1. Frank Miller
The only person who defined The Dark Knight more than Frank Miller was Bob Kane.
Notables: Batman (The Dark Knight, Year One) Daredevil (The man without fear, born again)300, Sin City.
2. Garth Ennis
Brought a cynical, violent, yet hopeful outsiders perspective to American comics.
Notables: Preacher, The Punisher (MK, MAX, War Zone) The Boys, Hellblazer, The Magnificent Kev, True Faith, The Shadow.
3. Jeph Loeb
Alongside Tim Sale and Jim Lee, Loeb added modern cool to the dark house that Miller built.
Notables: Batman, Daredevil (yellow).
4. Scott Snyder
A modern Frank Miller is a nice compliment, but its more appropriate to say that Frank Miller was the Scott Snyder of the 80's.
Notables: Batman, American Vampire, Iron Man Noir
5. Joshua Dysart
His ballsy, vicious Unknown soldier quickly turned heads for its realism, and to be honest, its downright bravery. A worthy challenger to Watchmen any day of the week.
Notables: Unknown Soldier
6. Alan Moore
V for Vendetta,Vigilante,Watchmen.
7. Gail Simone
Secret Six, Batgirl, The Movement
8. Grant Morrison
Hellblazer, Animal man, Batman
9. Greg Rucka
The Punisher, Wolverine, Batman
10. Brian Azzarello
Joker, 100 bullets, Hellblazer
11. Jamie Delano
12. Peter Milligan
The Punisher, Hellblazer, Shade
13. Warren Ellis
Hellblazer, Iron Man, Stormwatch
14. James Robinson
15. Mike Carey
16. Andy Diggle
Hellblazer, The Losers