So anyone following me on twitter may have noticed that I read a lot of Animal Man recently. Not sure if I've mentioned it here or not. Anyway, upon reading the run I discovered that Ellen Baker is pretty damn cool. Check some of these scans out:
Upon discovering Mirror Master in her house (issue #8):
She gets annoyed with her husband (issue 51):
Then later on in the run, Ellen left her family to join a radical feminist lesbian commune. This sounds terrible. It isn't. It happened naturally and believably and the members of the commune were not caricatures. Here's a few pages where Ellen's preferences get discussed (from issue 77):
She's an illustrator mostly doing bit part work or hack jobs for other people but she did once get a book deal:
Her son also draws and when she gets a job with a comic writer she notices some similarities between his and her son's work (can't remember the exact issue number, but it's after Flesh and Blood):
This is a woman who has had her husband die and turn into a humanoid animal thing several times. Life with Buddy Baker is chaotic. Yet she retains her sense of humour. She's sardonic and sarcastic. She's straightforward and clear.
Ellen's brilliant. One of the great things about the Animal Man run was the central role that family played, the interactions that were shown within the pages. Rarely have I seen hoem life relationships depicted with such passion and accuracy.
Coming soon - Ellen's mother, equally kick ass.