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The Best IDW Comic Book Series, Ranked 

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Updated December 12, 2019 303 votes 57 voters 1.4k views 44 items

List Rules Ongoing series only - no one-offs.

Idea and Design Works, LLC, better known as IDW, has been publishing some of the most artistic and thought-provoking comic book titles since its debut in 1999. The San Diego-based publisher is  the fifth-largest publisher of comic books in the United States, behind big-name giants like Marvel, DC, and Dark Horse. While there are numerous IDW comic titles and series you could read, the company is perhaps best known for producing comic books based on popular, pre-existing movies and television shows. Think X-Files, Back to the Future, and even Godzilla.

Which IDW title is your favorite? Do you enjoy reading about the continuing adventures of the Ghostbusters? Maybe you like the horrific horror series 30 Days of Night. If you are a fan of the hit Netflix series GLOW, then you'll surely be delighted to hear that IDW has an entire series that takes you further into the wide world of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. There are numerous genres to choose from, including superhero, dark fantasy, horror, mystery, and so much more. 

Be sure to vote up your favorite IDW comic series from the company's ever-growing library, and add your own if they're missing from the list below.

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Locke & Key is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best IDW Comic Book Series, Ranked
Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez

Publisher: IDW Publishing

The children of a well-to-do family return to their mysterious family's house. They soon find dark secrets and magical keys amok. 

2
Teenage Mutant Ninja Tur... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best IDW Comic Book Series, Ranked
Sophie Campbell, Tom Waltz

The turtles are back at it again. And it's not just Shredder they'll find themselves up against in this epic series. 

3
Transformers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best IDW Comic Book Series, Ranked
Brian Ruckley, Angel Hernandez 

Transformers must protect the planet of Cybertron. Mechanical giants go across the surface to offer a protective watch from below and above.

4
30 Days of Night is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best IDW Comic Book Series, Ranked
Steve Niles, Matt Fraction, Dan Wickline

Vampires arise in the town of Barrow, Alaska, where the sun sets 30 days straight every year. However, one sheriff injects himself with vampire blood so that he's able to fight back. 

5
Godzilla is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best IDW Comic Book Series, Ranked
Art Adams, Duane Swierczynski, Simon Gane

Godzilla has returned to wreak havoc. Monster battles ensue as well as the fight to bring down these titans once and for all. 

6
Usagi Yojimbo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best IDW Comic Book Series, Ranked
Stan Sakai

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics, Fantagraphics Books

Incorporating aspects of Japanese folklore and history, Usagi Yojimbo is an epic tale of a swordsman who sells his services as a bodyguard. The characters are anthropomorphic animals in this series that borrows heavily from Japanese cinema. 

 

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G.I. Joe: Cobra is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best IDW Comic Book Series, Ranked
Antonio Fuso, Mike Costa

Publisher: IDW Publishing

Go behind the villainous bad guys of the G.I. Joe franchise: Cobra. You'll constantly question who's bad and who's worse than bad. 

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The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best IDW Comic Book Series, Ranked
Stefan Petrucha, Charles Adlard, Brian Denham

Read about the ongoing adventures of Agents Mulder and Scully as they continue to investigate incidents of the paranormal. 

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Sonic the Hedgehog is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best IDW Comic Book Series, Ranked
Ian Flynn, Tracy Yardley

Sonic the Hedgehog has defeated Dr. Eggman. Now he has to race around the world to stop the robotic Badnik forces that are still wreaking havoc on villages. 

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Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best IDW Comic Book Series, Ranked
Bob Gale, John Barber, Emma Vieceli

The adventures of Marty and Doc continue. They have even more time traveling adventures, including times when Marty's memories don't match up with the real world. 

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Dungeons and Dragons: Ev... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best IDW Comic Book Series, Ranked
Jim Zub, Harvey Tolibao

The heroes from Baldur's Gate embark on adventures across the Realms. Each one must face trials before they are ready to face their destinies. 

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G.I. Joe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best IDW Comic Book Series, Ranked
Paul Allor, Chris Evenhuis

Cobra has spread throughout the world, toppling governments in its wake. It's up to a group of civilian saboteurs and spies who will put their lives on the line as part of the new G.I. Joe program. 

13
My Little Pony is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best IDW Comic Book Series, Ranked
Katie Cook, Andy Price

Following the adventure of Hasbro's My Little Pony dolls, Twilight Sparkle and her friends go on various adventures throughout the land of Equestria. 

14
GLOW is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best IDW Comic Book Series, Ranked
Tini Howard, Hannah Templer

The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling are now set to take on the world of Hollywood. The team is robbed of a blissful weekend when they discover they have to do even more wrestling, which involves raising money to fund a big event. 

15
EUTHANAUTS is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best IDW Comic Book Series, Ranked
Tini Howard, Nick Robles

Thalia Rosewood has been obsessed with death for her entire life. Mercy Wolfe needs a new recruit while battling a brain tumor. Inigo Hanover remains a tether to the world beyond, and they all must go toward the light. 

16
Black Crown is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best IDW Comic Book Series, Ranked
Rob Davis

A recurring series consisting of short features, including Assassinistas and Kid Lobotomy. 

 

17
The Spider King is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best IDW Comic Book Series, Ranked
Josh Vann, Simone D’Armini

Spaceships crash into Europe in 956 AD. Vikings then have to fight against a new intergalactic threat. 

18
V Wars is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best IDW Comic Book Series, Ranked
Johnathan Maberry, Alan Robinson

The remaining members of V-8 have to hunt down the plans for a stolen vampire gene screener. Anyone could turn at any time, so they race against the clock for salvation. 

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Kull Eternal is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best IDW Comic Book Series, Ranked
Tom Waltz, Luca Pizzari

Kull has been both a pirate and a slave. Now, he's the defender of Atlantis, and he has to travel through time to save the modern world. 

20
Star Trek: Discovery is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best IDW Comic Book Series, Ranked
Mike Johnson, Kirsten Beyer, Tony Shasteen

Dive into a new comic book series about the newest Star Trek television show. 

21
Kill Shakespeare is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best IDW Comic Book Series, Ranked
Anthony Del Col, Conor McCreery, Andy Belanger

Publisher: IDW Publishing

Shakespeare's catalog of characters meet up with one goal: kill their creator, Shakespeare. Hamlet teams up with Romeo and Juliet and meets a colorful cast of characters in this epic revenge fantasy. 

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Tom Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best IDW Comic Book Series, Ranked
Tom Tomorrow

Dive into Tom Tomorrow's unique perspective on American lunacy. In the latest edition, Tomorrow takes on Donald Trump and the ensuing political circus following the 2016 presidential election.

23
Yakuza Demon Killers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best IDW Comic Book Series, Ranked
Amit Chauhan, Eli Powell

There's a dark secret hiding in Tokyo. After a heist goes wrong, a thief finds himself in the battle between the Yakuza and demons. 

24
Magic the Gathering is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best IDW Comic Book Series, Ranked
Martin Coccolo, Matt Forbeck

There's a new Planeswalker in town. Dack Fayden is the best thief in the multiverse, and after he lands a huge score, he goes on a quest that will lead him into unknown territories. 

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Canto is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best IDW Comic Book Series, Ranked
David M. Booher, Drew Zucker

Canto embarks on an epic quest. He must face the Shrouded Man to finally earn his beloved's heart.