Going by the cover art, a reader might expect some stage action in Hecate’s Will, but while that is not exactly the case with issue #4 of the comic series by Iolanda Zanfardino, there’s enough drama to keep it entertaining.
The issue begins with protagonist Hecate at Naomi’s door, requesting to be heard out before having the door slammed on her face. Those who’d been rooting for a romance to brew between the two are going to be thrilled, because Hecate ends up spending the night at Naomi’s. But does this mean the two could be more or are things going to get more complicated? Straight or LGBTQIA, relationships are never easy.
Art continues to be a dominant theme in the series, it’s music that brings Hecate and Naomi closer; then there’s the play they are all working together on, where each participant is grappling with their own personal struggles. And while Hecate’s primary goal remains wanting to quit street art after she finishes a graffiti series, best-friend Mateo convinces her to go paint a mural with him. Their friendship is sweet and I love how they look out for each other all the time.
Iolanda Zanfardino strikes an interesting balance between Hecate’s romantic life and the other issues she’s dealing with. The artwork perfectly blends with the mood of the panels. Intimate scenes are drawn in pleasing peachy tones, capturing the playful-excitement of the characters. However, after a few fun pages, things get serious and the climax ends on an unexpected tragic note.
It’s hard to say where the plot is heading from here, but considering there are a bunch of interesting characters and a lot of potential for flashback stories, there’s enough to keep expecting more from the next issue!
It’s a 4/5 from me.