Commando 5078: Silver Collection: Viking Breed SNIP

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Commando 5075: Home of Heroes - Reclaim the Phantom

Here’s the intel on the latest issues of DC Thomson’s long-running war comic Commando (Issues 5075 – 5078 ) – on sale this Thursday, 30th November 2017 in all good newsagents and various digital platforms.

From the cobbled streets of old Bohemia to the perilous waters surrounding the Lesser Antilles, there’s battle ahead in every setting. Expect deadly French corvettes, Cossack train chases, and Nordic shipwrecks!

Commando 5075: Home of Heroes – Reclaim the Phantom
Story: Dominic Teague | Art: Vicente Alcazar | Cover: Janek Matysiak

Racing through the Caribbean waters of the Lesser Antilles, Captain John Valetine was ordered to warn a British flotilla set to ambush French corvettes that they had underestimated the number of enemy vessels awaiting them. If Valentine’s 74 gunner, ‘The Phantom’, doesn’t reach the British in time then Napoleon’s forces will destroy the flotilla. But the French are the least of Valentine’s concerns as a familiar face from his past spreads poisonous words among the crew – could there be talk of mutiny?

Vicente Alcazar’s stunning artwork and attention to period detail bring Dominic Teague’s Peninsular War adventure to life, the thin line strokes of the ship’s rigging and scale of these stunning, yet mammoth vessels is a real joy to see.

Commando 5076: Gold Collection - Fly Fast – Hit Hard

Commando 5076: Gold Collection – Fly Fast – Hit Hard
Story McOwan | Art: Amador | Cover: Sanfeliz
Originally Commando No. 408 (June 1969) Reprinted No. 1171 (November 1977)

After witnessing Flying Officer Nick Nichols shoot down one of his own men over the Libyan desert, veteran pilot Eric Wallace had him marked – but he was never able to confront Nichols on his devilish deed. After crash landing, Nick was taken to hospital then sent to England to lead a Mosquito squadron. Little did either of them know that their paths would cross once more… and that Nick would reveal his own truth regarding the murder of their fellow pilot…

With striking interior art by Amador bringing McOwan’s aerial adventure to life, Sanfeliz’s dazzling cover sets the precedent for this action-heavy issue, showing a desert Hurricane pulling up post dive, leaving nothing but carnage in its wake.

Commando 5077: Action and Adventure: Long Way from Home

Commando 5077: Action and Adventure: Long Way from Home
Story: Shane Filer | Art and Cover: Keith Page

When Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia on the 28th of July, 1914, it was only a matter of time before the rest of Europe was dragged into the Great War. But Dominik Zatopek didn’t care. He may have lived in Prague, but growing up poor he had turned to petty crime and considered himself an anarchist with no ties to any country. However, fate would have a hand to play, as Domink was thrown from side to side, never committing allegiance to any cause – that is, until he saw the passion of the Czech Legion and the notion of home suddenly because something tangible… maybe there could be a place for Domink after all?

An insight into the plight of the Czechs and Slovaks who fought in the First World War, Shane Filer’s ‘Long Way from Home’ is a tale of comaradery that knows no national boundaries as men fight together for a common goal.

Originally from Prague, Filer’s love for the city clearly shines through in Keith Page’s artwork – featuring the narrow streets and national landmarks we’ve come to associate with the city.

Commando 5078: Silver Collection: Viking Breed

Commando 5078: Silver Collection: Viking Breed
Story: Ian Clark | Art: Peter Foster | Cover: Jeff Bevan
Originally Commando No. 2639 (February 1993)

Determined to go to sea and become a world renowned skipper, Norwegian Olaf Peterson was denied this wish after his father drowned at sea. But Olaf would never give up, even when his first boat, The Fulmar’s crew did everything in their power to make him suffer at sea – that is, until Germany invaded Norway. Then, torn from within, many Norwegians sailed to Britain to do their part for the Allies – Olaf, a stowaway was one of them – but there were some who found allegiance with the other side…

Illustrated by Australian cartoonist Peter Foster, Ian Clark’s roguish sea dogs are charmingly rendered, while the harsh black and hazy lines of the sea and mist add suspense and violence to this nautical adventure.

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The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", working as an editor, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years. His credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel UK and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines. He also edited STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics, including Team M.O.B.I.L.E. and The Beatles Story. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare” for Tian Books. 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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