Everything Ends: Avengers Assemble Concludes And Kyle Higgins Leaves Nightwing
Today has been a big comic book news day. Marvel released their solicits and DC had a few creative team shake ups and the reveal that Justice League of America would be Justice League United. Most news was positive, but there were a few things that readers might be sad about. All good things must come to an end and today is no exception. Kelly Sue DeConnick’s Avengers Assemble is concluding and Kyle Higgins time on Nightwing has come to an end. Read on for all the details.
Starting off on the Marvel side of the tracks, fans were concerned when Avengers Assemble wasn’t present on the recently released April solicits. One fan took to Tumblr and asked writer Kelly Sue DeConnick if the series is coming to an end. She revealed it was. She and co-writer Warren Ellis will be wrapping things up shortly. Said DeConnick:
It is indeed. Ellis wants me to tell you he “murdered it with special English curse magics,” but in truth the book fulfilled its mandate, so it’s done with issue 25.
Thank you SO MUCH for all the support — it’s been a blast.
And the final bit of creator change relates to DC’s Nightwing. Writer Kyle Higgins posted a message on his Facebook page revealing that he will be leaving the series in April but he would be working on two other books, Batman Beyond 2.0 and C.O.W.L. A new creative team will be coming aboard and exploring what happens to Dick Grayson after the ‘shocking’ conclusion to Forever Evil. Higgins’ message in full reads:
So here’s something I’ve put off writing for a while. On Tuesday, DC solicits for April 2014 hit. They’ll introduce a new creative team on NIGHTWING which, sadly, I won’t be a part of.
It’s a weird feeling to leave the book after almost three years, and even though I would love nothing more than to write Dick Grayson for another fifty or sixty issues, it’s time to move on. (In that spirit, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention BATMAN BEYOND 2.0 and C.O.W.L…two of the books I am currently working on, which are also– both in their own way– helping to curb the Grayson withdrawal
I’ve talked many times about my love for Nightwing. He was the hero I grew up with, the book that got me collecting, and the inspiration for my first film. For all those reasons, I had a lot of reservations about launching his New 52 series. What if I wasn’t good enough? What if DC wouldn’t let me tell the stories I wanted? What if people hated it? What if I hated it?
As much pressure as I felt about doing DG justice, the truth is there’s very little I ever could have done to break him. He’s an amazing character who’s been around for almost seventy five years and will still be around long after I’m gone. Instead of thinking about what I’ve been able to do for DG, I’ve found it much better to think about what DG has been able to do for me. In that regard, I’ll only ever be able to look at my time on Nightwing and smile. Why?
Because Dick Grayson made me a better writer.
So, with that, I want to thank Mike Marts for championing me, Scott Snyder for believing in me, Jen Aprahamian, Ryan Parrott, Alec Siegel, Michael Nie, James Tynion, Brian Buccellato, and Brad Bode for supporting me, Eddy Barrows, Rod Reis, Trevor McCarthy, Geraldo Borges, Andres Guinaldo, Juan Jose Ryp, Brett Booth, Will Conrad, Jason Masters, and Russell Dauterman for inspiring me, and finally– to every single Dick Grayson fan out there who bought the book and gave me the chance to live out a dream… issues 28 and 29 are for you. You guys are amazing and I owe you everything.
Los Angeles 2014
So there you go. Marvel and DC both have some new books coming up in April, but some things have to be put aside to make way for all the shiny, new titles. What do you think about the changes? Does this lighten your heavy comic load at all?