Brand new Commando (Issues 5067-5070) are out tomorrow from DC Thomson, on sale in all good newsagents and via various digital platforms.
In this latest batch of war-inspired comics Nazis are at large, attempting high profile assassinations, seeking prestigious medals and forming Air Kommando squadrons…. Meanwhile, the Allies are working on their own top-secret plans… something involving pykrete…
Commando 5067 Home of Heroes: HMS Iceberg
Story Iain McLaughlin | Art and Cover Manuel Benet
Set in the glacial milieu of the North Atlantic, where polar bears roam and icebergs drift freely, something else was moving in those waters, something top secret…
Working at a military base off the coast of Canada, Professor David Alexander is recruiting men to help test a new prototype for something codenamed Project Habakkuk… something which might just change the tides of war and help strike back against the Germans.
With detailed interior and cover art from Manuel Benet, known for his thin line strokes and expressive faces, “HMS Iceberg” is an immersive take on one of World War Two’s most unusual technologies.
Commando 5068 Gold Collection: The Defiant
Story C.G. Walker | Art and Cover Gordon C. Livingstone
Originally Commando No. 406 (May 1969) Reprinted No. 1163 (1977)
Three men’s paths will cross, their destinies intertwined on the battlefields of World War Two.
Kurt Ruttmeyer, an arrogant and ambitious Waffen S.S. soldier wants nothing more than to be awarded the elite Cross of Gold; Bruno Leeman, a Luftwaffe ace pilot, who despises the Nazi regime of his country; and Dick Hartley, once an English student in peaceful Germany, now a Sergeant in the British Army.
A classic tale of friendship, rivalries and revenge, C. G. Walker’s Golden Age issue is well in keeping with the time honoured themes of Commando, creating a dynamic duo with the iconic Gordon C. Livingstone, who designed the cover and interior art.
Commando 5069 Action and Adventure: Operation Eagle Strike
Story George Low | Art Rezzonico | Cover Ian Kennedy
Despite the initial success of Operation Barborossa, by 1943 the Germans had suffered more and more failed campaigns and losses as the Soviet Forces regrouped. But the Nazi eagle readied its claws to strike back in a new operation!
Leading this action is Fallschirmjager Leutnant Jurgen Meissen and Feldwebel Ernst Hipper, two veterans of Crete and Norway. Their objective: to kill a Russian military V.I.P., but even they didn’t suspect getting this target in their sights…
Accompanying George Low’s thrilling story of espionage is a stunning aerial cover from Ian Kennedy himself, the moody night scene working well with the theme of secrecy and Rezzonico’s noir illustrations.
Commando 5070: Silver Collection: Air Kommando
Story Ian Clark | Art Carlos Pino | Cover Ian Kennedy
Originally Commando No. 2653 (April 1993)
After losing his right eye to shrapnel when his Heinkel 111 is shot down by a Hurricane, Major Erich Hartmann fears he will never fly again… That is until he is hired by a German bigwig as his token one-eyed chauffeur. But Erich’s flying is just as good as ever and he quickly forms his own Air Kommando squadron. Taking to the skies, Erich leads daring missions, striking against the dreaded might of Russia.
Although Carlos Pino worked on one Commando issue in the 1970s (Issue 838, “Danger Below” in 1974) it would be 1989 before he returned to the title and began to work on it regularly. “Air Kommando” is certainly a great issue in his long career, showcasing his stellar style of facial expressions and action sequences.
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Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. 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 “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.