Commando This Week: Tuscany, "Devil Dog" dealings & a hostage in the Channel Islands
By Benjamin Williams

Posted on: 28 Dec 2017


There are four brand new Commando issues (5083-5086) out this week that once again cover a wide variety of stories. From shoot-outs in the snow sheathed tundra, Commando bank heists in Tuscany, "Devil Dog" dealings in Belleau Wood and a nasty hostage situation in the Channel Islands. Sounds fun, right? Check out the covers and what each issue is about below.

5083: Home of Heroes: Terror on the Tundra

With German Alpine troops and Finnish Sami soldiers prowling the Russian Tundra, the Eastern Front was a hard place to fight - but that didn't stop British Navy Engineer Gavin Wright and Royal Artillery Corporal Jim Nolan from joining in. Marooned in the Kola Peninsular, their search for engine parts to fix their ship was held up by a new terror on the tundra - a German Landwasserschlepper equipped with a sPzB 41, that certainly packs a punch. Now, working with the Russians to defend their line, Gavin and Jim may have uncovered a secret weapon of their own…

With stylish interior artwork by Castro and Morhain complimenting George Low's hyperborean story, the bleak snowscapes and thunderous blizzards of the Russian tundra come alive. Meanwhile, David Alexander's cool cover shows these awesome winter terrain vehicles in action, their guns at the ready!

Commando 5083: Home of Heroes: Terror on the Tundra

Story | George Low | Art | Castro & Morhain | Cover | David Alexander

5084: Gold Collection: Strike Swift Surge Sure

They called Archibald Bull an assassin. It wasn't the first time an officer had died on one of his missions. But Bull didn't have time for these men. He was an explosives expert Commando and he didn't let anyone tell him what to do. But with a lifestyle like that, it wasn't long before Bull made enemies in high places. Now, tongue lashed Bull is told that some Royal Engineer Sergeant has come to take his place as explosives expert… but we'll see who the real boss is!

With Penalva's gritty barbed wire cover, the tone is immediately set for Eric Hebden's story of one headstrong Commando with a knack for demolition. This is only solidified in Bellalta's detailed interior art - you can almost feel the heat of the explosions!

Commando 5084: Gold Collection: Strike Swift Surge Sure

Story | E. Hebden | Art | Bellalta | Cover | Penalva | Originally Commando No. 441 (November 1969) Reprinted No. 1287 (January 1979)

5085: Action and Adventure: Devil Dogs

The Germans called them "Teufel Hunde" or "Devil Dogs". It was thanks to their fearless tenacity that the U.S. Marine Corps earned this iconic nickname, as they marched straight into German machine gun fire in their battle to reclaim Belleau Wood in the First World War. And leading one such squadron was Johnny Diamond, a professional riverboat gambler from New Orleans, but one way or another, he would have to learn to trust his fellow Marines and take charge if they are to survive.

Janek Matysiak's dynamic cover showcases the gritty action of the issue, which really hits hard in Richard Davis' story, portraying the battle as relentless from the moment the Marines reach France, never stopping until victory - or death take the men. And, completing the triad is debut illustrator for Commando, Paolo Ongaro, whose interiors are incredibly stylistic, combining halftone shading and unique compositions - one standout panel showing the silhouetted Marines viewed through the long grass, the moon acting as the only source of light.

Commando 5085: Action and Adventure: Devil Dogs

Story | Richard Davis | Art | Paolo Ongaro | Cover | Janek Matysiak

5086: Silver Collection: Blood Hostage

Trapped on a German-occupied Channel Island, three unlikely allies must work together if they are to rescue an imprisoned British Officer who may have key Intelligence regarding something called "Operation Torch". One man is a Russian prisoner of war, whose hulking appearance makes him a formidable foe for the Germans; another is a wheelchair bound local, mistakenly underestimated by the Nazis; and the final member is just a young boy, who happens to possess an ace shot with a catapult…

Taking on the Commando writer mantle, like his father before him, Alan Hebden's ‘Blood Hostage’ may feature tongue-in-cheek wit, but remains grounded as the threat always feels real. Likewise, interior artist Garijo's faces are charmingly expressionistic, while the quintessentially English villages on the Channel Islands are incredibly detailed and lifelike.

Commando 5086: Silver Collection: Blood Hostage

Story | Alan Hebden | Art |Garijo | Cover | Ian Kennedy | Originally Commando No. 2721 (December 1993)

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