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This review is from: Commando: Heroes Fly High!: Six of the Best Commando RAF Books Ever! (Commando for Action and Adventure) (Paperback)
First off, Commando comics (I really hate using the word "comics" because these are not "comics" they are realistic, dramatic illustrated stories) are wonderful stories for boys. They always have a moral (good morals, not some type of subjectively relativistic "morals" that change with whomever's personal justifications for their deviant actions/behaviours) and a life lesson to them. The protagonist overcomes obstacles and grows as a character.
It is hard for me to give this one measly star. I love Commando books. I am a teacher and I strongly believe these are excellent books for boys to read and relate a lot of history, social responsibility, honour and morals. Every classroom, from middle grades up, should have these books in them to help facilitate reading and comprehension of history, not to mention teaching the "hidden curriculum" of social skills, discipline and honour - all of which are severely lacking in society and the results of which are clearly seen.
However, and this is an HUGE however, this book, as are the three sister publications that have been released at the same time, are nothing more than mere reprints of the stories in the previously released 12 book compilations entitled, 'The Dirty Dozen' and 'True Brit'. If you have those books already, stay away from these. There is not a thing new here.
To be fair, the pictures are printed oversized from original that really helps show the great artwork. The stories are good.
Why Calum Laird would have reprinted the previous ones in this format, is beyond me - unless there was an intentional deception at work here to get people to buy these who had probably bought the previous ones. The previous titles these are merely copied from cost 15 Pounds. These are half the number of stories, with a soft cover, merely glued pages (the original ones are sewn and included a bookmark cloth strip) and are priced at 10 Pounds. The introduction to them almost tries to convince the buyer that this is such a better deal to get these books in sets of six, not twelve, because the previous volumes were apparently too large and too heavy. Yet, placing two of these beside one of the others, they are same size. As to the weight, the original volumes are of a better quality paper that is much lighter, per page, than these so the weight of one of these new ones is almost the same as the 12 story original editions. You can fool some of the people some of the time ...
I am pretty angry over what the company has done to make these. It also makes me not want to buy any new books from them. This says a lot, as I literally have thousands of the original small pocket-sized books. If I have that many, surely they could have easily reprinted 6 different stories. Honestly, how hard would that have been? Shame on you, Carlton/Prion, Commando and Calum Laird.