Commando No 4888 – Codeword – “Torch”

New Commando tale offers “Operation Torch”-inspired World War Two story

Commando No 4887 – Out Of Time

Here’s the lowdown on the latest issues of Commando (Issues 4887-4890), on sale this coming Thursday.

These new issues are announced just as publisher DC Thomson also advertises for a new editor for the title, who “will play a pivotal role in determining Commando’s print strategy and leading the editorial and design troops into battle”.

The vacancy arose after Calum Laird left DC Thomson for pastures new, with Deputy Editor Scott Montgomery doing a fine job holding the fort, continuing to bring the comics many fans worldwide some terrific stories, including the four new issues detailed below.

These four issues are on sale in all good newsagents and available via numerous digital platforms on Thursday 11th February 2016.

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Commando No 4887 – Out Of Time
Story: George Low Art: Rezzonico Cover: Janek Matysiak
Preview: www.commandocomics.com/latest-issues/11th-february-2016-collection?issue=4887

It seemed that the Grossin brothers couldn’t be more different.Marc was a mild-mannered watchmaker — the occupying German garrison had used his skills to mend various timepieces dotted around their base.Meanwhile, his younger brother, Bernard, was a member of the local French Resistance and he had begun to wonder if Marc was getting too friendly with the Nazis.

That was the least of Bernard’s worries, though. During a shoot-out at a ruined churchyard, he wondered if he was finally… OUT OF TIME!

Commando No 4888 – Codeword – “Torch”

Commando No 4888 – Codeword – “Torch”
Originally Commando No 220 (July 1966), re-issued as No 859 (August 1974)
Story: Eric Hebden Art: Victor De La Fuente Cover: Ken Barr
Preview: www.commandocomics.com/latest-issues/11th-february-2016-collection?issue=4888

One man held the key to the operation called by the codeword — “TORCH” — the huge Allied invasion of North Africa. His name was Pete Macrory, a Canadian in the Royal Engineers — and nobody trusted him an inch.

To find out why, and what made Pete tick in his own peculiar way, you had to go way back to General Wolfe’s attack on Quebec in 1759. That’s when a distant ancestor of Pete’s, young Jock Macrory, was involved in a deadly adventure of his own…

“I don’t think I’ll be spoiling things for you, as there is a big clue in the title, when I reveal that this story features Operation ‘Torch’,” notes Scott Montgomery, “the real life British/American invasion of French North Africa in the winter of 1942.

“However, people often mistake Commando for some kind of history book but this is not the case. Although we use authentic military events as a backdrop (and strive not to be wildly inaccurate regarding their use), we will always have fictional principal characters placed among them, ensuring that the stories are works of the imagination, with scope for action and adventure.”

Commando 4889 – Polish Pride

Commando 4889 – Polish Pride
Story: George Low Art: Carlos Pino Cover: Carlos Pino
Preview: www.commandocomics.com/latest-issues/11th-february-2016-collection?issue=4889

When their unit was wiped out in the Blitzkrieg that heralded the beginning of World War Two, Lieutenant Bartek Abramski and Sergeant Jakub Brejnak reluctantly found themselves on the run from the Germans.

These proud Uhlan cavalrymen were determined to survive and live to continue their fight another day. As time wore on, though, the chances of this seemed increasingly slim. However, when they teamed up with a downed pilot, a fellow Pole, it looked like they might have a chance to escape the clutches of the enemy…

Commando No 4890 – Dive And Kill!Commando No 4890 – Dive And Kill!
Originally Commando No 2470 (May 1991)
Story: Ian Clark Art: Terry Patrick Cover: Ian Kennedy
Preview: www.commandocomics.com/latest-issues/11th-february-2016-collection?issue=4890

It took nerves of steel to survive in the deadly skies over war-torn Europe… Pilot Officer Chris Bennet had proved that. Or so his fellow pilots thought. They reckoned he was the bravest guy they knew.But even steel can break, and so could Chris…

“I reckon we could call this story a ‘bromance’,” says Scott of this re-presented tale, “even though it was published long before that particular word came into widespread, everyday use. Its main focus is on the friendship between two pals — who have known each other since their university days — and how they cope with the tumultuous pressures of being RAF pilots at the height of the Battle of Britain and beyond.

“Naturally, both men are very different. David Gouldie’s quiet introspection is a neat counterpoint to Chris Bennet’s dashing showmanship — but it seems that he really is putting on a show…”

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