Commando celebrates International Women’s Day with special issues

There’s a slightly sinister and furiously fervent set of Commando comics on sale this week, as DC Thomson mark International Women’s Day with a dramatic, high-tension foursome of stories.

Issues 5519 – 5522 are out Thursday 3rd March, 2022, and available digitally now.

Commando 5519: Home of Heroes – Night Witch
Story: Georgia Standen Battle | Art: Vicente Alcazar | Cover: Mark Harris
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Commando 5519: Home of Heroes - Night Witch - cover by Mark Harris

Among the enemy troops, soldiers barely whisper their name. Silent and deadly they creep upon their unsuspecting victims, as velvet bombs plummet to the ground and bring destruction to the German lines. These havoc-wreaking tactics could only be attributed to the Nachthexen — the deadly women of the 588th Night Bombers — and nothing can stop them closing in on their prey!

Vicente Alcazar’s work on this story is terrific, a pencil-like style that positively sings throughout. If ever there could be such a thing, it’s a beautifully illustrated war tale, its impact all the more telling for the choice of art.

(This story taking place in Russia, was of course commissioned, edited and on its way to newsagents before the terrible events began to unfold in Ukraine).

Commando 5520: Gold Collection – Danger Mountain
Story: Donnelly | Art: Victor Fuente | Cover Penalva
Originally Commando No. 430 (1969)
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Commando 5520: Gold Collection - Danger Mountain - Cover by Penalva

Sergeant Brian Hardy is a human fly capable of traversing any terrain. Poppa Pistol is a passionate rebel with a taste for vengeance. Together, the pair and their teams must carry out the capture of a high-ranking Nazi official, but soon they find themselves at odds with how he should be dealt with.

Who will win out in this high-stakes battle for survival in the mountains, in this dramatic, high-tension tale?

Commando 5521: Action and Adventure: Snap Shot
Story: Kate Dewar | Art and Cover: Manuel Benet
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Commando 5521: Action and Adventure: Snap Shot - cover by Manuel Benet

As the Germans march through their ghetto, Weronika and her family bribe their way out of what’s to come… but the Nazi machine can only be trusted in one thing — total destruction.

Joining an unconventional resistance cell, Weronika is determined to document the fight against the invaders in the hopes of one day showing the struggle for survival, and how ordinary people resisted with everything they had.

A fresh and action-packed angle on the fight for freedom by Kate Dewar, with striking interiors and cover art by Manuel Benet.

Commando 5522: Silver Collection – The Fighting Cowboys
Story: Garbutt | Art : Fleming | Cover: Jeff Bevan
Originally Commando No. 1777 (1984)
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Commando 5522: Silver Collection - The Fighting Cowboys - cover by Jeff Bevan

Frank Regan wants to sign up and give the Nazis the booting they deserve, but it’s a bit tricky to do that from a ranch in South America in this story with an unusual setting.

Thankfully, the Germans are making it easy for him, bringing a whole host of sailors and a U-boat to his local turf. Let the madness begin!

• Commando Comics is online at www.commandocomics.com | DC Thomson – Subscriptions | FacebookTwitter | Commando Comics on AmazonUK

• The official 2022 Commando Calendar is available to order from AmazonUK (Affliiate Link)

This features various covers from Commando comic ranging from the Classic Golden Era of the comic to modern day masterpieces. Included are 17 covers by some of the world’s greatest ever comic artists as well as a special double page-spread pull-out poster. Featuring artwork by Ian Kennedy, Neil Roberts, Keith Burns, and many more.

• The Art of Ian Kennedy is also available to order from DC Thomson direct

  • Commando 5519 - Night Witch
  • Commando 5520 - Danger Mountain
  • Commando 5521 - Snap Shot
  • Commando 5522 - The Fighting Cowboys

• Commando Comics is online at www.commandocomics.com | DC Thomson – Subscriptions | FacebookTwitter | Commando Comics on AmazonUK

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. 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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