The Best Vertigo Comic Book Series, Ranked

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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  • The Sandman
    Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth
    200 votes
    • Publisher: Vertigo

    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. 

  • Hellblazer
    Alan Moore, Stephen R. Bissette, John Ridgway
    171 votes
    • Publisher: DC 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. 

  • Preacher
    Garth Ennis, Steve Dillon
    172 votes
    • Publisher: DC Comics, Vertigo

    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. 

  • Saga of the Swamp Thing
    Stephen R. Bissette, Alan Moore
    133 votes

    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. 

  • Y: The Last Man
    Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra
    130 votes
    • Publisher: Vertigo

    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. 

  • Fables
    Bill Willingham
    109 votes
    • Publisher: Vertigo

    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.