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[“Commando”: True Brit: The Toughest 12 “Commando” Books Ever] – (George Low)
August 23, 2010, 9:26 pm
Filed under: 8 Stars, Commando, George Low, Various

This is the second collected “Commando” war comics edition in the glorious 25% bigger B/W format.  Just like the first collection  its sticks to the unusual two frames per page format and looks really good.  It is a pity that the artists are not acknowledged anywhere as there is some real talent within these pages. The stories are a great read and often concentrate more on the conflicts between the characters than the battles themselves.  The style of writing in this book is very British and I am not sure how it would be received outside of the UK.  I really enjoyed this book and if  you enjoyed the first book you will enjoy this one too.  This one definitely has more of a special forces flavor. [ISBN-13: 978-1844421213].  8/10

[“Commando”: The Dirty Dozen – The Best 12 “Commando” Books of All Time] – (George Low)
April 4, 2010, 9:22 pm
Filed under: 7 stars, Commando, George Low, Various

The memories came flooding back of childhood war comics and although the style of writing is pretty dated they are still a fun read in 2010.  Reading 12 commando stories in close succession makes you realize how they employed a particular formula for many of the books. It is funny how in the books they portray an overwhelming ambition of the hero to get to the front to fight for king and country. The gritty realism of movies like saving Private Ryan were not around when these books were popular. The books are written to quite a rigid moral code which really does date them but in a good way. A lot of the books have a common theme where the hero has a wrong impression of another class, army unit, country or colleague and by the end of the book all the issues have been resolved. The artwork is excellent and the books are actually quite educational. A great read. [ISBN-13: 978-1844423071]. 7/10