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on 15 August 2013
I have looked forward to these new collections, a step up from the Commando mini-collections which are not as good given the smaller size and paper used but desirable nonetheless because of the content. However, guess what? All four of the collections issued this August 2013 are mere reprints of the first two Commando collections issued in 2005. Yes! All four books, each containing six stories, are mere reprints of 'The Dirty Dozen' and 'True Brit' collections. The only difference is the whiter paper, fewer pages in each (hence 4 books replacing two) and the paperback finish which means you will have creased spines unlike the good old flexi-civers which were far more preferable. So avoid unless you don't have or can't find the original 'The Dirty Dozen' and 'True Brit' collections at reasonable prices.
What is typical of the modern corporate mentality is the manner in which those cherished flexi-cover collections (which were priced at about £15 each full cover price)are now criticised in the introduction to each of the new books as being too big and too heavy despite being only twice as thick and almost the same weight as the each of the new collections even though they had twice as many stories, better covers and decent paper stock. The cover price is a rip-off unless you buy from Amazon and get the discounted price as otherwise it means that to get the same number of stories as in each of the the previous collections you would need to spend about £20 quid - £5 more.
The Commando war comics are absolutely worth it and I would recommend getting a subscription and if you can find any or all of the old flexi-cover collections, new or used, grab-em! They are really worth it. The recent mini collections which are the lower priced small paperback sized editions cost about 3 or 4 quid on Amazon are also worth it as there are a total of 36 stories in the twelve released so far. This latest collection of 4 are a cash-grab, pure and simple!