10 Vertigo Graphic Novels You Must Read Before You Die

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Thanks to the success of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' Watchmen in the 1980s, the comic book medium underwent a dramatic overhaul. The notion that comics were just for kids was shattered, and more adult-oriented titles, ripe with content that the Comics Code Authority would never dare authorize, began popping up in greater numbers.

Every rose has its thorn, as this shift in the culture did admittedly give way so some irritatingly sophomoric, or otherwise ostentatious comics, especially during the 1990s. However, it also opened the door for the iconic DC imprint, Vertigo Comics.

Vertigo Comics (now known as DC Vertigo) and its long list of renowned creators have, by and large, had a lock on what exactly makes a good "adult" comic for much of their history. Complex characters, morally ambiguous narratives, endless dry wit, as well as caustic commentary related to politics, philosophy and religion, are all mainstays of any great Vertigo book.

If you want a first-hand look at why Vertigo has become so iconic and influential in the comics medium - or just why you should read their works - here's where you should start.

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