With the prices of everything going up, it’s amazing to hear that some things stay free. Luckily, Free Comic Book Day always takes place on the first Saturday in May each year.

This Saturday, May 7, is the 20th edition of Free Comics Day. Participating stores offer a total of 46 special comics and manga from major publishers and independent companies.

The event always draws crowds, so you can expect special events, sales, comic book-themed cosplay, and more.

Here’s everything you need to know about Free Comic Book Day 2022.

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How does Free Comics Day work?

Don’t take the name too literally: you can’t just take what you want from the shelves. Participating publishers print special editions for the FCBD.

Some are reprints to introduce newcomers to classic comics, while others are previews of upcoming comics or brand new titles teasing big crossover events.

Free Comic Book Day 2022 Age Guide

The color code for Free Comic Book Day 2022.

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Comics are usually labeled to indicate who they are suitable for: a green label appears on comics for all ages, blue means they are suitable for teenagers, and a red “mature” banner means they are for readers 18 years and over.

Demand is always high, so getting to your local comic book store early is never a bad idea.

Additionally, FCBD releases are usually labeled “Silver Comics” or “Gold Comics”, the latter being applied to the most popular titles from top publishers like Marvel and DC.

A store may limit the number of Gold Comics you can hang or have another policy.

Where can I get free comic books for Comic Book Day?

Just about any comic book store will have FCBD releases, although every store may not have every comic. You might want to hit more than one to get what you want.

Find comic book stores near you with Diamond Comic Distributors’ store locator.

DC Comics Dark Crisis #0

When the Justice League is defeated, a new generation of heroes rises in Dark Crisis #0.

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What is DC Comics giving away on Free Comic Book Day?

Dark Crisis #0
DC is promoting its big summer event, Dark Crisis, with this preview from writer Joshua Williamson and artist Jim Cheung. The Justice League has been defeated by a legion of DC’s most dangerous villains and now a new generation of superheroes must rise to save the multiverse.

Galaxy: the most beautiful star
This special FCBD edition from writer Jadzia Axelrod and artist Jess Taylor features an excerpt from DC’s upcoming graphic novel about an alien princess who hides out as a boy on Earth. But when Taylor Barzelay meets Kat Silverberg, she decides she doesn’t want to hide her identity anymore.

DC League of Super-Pets: The Great Mxy-Up
Get a sneak peek at this mid-level graphic novel ahead of its May 17 release: When Mr. Mxyzptlk, a mischievous imp from the Fifth Dimension, arrives to wreak havoc on Metropolis, it’s up to Krypto, Merton the Turtle, and the other Super Pets to save the day.

Marvel Voices Reprint

Marvel Voices celebrates characters and creators from diverse communities.

Marvel Comics

What does Marvel give on FCBD?

Marvel Voice #1
Launched in 2020, the Marvel Voices line celebrates superheroes from marginalized communities. This special edition of FCBD reprints seven stories from the imprint, focusing on Black, Latinx, LGBTQ, and Indigenous characters and creators.

The Amazing Spider-Man/Venom
As Spidey celebrates his 60th birthday, the creepy hero and his vicious nemesis star in this special release teasing upcoming storylines and characters from the Amazing Spider-Man and Venom comics.

Avengers/X-Men #1
Writers Kieron Gillen and Gerry Duggan and artist Dustin Weaver have set the stage for Marvel’s next Judgment Day crossover, when the status quo between Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and its mutant champions is rocked to its core. And how are the immortal Eternals involved?

Other Free Comic Book Day Releases

FCBD is a great opportunity if you’re new to comics or are hesitant to drop your hard-earned cash on an unfamiliar title.

There are offers for the youngest – like a reprint of Jonna and the Impossible Monsters or the brand new The Best Archie Comic Ever! – and more mature fare like Bloodborne and The Bone Orchard Mythos: Prelude.

Plus, pop culture junkies can revisit beloved characters with comedic versions of Doctor Who, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Pokémon, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Stranger Things, and even The Three Stooges.

Check out all 46 versions on the Free Comic Book Day website.