Thursday, December 09, 2021

Commando 5495-5498

Four new Commandos are heading this way! From the Napoleonic battlefields to drama in the Eastern skies, an underwater adventure and an explosive anniversary issue for Pearl Harbor, this great air, land and sea collection has something for everyone. Issues 5495-5498 are out today!  

5495: Rifleman’s Revenge

Wellington’s army is driving back the French through Spain as the conflict escalates once again around Sorauren. As Marshal Soult counters the stalwart British, an old enemy of Tom Hopper’s reappears — the vile Captain Baptiste! As the foes clash on the battlefield and beyond, the war becomes private as Hopper fights to save not only his comrades, but the man he once was.

Tom Hopper, Samuel Jones and Maria of Vitoria return in the third action-packed instalment of this popular Napoleonic series by Andrew Knighton, with delightfully detailed interiors and cover by veteran Commando artist, Manuel Benet.

Story | Andrew Knighton
Art | Manuel Benet
Cover | Manuel Benet

5496: Zero! Zero!

Johnny Saunders and his team are plagued by the shadow in the sun. A fiendish pilot who preys on helpless heroes, torn up tails and wounded wings — a Zero with zero honour! No matter what they’ve tried so far, it seems the enemy airfield can’t be found. But maybe with a stolen Japanese plane and a burning ambition for vengeance, Johnny can find the unscrupulous ace before he gets a clean getaway…

A classic action-thriller in the air from Spence with dramatic interiors from Medrano and an unusual cover from Ken Barr.

Story | Spence
Art | Medrano
Cover | Ken Barr
Originally Commando No. 170 (1965).

5497: Pearl Harbor

The events of Pearl Harbor would shake the world to its core, as America and Japan entered the global fray of World War II. But as the bombs fall from the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service, and the Hawaiian base is laid to waste, an unlikely hero finds himself in the burning heart of the action — an RAF pilot!

A pilot who’s travelled far from home with a passion for justice features in this anniversary tale from Ferg Handley, with explosive interiors from Morhain and Defeo and a cover worth celebrating from Keith Burns.

Story | Ferg Handley
Art | Morhain & Defeo
Cover | Keith Burns

5498: Mighty Midget

A tiny submarine with an equally tiny crew must pull off a mission that is off the scale in importance and difficulty. But the only thing not minuscule in this sub is the egos of the men aboard! With a cowardly captain causing difficulty for a competent crew, they can only watch in horror as the consequences of his decisions unfold.

This tense adventure story from Crowther is beautifully complimented by interiors from Nebot and a classic cover from Jeff Bevan.

Story | Crowther
Art | Nebot
Cover | Jeff Bevan
Originally Commando No. 1754 (1983).

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