Kyle Higgins

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Kyle Higgins
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Higgins at the 2014 Special Edition NYC
Born (1985-06-12) June 12, 1985 (age 29)
Lockport, Illinois
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer, Director
Notable works
Batman: Gates of Gotham
Nightwing

Kyle Higgins (born June 12, 1985) is an American comic book writer and film director. He is best known for his work on the Batman franchise at DC Comics.

Early life[edit]

Kyle Higgins was born June 12, 1985, and grew up in Homer Glen, Illinois. At the age of seven Higgins saw the 1978 feature film Superman, which began his passion for both comic books and filmmaking.[1]

After two years of studying film and creative writing at the University of Iowa, Higgins transferred to the Film Production program of Chapman University in Orange, California, from which he would graduate. In late 2006, he began an unpaid internship with The Donners' Company, which provided him with the opportunity to work with Richard Donner, who directed the film that introduced Higgins to comics and filmmaking.[1]

Career[edit]

After writing and directing his college thesis film titled The League,[1] about the superhero labor union of 1960's Chicago, Higgins spent a year writing for Marvel Comics before authoring the back-up features for the 2010 editions of Detective Comics Annual and Batman Annual. The stories introduced the Franco-Islamic character Nightrunner, who he co-created with David Hine and caused some controversy.[2] Higgins stayed on the Batman brand, co-writing the five-issue Batman: Gates of Gotham with Detective Comics scribe Scott Snyder which delved into the history of Gotham City.

When DC rebooted their entire line in 2011 with The New 52, Higgins wrote Nightwing, often interlinking arcs with Snyder, who moved to Batman.[3] Higgins also wrote the first eight issues of Deathstroke in September 2011.[4] Higgins began writing Batman Beyond 2.0, a continuation of the comic and animated series, Batman Beyond, for DC's digital-first line.[5] In January 2014, it was announced that Higgins had joined the writing team for Batman Eternal, following his work on Nightwing, which will end in March 2014 with issue 29, the penultimate issue.[6]

In January 2014, Higgins announced C.O.W.L., his first creator-owned ongoing series with Image Comics.[7] The series, co-written by Alec Siegel and featuring art by Rod Reis, revisits the world created by Higgins in The League. C.O.W.L. explores superheroes from the lens of union organization, and features an early-1960s aesthetic, noir overtones, and political drama. The series debuted in May 2014, and the first issue sold out of its initial print run.[8]

Bibliography[edit]

Marvel Comics[edit]

DC Comics[edit]

