Hel looks in my new Comic-project (I will curse it by drawing of all the flying bandages she wears (and maybe because of her hairdo) here sooner or later) Also in that story Hel is neither good nor evil, but as the goddess of death and resurrection she knows destiny of all and can read minds.
Her look here is different than from my other comics. Hel is described as a woman whose half of her body is as beauty as ugly than her other half. But it is never clearly said that if it is meant to be the right and the left half of her body or the upper and lower half. Some says she was a goodess with a beautiful face but with rotted legs and abdomen (personal I like that version more than the right and left faced Hel because that has a different meaning.) The beauty and the ugly in the same face traditional stays for good and bad/evil - sides of a person - But Hel (as a neutrum) is beside good and evil. (In the Edda she became more evil because of the christianization and the connection with the idea of the christian hell (and the devil by being an offspring off Loki, who also be a victim of christianization and became the devil itself too etc)
I decided for that comic, she has a normal face of a woman and also a normal upper body, beside the fact that she is very pale (I mean she lives at a place far away of sun and light) but her abdomen and legs are rotten, what you hardly can see because of all her bandages. The idea of symbolic behind is that in first case she is a woman or rather a female. But she is a goodess who isn`t able to give birth, because she is the death. She doesn`t need to have offsprings by being eternal and immortal. Biological reproduction only makes sense if you are mortal. The urge to transmit genes for the next generations only makes sense if your generation will die anytime. If you are not able to die, your genes also can`t die. For what sharing then?
Also a woman and her womb is often a symbol for (new) life - the death doesn`t need one, so Hel`s is rotten.