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: Aaron & Dauterman's "Thor" #3

Thu, December 11th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

With "Thor" #3, Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman continue to craft a series with a perfect jumping on point for any who enjoy superheroes.

REVIEW: Fraction & Zdarsky's "Sex Criminals" #9

Thu, December 11th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky's "Sex Criminals" #9 is another home run for the series, demonstrating why it's "just so amazingly good."

REVIEW: Cloonan, Fletcher & Kerschl's "Gotham Academy" #3

Wed, December 3rd, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher & Karl Kerschl's "Gotham Academy" #3 continue a series "so fun and inventive that it's hard to not love it."

REVIEW: Simone & Lashley's "Secret Six" #1

Wed, December 3rd, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Gail Simone and Ken Lashley's "Secret Six" #1 sets the series off on a good start, with a plot and cast that gives the series "some real potential."

REVIEW: Fawkes and Templesmith's "Gotham by Midnight" #1

Wed, November 26th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Ray Fawkes & Ben Templesmith's "Gotham by Midnight" #1 combines supernatural & procedural for "another strong new series for the Batman family of titles."

REVIEW: Waid & Samnee's "Daredevil" #10

Mon, November 24th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Mark Waid & Chris Samnee's "Daredevil" #10 is a sound single issue that's "about far more than just fighting bad guys."

REVIEW: Locust Moon's "Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream"

Wed, November 19th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

"Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream" is "a worthy homage to Windsor McCay and Little Nemo" with contributions from John Cassaday, David Mack & more.

REVIEW: De Campi & Guera's "Grindhouse: Drive In, Bleed Out" #1

Thu, November 13th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Alex de Campi and R.M. Guera's "Grindhouse: Drive In, Bleed Out" #1 is "deliciously bonkers" and "fun, pure and simple."

REVIEW: Soule & Pulido's "She-Hulk" #9

Mon, October 27th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Charles Soule & Javier Pulido's "She-Hulk" #9 is "another fun comic in a great series" that brings She-Hulk, Daredevil & Captain America together.

REVIEW: Duggan & Crystal's "Arkham Manor" #1

Thu, October 23rd, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Gerry Duggan and Shawn Crystal's "Arkham Manor" #1 contains "a slow but careful setup, with some different-looking and pleasing art."

REVIEW: Morrison & Oliver's "The Multiversity: The Just" #1

Wed, October 22nd, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Grant Morrison and Ben Oliver's "The Multiversity: The Just" #1 "takes known themes and makes them feel engaging and different."

REVIEW: Stevenson, Ellis & Allen's "Lumberjanes" #7

Fri, October 17th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis and Brooke Allen's "Lumberjanes" #7 is "another strong issue in a strong series" for the fan-favorite.

REVIEW: Stewart, Fletcher & Tarr's "Batgirl" #35

Wed, October 8th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher and Babs Tarr's "Batgirl" #35 is "a great new beginning for the series," introducing the Batgirl of Burnside.

REVIEW: Waid & Samnee's "Daredevil" #8

Mon, September 22nd, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Mark Waid and Chris Samnee's "Daredevil" #8 is "a fully-realized, imaginative book with a living, breathing setting."

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.

Southern Bastards #6

Fri, December 12th, 2014 | Category: Review

The second story arc for "Southern Bastards" continues to let Jason Aaron and Jason Latour dig into Coach Boss's past, and his teenage years are tortured and almost make you feel bad for him. Almost.

Avengers World #16

Fri, December 12th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Avengers World" #16 concludes its "AXIS" tie-in two-parter, in which the replacement Avengers mostly stand around and do nothing as part of a setup for another upcoming series.

Thor #3

Thu, December 11th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Thor" #3 continues the new Thor's fight against the frost giants and Malekith, as Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman continue to craft a series that's a perfect jumping on point for any who like superheroes.

