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August 11 2005

(SPOILER) Four page preview for Serenity #3. The plot thickens in the final issue of the comic book mini-series. This has a release date for September 7th.

Still trying to get a hold of issue 2, apparently there wasn't enough shipped to the UK last week. But it should be in today. Hopefully.

You'll get it Simon. My local comic book guy claims he'll have some original #1s tomorrow. People have been sitting on them I'm sure.

Do they make the previews so you CAN'T read them? lol It looks as good as the others but I'm biased, but I feel like I need gramma glasses. :) Nice link.
I was able to snag issue number 2 (I got the Kaylee cover, although I wanted Book). I missed out on the first one, so hopefully I'll be able to get it when the reprint of #1 hits the stands.
I am new to comic books and have a quick question. I have both #1 and #2 of the Serenity comic books. I picked them both up yesterday and was wanting know how to distinguish between the second printing and the first. This is probably a stupid question, but if anyone could help...thanks in advance.
Well, first, I don't think the second printing has even hit stands yet, so I'm fairly sure you've got a first printing. If it's a second printing, at the very least the barcode on the cover will be different. And usually the cover art will be, at least slightly, altered.
Just complementing WindTheFog reply.

For example, in the multiple printings that Dark Horse made for Fray #1.
The cover art was the same, for every printing, but we could differentiate each printing by looking at the "Fray" logo, which was in a different color in each different print.
The second printing of #1 should actually be available as of yesterday, I believe. Often the indicia (the little legally bits inside the front or back cover that is required by law of all periodical publications) will indicate the printing, otherwise a logo color change or some such will give it away. Hope that's helpful.
I got a 2nd printing of Angel #1. I knew because right under #1 it says "2nd printing" or something like that.

[ edited by eddy on 2005-08-11 17:14 ]
I am also new to comics and have another question. Does one have to keep the comic books in those special mylar baggies? Aren't Ziploc bags good enough? If not, why not? And if one must use the mylar bags, why do they only sell the bags in batches of 100? I don't have 100 comics, I (will) only have three!
Those bags are mostly for really hardcore collectors in my opinion.
I have a good amount of books in my collection, and I don't use those bags.
I am also new to comics and have another question. Does one have to keep the comic books in those special mylar baggies? Aren't Ziploc bags good enough? If not, why not? And if one must use the mylar bags, why do they only sell the bags in batches of 100? I don't have 100 comics, I (will) only have three!

Over time zilploc bags will cause damage to the comic from chemicals in the plastic. Mylar bags are made specially not to damage the comic. Still, all of this is only if you plan on reselling the comic to someone. If you plan on just keeping the comic for yourself, then you don't really need any kind of plastic bag.

Also most stores should sell individual mylar bags and boards. Ask the store for some as they aren't likely to have them on display. If not check another store, but I think it's rare these days for stores not to sell individual bags.
If you ask about bags and they have them in 100 pks, just say, oh I only need three, thanks, and they might very well just give you a few. Until you start buying more, anyway.
Only discussing what's in those preview pages, those who haven't seen Serenity can read the blacked out stuff. It's just there for those who don't wanna be spoiled for the comic.

Wow, is this maybe what Joss had in mind for the end of Season 1 (or maybe it's what we would've gotten for February sweeps) ? I knew they'd have to have a eventually, but I didn't expect them to That would've been wonderfully creepy and suspenseful. I think this is the most effective the comic's been so far...
Thanks to Matt_Fabb and April for your advice. I guess they did only have the big packs of mylar bags on display. When I go in for my third one, I'll be sure to ask. I'm not planning to re-sell, I just want to make sure they stay fairly unwrinkled and don't acrrue grime or cat vomit.

As for the content of this final comic, it does seem to lead right into the movie in a very interesting way. I won't say more than that for fear of spoiling people who haven't seen the movie. I'll only add that it's making me very excited about seeing the movie again!
A lot of shops will give you the bags and backing boards with your purchase if you ask for them. I bought the two issues in two separate shops and got the bags for free in both stores.

The bags are really handy if you wanna display the cover art on the walls at work. Just tack 'em up. It's been a pretty good conversation starter 'round these parts.
side note and point of geekiness, the boards used or also specially made/treated usually (acid free etc).

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