Brand new issues of DC Thomson’s Commando (Issues 5219 – 5222) are out this Thursday – and together with the wider release of The Art of Ian Kennedy book, fans of the comic have some treats in store!
Previously offered only via the DC Thomson Shop, The Art of Ian Kennedy, reviewed here by Colin Noble, is now on general release, including through Amazon (affiliate link) and elsewhere. Reaction from the many fans of Ian’s work has been very positive – so do check it out.
Commando 5219: Home of Heroes – To Wear the Uniform
Story: Iain McLaughlin | Art: Klacik | Cover: Ian Kennedy
Jakob Rosenbaum had fought all his life. Like many Jewish people, he fought persecution following the rise of Hitler and his Nazi thugs. Jakob thought things would be better for him in Britain. However, he found that because he sounded like the enemy he was treated like one. Jakob would have to fight yet again to prove he was worthy enough to wear the uniform of his new home!
Commando 5220: Gold Collection – Sands of Doom
Story: RA Montague | Art: L Rosell | Cover: Penalva
Originally Commando No. 644 (1972)
There’s a murderer in the desert, picking off Sergeant Jim Templeton’s squad one by one. All because of one padlocked box.
But what was in the box and who was willing to kill to find out?!
Commando 5221: Action and Adventure – Hellfire Pass
Story: Brent Towns | Art: Morhain and Defeo | Cover: Neil Roberts
To celebrate ANZAC Day, ‘Hellfire Pass’ follows the story of Australian prisoners of war, Pete Mellion and Reg Willian, who were forced to build the Thai-Burma Railway by the Japanese.
Slaving in the hellish heat of the Burmese jungle, the POWs were subjected to harsh conditions to cut through the mountain rock.
But the brave cobbers would soon show the Japanese the true heroism of the Aussies!
Commando 5222: Silver Collection: The Last Nazis
Story: Anthony Knowles | Art and Cover: Gordon C Livingstone
Originally Commando No. 2729 (1994)
Germany may have been defeated in 1945, but some fanatic diehards would not give up that easily! A group of zealous Nazis decided to commandeer two U-boats belonging to Kapitans Schmitt and Kesser and set sail with the seeds to create a new Nazi future.
But would the Nazis succeed or would Schmitt and Keller stop them before it was too late?
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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.