Exclusive interview: Writer Kyle Higgins lays down a new foundation for former boy wonder Nightwing
Batman’s first partner in peril, Dick Grayson – these days going by the moniker Nightwing – is headed for Chi-town, leaving the owls and the jokers behind.
To discover the reason for this change-of-lifestyle move and what it means to the former Robin, Cosmic Book News Managing Editor Byron Brewer tracked down writer Kyle Higgins in the alleyways behind the United Center and exclusively got the following answers after hours of interrogation.
Cosmic Book News: Kyle, Dick Grayson is one of comic's oldest characters. How do you hope to redefine this former Robin with a change of venue, Gotham to Chicago?
Kyle Higgins: It opens things up for us. I’ve talked about this before, but I’m really looking to build a world for Dick Grayson that is entirely his own and not predicated on his relationship with Batman. The relationship with Batman is a part of the character, but it’s not what he should be defined by.
Kyle Higgins: The timing was actually a total coincidence. We were originally going to make the change with issue #18, but we pushed it back a month because of “Death of the Family” and Damian. It was pretty cool that it hit a week before C2E2.
Kyle Higgins: That’s actually a great point, and is the main reason why I wanted to tackle this story. As I was saying before, defining Dick Grayson/Nightwing in a way that separates him from Batman is important … and Tony Zucco is going to be a part of that. That’s all I can say at this point.
Kyle Higgins: He’s just that good! (laughs) Of course, the bigger question to me is “how did the city end up this way?” The history of Chicago in the
Kyle Higgins: It’s a city with a unique personality, and its own rich history (and a bonus history with masked vigilantes in the
Kyle Higgins: Michael is an up and coming photographer/videographer … who doesn’t get many opportunities from his bosses. He’s got a bit of a chip on his shoulder and thinks he’s better than he probably is … and definitely better than his bosses think. Joey is a cyber security specialist who says what she thinks … sometimes to her detriment. She works as a contractor primarily, as a 9-5 job isn’t quite her scene. She likes change. In addition to the natural roommate dynamics (ie: drama) that we’ve
Kyle Higgins: Brett brought a tremendous sense of energy and fun to the book. Unfortunately, he was only able to do three issues due to other projects, but what a great three issues!
Kyle Higgins: “A Knight in Bludhaven” is a personal favorite. I also love the Man-Bat issues and (although it’s not technically Nightwing) Robin: Year One.
Kyle Higgins: Well, my run on Batman Beyond starts in August … and I’m also working on a creator-owned book right now with Alec Siegel and Rod Reis, based on my college thesis (superhero) film The League. It’s a bit too early to talk about that one, but hopefully more soon!
Cosmic Book News would like to thank Kyle Higgins for taking time out of his busy schedule to answer our nosy M.E. We would also like to thank DC’s own Alex Segura and Alex Nagorski for helping to make this story possible.
“Nightwing” #21 hits shelves June 12th!