World War Two aliens and other SF themes in new Commando comics, out this week

Drama, deserts, and dynamic visitors from beyond space and time are on offer in an off the wall set of DC Thomson Media’s Commando (Issues 5399 – 5402) to kick start 2021.

Commando 5399: Home of Heroes - Lords of the Vortex

Commando 5399: Home of Heroes – Lords of the Vortex
Story: Stephen Walsh: Art: Jaume Forns Cover: Ian Kennedy
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It’s been thirty hours since US Army nurse Emma Wade last had any sleep. Landing at Anzio beachhead had been no picnic, but now an unusual and overconfident stranger calling himself Rek Starlo is dragging her round the front lines, intercepting a suspicious brand of German Soldier. Is this normal sleep deprivation? Or is there more to these Nazis — and Rek Starlo — than meets the eye?

Jaume Forns’ crisp interiors add bounce and amusement in this entertaining science fiction story by Stephen Walsh, who has written many a quirky “Charlotte Corday” adventure with Commando artist Keith Page, complemented by a throwback-style cover from Ian Kennedy.

Commando 5400: Gold Collection - Common Foe

Commando 5400: Gold Collection – Common Foe
Story: Skentlebery Art: Aguilar: Cover: Fernando
Originally Commando No. 375 (1968)
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Deep in the desert, as the Axis and Allied forces do their dance of death, another war is waging — one for a hidden treasure, buried far from prying eyes and guarded by a nomadic people, wise in the ways of the blistering sands. As rumour spreads of untold riches, loyalties will be tested and true natures will be revealed!

Aguilar’s detailed interiors add pace and drama to this exciting action-adventure from Skentlebery, with a painterly classic cover from Fernando.

Commando 5401: Action and Adventure: Not in My Name

Commando 5401: Action and Adventure: Not in My Name
Story: Iain McLaughlin | Art: Muller & Klacik | Cover: Neil Roberts
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German resistance during the Second World War was an interior menace to be stamped out — and that’s exactly what Orpo leader Johan Brunner plans to do to boost his career prospects. When Lisl and her fellow patriots hear about an Allied plane being downed nearby, they hatch a plan to rescue the crew and add another blow to local Nazi morale… but Brunner is scheming and not all may be as it seems.

Muller & Klacik’s dramatic interiors highlight Iain McLaughlin’s examination of wartime politics, wrapped in a dynamic cover from Neil Roberts.

Commando 5402: Silver Collection: Desert Mystery

Commando 5402: Silver Collection: Desert Mystery
Story: Bryan Perrett: | Art: Gordon C Livingstone | Cover: K Walker
Originally Commando No. 1631 (1982)
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There seems to be a flap on and Tom Smith is keen to get to the heart of the action — but not for the reasons he should be! Indeed, this fella always seems to find himself at the heart of major trouble, but this time the monsters are closing in and he needs to reveal the truth if he’s to survive!

Well-loved artist Gordon C. Livingston adds charm to this unusual action story by Bryan Perrett. An intense cover from K Walker captures the mood but belies the science fiction elements hidden within.

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The book showcases Ian’s fantastic array of work for not only DC Thomson Media but also his own personal collection. The high spec 160-page art book includes both never before seen and classic covers, as well as illustrations from the DC Thomson archives, featuring titles as diverse as Lucky Charm and Buddy. Set out chronologically, the book showcases Ian’s career at the famous Scottish publishing house, from his early days working on ‘Red-Skull Branson’ and ‘Commando Jim’ to his most recent covers and commissions for Commando

• The Art of Ian Kennedy is also available to order from DC Thomson direct

COMMANDO ISSUES ISSUES 5399 – 5402 – FULL COVER GALLERY

  • Commando 5399: Home of Heroes - Lords of the Vortex - Full
  • Commando 5400: Gold Collection - Common Foe - Full
  • Commando 5401: Action and Adventure: Not in My Name Full
  • Commando 5402: Silver Collection: Desert Mystery - Full

• Commando Comics is online at www.commandocomics.com | DC Thomson – Subscriptions | FacebookTwitter | Commando Comics on AmazonUK

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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