Fair Enough #1

Writer: Danny Lobell
Artist: Amy Hay

Review by Greg Brothers

I do not have a lot of free time to read. However, when I do find some free time to myself to read I tend to focus on stories that are based on historical events or biographies. So, when I heard about Fair Enough #1 I knew that I had to check it out. While there are plenty of comics about people’s lives, an autobiographical comic is rare.

Fair Enough is going to focus on different stories and events in Danny Lobell’s life and how it has shaped him. With that in mind, Fair Enough #1 does an excellent job building the foundation for what can be expected moving forward. Within this first issue we learn how Lobell used his charm to get his first comic “published,” how a promise to a relative to see American Splendor lead to a phone call that would change Lobell’s life, and also how he started podcasting. To be honest I would have liked to see some more time spent on some of these major events glossed over here. My hope is that Lobell used this first issue to give just a taste of some of these events and people, while future issues will reveal more details of both.

Even the small bits that we are introduced to here are inspiring and emotional. Fair Enough #1 reads as a reminder to anyone that has a dream to follow it. While Lobell throughout could have ignored advice given or given up when faced with set backs, he never did. Instead he continued to seek out his dream. His story should also read as a reminder to those who have made it to give back. While Lobell writes about his own choices to move forward, he also focuses on people who helped and encouraged him along they way.

As intriguing as the story is, without the right kind of art Fair Enough #1 would have fallen flat. Instead Hay’s art draws you into the panels and just leaves you there to take them in with all their glory. The line work and character designs scream realism. It fits perfectly for an autobiographical story.

Verdict: Buy it.

Fair Enough #1 is available at FairEnoughComic.com. Go out and find this comic and read it. Lobell is able to introduce himself and his story in a way that hooks you in this first issue. By the end, both Lobell and other people in his life are introduced in a way that makes you invested in their story. I was left wanting to hear more stories of Lobell’s life and being inspired to push myself harder towards my own ambitions. 

Gregory Brothers
Ohio born and raised. Avid comicbook fan who is always trying to find time to get through my ever growing read pile. When not working on that I Teach, coach youth sports, and cheer on my hometown Cincinnati teams, and Buckeyes. Can also be heard talking comics and pop-culture on The Comics Agenda Podcast.

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