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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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Hex Wives is listed (or ranked) 26 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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Sweet Tooth is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Vertigo Comic Book Series, Ranked
Jeff Lemire

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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House of Whispers is listed (or ranked) 28 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. 

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American Vampire is listed (or ranked) 29 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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Young Liars is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Vertigo Comic Book Series, Ranked
David Lapham

A group of 20-somethings live in modern-day New York City. They all have disturbing secrets they keep from one another, and even the reader will question what is real. 

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Black Orchid is listed (or ranked) 31 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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Unknown Soldier is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Vertigo Comic Book Series, Ranked
Robert Kanigher, Joe Kubert

The Unknown Soldier is a man known by no one but also known by everyone. Various people have assumed the mantle over the years, and he has even appeared on the Suicide Squad from time to time. 

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The Losers is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Vertigo Comic Book Series, Ranked
Andy Diggle, Jock

The Losers are a Special Forces team that work within the CIA. After being betrayed by their leader, they seek revenge and uncover plenty of devastating secrets along the way.

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Kid Eternity is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Vertigo Comic Book Series, Ranked
Otto Binder, Sheldon Moldoff

Kid Eternity is a superhero within DC's continuity. The character has proved popular over the decades and has gone through numerous changes and retcons.

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The Exterminators is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Vertigo Comic Book Series, Ranked
Simon Oliver, Tony Moore

Henry and AJ work for an extermination company. AJ ends up overdosing on Draxx, the substance they use to kill bugs, and they soon discover the chemical has a strange effect on the bugs, too. 

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American Century is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Vertigo Comic Book Series, Ranked
Howard Chaykin

An American pilot fakes his death and ends up on the run in the 1950s. He makes a new life for himself in Central America, where he ends up being blackmailed to assassinate an opponent of the CIA. 

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Deadenders is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Vertigo Comic Book Series, Ranked
Ed Brubaker

New Bethlehem suffers from segregation. The suburbs are riddled with crime, and Bartholomew has visions of a land outside of New Bethlehem. He teams up with a woman who shares these visions, and they encounter a resistance group looking to free the citizens of an unjust regime.

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IZOMBIE is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Vertigo Comic Book Series, Ranked
Mike Allred

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Gwen comes across as a normal girl, but she is actually a zombie. She eats the brains of the recently deceased and gains their memories. Using this power, she's able to solve crimes no one else would be able to. 

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DMZ is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Vertigo Comic Book Series, Ranked
Brian Wood, Riccardo Burchielli

DMZ takes place during the second American Civil War. Manhattan has become a demilitarized zone where the Free States of America face off against the rest of the country.

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Bite Club is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Vertigo Comic Book Series, Ranked
Howard Chaykin

Eduardo del Toro is murdered, and his relatives all vie to fill in the power vacuum. Unfortunately for all of them, Leto has been named successor and wants to turn their criminal empire into a legitimate business. 

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Codename: Knockout is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Vertigo Comic Book Series, Ranked
Robert Rodi, Louis Small Jr.

Angela St. Grace is an agent of G.O.O.D. She must fight off the forces of E.V.I.L. with the aid of her partner: Go Go Fiasco. 

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Madame Xanadu is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Vertigo Comic Book Series, Ranked
David Michelinie, Val Mayerik, Michael William Kaluta

Madame Xanadu is a sorceress within DC's continuity. Most stories center around her in her shop, and she has gone through numerous iterations throughout the years. 

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Northlanders is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Vertigo Comic Book Series, Ranked
Brian Wood

Northlanders follows a series of arcs, all focused on Vikings. In the first arc, Sven, a self-exiled Viking, returns home to claim his rightful inheritance.

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Spaceman is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Vertigo Comic Book Series, Ranked
Brian Azzarello, Eduardo Risso

Spaceman is set in the post-apocalyptic future. Orson is a genetically-engineered being from NASA who lives alone on Earth until he finds himself in the middle of a celebrity child kidnapping case. 

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Air is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Vertigo Comic Book Series, Ranked
G. Willow Wilson, M. K. Perker

Blythe is invited to join the Etesian Front. However, she ends up being tricked into transporting supplies necessary for a terrorist attack, which leads to her inevitable kidnapping. 

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Testament is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Vertigo Comic Book Series, Ranked
Douglas Rushkoff, Liam Sharp

Testament focuses on how history repeats itself by taking place both in the biblical past and in the near future. The story shows how religion continuously evolves and how it impacts people's daily lives.

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Saucer Country is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Vertigo Comic Book Series, Ranked
Paul Cornell, Ryan Kelly

Arcadia is the governor of New Mexico and frontrunner to be the next President of the United States. One night, she's abducted by aliens and must solve the mystery of extraterrestrial life while juggling her campaign.

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American Virgin is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Vertigo Comic Book Series, Ranked
Steven Seagle, Becky Cloonan

Adam is a teenager who also happens to be a born-again Christian preacher. Throughout the series, he struggles with sexuality and faith.

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Goddess Mode is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Vertigo Comic Book Series, Ranked
Zoe Quinn, Robbi Rodriguez

All of humanity's needs are provided for by a god-like A.I. It's one woman's job to perform maintenance on this A.I., but she soon discovers a whole new digital world where the cheat codes for reality are at stake.

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House of Secrets is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Vertigo Comic Book Series, Ranked
Steven T. Seagle, Teddy Kristiansen

Rain Harper meets a young girl, who invites him to stay at her house, which turns out to be the House of Secrets. Rain encounters an otherworldly entity and ends up being a witness to a bizarre trial.