Brand new issues of Commando – Issues 5287 – 5290 – are out this week, and include the teased release of a revival of another popular DC Thomson comic character, Union Jack Jackson, who first appeared in The Hotspur but is best known for his run in Warlord.
Jack Jackson was a Royal Marine in World War Two who was aboard a ship that sank in the Pacific. Surviving the disaster, he made it to an island where US Marines were based and stayed with them, putting a Union Jack on his helmet to identify himself as a British Marine.
Commando fans had already been tipped off to expect the return of Union Jack Jackson before Christmas, hot on the heels of other revivals that include Warlord‘s World War Two secret agent Lord Peter Flint.
The Heritage Comics and Commando team have been doing a terrific job breathing new life into some great DC Thomson comic properties this year so I hope whatever is delaying Spellbound is sorted soon.
Their first Starblazer collection, for example, is absolutely terrific and well worth picking up, not just for the early Grant Morrison story included but the brilliant Mick McMahon illustrated second story, too. A great Christmas present for any fan of classic British comics – available here from DC Thomson direct – and it’s on sale in newsagents, too.
Here’s the full intel in the latest new Commando releases…
Commando 5287: Warlord Files – Union Jack Jackson
Story: Georgia Standen Battle | Art: Paolo Ongaro | Cover: Tom Foster
Union Jack Jackson is back in his first adventure since 1991! Storming an island, going head-to-head with a Japanese sniper and saving his mates from a prisoner of war camp is all in a day’s work for Union Jack because…
“A Royal Marine never gives up!”
Reviving a classic character, the issue re-tells his origin in a no-holds-barred action adventure as UJJ joins the US army, with some twists along the way!
Commando 5288: Gold Collection – Call It Quits
Story: Staff | Art: Amador | Cover: Ian Kennedy |
Originally Commando No. 782 (1973)
There’s nothing like a Commando with two RAF pilots who hate each other’s guts — and Call It Quits has it in spades! Like chalk and cheese, Mike Boyd is a hothead show-off while Ian Harper is cool as a cucumber and by the book. What’s more, Mike has sworn to prove he’s a better pilot than Ian, but after writing off a Spitfire and getting branded as a menace, will the headstrong pilot ever be able to ‘Call It Quits’ with his rival?
Commando 5289: Action and Adventure – The Wombat and The Tiger
Story: Brent Towns | Art: Morhain & Defeo | Cover: Keith Burns
Brent Towns writes a fist-pumping action romp in The Wombat and The Tiger. As one outdated and one new Royal Australian Navy destroyer finds themselves outclassed and outgunned by a Japanese behemoth warship on the prowl in the shipping lanes outside Port Darwin, can the fiery Aussie crews work together to take down the devil from the Far East? Read it to find out!
Commando 5290: Silver Collection: Destination Siberia
Story: Alan Hebden | Art: Denis McLoughlin | Cover: Ian Kennedy
Originally Commando No. 2814 (1994)
When it’s cold, it’s freezing in Issue 5290 Destination Siberia! And you couldn’t get a frostier reception from the likes of evil NKVD Major Henkel – former SS Captain and member of the ruthless gang of murderers called ‘Henkel’s Hangmen’.
Somehow, the scab of a man has wormed his way into the position of commandant of a Soviet labour camp where a specific German prisoner is being held. But two British men and two Americans were going to save that German and get revenge on Henkel to boot!
COMMANDO COMICS LINKS
• Official Commando Comics Site: www.commandocomics.com
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