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Commando 5139: Home of Heroes: The Forlorn Hope

Brand new Commando (Issues 5139 – 5142) go on sale from DC Thomson in all good newsagents (and various digital platforms) on Thursday 12th July. Bear your Brown Bess musket and Baker rifle with the Sherwood Foresters, ditch the camera for courage with film star Rex Barton, outwit wily POWs in the Scottish Highlands, and fire on U-boats from the deck of a Coastal Motor Boat!

Commando 5139: Home of Heroes: The Forlorn Hope
Story: Andrew Knighton | Art and Cover: Manuel Benet

The Forlorn Hope was the name given to those who were placed on the front line in battle. The 45th Sherwood Foresters Regiment of Foot were among those who would advance on the sieged City of Badajoz. It would be one of the bloodiest battles in the Napoleonic Wars, but on they fought against French cannons and muskets, ready to take out the best of Napoleon’s men.

Manuel Benet’s stellar interior and cover art looks straight out of a scene from Sharpe, the dedication to regimental uniform astounding!

Commando 5140: Gold Collection: Shooting Star

Commando 5140: Gold Collection: Shooting Star
Story: Newark | Art and Cover: Gordon C Livingstone
Originally Commando No. 483 (June 1970). Reprinted No. 1404 (April 1980).

Rex Barton was used to action — both on and off the camera. A film star used for propaganda pictures, Rex had had enough and took to the skies in his own kite, desperate to take down any Jerries in his path — and he was dang good at it. But when the Nazis got their hands on Rex, they decided to make their own propaganda piece. The only problem was that Rex wasn’t game to play ball…

Instantly recognisable, Gordon C Livingstone’s cover shines just as bright as Newark’s film star come RAF pilot hero.

Commando 5141: Action and Adventure: Outfoxed!

Commando 5141: Action and Adventure: Outfoxed!
Story: Colin Watson | Art: Morhain | Cover: Ian Kennedy

In the last bitter days of World War Two, many soldiers were happy to wait out the end in a sleepy prisoner of war camp in the Scottish Highlands — but not Gefreiter Fritz Schmitt. He wore the uniform and had the identity papers, but he did not act like a corporal, and he did not speak to any of the other Germans. No, his only ally was Military Police Sergeant Fred Foxley… but even he would balk when he found out what Schmitt had done in the Ardennes and why he must escape…

Inspired by Cultybraggan in Scotland, Ian Kennedy brings the POW camp to life, the perfect backdrop for Watson’s adversaries, Police Sergeant McKay and MP Sergeant Foxley, to play out their battle of wits

Commando 5142: Silver Collection: High Risk RescueCommando 5142: Silver Collection: High Risk Rescue
Story: Ian Clark | Art: Olivera | Cover: Ian Kennedy
Originally Commando No. 2824 (January 1995)

World War One Coastal Motor Boat skipper Lieutenant Frank Judge was no stranger to danger; CMBs had a top speed of forty knots and launched eighteen-inch torpedoes at enemy U-boats. But when Frank is assigned a mission to sneak ashore behind enemy lines and rescue missing naval Commander Richard Berry, he wishes he had just stayed at sea!

Ian Kennedy’s moody cover perfectly suits the vintage tone of Clark’s unique World War One naval issue.

Commando T-Shirt• Commando Comics are available to buy and request in WHSmith and all good local newsagents

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John Freeman

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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