From dystopian science fiction to tragical fantasy to good old-fashioned horror, Vertigo is DC's imprint for new creators to try out darker stories than could be told in DC proper. Although since its launch in 1993 there have been many attempts at incorporating Vertigo characters into DC's world of superheroes, it has perhaps stood best on its own, serving as a dark mirror to the often fanciful world of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman.
Recently it was announced that DC will be rebooting the Vertigo line with new series from new creators. The idea that some of the more problematic elements of the original line will have a chance to be reimagined and that a more diverse creator pool will have their chance to shine — thus giving us a modern-day equivalent to the truly cutting-edge feel of those early Vertigo stories — is beyond exciting for many comic fans.
That said, the 25-year anniversary that determined the relaunch has led us to look back at the Vertigo titles that really impacted us with starry-eyed romanticism. Here are seven of the OG Vertigo titles that are absolute must-reads for new fans coming to Vertigo, as well as anyone seeking to revisit their love for the imprint.