Thanks to DC Thomson for supplying info and cover images for the four issues of Commando that will be on sale from tomorrow. Here's the info...
Commando issues 4679-4682 – On Sale 13th February 2014
Commando No 4679 – Deadlock At The Marne
On the morning of the 28 June 1914 two pistol shots fired in a Sarajevo street would plunge the world into the most destructive war it had ever known as a spider’s web of alliances set Great Power against Great Power.
Within months, young men from across Europe faced each other across the contested soil of France. Young men like Joe Flynn, the fastest runner his regiment had ever known. He would need every ounce of that speed to survive.
Story: George Low
Art: Keith Page
Cover: Ian Kennedy
Commando No 4680 – Duel In The Jungle
In the armoured car were a young, half-dead British officer and an Indian soldier.
Up against them were four Japanese jungle-troops — deadly and lightning-fast.
What chance would they have against scores of men like these?
Read “DUEL IN THE JUNGLE” and find out!
If you can get past that evil-looking knife on the cover, there is a clue as to how this story is going to go. British soldier attacking British airman? That’s not right, surely.
Stories of tribal allegiances on debts of honour are far from unknown in Commando but, as usual, Eric Hebden manages to twist and mix the threads together to weave an original blend. Also, as usual, there’s a little unexpected turn towards the end just to wrong foot you.
His characterisations are well supported by that doyen of war comic artists Victor de la Fuente. Victor’s faces are full of life but his figures have the rare quality of seeming to move within a static frame. It’s not by chance that he is held in high esteem by comics fans…as you’ll see inside.
Calum Laird, Commando Editor
Story: Eric Hebden
Art: Victor De La Fuente
Commando No 4681 – Last Stand In Berlin
By 1945 Berlin was in ruins and its eventual fall to the advancing Russian forces was inevitable.
Despite this, Ernst Hartmann and his brave squad — members of the Volkssturm, the city’s last line of defence — stood defiantly in the Red Army’s way. For Ernst had one final task to perform, one that would probably cost him his life…
Story: George Low
Cover: Janek Matysiak
Commando No 4682 – Escape From Singapore
Britain’s war with Japan in 1941 held little interest for American tramp-steamer skipper Charlie Donahue and his buddy. They had no great love for either country.
But following the Japanese attack on their country at Pearl Harbour, their interest was rapidly kindled, particularly when they were forced into an uneasy alliance with a unit of British Royal Engineers who commandeered their ship.
This understated classic is not particularly bombastic or gung-ho, and instead concentrates on the clash between a Royal Engineers Captain and a cynical civilian Yank sailor. However, it also serves as a reminder that Commando can easily flit between, or even merge, genres – something more commonly known as a ‘mash-up’ these days. In this case, a gritty jungle tale meets a seaborne adventure – with memorable results.
Scott Montgomery, Deputy Editor
Art: Denis McLoughlin
Cover: Jeff Bevan