Synopsis: ‘The Experts’ centres on Lieutenant Doug MacKay a no-nonsense agent of the Special Operations Executive – used to doing things by the book.
When tasked with uncovering vital intelligence plans from a Nazi safe deep behind enemy lines, the unyielding operator did not expect to be paired with Private Alex Drake, a former criminal but an expert safecracker.
Drake was under no illusion that if ever it looked like they might be captured, his SOE mentor would rather kill him in case he cracked under interrogation. It was an uneasy alliance, to say the least.
Review: I was feeling somewhat nostalgic so picked up this issue of Commando on a whim because I have fond memories of reading these on summer holidays as a kid.
Published by DC Thomson the Commando comics have a fantastic history of telling war stories set during the second world war and the stories always play out like a classic war movie. This particular story is no exception to that rule.
Written by Ferg Handley this story throws a covert Army Intelligence Officer together with a former crook who is on a path to redemption.
I loved the banter between Doug and Alex Drake through out the story. I also liked the way in which the writing gave us a chance to get to know the two characters as they slowly grow to respect each other. One a posh lad from Scotland and the other a crook from the East End of London. Both have their personal issues to address as the covertly make their way across country to steal some Nazi plans.
The art work by Carlos Pino is both dynamic and functional. Some of his facial expressions for the characters are fantastic fun and somehow more emotive due to the book being in black and white, which is a staple for all the Commando comics. Pino’s cover, which you can see above is also giving a true representation of the tense covert mission that you’ll read about in the pages.
The DC Thomson ‘Commando’ Comics have been long a staple in the world of British Comics and often not being given the appreciation that they truly deserve.
‘Commando: The Experts’ packs a hell of a lot of story into just 65 pages and left me on the edge of my seat.