Thursday, February 27, 2014

Commandos in shops today

My thanks to Scott Montgomery at DC Thomson for the latest news about the issues of Commando that arrive in shops today. As you can see above, issue 4685 has a brand new Ian Kennedy cover. Great to see one of Britain's best adventure artists still working regularly. 

Here's the info from the publisher about this week's releases...

Commando Issues 4683-4686 – On sale 27th February 2014

Commando No 4683 – The Cold War 

As World War Two draws to a close, a British special forces unit engage in a secret mission far to the snowy north, aimed at halting German progress on new devastating weapons and bringing the war to a swift conclusion.
   But the mission brings a bitter taste. As they compete to snatch a Nazi scientist, ally turns against ally as they battle in
The Cold War

Story: C.B. Harvey
Art: Vila
Cover: Janek Matysiak

Commando No 4684 – Green For Danger

From one German sentry to another went the whisper, “Achtung! Danger…Danger…Commando raid!”
   But who can stop the men in the green berets?


   Commando heroes have always been “everyman” heroes — without capes and superpowers. But, if you’d read the bares bones of what it’s proposed that our two Commandos will achieve, you’d be forgiven for thinking that it would take the efforts of two supermen (with a small s) to pull it off. Yet, such is the skill of the story-telling everything seems very plausible and believable. Frantic and breathless, perhaps, but very credible.
   The plot is helped by some very accomplished black and whites. There are lots of small stylistic touches that add depth and movement. In some places they even give Ken Barr’s cover work a run for its money…and he’s got the advantage of colour.

Calum Laird, Commando Editor

Story: Redbridge
Art: Roux
Cover: Ken Barr

Commando No 4685 – Soldier Pilots

In battle, a few seconds can be the difference between life and death. For ground attack pilots operating over combat zones, those few seconds can mean the difference between destroying his enemy…or his own side.
   That was why pilot Flight Lieutenant Rudy Pendleton found himself on the ground, deep in the jungle. He was directing Allied aircraft on to Japanese targets, with split-second accuracy. And the stakes couldn’t have been higher — success was the only option. Failure would lead to the annihilation of Allied forces in the Far East.
Story: Alan Hebden
Art: Rezzonico
Cover: Ian Kennedy

Commando No 4686 – Beware The Traitor

Secret agents, hush-hush flights to Occupied France…as one of the pilots involved, Danny Cooper knew that too often the reception committee waiting for them was German. Someone on the British side was spilling the beans.
   Years after the war was over, Danny was to be offered the opportunity to settle these old scores – far away from Britain or France…in the jungles of South America.


…but here the flashbacks are handled well and used sparingly.
[Five minutes previously]
   This cracking yarn has a compelling mystery at its core – and expertly flits between a post-World War II setting and a wartime espionage-tinged flashback.
   Normally, I’m not a huge fan of flashbacks. If done badly they can interrupt the flow of the story and even cause confusion for the reader...
[Back in the present] 
…but here the flashbacks are handled well and used sparingly.
   See what I mean?

Scott Montgomery, Deputy Editor

Story: R.A. Montague
Art: Denis Mcloughlin
Cover: Ian Kennedy

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