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Brian K. Vaughan's work is very modern, and he has a habit of indulging in quirky pop culture references. He can weave realistic characters into a fantastical plot flawlessly. His greatest work, Y: The Last Man with Pia Guerra, is one issue off finishing (pick up the trades), and his other work, Ex Machina, is heading toward a close, too. That's hardly all, however; he has also written for Ultimate X-Men, Batman and Runaways (which he created) for Marvel, DC and again Marvel. Brian has an uncanny ability to make me fall head over heels in love with his characters, which makes all the drama and suspense he masterfully utilizes in his books all the more effective.
When Warren Ellis manages to tear himself away from his online, cultish fan base's adulation, he actually writes a pretty damn great comic book. For a man with such an obvious, deep, cynical, nihilistic view of the world, he certainly can make some good superhero books with some great good guys. Look back to his fantastic, eventually uplifting Planetary with pencils by the utterly unique John Cassaday, and his outstanding Transmetropolitan with Darick Robertson. According to Wikipedia, he is "well known for sociocultural commentary," but I would simply say he is a bastard and enjoys being a bastard-flavored bastard to everybody, including himself. Look forward to his new book out soon Astonishing X-Men: Second Stage with the very talented Simone Bianchi, and ongoing Thunderbolts with Mike Deodato Jr.
If big budget books aren't your thing, one indie creator I adore is Brian Lee O'Malley, for his fantastic Scott Pilgrim. The book combines old school console nerdisms from the '90s with manga-inspired art for a fun, often laugh-out-loud read. (Yes, some good can come from manga. I admit it only now.) Sadly, the book is only released every year, so be prepared to wait.
Moving back to the big guns, DC's golden boy is unquestionably Geoff Johns. Over the years he has written some brilliant books, like his work on The Flash, and some not-so-brilliant books, like his ordinary run on Teen Titans and the woeful Infinite Crisis. Most notable is his old run on JSA, with pencils by Dale Eaglesham. Johns manages to weave each member's unique characteristics into the book's themes, and the current JSA has my vote for best superteam book on the shelf. Look forward to his continued run on this book, as well as the always fun Booster Gold with Jeff Katz (also writing) and Dan Jurgens.
So there you have it, some of the best creators in the business and the best books they're working on. So get out there, take some market share away from that generic manga bullshit and be a better person for it. More importantly, allow yourself to become entranced as I did, and ride that comic wave.