Brand new Commando (Issues 5079 – 5082) hit newsagents across the UK tomorrow (Thursday 14th December). Expect fraternal face-offs, firefighting infernos in Sicily and Kuwait – and the toughest postie fighting in France in DC Thomson’s latest war comics!
This latest release sees not one but two Ian Kennedy covers (more than making up for his absence last release around) – and a terrific cover from Neil Roberts to boot.
Commando 5079: Home of Heroes – Brothers
Story: Colin Watson | Art: Castro & Morhain | Cover: Ian Kennedy |
Latvian brothers Maris and Andrejs Vejonis joined the Wehrmacht after the Baltic States were annexed by the rise of Communism. However, it didn’t take them long to realise their mistake, as they witnessed first-hand the brutality of the Waffen S.S. But they were about to discover that the Russkies were just as callous, as Andrejs swaps sides and takes up arms with the Red Army. Now, fighting on either side of the battlefield, more than once Maris and Andrejs find themselves staring down the barrel of their brother’s rifle…
Colin Watson’s thrilling story of fraternal friction perfectly fits into the Eastern Front setting, while the brothers’ chalk and cheese personas are rendered charmingly in Castro and Morhain’s art in both the old and young versions of the men, as well as the insets on Ian Kennedy’s cover.
Commando 5080: Gold Collection – Winged Dagger
Story: Spence | Art: Gonzalez | Cover: Penalva
Originally Commando No. 437 (November 1969) Reprinted No. 1255 (September 1978)
Left behind by one of his own men after being shot through the leg by a German sniper, SAS Major Jeff Turner was rescued by Italian villagers – but it wasn’t enough. Though saved from death, Turner was pronounced an invalid, meaning his days in the SAS were over as he was reassigned to a firefighting detail. However, it wasn’t long before Turner came face to face with the man who left him to die… The man now in charge of his SAS regiment.
With spectacularly moody interior art by Gonzalez, the sheer grit of Spence’s story becomes apparent from page one. Topping this all off is a dynamic red and green cover from Penalva with thick oil strokes, really adding to the bulk of the SAS figures.
Commando 5081: Action and Adventure – Fire Fight
Story: Dominic Teague | Art: Rezzonico | Cover: Neil Roberts
Their mission was to hold an oil refinery in the middle of the Kuwait desert. Reinforcements were due at dawn, but that was a long way away for ex-firefighter Carl Strode and his team, especially when Iraqi trucks pulled up, infiltrating the facility with guns… and bombs. This would be the hottest situation Strode had ever been in – but was he up to the task?
With each page of Dominic Teague’s story tenser than the last, the stakes are raised along with the thermometer in this mighty issue. Expect blinding flames and dark shadows from Rezzonico, as well as a terrific first Commando cover from Neil Roberts, showing Strode overcast with purples, the flames changing from orange to white-hot behind him in an explosive panorama.
Commando 5082 Silver Collection – Special Delivery
Story: Mike Knowles | Art : C. T. Rigby | Cover: Ian Kennedy
Originally Commando No. 2661 (May 1993)
An ex-postman and stickler for the rules, when Corporal Johnny Bishop’s squadron is destroyed by a Stuka bomb, honour and determination meant one thing: he would deliver the surviving letter – even if he died in the process. But the British Expeditionary Forces’ retreat to Dunkirk was not the easiest route to navigate, as Junkers, Panzers and Nazi soldiers in their deadly Blitzkrieg chase Johnny right to the French coast.
In Mike Knowles Saving Private Ryan-esque story of finding one soldier amongst an army of men, Knowles juggles action and tongue-in-cheek humour, with C. T. Rigby providing superb accompanying artwork to both aspects. Ian Kennedy’s cover is a real treat too, with our hero reaching out to reader, the eponymous letter clutched in his hand.
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