Uncanny X-Men Annual #1

Thu, December 11th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Uncanny X-Men Annual" #1 has Brian Michael Bendis and Andrea Sorrentino begin to tell us what happened to Eva Bell during her years-long time jaunt, but for a story about time, its timing is off.

Harley Quinn Holiday Special #1

Wed, December 10th, 2014 | Category: Review

Most comics of this nature are a little painful, but "Harley Quinn Holiday Special" #1 has Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Mauricet, Brandt Peters and Darwyn Cooke bring the hilarity.

Sex Criminals #9

Wed, December 10th, 2014 | Category: Review

Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky not only move the overall plot forward in "Sex Criminals" #10 (Jon & Suzie prepare to try and stop the Sex Police), but give us a great backstory to a new character.

Dash #2

Fri, December 5th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Dash" #2 continues the story of private eye Dashell Malone; his lover's been murdered but the Egyptian-themed murders continue, courtesy Dave Ebersole and Delia Gable.

Fairest #32

Fri, December 5th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Fairest" #32 wraps up the final storyline of the series (with a one-shot to go), and Mark Buckingham and Russ Braun's story continues its rambling, slightly nonsensical nature.

Justice League 3000 #12

Thu, December 4th, 2014 | Category: Review

The "Justice League International" versions of Booster Gold and Blue Beetle are back, but in the 31st century, courtesy Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis, and Howard Porter, and they're still silly.

Detective Comics #37

Thu, December 4th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Detective Comics" #37 looks dazzlingly beautiful courtesy Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato, but this opening chapter to "Anarky" feels like fragments of multiple stories stitched together.

Gotham Academy #3

Wed, December 3rd, 2014 | Category: Review

Olive Silverlock and company continue to explore the supernatural side of school in "Gotham Academy" #3, even as we learn more about the interpersonal relationships between the characters.

Secret Six #1

Wed, December 3rd, 2014 | Category: Review

"Secret Six" #1 is off to a good start courtesy Gail Simone and Ken Lashley, as six new characters find themselves locked in a room with no exit and an unanswered question being asked.

Elfquest: The Final Quest #6

Mon, December 1st, 2014 | Category: Review

Wendy and Richard Pini use "Elfquest: The Final Quest" #6 to stop, regroup, and setup the next part of the storyline; there's a lot of exposition and talking here, and while it's necessary it's also not riveting.

The Flash #36

Mon, December 1st, 2014 | Category: Review

Robert Venditti, Van Jensen, Brett Booth, Andre Coelho, and Norm Rapmund give us a tale of two Flashes in "The Flash" #36, as each iteration of Barry Allen struggles to orient himself to his surroundings.

Catwoman #36

Wed, November 26th, 2014 | Category: Review

The second issue of Genevieve Valentine and Garry Brown's "Catwoman" continues to show promise with Selina as a mob boss, but this book operates at a slow burn.

Deathstroke #2

Wed, November 26th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Deathstroke" #2 has some beautiful art from Tony S. Daniel, but the storytelling feels very lopsided, either all-action or all-exposition, and nothing in-between.

Aquaman #36

Wed, November 26th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Aquaman" #36 continues Jeff Parker and Paul Pelletier's " Maelstrom," as Martian Manhunter's powers help shed light on what really happened to Queen Atlanna.

Gotham by Midnight #1

Wed, November 26th, 2014 | Category: Review

Ray Fawkes and Ben Templesmith introduce GCPD Precinct 13 in "Gotham By Midnight" #1, where even more than normal, it's one Hell of a job.

Astro City #17

Mon, November 24th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Astro City" #17 has Kurt Busiek, Tom Grummett, and company introduce us to Sorrowsday, but it's a story that would have probably worked better with seeing more of the actual history unspooled here.

Batman Eternal #33

Mon, November 24th, 2014 | Category: Review

With just about all of the plot threads having come together, "Batman Eternal" #33 lets Kyle Higgins, Jason Fabok, and the rest of the writing crew deal with Hush's plans for Gotham even as danger lurks.

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