New Commandos take you down “Doom River” and into a deadly desert!

Commando 4763

Here’s the details of the latest issues of Commando (Issues 4763 – 4766) from DC Thomson, on sale now in all good newsagents across the UK and digitally for iPad and iPhone.

Commando No 4763 – Ambush In The Ardennes
Story: Ferg Handley Art: Rezzonico Cover: Janek Matysiak
Preview: www.commandocomics.com/latest-issues/4th-december-2014-collection?issue=4763

When Lieutenant Alexandre “Lex” Mertens joined a Belgian Special Forces unit late in World War II he knew he’d be in for a tough time — hit-and-run raids in heavily-armed jeeps were never going to be easy.

What he didn’t expect was to be called on to defend a village full of civilians from rampaging German forces and to have to take command of his new comrades. He didn’t know if he’d be up to the job but for the sake of the civilians and his own men, he was going to have to be.

 

Commando 4764

 

Commando No 4764 – Doom River
Originally Commando No 131 (September 1964), re-issued as No 687 (October 1972)
Story: Spence Art: Alonso Cover: Chaco
Preview: www.commandocomics.com/latest-issues/4th-december-2014-collection?issue=4764

Had they survived the landing at the deadly river-mouth, mined and ambushed by the Japanese, and fought their way through the horrors of the jungle, just to be picked off on this ridge by Japanese planes?

Was this the finish — here, when below them lay the secret Japanese airfield they’d come so many blood-stained miles to destroy?

Was it blazes!

“Although every Commando story starts life as a plot line, sometimes it’s not the story that grabs your attention, sometimes it’s the cover, sometimes it’s the inside art,” notes Editor Calum Laird. “That is certainly the case here. Alonso’s pants-on-fire style of illustration socks you in the eye and keeps the tale racing along.

“Once you get past the art, you can appreciate that it’s a well-worked, complicated plot that Alonso is working with. There’s jeopardy round every corner and enough friction between the characters to start a small fire — see the comment about Alonso’s style.

“Cover artist Chaco holds his end up well, reducing the amount of colour in the illustration to show that it’s night, but also showing up the gun flashes and the probing searchlight. A good job by all three.”

 

Commando 4765

 

Commando No 4765 – Desert Deception
Story: George Low Art: Morahin Cover: Janek Matysiak
Preview: www.commandocomics.com/latest-issues/4th-december-2014-collection?issue=4765

Tony Borelli had been born in England but his parents were full-blooded Italians so, when World War Two broke out, he looked likely to be detained in an internment camp with other foreign nationals.

Tony, though, enlisted in the British Army and became part of a highly secret intelligence unit operating in the deserts of North Africa.

His CO believed Tony’s fluent Italian was an asset to the team and didn’t consider his roots important. Unfortunately, not all Tony’s comrades were as convinced that he could be trusted…

Commando No 4766 – Phantom Panthers
Originally Commando No 2264 (March 1989)
Story: Allan Chalmers Art: Denis Mcloughlin Cover: Ian Kennedy
Preview: www.commandocomics.com/latest-issues/4th-december-2014-collection?issue=4766

They did not exist as far as the Allies were aware — four lethal Panther tanks hidden away in a secret lair from which they would strike with devastating force when the time was right.

The British had a phantom of their own with which to hit back… though they did not know it!

“Throughout Commando’s 53-year history, Military Policemen (MPs) have been used by authors as a handy plot device or character archetype,” notes Scott Montgomery, Deputy Editor. “On many occasions, these Army law enforcers have been officious, bullying types, bringing trumped-up charges against our plucky, salt-of-the-earth heroes.

“In ‘Phantom Panthers’ — drawn by the inimitable and much-missed Denis McLoughlin — we buck the trend. MP Sergeant Bill Cuthbert is likable, brave, honest…and determined to solve a battlefield mystery. Once more, Commando can turn expectations on their heads and — as we see here — the results are all the better for it.”


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• Commando Collections: Checklist

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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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