Don’t say they didn’t warn you. Because on every single front page of Tim Larsen’s Mayfield Eight the phrase is very clearly written over and over again: “For mature readers”. The Mayfield Eight miniseries delivers what it promises with that kind of warning with a graphic, sex-fueled journey starring a protagonist on the run. Showcasing how getting wrapped up with one devious friend can turn a person’s entire life upside down. As our main character, Calvin descends into a dangerous drug ring with corrupt parties on all sides.
But Calvin’s life wasn’t always this chaotic. A short-order cook in Albuquerque, New Mexico; Calvin has a somewhat stable, yet mundane life. But similar to his deceased father, our protagonist yearns for a life on the edge. Sparking a—well he’s 17, so what should we call this? Around 25, it’s a quarter-life crisis. For people in their 40s and 50s, it’s a mid-life crisis. Let’s go with 1/6th life crisis. Even though, with the way Calvin’s been living recently, he’s definitely not living until 102.
Tim Larsen writes, illustrates, basically is responsible for the entire Mayfield Eight miniseries. With the addition of a few storylines developed by Robert Stokes in the later books. Chupacomics publishes this story that transports the reader into the 1970s where, “free love existed in disco lounges and backroom junkie hangouts.” Our protagonist Calvin is immediately given a proposition from his friend Lenny. Accompany his good friend for a little handoff for $200 on their trip to Mexico. Where the two can visit as many strip clubs as they want!
Sounds simple enough. But the “handoff” concerns a drug underworld that is anything but. And almost immediately, Lenny gets greedy while Calvin has a contentious encounter with the Banshees, a violent biker gang. Who just so happens to be heading in the same direction that he’s heading. Predictably, chaos in a nice little, not family-friendly spot called the Rat Hole ensues. Which is breaching the territory of Officer Gene Sturgeon. Who’s an evil, evil man that is a firmly established, corrupt figure in this criminal underworld.
Anyways, I didn’t even clear up what books of this miniseries I am reviewing! Mayfield Eight is a six-part comic in which Larsen has just completed parts 2, 3, and 4. The three are titled White Meat!, Faster, Faster!, and Let’s Party! and are certainly both thrilling and graphic. Part 1: Into the Rat Hole! leaves us on a cliffhanger as Lenny and Calvin stop off at the Rat Hole for the handoff. Right where the Banshees are heading after Calvin spray paints their leader, Slade, in the face. Calvin tries to keep a low profile in the bar but abysmally fails. Meanwhile, Lenny is in the middle of a confrontation with one of his buyers. Who is hiding something himself.
Chaos is inevitable and our main character must go on the run where he encounters strangers that want to either help him or kill him. Meanwhile, the reader gets an in-depth look in books 3 and 4 at the local Albuquerque police department. Where Sturgeon and company have their own very clear, self-serving agendas. Overall, there are elements of Mayfield Eight that feel like one of those classic Spaghetti Westerns. And they might not be for everyone, especially kids, but this is an exhilarating, tense story that should entertain a lot of readers. So if you’re into those classic, crime-thrilling tales taking place near the southern border in the wild west, check out Mayfield Eight and continue the adventure with parts 2-4!