"Breath of God": With the heavy wind blowing her face, Mary Frazier contemplates her mortality, and the way in which her daughter Ellen's family coming to stay with her has forced her back into behaving like a younger woman. The bizarre
- The way I see it, if they don't fit into a deranged society that just wants to inflict its screwed-up values on its children, we should be grateful.
Synopsis for "Breath of God"
With the heavy wind blowing her face, Mary Frazier contemplates her mortality, and the way in which her daughter Ellen's family coming to stay with her has forced her back into behaving like a younger woman. The bizarre antics of her son-in-law, Buddy Baker, have left little room for her to behave like an old woman.
While the kids, Cliff and Maxine head to school, Ellen works on illustrating her children's book, and Buddy decides to offer some coffee to their guest Annie Cassidy, who - along with her daughter Lucy - came to stay with them after her home was destroyed. They share coffee together over a conversation about their shared belief that the world is headed for disaster. Buddy explains a vision he has of creating a sort of ark where anyone who's looking for a way to future and stay sane can live. Annie suggests that the idea sounds close to a religion, and decides to have a drink rather than talk more about it.
While Ellen works on an illustration, she is interrupted by a phone call, and finding no one else around to answer it, she answers it. The children have apparently got into some kind of trouble, and their principal has asked her to come get them out of school. There, the principal ascribes the kids a number of psychological deficiencies, and blames Ellen for their supposedly poor upbringing. Ellen is disgusted, and pulls the kids out of the school, promising that they won't pollute the sanctity of the school any further.
At home, Ellen feels embarrassed by the principal's accusations, worrying that perhaps her family has strayed so far from the mainstream that they can never be a part of regular society again. Buddy assures her that it's the world that's crazy, and not them. Still, they have yet to hear Cliff and Maxine's side of the story.
The kids explain that Maxine had befriended a raccoon which frequented the school grounds, a fact that had drawn the mockery of her schoolmates. That day, some of the kids who were bullying her decided to chase the raccoon into traffic, which resulted in his being crushed by an oncoming truck. Naturally, Maxine had become angry, and threatened that her father would take revenge. Of course, Buddy is legally dead, and the bullies called her a liar. Her attempts to prove that he came back from the dead were met with more jeering. Finally, she decided to prove it by using her own powers to bring the raccoon back to life. Unfortunately, this act was not only disrespectful to the animal, but the other children were horrified, and began throwing rocks at her. Cliff tried to defend her with his fists, but one of the bullies lied to the principal about what happened, and Maxine and Cliff were detained.
Later, Mary Frazier continues to appreciate the wind, feeling a sudden air of calm and comfort in her life, which lulls her to sleep. Ellen wakes her, worrying that her family's strangeness and erratic behavior has might have annoyed her mother, and that she'd be mad that they pulled the kids out of school. Mary feels changed by the wind, and answers that Ellen should live her life the way that suits her, and let her children do the same. They embrace, and retire for the night.
Appearing in "Breath of God"
- Ricky Reinhart
- Mary Frazier
- Annie Cassidy
- Lucy Cassidy
- Rocky Raccoon (Dies)
- This issue is reprinted in Animal Man: Red Plague.