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The Best Vertigo Comic Book Series, Ranked  

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These are the best Vertigo Comics that you need to add to your library. Vertigo Comics is an imprint of DC, which came into being in 1993. DC Comics started this other label to produce more adult-oriented stories. Comics published under Vertigo would be free from the constraints of the Comics Code Authority, which would allow more creative freedom. Comics that have come from this label over the years have been more violent and graphic, and they have generally shown more sexuality, profanity, and other controversial subjects. Many fantastic comic books have come out of the company over the years, and this list runs through the top Vertigo comics of all time. 

Numerous comics have been released that changed the face of the comic book industry. One of these titles is Neil Gaiman's The Sandman. The series proved to be so popular that in 2018, Vertigo Comics unveiled four new ongoing series set within the same universe. Another influential comic to come out of the company is Y: The Last Man, which had over 60 issues published at Vertigo. 

Many properties from the Vertigo comics library have been developed into TV shows and movies over the years. No matter where you know Vertigo from, you likely know at least some of their comics. With this list, you can vote up your favorites, so other comic lovers know what they need to check out next. 

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Sandman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Vertigo Comic Book Series, Ranked
Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth

Morpheus is trapped for 70 years. When it escapes, it seeks to rebuild its kingdom that has been destroyed. It seeks to undo past sins and change the old ways. 

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Preacher is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Vertigo Comic Book Series, Ranked
Garth Ennis, Steve Dillon

More Preacher (the AMC series) here

Preacher follows the story of Jesse Custer, a preacher who accidentally gains the powers of a supernatural force called Genesis. Genesis is comprised of pure evil and pure good, forcing Jesse to travel around the United States to find God. 

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Hellblazer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Vertigo Comic Book Series, Ranked
Alan Moore, Stephen R. Bissette, John Ridgway

John Constantine battles the forces of evil and the supernatural. Although he makes great pains to protect himself, those closest to him usually end up paying the price. 

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Y: The Last Man is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Vertigo Comic Book Series, Ranked
Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra

All living creatures with a Y chromosome suddenly die off. The only exception is a young escape artist and his monkey. Yorick must find the answer to why this occurred before enemies find him, capture him, and kill him. 

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Saga of the Swamp Thing is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Vertigo Comic Book Series, Ranked
Stephen R. Bissette, Alan Moore

Swamp Thing is one of the most popular characters to come out of Vertigo. A humanoid swamp creature must use its powers for good to protect the Green. 

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Fables is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Vertigo Comic Book Series, Ranked
Bill Willingham

Fables focuses on various characters based in folklore or fairy tales. They form a community in New York City where they must remain hidden from the outside world.

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Animal Man is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Vertigo Comic Book Series, Ranked
Grant Morrison

Bernhard Baker stood too close to an exploding spaceship, and now, he has the power to momentarily borrow attributes of various animals. He uses these powers to fight aliens and even series creator Grant Morrison.

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Doom Patrol is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Vertigo Comic Book Series, Ranked
Arnold Drake, Bob Haney, Bruno Premiani

What would happen if the Justice League was made up of a bunch of dysfunctional unknowns? In Doom Patrol, a group of misfits must band together to save the planet. 

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The Invisibles is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Vertigo Comic Book Series, Ranked
Grant Morrison

A covert resistance force must fend off aliens from the human race, which suspects nothing. The Invisible College stumbles across a young man who may hold the key to salvation, but they must act quickly before the world ends on December 22nd, 2012. 

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100 Bullets is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Vertigo Comic Book Series, Ranked
Brian Azzarello, Eduardo Risso

100 Bullets centers around the concept of whether people would kill given the right circumstances. The series follows Agent Graves as he finds people who have been horribly wronged and gives them a chance to enact revenge. 

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Transmetropolitan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Vertigo Comic Book Series, Ranked
Warren Ellis, Darick Robertson

Transmetropolitan takes place in the near future where Spider Jerusalem and his cohorts try to take down the President. This ragtag group of anti-heroes attempts to prevent the world from becoming more dystopian than it already is. 

