Kyle Higgins

Aug. 01, 2012 | 7:32 p.m.

The Joker returns to ‘Batman’ pages, building on 72-year history

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The most famous supervillain in comic book history — the Joker —  returns to the pages of “Batman” in a big way later this year, DC Comics has announced on its website. The new story, “Death of the Family,” which begins in October with issue No. 13 of “Batman,” was planned long before the movie-theater shooting in Aurora, Colo. The timing of the Joker’s return to the pages of the bestselling DC comic may discomfit some in the wake of the shooting during a screening of “The Dark Knight Rises.” Suspect James E. Holmes reportedly referred to himself as the Joker during questioning by police. Representatives of DC Comics did not respond to questions about the timing of the Joker’s return to the Batman story line. DC Comics has more or less kept the Joker on a shelf in recent […]
July 15, 2012 | 6:00 p.m.

Comic-Con sketching — in time lapse

Francis Manapul's Superman and Batman art. (Kyle Higgins)
Kyle Higgins, best known as the writer of  “Nightwing” for DC Comics,  is a guest blogger for Hero Complex at Comic-Con International this year. Here’s a time lapse of Francis Manapul, artist and co-writer on ‘The Flash,’ doing a Supergirl piece with an ink wash And, the final piece: Plus two more that Francis completed for the show: –Kyle Higgins RECENT AND RELATED ‘Dark Knight Rises’: Nolan’s masked ambitions Dark Knight Rises’ hits the road Bat flight, Cat fights, Gotham falls Hans Zimmer explains Christopher Nolan’s secrecy Hathaway: Catwoman modeled on Hedy Lamarr Christopher Nolan opens up about Bane choice Christian Bale says goodbye to Gotham ‘Dark Knight Rises’: Tom Hardy as Bane Nolan on his favorite scene in ‘Dark Knight’ Nolan: Hollywood takes too many shortcuts
July 15, 2012 | 4:01 p.m.

Comic-Con Batman panel — an owl’s eye view

A masked individual at DC's Batman: Beyond the Night of the Owls panel.
Kyle Higgins, best known as the writer of  “Nightwing” for DC Comics,  is a guest blogger for Hero Complex at Comic-Con International this year.    I was a part of DC’s “Batman: Beyond the Night of the Owls” panel with Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Gail Simone, Gregg Hurwitz, Scott Lobdell, David Finch, J.H. Williams and Jonathan Layman. I thought it’d be fun to take some pictures from our POV, as DC handed out a surprise gift to everyone in attendance. The creepiest image is, fittingly, from Scott’s phone. You’ll know it when you see it. – Kyle Higgins RECENT AND RELATED ‘Dark Knight Rises’: Nolan’s masked ambitions Dark Knight Rises’ hits the road Bat flight, Cat fights, Gotham falls Hans Zimmer explains Christopher Nolan’s secrecy Hathaway: Catwoman modeled on Hedy Lamarr Christopher Nolan opens up about Bane choice Christian Bale says […]
July 15, 2012 | 1:42 p.m.

Comic-Con: Nightwinging it through Artists’ Alley

Eddy Barrows' original Nightwing pages
Kyle Higgins, best known as the writer of  ‘Nightwing’ for DC Comics,  is a guest blogger for Hero Complex at Comic-Con International this year.    Of all the sights and sounds that Comic-Con International has to offer, my favorite is Artists’ Alley. This is the area in the far south end of the convention hall (next to Hall H) that features hundreds of incredibly talented artists, most of whom have original pages, prints, commissions, sketches and so forth available for purchase. For comic fans, this place can become mesmerizing. Hours slip away unnoticed. As I was heading down to meet up with Francis Manapul, I passed an exhibitor’s booth called Comic Art Ink. What caught my eye was something I was quite familiar with, yet had never seen up close: Eddy Barrows’  original Nightwing pages, from our first seven issues of the […]
July 13, 2012 | 5:50 p.m.

Comic-Con: Meet our Gotham City guest blogger …

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My name  is Kyle Higgins. I’m a writer, currently headlining NIGHTWING for DC Comics, and I have no idea how many years I’ve been coming to Comic-Con. OK … that last part’s kind of an exaggeration. However, after wrapping my second night of the show and sitting down to write my intro-post for Hero Complex (at the ungodly hour of 3 am), it does momentarily stump me as to how many years in a row this has been. After careful examination (coupled with the use of past Batman films’ release dates as a frame of reference), I realize this is only year five. As many creators can attest to, the variety of hotels, motels, trolleys, panels, parties, Hyatt bar excursions, hustling for work, and seemingly unchanging (but progressively more crowded) downtown, San Diego can provide for quite the homogenous experience, if […]
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