It didn't take long for writer Kyle Higgins to find a new home in the Bat-Universe, as he's the newest writer joining the Batman: Eternal braintrust, as one of five writers of the weekly series at DC Comics.
The news first leaked on twitter, as Batman group editor Mike Marts tweeted out that he was at a creative dinner with James Tynion IV, Tim Seeley, and editor Katie Kubert, and "missing Ray Fawkes, Scott Snyder, and Kyle Higgins." The obvious implication of the tweet, then, is that Higgins is part of the creative team. So we reached out to DC to find out for sure.
DC Comics confirmed to Newsarama that Higgins has joined the writing team. This addition follows John Layman's announcement last week that he would be leaving the series behind after his first four issues in order to focus more on his creator owned work for the foreseeable future.
Higgins just announced last week as well, ahead of solicitations, that Nightwing #29 in March would be his final issue. The April 2014 solicitaitons reveal that Nightwing #30 is the last issue of the series, and is written by fellow Batman: Eternal scribe James Tynion IV. When he announced his departure, Higgins told Newsarama, "I also have something else at DC that I’m ramping up on. Maybe you’ll hear about it soon." Soon is now, apparently. He also told us during that exit interview that Dick Grayson is his absolute favorite character, "And who knows. Maybe we’ll reunite one day. Never say never!" This may lend some credence to the theory that the blonde in the Batman: Eternal "Batsgiving" teaser is in fact Dick Grayson, assuming a new identity after the events of Forever Evil.
Speculation aside, fans of Higgins run on Nightwing can take heart that he will not be going far, and staying with the bat-family for the new weekly series launching in April 2014.