Thursday, September 02, 2021

Commando 5467-5470

Brand-new Commando Issues are out today! Taking you across the globe from the besieged city of Leningrad to D-Day France, to Stirling bombers and phoney German Generals! All this and more out soon!

5467: Survive Leningrad!

Issue 5467 is a story of survival against all odds in the shattered city of Leningrad for the 80th anniversary of the Siege. Andrew Knighton’s tale focuses on surgeon Sergei Zaitsev who has gone rogue, shirking his duties at the main hospital to help those in need on the streets of the beleaguered city. Along the way, he picks up help from a babushka with an attitude and a shotgun — who is equally determined to help people survive Leningrad!

Rich and immersive interior artwork from collaborating duo Muller and Klacik pulls you into the atmosphere of the Siege of Leningrad, and with a dramatic cover by the master Carlos Pino, you don’t want to miss it!
Story | Andrew Knighton
Art | Muller & Klacik
Cover | Carlos Pino

5468: “I Was a Nazi General!”

One day, Rusty Gibson was a Lance Corporal in the British Army, fighting doggedly up through Italy. The next day, Rusty was a general.. .a general in the German Army!

Allan weaves a classic Commando tale of mistaken identity — but on purpose — in issue 5468, when some British Army Intelligence officers notice that little old Rusty Gibson resembles a famous Jerry General! Rusty and General Franz Muller are both red heads and the spit of each other, so the top brass hash out a plan that lands poor Rusty in the thick of it amongst the German Army — with him unable to speak a word of the lingo! What an issue!

Story | Allan
Art | Aldoma
Cover | Aldoma
Originally Commando No. 424 (1969).

5469: The Red Beret

Major John Bell’s team wondered why the Major wore the tattered red beret. They were a crack team of paratroopers on a suicide mission to destroy a bridge to clear the way for D-Day operations. They all knew the risks, they all knew that they might not come back… So why did Bell wear a tattered red beret when his men donned their helmets? As a symbol of survival and luck he hoped would take them to victory!

New cover artist Mark Harris lends his hand to a moody Commando cover with the highlight bold on the namesake of the issue!

Story | Gary Dobbs
Art | Jaume Forns
Cover | Mark Harris

5470: Flying High

Aircraft are only as good as the men who fly them. So, were the crews of these Stirling bombers the right men for the job? Were they brave, calm, determined, as good aircrews ought to be... or were they really cowards, dangerous fools, deserving heavy punishment? The RAF was soon going to find out — and the enemy too!
Issue 5470 is a good example of classic Commando irony, for the Stirling Bomber is known for not performing well at flying at high altitudes — but RA Montague’s title is about the spirit of the brave men piloting these machines flying high above their worries, making this well worth a read!

Story | RA Montague
Art | Gordon C Livingstone
Cover | Staff
Originally Commando No. 1717 (1983).

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