The Castaways is an emotionally powerful tale, drawn from the fabric of America itself, that follows the adventures of young Tucker Freeman as he hops a train to escape from the crippling poverty of his rural existence. Armed with only fifteen cents and the memory of his father's counsel, Tucker must find his place in this broken America of the Great Depression before the realities of being young, poor, and homeless consume him. The Castaways is an epic adventure that recalls the works of Mark Twain, Jack London, and John Steinbeck, while appealing both to fans of high adventure and to those looking for a little more from their comics.
Fans of historical fiction, or classic novels by writers like Mark Twain and John Steinbeck, will find much to love in The Castaways, and graphic-novel buffs who like a little more depth in their comics will be extremely pleased.
School Library Journal
An attractive expanded and color-enhanced version. Vollmar's script, based on family reminiscenes, rings true. Callejo's art creates a solid setting in which Tucker's experience can reveal squalor or grace.
Rob Vollmar is a writer of and about comics. His first graphic novel, The Castaways, was nomimated for an Eisner Award in 2002. He is an associate contributing editor for World Literature Today magazine.