I've been reading a ton of Vertigo
stuff lately, not because it's super-amazing (although some of it is ofc) but because the library apparently has infy Vertigo trades. Anyway, Vertigo is basically DC Comic's adult line; think MAX from Marvel or Epic from Marvel (or did Marvel buy out Epic?), but I think Vertigo has actually been around longer than either of those. Vertigo isn't (always) totally cut off from the DC Universe too, which makes for interesting occasional crossovers.
Some of these comics suck; but the majority are pretty high quality. The imprint (I guess that's what it is called) started off by stealing some existing DC Comics that were generally not typical superhero comics - Swamp Thing, Animal Man (I must be the only person who thought this book sucked), Doom Patrol, Sandman, and Shade, the Changing Man.
The New Deadwardians
Dominique Laveau: Voodoo Child
Much of Vertigo's characters and settings overlap, but they don't always seem to necessarily overlap. Hellblazer, Sandman (and the Dreaming and Cain/Abel) and the Swamp Thing are pretty much in the same earth (and it appears to MOSTLY be the DC earth), but this isn't always true. Vertigo's stories tend towards fantasy-horror stuff, but sometimes it's just plain ol' adventure (The Books of Magic is basically a sweet Harry Potter book 10 years before Potter came out), or political commentary (AND HUMOR!) like Transmetropolitan, or just a cashing in on the current hotness (a.e. American Vampire, which I like alright).
I've been reading The Unwritten, and it's pretty interesting, although I hate the Whale nonsense; I mean, I get it, but it took about twice as long as necessary to explain.
Much of Vertigo's universe and tone are shaped by Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore, and Grant Morrison, so you know it can't be that bad! I personally highly dislike the "meta-fiction" titles (wikipedia's word for it) of Animal Man, Doom Patrol, Shade, the Changing Man, The Invisibles, but a lot of people adore them, so while I'd totally make a bitching post about how they suck, they don't REALLY suck.
So... anyone else reading some Vertigo?