk.

The Covenant #1

Mon, June 8th, 2015 | Category: Review

Rob Liefeld and Matt Horak's biblical adventure kicks off in "The Covenant" #1, but its ambition sadly outreaches its reality.

Midnighter #1

Mon, June 8th, 2015 | Category: Review

"Midnighter" #1 gives the "Stormwatch" and "Authority" character his own series and, while Steve Orlando and ACO spend a lot of time creating the overall setting, it's off to an excellent start.

Action Comics #41

Mon, June 8th, 2015 | Category: Review

The best Superman creative team pre-"Convergence" triumphantly returns, as Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder deal with the fallout of Superman's revealed identity in "Action Comics" #41.