Jazz Age Chronicles (Caliber)

 JACL   (Caliber, 1990-1991)

™ and ©1989 Ted Slampyak

(From the Slings & Arrows Comic Guide)

Well-researched and engrossing stories set largely in Boston, 1926. The EF series is a very competent début for creator Ted Slampyak, a decent story about a vampire on the loose and a mysterious baroness. It introduces private eye Al Mifflin, uncouth and inventive as should be the case, and Harvard archaeologist Clifford Jennings, cultured, refined and deliberately conceived to play off Mifflin. Many elements of the first Caliber story (#1–2) stem from the Boston police strike and rioting of 1919, most pertinently revealing Mifflin’s former career, and it’s the highlight of the series. While not original, Slampyak has the private-eye routine down well, and if there’s a few too many talking-head shots, those interested in detective stories will find the tale compelling enough to overlook them. The final story, “The Flowers Of San Pedro,” is the weakest Jazz Age Chronicles tale, very much in Indiana Jones territory, with a remote Arizona town falling prey to evil machinations, and two new female characters, one introduced as no more than the irritating bimbo whose part in the plot is to be captured. ~FP

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