5 Un­der­rated Ver­tigo books

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Yeah, yeah – you know all the big Ver­tigo books, but what about the smaller ti­tles that Ver­tigo has put out over the last few decades? For ev­ery Sand­man or Preacher, there’s been a hand­ful of Vinyl Un­der­grounds or Greek Streets. But, Will Salmon asks, which were the stand­outs?

1 Dead­en­ders: Ed Brubaker and War­ren Pleece cre­ated this odd cy­ber­punk/mod mashup set in a post apoc­a­lyp­tic fu­ture. Though it ran for just 16 is­sues be­fore can­cel­la­tion (and a hastily as­sem­bled wrap-up con­clu­sion) it shone brightly as one of the more unique books in Ver­tigo’s his­tory.

2 Sauc er Coun­try : Paul Cor­nell and Ryan Kelly delve deep into UFO logy with the tale of a pres­i­den­tial can­di­date who claims to have been ab­ducted by aliens. Hugo-nom­i­nated, bril­liantly drawn, it felt like a new Ver­tigo clas­sic. Dis­ap­point­ing sales meant it was axed af­ter just 14 is­sues.

3 Young Liars: Set in present-day New York, this was a trippy, twisty splic­ing of Amer­i­can teen comics, pop mu­sic and se­ri­ous weird­ness writ­ten and drawn by David Lapham. Dark, snarky and funny as heck. Per­haps ap­pro­pri­ately, it lived fast and died young.

4 North­landers: Brian Wood’s gritty Norse saga, while fic­tional, was a dy­namic and well re­searched look at the lives – and deaths – of peo­ple in the Viking Age. It should have run for years, but lasted just four. Still, its 50 is­sues are some of the most ex­cit­ing comics from DC in ages.

5 Air: Ms. Marvel writer G Wil­low Wil­son penned this bizarre tale of an air stew­ardess roped into an anti-ter­ror­ist plot that soon ex­pands to take in pan-di­men­sional travel, Amelia Earhart and su­per­nat­u­ral events. Axed af­ter 24 is­sues, it felt as if Wil­son was just get­ting started...

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