Latest Commando comics commemorate Armistice Day

From ancient Rome to cricket pitches in World War One, boxing rings in Prisoner Of War camps, and protective pooches packing pistols (yes, you read that right!), the latest Commando set, Issues 5591 – 5594, is packed full of action and adventure for all ages. Get yours in shops Thursday 10th November, in time for Armistice weekend…

Commando 5591: Home of Heroes – The Sins of Our Fathers
Story: Suresh | Art: Dan Barnfield | Cover: Mark Eastbrook
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Commando 5591: Home of Heroes - The Sins of Our Fathers - cover by Mark Eastbrook

Once, the Batavi were a peaceful Germanic tribe friendly to ancient Rome, but their alliance was broken as the Romans betrayed and enslaved them. One man, Militius, would not allow that, though. He tricked his captors, killing his legate, Castricius, and pushing the Romans to surrender. What no-one could have predicted was that what happened would stretch far into the future as their descendants met in another, just as bloody war.

The second story from Suresh Ramasubramanian provides excellent material for artists Dan Barnfield and Mark Eastbrook to show their creative chops, mixing ancient Romans and Batavi tribesmen with the Afrika Korps and Italians in the heart of Rommel’s North African campaign.

Commando 5592: Gold Collection – Fighting Kid McCoy
Story: N Allen | Art: Aguilar | Cover: Penalva
Originally Commando No. 475 (1970)
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Commando 5592: Gold Collection - Fighting Kid McCoy
- cover by Penalva

The skills ‘Kid’ McCoy had learnt before the war in the tough school of the boxing ring served him well in the jungle. For here, too, a man had to think and move fast to survive. But there was no referee to step in and call a halt when things got too rough, especially when Kid found himself in a Japanese prison camp matched against a karate champion!

A gritty tale from the Golden Era of Commando, this reprint has it all — incredible artwork and alpha male heroes ready to fight to the bitter end to save their brothers-in-arms!

Commando 5593: Action and Adventure – Not Quite Cricket
Story: Robbie MacNiven | Art: Gary Welsh | Cover: Neil Roberts
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Commando 5593: Action and Adventure - Not Quite Cricket
 - cover by Neil Roberts

Eddy Phillips’ moment of cricket glory at Yateley Hall is cut down when the head boy strikes him in the knee with his bat after being shown up on the pitch. A ‘bounder’, Eddy was never going to fit in. But that did not stop him from signing up to do his bit in the Great War and attending Sandhurst with the rest of them. Only after he gets to the front and sees his old rival cower, while enlisted men are sent forward as fodder, does Eddy realise that war is still not quite cricket.

Commemorating Armistice this November, “Not Quite Cricket” also marks Robbie MacNiven’s first Commando script and Gary Welsh’s first illustrated pages for the pocket-book, a perfect addition to any Commando collection.

Commando 5594: Silver Collection – A Friend In Need
Story: RA Montague | Art: Salmeron | Cover: Ron Brown
Originally Commando No. 1382 (1980)
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Commando 5594: Silver Collection - A Friend In Need - cover by Ron Brown

“A friend in need is a friend indeed.” So the old saying goes. And a man’s best friend is his dog, right? That’s what George Carter figured when he found Pooch — or rather when Pooch found George. So he decided to keep him. But the officer in charge of George’s section had other ideas… especially when Pooch started giving pistols to the enemy and wandering about with live grenades in his mouth!

A rare treat, this animal-themed Commando follows a tradition of canine heroes in the pages of the comic and real life, as numerous animals historically received war medals for their services to king and country!

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Commando Issues 5591 – 5594 Cover Gallery

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The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek 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.



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