DC Thomson, publishers of the long-running war comic Commando comic, have announced a new five-part series, ‘The Weekes’ War’, launching this week and running through November, all featuring new covers by the legendary Ian Kennedy.
A special war saga depicting the end of World War One as you’ve never seen it before, the series will be complemented by the release of a number of Commando stories getting a representation for the first time since their original publication.
100 years ago. One war. Five Stories.
Never has a Commando series tackled the shared experiences of one family with five different interwoven narratives. In this one of a kind, one-off series, Commando brings together a collaboration of eight different artists and writers, working as one to show you the final days before the Armistice of 11th November 1918 from five different perspectives.
Follow the story of the five Weekes siblings’ survival on the front line, behind enemy lines, aboard a battleship, in the skies above the trenches, and right down in the mud. Five issues about five siblings struggling to survive the conflict. But will they all make it back home?
“We put some of our best creators on this unique project to commemorate 100 years since Armistice,” explains Commando editor Gordon Tait. “On the Commando Team, we feel it’s important to honour the men and women involved in World War One by telling their stories.
“The creators and editorial team have crafted an innovative Commando Comics experience. We hope that the readers will enjoy each self-contained story and the series as a whole.”
The series also features a set of collectable matching covers illustrated by legendary comic artist Ian Kennedy.
Not only is this brand new exciting series coming your way. For the entirety of November Commando is publishing never before reprinted World War One issues to tell a holistic story of the Great War.
Commando 5173: Danny’s War
Story Iain McLaughlin Art Defeo & Morhain Cover Ian Kennedy – On sale 1st November
The eldest of the siblings, Captain Danny Weekes is right in the thick of it, down in the trenches. Desperate to find a solution that will end this messy war once and for all, he is sent on a suicide mission behind enemy lines. His cause is just, but his methods are maverick – Danny is going to force the enemy generals to surrender – no matter what the cost.
Commando 5175: Michael’s War
Story Richard Davis Art Defeo & Morhain Cover Ian Kennedy – On sale 15th November
The only Weekes the take to the sky, Michael had seen his friends fly away and never return. Then, when his Armstrong Whitworth F.K.8 went down over no man’s land, he found himself out of his depth with a gang of German communist rebels.
Commando 5177: Billy’s War
Story Heath Ackley Art Klacik & Defeo Cover Ian Kennedy – On sale 15th November
Youngest of the Weekes, Billy has a lot on his shoulders. Forever looked upon as the baby of the family, Billy felt he had more to prove than the others in order to truly get his seat at the table. When the German Navy retreated, Billy thought he’d never get his chance. That was until a U-boat ignored the return to port order – and Billy’s Royal Navy Destroyer was tasked with taking them down!
Commando 5179: Harriet’s War
Story Andrew Knighton Art Khato Cover Ian Kennedy – On sale 29th November
Being the only female Weekes sibling wasn’t going to hold Harriet back! As soon as her brothers signed up – she did too, immediately entering the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry to do her bit on the front lines. She took risks and drove like a bat out of hell to rescue men who needed her. Nothing and nowhere was too dangerous for a Weekes!
Commando 5181: Tommy’s War
Story Iain McLaughlin Art Defeo & Morhain Cover Ian Kennedy – On sale 29th November
The last Weekes is missing! The Armistice had been signed and Tommy was nowhere to be seen. But the Weekes weren’t a family who left their people behind – ever! And they were going to find Tommy and bring him home.
• Commando Comics are available to buy and request in WHSmith and all good local newsagents
• Print and digital subscriptions are available worldwide, and can be bought through the DC Thomson website