All it took was one shot from a flare pistol to bring the entire German armoured column to a chaotic standstill.
There was no shock wave, no heat blast…just a silent explosion of brilliant light that blinded every pair of eyes within a mile. Even inside tanks there was no protection from this unearthly glare, this terrible...
SECRET OF THE ALPS
Saichan - responsible for the inside art here - drew 13 Commandos in total. Well, not quite, his final book (Unlucky 13) had to be finished by another artist. The reasons are lost in the mists of time but it wasn't due to lack of quality for his style - though quirky, and cartoon-ish in places - is certainly effective.
The story is classic Alan Hebden, a man well known for intricate plotting and (just) believable secret weapons. He was on his game for this one!
Saichan's Unlucky 13, by the way, featured some of Commando's early recurring characters - The Bomb Gang. This story is as explosive as any of theirs.
Calum Laird, Editor
Note: Originally published as Commando No 2343 (January 1990), re-issued as No 3947 (October 2006).