Here’s the intel on the latest issues of DC Thomson’s Commando war comic (Issues 5071 – 5074), on sale in all good newsagents (and via various digital platforms) from Thursday 16th November.
Prepare for some hairy Harley Davidson chases, aerial dogfights at 40,000 feet, criminals turned war heroes and dreaded U-Boat hunts…
Commando 5071: Home of Heroes: Troubled Times
Story George Low | Art Jaume Forns | Cover Janek Matysiak
After the horrors of the World War One, Feldwebel Kurt Woden and Unteroffizer Johann Aachen returned from the front line to a battered and impoverished Germany. But not everyone was happy to put the fighting behind them, and not every German was at a loss from the war effort. Soon the rumblings of war reared its ugly head again as Kurt and Johann ran into a familiar face – one they remembered from the other side of the trenches…
Another classic tale from George Low featuring a dynamic pairing of bickering friends, “Troubled Times” is full of battle and high speed chases, with artwork by Jaume Forns breaking through the panels, adding to the excitement of this stellar issue.
Commando 5072: Gold Collection: Redcap
Story Skentleberry | Art Zata | Cover Penalva
Originally Commando No. 427 (September 1969)
M.P. Sergeant Pete Simpson never expected to lead a group of Allied criminals and deserters, but when their transport plane is downed in the Italian mountains, Pete has no choice but to trust his prisoners.
However, things quickly take a turn when the rag-tag crew find a Nazi power station and their fight for survival turns to one for honour!
Complimenting Skentleberry’s vagabond team is carefully shaded artwork by Zata, really making the different uniforms and expressions stand out.
Commando 5073: Action and Adventure: Higher! Higher! Higher!
Story Steve Taylor | Art Castro & Morhain| Cover Ian Kennedy
Commando reaches new heights as German reconnaissance flights take old Junkers Ju 86Ps into the stratosphere, but fear not, Tommy has his own plane ready to give chase. Battling at 40,000 feet, these steel angels have more than bullets or dizzying heights to worry about as less oxygen can be absorbed by the blood, leading to hallucinations, dizziness and even blackouts…
Framing this is issue is a glorious aerial cover by Ian Kennedy, showing the depth and height of the aircraft showdown high above the African sands.
Commando 5074: Silver Collection: Jinx and Jonah!
Story K. P. MacKenzie | Art Gordon C. Livingstone | Cover Jeff Bevan
Originally Commando No. 2641 (February 1993)
For the entirety of World War Two, battles were underway to protect and conquer the vital sea lanes of the Atlantic Ocean. But the enemy was not always visible on such a battlefield, as hidden beneath the surface were Nazi wolf packs. One such U-Boat bore the distinctive insignia of a mermaid on a horseshoe – something wireless operator Andrew Collins would never forget…
K. P. MacKenzie’s nautical adventure is skilfully drawn by the illustrious Gordon C. Livingstone, while the sea loving Jeff Bevan provides the cover.
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John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor.
He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY.
Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.