Commando No 4871 – Hard Trouble

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Commando No 4871 – Hard Trouble

Here’s the lowdown on the latest issues of Commando, Issues 4871-4874 on sale now – the penultimate release for 2015, with four more issues out on 31st December.

It’s been a year of change for the title, with editor Calum Laird moving on from DC Thomson and no new editor yet appointed… Hopefully, there will be an an announcement early in 2016.

Commando is on sale in all good newsagents (nesting between Titan Comics’ new Supergirl and their equally new Doctor Who: Tales from the TARDIS in my local WH Smiths). It’s also available on a number of digital platforms.

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Commando No 4871 – Hard Trouble
Story: Alan Hebden Art: Manuel Benet Cover: Manuel Benet
Preview: http://www.commandocomics.com/latest-issues/17th-december-2015-collection?issue=4871

Imagine going up against squadrons of virtually indestructible German tanks — made of incredibly strong armour that can withstand blasts from the most powerful explosive shells.

The Convict Commandos were tasked with preventing this nightmare scenario. Aided by Doctor Jane Mallory of the Office of Scientific Investigation, their latest mission was to sabotage an underground military complex in Northern Czechoslovakia where the steel was being manufactured in secret.

They really were in the heat of the battle this time…

Commando No 4872 – Achtung – Submarine!

Commando No 4872 – Achtung – Submarine!
Originally Commando No 182 (September 1965)
Story: Skentleberry Art: C.T. Rigby Cover: Ken Barr
Preview: http://www.commandocomics.com/latest-issues/17th-december-2015-collection?issue=4872

The submarine Arrowhead had taken a pounding. Leaking and helpless, the vessel couldn’t even submerge into the safety of the depths.

Many a crew would have abandoned ship, but not Bob Mitchell and his men. They ran her into an enemy harbour to carry on the fight from there.

The sub was dead in the water but her crew weren’t — and they would never surrender.

“With this fortnight’s Gold and Silver classics, I thought it might be in interesting to compare the work of the same artist but 25 years apart — and so veteran artist C.T. Rigby is in the spotlight,” says Scott Montgomery.

“This curio from fifty years ago sees a plucky Royal Navy submarine crew take over a small Italian village in a desperate bid to hold off their German enemies. Rigby skilfully illustrates the claustrophobic sub interiors and sea action, as well as skirmishes on land and an aerial attack.

“To see more of Rigby’s fantastic, bold art, take a look at our other see our current Silver title, “Men Of Steel” (No 4874).”

Commando No 4873 – The Nightmare Fort

Commando No 4873 – The Nightmare Fort
Story: Dominic Teague Art: Keith Page Cover: Keith Page
Preview: http://www.commandocomics.com/latest-issues/17th-december-2015-collection?issue=4873

Commander Ben Carter, RN, was on a secret mission for the Admiralty. He and his Motor Torpedo Boat crew were to rescue a secret agent — codenamed “Grey Falcon” — from the clutches of the Nazis on the French coast.

When they were ambushed, Ben started to wonder if he had a traitor in his midst.

Adrift in a lifeboat, Ben and the survivors unexpectedly chanced upon an imposing, Napoleonic sea fort and the mystery of what happened to their mission suddenly deepened…

Commando No 4874 – Men Of Steel

Commando No 4874 – Men Of Steel
Originally Commando No 2382 (June 1990)
Story: C.G. Walker Art: C.T. Rigby Cover: Ian Kennedy
Preview: http://www.commandocomics.com/latest-issues/17th-december-2015-collection?issue=4874

Three blades of steel, tempered and honed to razor-sharpness — Bob Lee had his dagger, and there was a Gurkha kukri and a Japanese Samurai sword…in the hands of men they did not belong to.

Any of these blades could kill at a stroke — but a greater danger lay in the equally deadly weapons carried by a gang of avenging Malayan bandits.

These ‘Men Of Steel’ were a foe you would meet only in your worst nightmare…

“With this fortnight’s Silver and Gold classics, I thought it might be in interesting to compare the work of the same artist but 25 years apart — and so veteran artist C.T. Rigby is in the spotlight,” says Scott.

“This taut tale from 1990 is excellently drawn by Rigby, who is capable of moody, moonlight atmospherics in the night scenes, as well as no-nonsense action amongst the dense foliage of the jungle.”

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