With Karen Berger stepping down as one of the major forces behind Vertigo’s publications, I’ve seen quite a few “best of Vertigo” lists. But I’m here to tell you: I’m not qualified to make a top 10 Vertigo list. Plus, if I did, it wouldn’t include The Sandman, so you’d immediately discount anything I said as bull$hit. I’ve tried three times to get through Sandman Vol. 1, and I just can’t love it.
More importantly, it’s almost impossible to make an original top 10. There are so many creatively lauded, highly influential Vertigo books, how could you include, e.g., ten books like 100 Bullets, American Vampire, Grant Morrison’s Animal Man, V for Vendetta, Hellblazer, Shade the Changing Man, Scalped, DMZ, Fables, and the Invisibles, but then exclude ten titles like The Filth, Preacher, The Unwritten, A History of Violence, Transmetropolitan, Sweet Tooth, Y the Last Man, Demo, Tank Girl, and Grant Morrison’s Doom Patrol?
Obviously, a top 10 list is not enough. Even a top 20 might not be.
But what about all those “littler” Vertigo books that tend to go unnoticed? The ones that weren’t written by Grant Morrison, or somehow seemed to fly under everyone’s radar? There’s my niche!
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