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The Best IDW Comic Book Series, Ranked

Updated December 12, 2019 566 votes 100 voters 2.7k views44 items

List RulesOngoing 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.

  • 1

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

    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. 

  • 2

    Locke & Key

    Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez

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

  • 3


    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

    Usagi Yojimbo

    Stan Sakai

    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. 


  • 5


    Art Adams, Duane Swierczynski

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

  • 6

    30 Days of Night

    Steve Niles, Matt Fraction

    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. 

  • 7

    Sonic the Hedgehog

    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. 

  • 8

    G.I. Joe: Cobra

    Antonio Fuso, Mike Costa

    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. 

  • 9

    The X-Files

    Stefan Petrucha, Charles Adlard

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

  • 10

    G.I. Joe

    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. 

  • 11

    Back to the Future

    Bob Gale, John Barber

    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. 

  • 12


    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. 

  • 13


    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. 

  • 14

    My Little Pony

    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. 

  • 15

    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. 

  • 16

    Black Crown

    Rob Davis

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


  • 17

    The Spider King

    Josh Vann, Simone D’Armini

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

  • 18


    David M. Booher, Drew Zucker

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

  • 19

    Yakuza Demon Killers

    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. 

  • 20

    V Wars

    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. 

  • 21

    Tom Tomorrow

    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.

  • 22

    Kull Eternal

    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. 

  • 23


    Niko Walter, Paul Allor

    In this new series, you'll journey deep within the heart of Cobra. Major Bludd will search for the hidden truth behind the true high command of Cobra. 

  • 24

    Rom: Dire Wraiths

    Chris Ryall, Guy Dorian Sr.

    In 1969, a satellite safeguarding the moon landing becomes infested with Dire Wraiths. They now have a way to Earth, so the moon landing crew has to stop them. 

  • 25

    Cobra Kai: The Karate Kid Saga Continues

    Denton J. Tipton, Kagan McLeod

    Cobra Kai is back. A new kid at the dojo makes a move on Johnny's girl, developing into a new rivalry with Johnny set out for revenge.