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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5-STAR REVIEW: Fraction & Wu's "Hawkeye" #20

Wed, September 10th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Matt Fraction and Annie Wu craft an incredible experience with "Hawkeye" #20, bringing an end to Kate Bishop's time in Los Angeles.

REVIEW: Morrison & Irving's "Annihilator" #1

Wed, September 10th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Grant Morrison and Frazer Irving's "Annihilator" #1 has a lot of potential, serving as a springboard for the creative team's latest epic.

REVIEW: Vaughan & Staples' "Saga" #22

Thu, August 28th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples continue their excellent run with "Saga" #22, which delivers "everything you hope for, and then a little bit more to boot."

5-STAR REVIEW: Brubaker & Phillips' "The Fade Out" #1

Wed, August 20th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips' debut issue of "The Fade Out" has "careful attention to detail and craft that quickly becomes a hallmark of the issue."

REVIEW: Fraction & Zdarksy's "Sex Criminals" #7

Mon, August 18th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky's "Sex Criminals" #7 is "another big success," creating an "inventive and funny" issue that continues the series' run.

REVIEW: Duggan, Snyder & Scalera's "Batman" #34

Thu, August 14th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Gerry Duggan, Scott Snyder & Matteo Scalera deliver a strong one-shot in "Batman" #34, bringing a new kind of serial killer to Gotham City.

REVIEW: Sakai's "Usagi Yojimbo: Senso" #1

Thu, August 7th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Stan Sakai's ronin rabbit returns for "Usagi Yojimbo: Senso" #1, an issue that's as "excellent as ever" and takes place in the future.

REVIEW: Kirkman & Azaceta's "Outcast" #2

Fri, August 1st, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Robert Kirkman and Paul Azaceta delivers a strong sophomore issue with "Outcast" #2, and the series "feels well on its way to a strong run."

REVIEW: Gaiman & Williams' "The Sandman: Overture" #3

Thu, July 31st, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Neil Gaiman & J.H. Williams III's "The Sandman: Overture" #3 delivers with "flights of whimsy, dangerously grim moments and beautiful inventive set pieces."

REVIEW: Snyder & Capullo Close "Zero Year" with "Batman" #33

Wed, July 23rd, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo bring "Zero Year" to a close in "Batman" #33, "a very strong conclusion" to the year-long saga.

ADV. REVIEW: Ewing, Williams, Ellerby & Fraser's "Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor" #1

Mon, July 21st, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Al Ewing, Rob Williams, Marc Ellerby & Simon Fraser "nail the tone and spirit" of "Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor" #1 for Titan Comics.

REVIEW: Jordan & Strahm's "Spread" #1

Fri, July 11th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Justin Jordan & Kyle Strahm's debut issue of "Spread" is a strong new series with "a lot of potential for where it's going to head next."

5-STAR REVIEW: Sakai's "Usagi Yojimbo Color Special: The Artist" is "A Perfect Comic"

Thu, July 10th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Stan Sakai returns to his ronin rabbit with "Usagi Yojimbo Color Special: The Artist," a "beautifully drawn" and "perfect" comic.

REVIEW: Rucka & Lark's "Lazarus" #9

Mon, July 7th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Greg Rucka & Michael Lark's "Lazarus" #9 does "an amazing job of world-building" as it wraps up the series' second arc.

REVIEW: Tynion, Synder, Janin and More Craft "Batman Eternal" #13

Fri, July 4th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

James Tynion IV, Scott Snyder, Mikel Janin and more craft "Batman Eternal" #13, "one of the strongest issues to date as everything surges forward."

REVIEW: Wilson & Alphona's "Ms. Marvel" #5

Thu, June 26th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona's "Ms. Marvel" #5 is "the latest in a string of great issues for this series," and "a thoroughly fun comic."

REVIEW: Brubaker & Phillips' "Fatale" #23

Mon, June 23rd, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips' "Fatale" #23 is "disturbing and nasty, even as it's enthralling and clever."

REVIEW: Millar & Fegredo's "MPH" #2

Thu, June 19th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Mark Millar and Duncan Fegredo deliver a strong sophomore issue in "MPH" #2, which serves as "another recent jewel in Millar's crown."

REVIEW: Busiek & Anderson's "Astro City" #13

Fri, June 13th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Kurt Busiek & Brent Anderson take a day hour-by-hour in "Astro City" #13, featuring some of the "best artwork on the series to date."

REVIEW: DeConnick Bids "Ghost" a Fitting Farewell

Fri, June 6th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Kelly Sue DeConnick's final issue of "Ghost" offers readers a nice look at the title character's pre-death history.

