First female writer to join Commando’s ranks in over 30 years debuts with “Shadow in the Storm!”

Brand new issues of Commando (Issues 5227 – 5230) are out this Thursday, offering shark-infested seas, French Resistance showdowns and Battle of Britain pilots.

Commando 5229: Action and Adventure: Shadow in the Storm!

The latest stories also include a new story of World War Two Air Transport Auxiliary’s female pilots, written by Georgia Standen Battle, who joins a handful of female writers to have written for the title down the decades.

“The Loner”, published back in 1968, was Mary Feldwick’s first story for Commando - one of the comic’s few female authors until now

“The Loner”, published back in 1968, was Mary Feldwick’s first story for Commando – one of the comic’s few female authors until now

Longtime Commando readers will know the work of writers Diana Muriel Garbutt and Mary Feldwick, but Georgia is the first female author to join their ranks since 1984 (and she won’t be the last this year, either, as back in March, Commando Comics revealed both Hailey Austin and Kate Dewar were also writing scripts for the title).

Georgia reveals she’s no stranger to the legacy she is to become a part of.

“I was influenced by Feldwick stories, in particular her use of the supernatural or the unexplained,” she says. “I really wanted to write about the inspirational and often overlooked female pilots in the ATA and their contribution to the war, but with an unexpected twist like Feldwick does in her stories.”

The Commando team have been building their creative team in earnest since last year, and it’s great to see further new names joining the title’s ranks, aiming to expand still further the long-running title’s appeal.

Commando 5227: Home of Heroes - Sunken Avenger

Commando 5227: Home of Heroes – Sunken Avenger
Story: Jason Cobley | Art: Jaume Forns | Cover: Ian Kennedy

Sharks, aircraft carriers and buoyant aircraft! Jason Cobley’s “Sunken Avenger” is a race against time for one Avenger crew as their aircraft begins its decent into the depths of the Pacific Ocean. But if that wasn’t bad enough, they’re being held hostage by a Japanese pilot who is also afloat!

Will they make it back or will they all be sunk?!

Commando 5228 - Gold Collection: Beware the Wolf

Commando 5228 – Gold Collection: Beware the Wolf
Story: Eric Hebden | Art: Huescar | Cover: Penalva
Originally Commando No. 681 (1972)

Beware the Wolf – if you’re a Nazi, that is! Working with the French Resistance, ‘Le Loup’ is otherwise known as Captain Mark Miller of the British Commandos.

Captured during a raid, Miller is determined to make the Germans regret occupying France!

That was until a Nazi named Karl Boorgman vows to “execute one civilian every day until The Wolf gives himself up…”

Dramatic stuff and an excellent read by Eric Hebden!

Commando 5229 – Action and Adventure: Shadow in the Storm!
Story: Georgia Standen Battle | Art: Morhain & Defeo | Cover: Keith Burns

“Shadow in the Storm!” is a Commando of firsts! The first story about the Air Transport Auxiliary’s female pilots during World War Two, brought to life by Commando’s first female writer in over 30 years!

All this with an electric cover by Keith Burns – this isn’t an issue you’ll want to miss!

Commando 5230 - Silver Collection: “Squadron - Scramble!”Commando 5230: Silver Collection: “Squadron – Scramble!”
Story: KP MacKenzie | Art:,Jose Maria Jorge | Cover: Ian Kennedy
Originally Commando No. 2622 (1992)

You may recognise the Ian Kennedy cover for “Squadron – Scramble!” from the new The Art of Ian Kennedy book, on sale now. Indeed, “Squadron – Scramble!” first came to the current Commando team’s attention when it was selected to be this very reprint.

The team was so enamoured with the cover, they just had to put it in The Art of Ian Kennedy book.

Read the issue and you’ll soon see why!

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