Brand new Commando (Issues 5111-5114) go on sale this Thursday (5th April 2018) from DC Thomson, on sale in all good newsagents and via various digital platforms. There’s brawling in desert dust ups, U-Boats under attack by Bristol Beaufort torpedo bombers, adventure excavating Roman treasures in Italian-occupied Abyssinia, and scrapping with spies off the coast of West Africa.
It’s all in a day’s work for Commando comic heroes – with some celebrations of 100 years of the RAF thrown in for good measure!
Commando 5111: Home of Heroes – A Tank Called Tempest
Story: George Low | Art: Jaume Forns | Cover: Ian Kennedy
It may sound like the first line of a joke, but when an Australian, a Kiwi, a South African, and an English soldier were all stranded in a single tank in the North African desert, there was only one punchline the troops had in mind… Originally intended as a propaganda piece to showcase Commonwealth nations working together, the troublemaking quartet soon get separated from their lines, leaving them at each others’ – and Jerry’s throats.
Jaume Forns’ steadfast attention to different nationals’ uniforms is put to the test in this George Low tale, which takes the Commando trope of bickering foes come friends and cranks it up to eleven.
Commando 5112: Gold Collection – Low-Level Ace
Story: CG Walker | Art: CT Rigby | Cover: Union Studio
Originally Commando No. 480 (June 1970)
Pilot Officer Bob Tanner flew his Beaufort so low that sometimes his crew “thought they were in a submarine”! But his men always trusted him, even when the waves licked at the undercarriage of their aircraft. A man who didn’t trust Tanner, however, was Pilot Officer Paul Scott. Pranks between airmen were one thing, but when Tanner uncovered a Nazi spy in the area and a turncoat among his superiors, jealously soon took hold of Scott, turning rivalry to resentment…
Joining the commemoration of the Royal Air Force’s 100 years of service, this Gold issue reprint focuses on the exploits of a Bristol Beaufort torpedo bomber. Low-Level Ace sees one of Commando’s most the dynamic pairings of writer and interior artist, CG Walker and CT Rigby, paying an excellent homage to the bravery and determination of those who serve in the RAF.
Commando 5113: Action and Adventure – Danger in the Dark
Story: Stephen Walsh | Art and Cover: Keith Page
Danger Doyle is back! This time, he and his reluctant secret agent partner, Ned Finch, are shipped off to Italian-occupied Abyssinia for some well-deserved “time-off”. But as with everything to do with British Intelligence Organisation Omega, Danger and Ned are not so shocked to realise that there was an ulterior motive to their little holiday break in war torn Africa, as our hapless duo face-off against fascism, and find some rather interesting artefacts along the way.
In the second instalment of writer Stephen Walsh and artist Keith Page’s Danger series, the antics are upped even higher as Ulysses ‘Danger’ Doyle adds to his list of life-saving accolades, while Ned continues to roll his eyes and prays that one day he might just catch a break.
Commando 5114: Silver Collection – The Waiting Game
Story: KP MacKenzie | Art: Jose Maria Jorge | Cover: Ian Kennedy
Originally Commando No. 2734 (February 1994)
As RAF Pilot Officer Bob Barnes cruised the West African coast, he scanned the wave bands on his radio. He never expected to tune into a U-Boat’s frequency, but when he overhears a Morse Code message and plots the course, the bearings lead north-east of Cape Town —inland. Either the Jerries had started putting wheels on their submarines or something else was afoot, and Jimmy was about to find out just what that was…
Another celebration of the centenary of the Royal Air Force, KP MacKenzie’s ‘The Waiting Game’, like ‘Low-Level Ace’, focuses on bombers targeting U-Boats, but this time from the perspective of a navigator in a Catalina. Jose Maria Jorge’s interior art is just as thrilling as the story, while Ian Kennedy’s exhilarating cover has the Catalina almost bouncing off the waves as it gives chase to the fleeing U-Boat!
• Commando Comics are on sale every fortnight in all good newsagents and Commando #5103 and #5105 are still on sale now for £2 per issue. Commando Comics are available to buy and request in WHSmith and local newsagents
• Print and digital subscriptions are available worldwide, and can be bought through the DC Thomson website
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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.