  • Detective Comics Annual #12, "The Night Runner" (with Trevor McCarthy, December, 2010)
  • Batman Annual #28, "Nightrunner" (with Trevor McCarthy, December, 2010)
  • Batman: Gates of Gotham (miniseries) (May, 2011-September, 2011)
    • Batman: Gates of Gotham (tpb, 144 pages, 2012, ISBN 1-4012-3341-4) collects:
      • "Part One: A Bridge to the Past" (with Scott Snyder and Trevor McCarthy, in #1, 2011)
      • "Part Two: The Four Families of Gotham" (with Scott Snyder and Trevor McCarthy, in #2, 2011)
      • "Part Three: The Key to the City" (with Scott Snyder and Trevor McCarthy, in #3, 2011)
      • "Part Four: The Gotham City Massacre" (with Scott Snyder and Dustin Nguyen, in #4, 2011)
      • "Part Five: Welcome to the Future" (with Scott Snyder, Trevor McCarthy and Graham Nolan, in #5, 2011)
  • Deathstroke vol. 2 (September, 2011-April, 2012)[9]
    • Volume 1: Legacy (tpb, 192 pages, 2012, ISBN 1-4012-3481-X) collects:
      • "Back To Basics" (with Joe Bennett, in #1, 2011)
      • "The Carpocalypse" (with Joe Bennett, in #2, 2011)
      • "Legacy" (with Joe Bennett, in #3, 2011)
      • "Time's Up" (with Joe Bennett, in #4, 2011)
      • "Blowback" (with Joe Bennett, in #5, 2012)
      • "Achilles Heel" (with Joe Bennett and Eduardo Pansica, in #6, 2012)
      • "Deadly Reunions" (with Joe Bennett, in #7, 2012)
      • "Circle of Life" (with Eduardo Pansica, in #8, 2012)
  • Nightwing vol. 3 (September, 2011-May, 2014)
    • Volume 1: Traps and Trapezes (tpb, 160 pages, 2012, ISBN 1-4012-3705-3) collects:
      • "Welcome to Gotham" (with Eddy Barrows, in #1, 2011)
      • "Haly's Wish" (with Eddy Barrows, in #2, 2011)
      • "Past and Present" (with Eddy Barrows and Eduardo Pansica, in #3, 2011)
      • "South Beach Connection" (with Trevor McCarthy, in #4, 2011)
      • "'Til Death Do Us Part" (with Eddy Barrows, in #5, 2012)
      • "Good Girl Gone Bad" (with Eddy Barrows and Geraldo Borges, in #6, 2012)
      • "Turning Points" (with Eddy Barrows and Geraldo Borges, in #7, 2012)
    • Volume 2: Night of the Owls (tpb, 144 pages, 2013, ISBN 1-4012-4027-5) collects:
      • "Bloodlines" (with Eddy Barrows, in #8, 2012)
      • "The Gray Son" (with Eddy Barrows and Andrés Guinaldo, in #9, 2012)
      • "The Tomorrow People" (with Eddy Barros and Geraldo Borges, in #10, 2012)
      • "Tomorrow Can't Wait" (with Andrés Guinaldo, in #11, 2012)
      • "Inside Out" (with Andrés Guinaldo, in #12, 2012)
      • "Perpetual Motion" (with Tom DeFalco and Eddy Barrows, in #0, 2012)
    • Volume 3: Death of the Family (tpb, 176 pages, 2013, ISBN 1-4012-4413-0) collects:
      • "The Hunter" (written by Tom DeFalco and drawn by Andrés Guinaldo, in #13, 2012)
      • "Die For Me" (written by Tom DeFalco and drawn by Andrés Guinaldo, in #14, 2012)
      • "Cleaning House" (with Eddy Barrows, in #15, 2012)
      • "Curtain Call" (with Eddy Barrows, in #16, 2013)
      • "The Punchline" (written by Scott Snyder and drawn by Greg Capullo, in Batman vol. 2 #17, 2013)
      • "Another Saturday Night" (with Sanford Greene, in Young Romance: A New 52 Valentine's Day Special #1, 2013
      • "The Long Week" (with Juan Jose Ryp, in #17, 2013)
      • "Slow Burn" (with Juan Jose Ryp, in #18, 2013)
    • Volume 4: Second City (tpb, 144 pages, 2014, ISBN 1-4012-4630-3) collects:
      • "Second City" (with Brett Booth, in #19, 2013)
      • "Flying Blind" (with Brett Booth, in #20, 2013)
      • "Co$t of Living" (with Brett Booth, in #21, 2013)
      • "Showtime" (with Will Conrad, in #22, 2013)
      • "World Turned Upside Down" (with Will Conrad, in #23, 2013)
      • "Buyer's Remorse" (with Will Conrad, in #24, 2013)
    • Volume 5: Setting Son (tpb, 200 pages, 2014, ISBN 1-4012-5011-4) collects:
      • "Embers" (with Jason Masters, in Anual #1, 2013)
      • "One Dark City Night" (with Will Conrad, in #25, 2013)
      • "Some Strings Attached" (with Will Conrad, in #26, 2013)
      • "Curiouser and Curiouser" (with Will Conrad, in #27, 2014)
      • "Butterfly Effects" (with Russell Dauterman, in #28, 2014)
      • "Safety Net" (with Russell Dauterman, in #29, 2014)
      • "Setting Son" (written by Tim Seeley and Tom King and drawn by Mikel Janín, Javier Garrón and Jorge Lucas, in #30, 2014)
  • Masters of the Universe vol. 2 #2, #5 (with Pop Mhan and Mike Henderson, July, 2012)
  • Batman Beyond 2.0 (October, 2013-present)[10]
    • Rewired (tpb, 176 pages, 2014, ISBN 1-4012-5060-2) collects:
      • "Rewired, Part 1 of 8: Nothing Last Forever" (with Thony Silas, in #1, 2013)
      • "Rewired, Part 2 of 8: The Dead Man Plan" (with Thony Silas, in #2, 2013)
      • "Rewired, Part 3 of 8: Mass Exodus" (with Thony Silas, in #3, 2013)
      • "Rewired, Part 4 of 8: Shadows of the Past" (with Thony Silas, in #4, 2013)
      • "Rewired, Part 5 of 8: Dead or Alive" (with Thony Silas, in #5, 2013)
      • "Rewired, Part 6 of 8: Family Values" (with Thony Silas, in #6, 2013)
      • "Rewired, Part 7 of 8: Shock Therapy" (with Thony Silas, in #7, 2013)
      • "Rewired, Part 8 of 8: Power Hungry" (with Thony Silas, in #8, 2013)
  • Secret Origins vol.3 #1, "The Long Year" (with Doug Mahnke, April, 2014) collected in Volume 1 (tpb, 160 pages, 2015, ISBN 1-4012-5049-1)
  • Batman Eternal #22-39 (September, 2014-2015)[6]
    • Volume 2 (tpb, 448 pages, 2015, ISBN 1-4012-5231-1) collects:
      • "Succession Plans" (with Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Ray Fawkes, Tim Seeley and Jorge Lucas, in #22, 2014)
      • "Lioness" (with Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Ray Fawkes, Tim Seeley and Dustin Nguyen, in #23, 2014)
      • "The Spoiler" (with Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Ray Fawkes, Tim Seeley and Andy Clark, in #24, 2014)
      • "City of Whispers" (with Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Ray Fawkes, Tim Seeley and R.M. Guera, in #25, 2014)
      • "Broken Mirrors" (with Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Ray Fawkes, Tim Seeley, R.M. Guera and Juan Ferreyra, in #26, 2014)
      • "Divided" (with Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Ray Fawkes, Tim Seeley and Javier Garrón, in #27, 2014)
      • "Letting Go" (with Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Ray Fawkes, Tim Seeley and Meghan Hetrick, in #28, 2014)
      • "The City of Shadow and Doubt" (with Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Ray Fawkes, Tim Seeley and Simon Coleb, in #29, 2014)
      • "From On High" (with Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Ray Fawkes, Tim Seeley and Fernando Pasarin, in #30, 2014)
      • "Buried Deep" (with Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Ray Fawkes, Tim Seeley and Fernando Pasarin, in #31, 2014)
      • "Whisper Campaign" (with Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Ray Fawkes, Tim Seeley and Jason Fabok, in #32, 2014)
      • "Contents Under Pressure" (with Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Ray Fawkes, Tim Seeley and Jason Fabok, in #33, 2014)
      • "State of Truth" (with Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Ray Fawkes, Tim Seeley and Álvaro Martínez, in #34, 2014)