Dark Horse Presents #2

Wed, September 17th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Dark Horse Presents" #2 is like many anthologies; some pieces are stronger than others, but there's enough to make you get your money's worth, and no duds.

Cast Away on the Letter A

Mon, September 15th, 2014 | Category: Review

Fred's "Cast Away on the Letter A" is a thoroughly strange graphic novel originally published in France in the '70s, but it feels like this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Amazing Spider-Man #6

Fri, September 12th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Amazing Spider-Man" #6 continues to have Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos move the book forward in interesting directions, but some plot elements run smoother than others.

Astro City #15

Fri, September 12th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Astro City" #15's conclusion to the two-part robot-themed story is awfully sweet, but Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson's story veers between too predictable and too out-of-the-blue.

Infinity Man and the Forever People: Futures End #1

Fri, September 12th, 2014 | Category: Review

For a book that has no business getting pulled into a crossover this early, "Infinity Man and the Forever People: Futures End" has DiDio, Giffen, and Tan find an elegant way to connect to the event.

Stumptown #1

Fri, September 12th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Stumptown" #1 graduates to an ongoing series, but this first issue from Greg Rucka and Justin Greenwood set at two soccer games feels surprisingly low-stakes.

Imperial #2

Thu, September 11th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Imperial" #2 has Steven T. Seagle and Mark Dos Santos deliver a comic about a reluctant future hero that you'll enjoy in spite of its clichés.

Hawkeye #20

Wed, September 10th, 2014 | Category: Review

Kate Bishop's adventures in Los Angeles come to a close in "Hawkeye" #20, even as Matt Fraction and Annie Wu show us Madame Masque's trap springing shut around Kate once and for all.

Annihilator #1

Wed, September 10th, 2014 | Category: Review

Grant Morrison and Frazer Irving's "Annihilator" #1 feels like familiar story territory, but at the same time there's a lot of potential for a dying writer creating the biography of a space hero.

Batman Eternal #22

Mon, September 8th, 2014 | Category: Review

Jorge Lucas's art in "Batman Eternal" #22 brings a splash of something new to the weekly series, but the issue itself is lacking any real luster as the Architect tries to take down the Beacon Tower.

Green Arrow: Futures End #1

Fri, September 5th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Green Arrow: Futures End" #1 gives Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino a tiny epilogue to their amazing "Green Arrow" run, but it's mostly filling in the details on Ollie's "Futures End" death.

Justice League #33

Fri, September 5th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Justice League" #33 has Geoff Johns and Doug Mahnke conclude the battle between the League, the Doom Patrol and Lex Luthor, with the new Power Ring trapped at the center of it all.

Action Comics: Futures End #1

Thu, September 4th, 2014 | Category: Review

Sholly Fisch and Pascal Alixe reinvent the Bronze Age "Sand Superman" for "Action Comics: Futures End" #1, but while the imagery is great, the story itself is a little flat and predictable.

Hawkeye vs. Deadpool #0

Thu, September 4th, 2014 | Category: Review

Gerry Duggan and Matteo Lolli do their best "Hawkeye" homage in "Hawkeye vs. Deadpool" #0, mixing it with the very different style of "Deadpool."

Theseus and the Minotaur

Fri, August 29th, 2014 | Category: Review

Yvan Pommaux's "Theseus and the Minotaur" is the first graphic novel from Toon Books for slightly older readers, and it's a pleasant retelling of the familiar Greek myth.

Black Science #8

Fri, August 29th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Black Science" #8 has Rick Remender and Matteo Scalera show off both the strengths and the weaknesses of the series, in that it's not one that works well in a single issue format.

Silver Surfer #5

Thu, August 28th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Silver Surfer" #5 has Dan Slott and Michael Allred plunge into the psyches of the Silver Surfer, Dawn Greenwood, and others, in a story that should feel too on the nose but instead ends up quite fun.

Aquaman #34

Thu, August 28th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Aquaman" #34 wraps up the fight against Chimera for now, even as Jeff Parker and guest artists Carlos Rodriguez and Bit set up future storylines with the character.

Star-Spangled War Stories Featuring G.I. Zombie #2

Thu, August 28th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Star-Spangled War Stories Featuring G.I. Zombie" #2 feels like a book that was D.O.A. before it ever shipped, and that's too bad because Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, and Scott Hampton's story is remarkably fun.

Saga #22

Wed, August 27th, 2014 | Category: Review

That sense of doom hovering overhead comes to a turning point in "Saga" #22, courtesy Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples.