Final Commando titles of 2014 On Sale on Thursday, World War One epic concludes

Commando 4767

Here, for the last time in 2014, is the release information for the latest issues of Commando (4767-4770) from DC Thomson,  on sale this Thursday, 18th December, in all good newsagents and digitally for iPhone and iPad via the Commando app.

Commando No 4767 – Armistice!
Story: George Low Art: Keith Page Cover: Ian Kennedy
Preview: http://www.commandocomics.com/latest-issues/18th-december-2014-collection?issue=4767

On the morning of the 28th of June 1914, two pistol shots fired in a Sarajevo street had plunged the world into war.

A little over four years later the guns finally fell silent. An armistice had been agreed. Now the surviving soldiers, sailors and airmen could return home and resume their lives. For some it wouldn’t be as simple as that, though. For some there were still battles to be fought — even if they couldn’t fight them for themselves.

“As a tribute to those who served during the years 1914-1918 — on the Home Front or at Front Line — Commando has produced a series of stories of characters caught up in the tumult of the First World War,” notes Calum Laird, Commando Editor. “None of them are real people but we’d like to think that the experiences they have will not be a million miles from what actually happened to so many.

“Over the last 11 months, news boy Jimmy Lomas has been selling newspapers to passing servicemen from his pitch on the railway station. Now, finally, he has been called up and pitched into action in the trenches. How will he fare in this most hostile of environments, facing angers he could only imagine from the snippets passed to him by his uniformed customers.

“Our Great Warriors series is now finished. We have enjoyed putting it together for you and hope that you’ve enjoyed it too. Perhaps you’d like us to do other series like this, perhaps not. Either way, let us know it’s always good to hear from you.”

 

Commando 4768

 

Commando No 4768 – Night Fighter
Originally Commando No 140 (November 1964)
Story: Parlett Art: Medrano Cover: Ken Barr
Preview: http://www.commandocomics.com/latest-issues/18th-december-2014-collection?issue=4768

Above all things, AC1 Bert Barnet, wireless operator, longed to fly a plane.

Bert got his wish — but in a way that made his worst nightmares seem tame!

Three thousand feet up in hostile night skies, alone with an unconscious pilot in a shot-up Beaufighter, the completely untrained Bert got his chance to fly a fighting plane — or to die trying!

“While we try to keep Commando as authentic as possible, we have taken liberties over the years,” notes Calum. “Sometimes the plots are well over-the-top, sometimes — like here — they’re just the tiniest bit far-fetched. It’s still very believable but… For all that it is a good yarn, one that’ll have you rooting for the main character. Let’s hope the author doesn’t let you down.

“Inside artist, Medrano, is up there with the best of war aviation artists and his crisp, precise eye for detail adds an extra layer of enjoyment to the story. He’s also not afraid to use a lot of black ink, and does so to good effect.

“No doubt it was Ken Barr’s cover that drew you in, rest assured the contents of the book live up to its promise.

 

Commando 4769

 

Commando No 4769 – Out For Justice
Story: George Low Art: Vila Cover: Janek Matysiak
Preview: http://www.commandocomics.com/latest-issues/18th-december-2014-collection?issue=4769

By Summer 1945 the war in Europe was over but there was still much work for men like Military Police Lieutenant Grant Sim. He helped to keep the peace in a shattered Germany where danger lurked in the form of unexploded bombs, and crime was rife on its ravaged streets.

Grant had unfinished business, too. His brother, an RAF pilot, had been callously executed after being shot down. Now, with an unlikely ally to aid him, the Redcap was poised to capture his brother’s killer. He was… OUT FOR JUSTICE!

 

Commando 4770

Commando No 4770 – Too Old To Fight
Originally No 2262 (March 1989), re-issued as No 3788 (February 2005)
Story: Alan Hebden Art: Gordon Livingstone Cover: Ian Kennedy
Preview: http://www.commandocomics.com/latest-issues/18th-december-2014-collection?issue=4770

Regimental-Sergeant-Major Burnham Bulworth had been a soldier for forty years. Built like a tank, he was an ogre on the parade ground, a legend on the battlefield; his whole life dedicated to the army.

Some said he could chase off entire enemy divisions on his own. But the greatest threat to his career wasn’t the Germans…it was a short-sighted clerk with the devastating news that Burnham was now… TOO OLD TO FIGHT

“If ‘Too Old To Fight’ were a movie, it could be described as a “Buddy Cop” action film — featuring two characters who initially dislike each other but who, when circumstances force them to work together, resolve some of their differences along the way,” suggests Scott Montgomery, Deputy Editor.

“This is a terrific Commando adventure — script, interior art and cover are all top-notch, thanks to a team of the comic’s finest freelance creators. There are plenty of thrills and spills but at the heart of it is the most important thing of all — wonderful characters.


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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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