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Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Vertigo Comic Book Series, Ranked
Dan Watters, Max Fiumara, Sebastian Fiumara

More Lucifer (the Fox series) here

The devil vanished several years ago. While some people think he died, this comic book series dives into what really happened, which is that he's trapped in a bizarre, unusual prison.

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Sandman: Mystery Theatre is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Vertigo Comic Book Series, Ranked
LoganButernowsky added Matt Wagner
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Scalped is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Vertigo Comic Book Series, Ranked
Jason Aaron, R. M. Guéra

Dashiell Bad Horse returns to the Prairie Rose Indian Reservation only to get sucked into a new mission to bring down the corrupt Tribal Sheriff. Throughout this investigation, he must also solve his mother's murder. 

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Books of Magic is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Vertigo Comic Book Series, Ranked
Kat Howard, Tom Fowler

It's Timothy Hunter's destiny to become the most powerful magician in the entire universe. While he deals with all of the struggles of being a teenager, cultists seek him out to kill him. 

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The Unwritten is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Vertigo Comic Book Series, Ranked
Mike Carey, Peter Gross

Tom Taylor has dreams of  writing the next successful fantasty, young-adult franchise like Harry Potter. The series follows him as he deals with fame and the concept of celebrity.

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Loveless is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Vertigo Comic Book Series, Ranked
Brian Azzarello

Wes Cutter returns home after suffering the defeat of the South during the Civil War. He becomes the sheriff of Blackwater where he must fight against Yankee Doodle Dandies invading his town.

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High Level is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Vertigo Comic Book Series, Ranked
Rob Sheridan, Barnaby Bagenda

Centuries after civilization was wiped out and humanity had to rebuild itself, a lone smuggler travels through a new continent to deliver the Messiah to the High Level. Can she deliver the baby in time? 

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The Vinyl Underground is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Vertigo Comic Book Series, Ranked
Si Spencer, Simon Gane

Morrison Shepherd is a former DJ fresh out of prison. He's accompanied by a troupe of friends who help him solves crimes before the police. 

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Black Orchid is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Vertigo Comic Book Series, Ranked
Sheldon Mayer, Tony DeZuniga, Neil Gaiman

Four superheroines have taken on the moniker of Black Orchid over the years. With the powers of strength, flight, and disguise, she fights the bad guys in thrilling fashion.

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Hex Wives is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Vertigo Comic Book Series, Ranked
Ben Blacker, Mirka Andolfo

For centuries, a war has been raging between a group of males known as the Architects and a coven of reincarnating witches. Although the witches seem to win the battle, Isadora begins to question her new idyllic life. 

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American Carnage is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Vertigo Comic Book Series, Ranked
Bryan Hill, Leandro Fernandez

Richard Wright, a disgraced FBI agent, has a shot at redemption. His old mentor gives him a chance to infiltrate a white supermacist group whom he believes is responsible for the death of a fellow agent. 

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The Dreaming is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Vertigo Comic Book Series, Ranked
Si Spurrier, Bilquis Evely

Dream has abandoned his realm, leaving the ordinary residents to protect it. While they do their best, senior storytellers are tormented with dark secrets, and something sinister lurks just beyond the gate. 

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American Vampire is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Vertigo Comic Book Series, Ranked
Scott Snyder, Rafael Albuquerque

Vampires exist, and there are numerous species of them all over the world. The series follow Skinner Sweet, who discovers he is a new kind of vampire, one that is impervious to sunlight. 

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House of Whispers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Vertigo Comic Book Series, Ranked
Nalo Hopkinson, Dominike Stanton

The House of Dahomey is one giant party. From another realm, Ezrulie finds four girls unlocking a magical journal that could cause widespread havoc and destruction. Ezrulie must stop that from happening while her dream river threatens her own domain.