Saturday, November 27, 2010

Getting To Know Danial Carroll

Who is your favourite comic character?

I've only been reading comics since mid-year, and it was Hulk who was the first to grab my attention. However, I soon discovered a guy named Moon Knight, who quickly took his place. Sure, he’s similar to Batman, with his cave and themed weaponry, but then he’s so much more. Constantly taunted by the Egyptian moon-god, Khonshu, who resurrected him, years ago, he is never quite sure of his own sanity, which, to me, makes him a very exciting character.

What is your favourite comic?

The series that introduced me to Moon Knight was his solo title of 2006. It was drawn by the master, David Finch, and written by Charlie Huston, and gets right into the head of the less-than-perfect hero after a rather literal fall from grace. Though the series drifted downhill towards the end, I consider the very first arc, The Bottom, to be the best thing I’ve read in my short comic-reading career.

Who is your favourite comic writer?

Being fairly new to comics, I don’t have a very large base for comparison, but so far, I’d say, Greg Pak, primarily for his recent work on the Hulk series’. Planet Hulk, World War Hulk, through to the recent storylines, he managed to make Hulk interesting again, which many people will agree, is quite a feat.

Who has been the most fun to write so far in 26 weeks of Thoughtballoons?

Though I’ve only recently joined the ranks of the tenured writers, I have been a “play at home” writer since Spider-Man, so I’ve seen my share of characters. The one who was the most fun for me, which took me by surprise, was Lara Croft. I have never been a fan of her games, or films, and I’ve never read any of her comics, but I found Lara fun to write because of her similarity to various characters of my favourite author, H.P. Lovecraft.

Which character do you most dread having to write?

Any non-Marvel character really. As I’ve said, I’m only fairly new to comics, and I’ve mostly stuck to Marvel, which means that writing someone like Scott Pilgrim absolutely terrifies me, as I know nothing about them… at all. I have a vague knowledge of DC characters, due to the various films and cartoons, so am able to pull something together for them, but the others, not so much…

Which non-comics character would you most like to write?

I’ve been a casual gamer my entire life, so there are many game characters I would love to write. Having recently been playing their games, Rockstar Games’ Niko Bellic and John Marston come to mind as great characters with huge potential.

Which script do you think has been your best so far?

Like most people, I’m my own worst critic, so this is a tough question to answer. However, if I have to pick, I’d say my Lara Croft script. Because I enjoyed writing it, I think it shows.

Which script in total do you think has been the best on the site?

It seems nigh impossible to choose just one, but some of my favourites have been Matt’s recent Ash script, Curriculum Vitae; Rol’s Domestic Violence featuring Superboy and his “parents”; and reaching a bit further back, Ben’s Aquaman entry, Problems.


  1. Hey, wouldn't a Red Dead Redemption comic by Jason Aaron be AWESOME?

  2. You and your crazy Moon Knight love :) I hope you're tracking down the old original issues, too.

  3. What can I say, I have an affection for the mentally unstable *cough* Lovecraft :P

    And yeah, I have Essential Moon Knight on my Amazon wishlist :)

  4. You've only been reading comics such a short time... that makes the scripts you're delivering even more impressive.

    I've been reading the bloody things over 30 years now! (And I feel every one of them.)


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