Brand new issues of DC Thomson’s Commando (5203 – 5206) are out this Thursday, on sale in all good newsagents across the UK – and on digital platforms. Get ready for revenge in the desert, a train heist in Nazi-occupied France, a deadly sortie in Florence, and the first instalment of a new, three-part War Across Europe series!
Writer, editor and producer Iain McLaughlin – whose credits beyond Commando include Doctor Who and Sherlock Holmes fiction and of course his time as editor of The Beano, has based the trilogy on the story of his uncle’s experiences during World War Two.
“My Uncle was a young man working on his father’s farm in Poland when the Germans invaded,” he says. “He set off on a journey across Europe so that he could fight to free his homeland and eventually wound up in France working with the Resistance…
“I hope the issues can be this nephew’s tribute to a much loved uncle and an immensely brave man, as well as the men and women who fought alongside him.”
Commando 5203: Home of Heroes – WAR ACROSS EUROPE: Rebel!
Story: Iain McLaughlin | Art: Morhain & Defeo | Cover: Neil Roberts
The War Across Europe series starts off with a bang as the Nazis invade Poland. Stefan and Grigor are out hunting when they are attacked by men in unfamiliar uniforms. Their homes are burned, their whole families murdered, so the pair revolve to flee Poland and join the Polish army.
Cover artist, Neil Roberts was briefed with the clear intention of depicting the journey across Europe for this new series.
“With the covers I wanted to strike a balance between the graphic elements of the map and symbols against the characters and soldiers,” he notes. “Using the colours of the Polish flag as a starting point gave me a great sense of narrative design for this and subsequent pieces, with the characters clothing contrasting and separating them from the background.”
Commando 5204: Gold Collection – Jinx Pilot
Story: Clegg | Art: Gordon C Livingstone | Cover: Ken Barr
Originally Commando No. 76 (1963). Reprinted No. 551 (1971)
This unlucky yarn is on its first airing since 1971! The ‘Jinx Pilot’ in question is Flying Officer Pete Kelly whose impetuous nature leads him smack into trouble! Especially when a column of German trucks he strafes does not hold the cargo he is quite expecting… but you’ll have to read it to find out more!
Commando 5205: Action and Adventure – Red Gold
Story: George Low | Art Muller & Klacik | Cover: Ian Kennedy
British secret agents? A French Communist Resistance cell? Both working together to steal Nazi gold in a train heist the likes of which the Third Reich has never seen? You bet your bottom dollar they are! All this and more explosive action in ‘RED GOLD’!
Commando 5206: Silver Collection -Reject’s Revenge
Story: Roger Sanderson | Art: Gual | Cover: Ian Kennedy
Originally Commando No. 2847 (1995)
‘Reject’s Revenge’ is an unusual Commando from writer Roger Sanderson, with a story that begins in 1955, moves into 1943 in North Africa and Italy, then spans into the post-war Middle East!
And that’s all in the first 30 pages! Plus an amazing cover from Ian Kennedy!
• Commando Comics are available to buy and request in WHSmith and all good local newsagents
• Print and digital subscriptions are available worldwide, and can be bought through the DC Thomson website
• The DC Thomson online shop offers both Commando cover prints and T-Shirts – https://www.dcthomsonshop.co.uk/our-brands/commando.html?cat=1178