Writer: Robert Kirkman
Artist: Charlie Adlard

It’s no surprise that Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead is on this list. Since its inception in 2003, Kirkman's epic zombie saga has been a true testament to the ingenuity of indie writers and artists. And now that we're officially at 100 issues, the book has only gotten bigger and better.

This year has seen Rick and his gang discover a new group of survivors that seem like they’re there to help. But as a war erupts with another rival group, things quickly go to hell. Blood is spilled, long-present characters die, and Rick teeters even closer to the edge of sanity.

Kirkman’s story-lines have a slow burn quality to them that pay off big at the end. Along with some terrifically gruesome art by Charlie Adlard, Kirkman is writing like there's no end in sight for this book. So if you like the TV show but haven’t gotten into the comics yet, the past six months' worth of stories are perfect for catching up.