Image Comics[edit]

  • C.O.W.L. (May, 2014-present)[11]
    • Volume 1: Principles of Power (tpb, 128 pages, 2014, ISBN 1-63215-111-1) collects:
      • "Chapter 1: Motivation" (with Alec Siegel and Rod Reis, in #1, 2014)
      • "Chapter 2: Self-Deception" (with Alec Siegel and Rod Reis, in #2, 2014)
      • "Chapter 3: Perception" (with Alec Siegel and Rod Reis, in #3, 2014)
      • "Chapter 4: Unity" (with Alec Siegel and Rod Reis, in #4, 2014)
      • "Charpter 5: Sacrifice" (with Alec Siegel and Rod Reis, in #5, 2014)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Filmmakers". theleaguefilm.com. Retrieved June 23, 2014.
  2. ^ "Racists Totally Freak Out Over Muslim ‘Batman of Paris’". Comics Alliance. December 18, 2010. Retrieved January 24, 2014. 
  3. ^ Rogers, Vaneta (June 13, 2011). "HIGGINS: Dick's BAT-Time Makes For Better DCnU NIGHTWING". Newsarama. Retrieved January 24, 2014. 
  4. ^ Vaneta Rogers (June 23, 2011). "HIGGINS: DCnU DEATHSTROKE Will Be a BADASS Again". Newsarama.
  5. ^ Truitt, Brian (2 August 2013). "Kyle Higgins taps into cartoon love for 'Batman Beyond'". USA Today. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Siegel, Lucas (January 24, 2014). "Kyle Higgins Added to Batman: Eternal Writing Team". Newsarama. Retrieved January 24, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Forthcoming C.O.W.L. Features the First Superhero Labor Union". Image Comics. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  8. ^ Salazar, Kat. "C.O.W.L.—superhero labor union wins public favor". Image Comics. 
  9. ^ "Welcome To The Edge | DC Comics". DC Comics. June 9, 2011. Retrieved January 24, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Batman Beyond 2.0 (2013-)". DC Entertainment. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "C.O.W.L. #1". Image Comics. Retrieved June 28, 2014. 

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Preceded by
Marv Wolfman
Deathstroke writer
2011−2012
Succeeded by
Rob Liefeld
Preceded by
Peter Tomasi
Nightwing writer
2011−2014
Succeeded by
Tim Seeley and Tom King
Preceded by
Adam Beechen
Batman Beyond writer
2013−present
Succeeded by
Incumbent