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New Gatchaman Crowds insight (ガッチャマンクラウズ インサイト) poster art in the June issue of Otomedia Magazine (Amazon US | JP), with dressed up versions of Joe Hibiki, Sugane Tachibana, and Rui Ninomiya, illustrated by key animator Rina Sugimoto (杉本里菜).

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The Heroic Legend of Arslan (アルスラーン戦記)

Serious looks for almost everyone in this “All for One” themed spread in the latest issue of Newtype Magazine (Amazon US | JP), illustrated by action director Satoshi Kimura (木村哲) and chief character designer Shingo Ogiso (小木曽伸吾).

SUPERGIRL TAKES OFF: Why Kal El’s cousin soars in this bright new take in the comics

There has been a lot resting on Supergirl since it swooped in to break the drought of female-lead superhero shows. When the first images of Melissa Benoist as the title character appeared, there was speculation that it would be going down the Man Of Steel road and present itself as something moodly and aloof. When the six-minute-long preview appeared on YouTube, all these doubts vanished. The characters were quirky, the colours were back and jokes came thick and fast. But people still couldn’t make their minds up. Some thought it fun, many thought it ridiculous, and comparisons to the Saturday Night Live sketch Black Widow: Age Of Me were alarmingly accurate. It looked like The Devil Wears Prada with superpowers.

Everyone knows that nay-saying comic-book fans are difficult to sway, which is one of the reasons we’re so enthusiastic. The others include…

THE CAST

We have a lot of confidence that Whiplash star Melissa Benoist will be a fantastic lead and carry the show, but we’re also quite excited for the rest of the cast. Mehcad Brooks, who played Benedict ‘Eggs’ Talley in True Blood, is taking the role of Kara Zor-El’s potential love interest James Olsen, and Homeland’s David Harewood plays a former CIA agent named Hank Henshaw, who is now head of the Department of Extra-Normal Operations. Supergirl is also pulling on the heartstrings of retro DC fans with Kara’s adoptive parents: the original 1984 Supergirl Helen Slater is sharing scenes with the new one as Sylvia Danvers, as is Dean Cain (Clark Kent from the Nineties’ series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures Of Superman), who will be appearing Sylvia’s husband Fred. Other stars to get excited about include Calista Flockhart (Ally McBeal) as Kara’s cut-throat boss Cat Grant, Laura Benanti (Nashville) as Karas’s birth mother Alura Zor-El and Chyler Leigh (Grey’s Anatomy) as Kara’s adoptive sister Alex Danvers.

THE CHARACTERS

The obvious onde here is Kara Zor-El who we haven’t seen on screen since Laura Vandervoot’s version in Smallville. Going by the trailer alone, it looks as though Benoist is taking a quirky and adork-able but tough as nails approach to the character, though it’s difficult to form opinions based on six minutes of shootouts and office coffe runs.

Another character we’re itching to see is Jimmy Olsen, Clark Kent’s old photographer buddy from his days at the Daily Planet. In Supergirl, he has left that life behind (sort of), and now works at CatCo with Kara.

THE CONNECTIONS

As it was developed by Greg Berlanti, it’s possible it could cross over into the rest of the Berlanti DC Universe. There’s no reason Kara couldn’t team up with Arrowm The Flash or even the Legends of Tomorrow, other than the fact that Supergirl is being shown on CBS instead of The CW. Even if the characters don’t meet, the shows could share continuity. Berlanti isn’t the only person stringing DC’s TV world together though: costume designer Colleen Atwood also created Oliver Queen and Barry Allen’s signature looks, meaning they would all look amazing as super-suave crime-fighting trio.

GIRL OF STEEL

First appearance: Action Comics #252 (1959), story: 'The Supergirl From Krypton’

POWERS

Super strength, Flight, Invulnerability, Super speed, Heat vision, Freeze breath, X-ray vision, Superhuman hearing, Healing factor;

First appearance in New 52: Supergirl #1 (2011)