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: 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.

REVIEW: "Original Sin" #3 Is a Bit Disjointed, But Fun to Read

Wed, June 4th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

While it's a bit disjointed, Jason Aaron and Mike Deodato's "Original Sin" #3 is ultimately a fun comic with a top-notch cliffhanger ending.

REVIEW: Ellis & Howard's "Trees" #1 is "A Strong Debut"

Wed, May 28th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Warren Ellis and Jason Howard's "Trees" #1 is a strong debut issue, with excellent art from Howard and an innovative concept from Ellis.

REVIEW: Vaughan & Staples' "Saga" #19

Wed, May 21st, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples' "Saga" #19 opens a new chapter in the series, with an issue that "just keeps bringing the hits."

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.

Superman #34

Wed, August 27th, 2014 | Category: Review

Part three of Geoff Johns, John Romita Jr., and Klaus Janson's "Men of Tomorrow" drops in "Superman" #34, and while it's a touch predictable, it's still enjoyable.

Stray Bullets: Killers #6

Mon, August 25th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Stray Bullets: Killers" #6 has David Lapham seem to actually give some of his characters a happy ending. Needless to say, you'll be spending the entire issue waiting for the other shoe to drop.

B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth #122

Mon, August 25th, 2014 | Category: Review

"B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth" #122 is advertised as a good starting point for new readers, but sadly I think Mike Mignola, John Arcudi, and Joe Querio did so by ignoring the existing audience.

Batman Eternal #20

Thu, August 21st, 2014 | Category: Review

"Batman Eternal" #20's plot isn't the problem, as the Gotham Underground, Brazil, and Blackgate share the spotlight, but Simeoni's art is just as scattered as the story's locations.

Fables #143

Thu, August 21st, 2014 | Category: Review

"Fables" #143 has the series racing towards a conclusion, but everything's happening so fast that Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham's sprint feels more like a crash and burn.

Supreme: Blue Rose #2

Thu, August 21st, 2014 | Category: Review

"Supreme: Blue Rose" #2 is a truly gorgeous comic thanks to Tula Lotay, but Warren Ellis' story feels deliberately scattered and obtuse.

Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland #1

Wed, August 20th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland" #1 could have been a crass retread of Windsor McCay's masterpiece, but instead Eric Shanower and Gabriel Rodriguez's comic pays homage even as it shines.

The Fade Out #1

Wed, August 20th, 2014 | Category: Review

Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips's "The Fade Out" #1 is the perfect first issue, slowly doling out information about a 1948 boozy party in Hollywood that ended in the perfect murder.

Jason Shiga's Demon #1

Mon, August 18th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Jason Shiga's Demon" #1 is just the tip of the iceberg for Shiga's comic that mixes adventure with puzzle-solving, for those who are willing to hang in and wait.

New Suicide Squad #2

Mon, August 18th, 2014 | Category: Review

"New Suicide Squad" #2 has Sean Ryan joined by Tom Denerick and a slew of finishers, even as we start to see the differences between the similarly-armed members of the Squad.

All-New X-Men #30

Mon, August 18th, 2014 | Category: Review

"All-New X-Men" #30's story from Brian Michael Bendis about Angel, X-23, Jean Grey, and Emma Frost is fine, but it's Sara Pichelli's art that does the truly heavy lifting.

Sex Criminals #7

Mon, August 18th, 2014 | Category: Review

Suzie and Rach reunite, Jon discovers Kegel Face's secret sex dungeon, and Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky continue to serve up a mixture of sweetness and sex-based adventure. Plus, the Dildo Throne.

X-Men #18

Fri, August 15th, 2014 | Category: Review

"X-Men" #18 brings in Marc Guggenheim and Harvey Tolibao for a guest story arc, and as they head off into space you'll wish that this was the new permanent creative team.

Batman #34

Wed, August 13th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Batman" finally returns to the present day, as Gerry Duggan, Scott Snyder, and Matteo Scalera bring us on a search for a killer whose greatest wish... is to be anonymous.

Angel & Faith Season 10 #5

Fri, August 8th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Angel & Faith Season 10" #5 is really just "Angel Season 10" #5, but Victor Gischler and Derlis Santacruz's story addressing the recent changes in vampires is the best issue to date.

New 52: Futures End #14

Fri, August 8th, 2014 | Category: Review

80% of "New 52: Futures End" #14 consists of fight scenes (Emiko, Big Barda, Deathstroke, Plastique, Batman Beyond, etc.) and it's eroding a lot of good will that the book's writing staff built up a month ago.

Justice League 3000 #8

Fri, August 8th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Justice League 3000" #9 gives the team a desperately needed victory, as Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis, Howard Porter, and Chris Batista give us an escape from Cadmusworld.

New Warriors #8

Fri, August 8th, 2014 | Category: Review

"New Warriors" #8 finishes up the focus on new Inhuman Haechi, but Christopher Yost and Marcus To's comic has good ideas but feels a little too scattered to fully grab one's attention.

Nightworld #1

Fri, August 8th, 2014 | Category: Review

Adam McGovern and Paolo Leandri's "Nightworld" #1 is dreamlike and strange, even as it feels like a lost dark fantasy comic by Jack Kirby.