Venerable British war comic Commando first debuted way back in 1961 and has been a DC Thomson fixture for nearly 60 years. With its numbering now well into the 5,000s (US publishers take note the next time you’re entertaining yet another tedious renumbering stunt!) it’s one of the last great newsagent survivors alongside The Beano and 2000 AD in the UK.
Out in time for Halloween are the next batch of four issues (released fortnightly) and they include a rare diversion from straight war drama and a sidestep into the supernatural with an issue titled ‘Commandos Vs. Zombies’. The full press release runs below.
Brand new Commando issues #5275-5278 — out soon!
5275: Home of Heroes: A-Force
From the mind that brought you ‘Ramsey’s Raiders’ comes ‘A-Force’! A modern day Commando following the exploits of Jack Ramsey, Grandson of Captain Jimmy Ramsey of Ramsey’s Raiders fame. Given a crew of his own, operating behind enemy lines, fighting terrorists — can Jack live up to his grandfather’s reputation or will he be trapped living in his shadow?
| Story | Ferg Handley | Art | Carlos Pino | Cover | Carlos Pino |
5276: Gold Collection: Castle Sinister
It’s 1944, and the Odd Bod Squad are pushing into Germany with the rest of the Allied invasion. Little do they know that some diabolical Germans have a last ditch plan to halt the invasion once and for all with something called the ‘Red Death Virus’. The virus is so deadly it could kill a person before they finished their final breath. And where were they developing this virus? In Castle Sinister, of course!
| Story | CG Walker | Art | CT Rigby | Cover | Penalva |
Originally Commando No. 753 (1973).
5277: Action and Adventure: Commandos Vs Zombies
Commando goes Horror for Halloween! A routine raid on a heavy water plant in Norway goes horrifically awry for a team of Commandos when they come face to face with a horde of flesh-eating zombies! A Commando issue of firsts, the Halloween issue features the first Commando comic to push the limits of art and production with edge to edge art where the only bleeds come from the zombies!
| Story | Georgia Standen Battle | Art | Vicente Alcazar | Cover | Ian Kennedy |
5278: Silver Collection: Death’s Head
A gang of ruthless SS Death’s Head soldiers led by a savage officer called Karl Schwarz are on the loose in Bavaria, hunting and killing whoever they please. On their trail is a Wehrmacht Oberleutnant named Werner Lang, whose life depends on him catching them! If he doesn’t he’ll be up in front of an American firing squad on the charge of murder.
| Story | John Paterson | Art | Garijo | Cover | Ian Kennedy |
Originally Commando No. 2914 (1995).