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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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  • 1
    The Sandman
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    28

    The Sandman

    Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth

    PublisherVertigo

    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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    Hellblazer
    90
    24

    Hellblazer

    Alan Moore, Stephen R. Bissette

    PublisherDC Comics, Vertigo

    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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    Preacher
    94
    31

    Preacher

    Garth Ennis, Steve Dillon

    PublisherDC Comics, Vertigo

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    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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    Y: The Last Man
    81
    22

    Y: The Last Man

    Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra

    PublisherVertigo

    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
    68
    19

    Saga of the Swamp Thing

    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
    61
    19

    Fables

    Bill Willingham

    PublisherVertigo

    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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    Scalped
    58
    24

    Scalped

    Jason Aaron, R. M. Guéra

    PublisherVertigo

    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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  • 8
    Animal Man
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    27

    Animal Man

    Grant Morrison

    PublisherDC Comics, Vertigo

    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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    100 Bullets
    50
    22

    100 Bullets

    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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  • 10
    Lucifer
    52
    27

    Lucifer

    Dan Watters, Max Fiumara

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    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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    The Invisibles
    43
    18

    The Invisibles

    Grant Morrison

    PublisherVertigo

    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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  • 12
    Transmetropolitan
    48
    24

    Transmetropolitan

    Warren Ellis, Darick Robertson

    PublisherDC Comics, Vertigo, Helix

    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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  • 13
    Doom Patrol
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    24

    Doom Patrol

    Arnold Drake, Bob Haney

    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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  • 14
    American Vampire
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    15

    American Vampire

    Scott Snyder, Rafael Albuquerque

    PublisherVertigo

    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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  • 15
    Sweet Tooth
    29
    15

    Sweet Tooth

    Jeff Lemire

    PublisherVertigo

    Human/animal hybrids begin to appear all over the planet. Although Gus' father tries to protect him from the horrors of the outside world, Gus ends up going on one heck of an adventure.

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  • 16
    Death: The High Cost of Living

    PublisherVertigo

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  • 17
    Sandman: Mystery Theatre

    PublisherVertigo Comics. Matt Wagner's take on a classic DC character, the sandman (Wesley Dodds), set in the late 1930s.

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  • 18
    Astro City
    21
    11

    Astro City

    Kurt Busiek, Brent Anderson

    PublisherImage Comics, Wildstorm, Homage Comics

    Astro City is an anthology series that follows various superheroes as they save the day in the titular city. Readers can follow the adventures of Samaritan, Winged Victory, and others as they fight off the bad guys. 

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  • 19
    The Unwritten
    19
    10

    The Unwritten

    Mike Carey, Peter Gross

    PublisherVertigo

    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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  • 20
    Books of Magic
    21
    14

    Books of Magic

    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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  • 21
    Deadman
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    7

    Deadman

    Bruce Jones

    PublisherDC Comics

    Brandon Cayce dies in a plane crash, but he refuses to accept death. He comes back to Earth in the form of a half-life so that he can save an unborn child from possession. The series is loosely based on the DC series of the same name.

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  • 22
    The Dreaming
    19
    12

    The Dreaming

    Si Spurrier, Bilquis Evely

    PublisherDC Comics, Vertigo

    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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  • 23
    Black Orchid
    19
    12

    Black Orchid

    Sheldon Mayer, Tony DeZuniga

    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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  • 24
    House of Mystery
    14
    7

    House of Mystery

    Lilah Sturges, Bill Willingham

    PublisherDC Comics

    Cain returns to the House of Mystery, only to find that it has disappeared. Years later, an architecture student, unwittingly makes her way to the House of Mystery where she runs from room to room to escape a frightening pair. 

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  • 25
    Death: The Time of Your Life

    PublisherDC Comics

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