Off-Panel: February 5, 2015

Our daily round-up of news around the comics space, from the gutters and beyond.

“After finishing, I started thinking about the last casting news in the world of Marvel—Alexandra Shipp as Storm—and the fact that Hollywood can’t bring itself around to cast someone who looks like the Kenyan woman Storm actually is.”

Ta-Nehisi Coates, as on point as ever, talks about race and gender in comics and beyond (and in 5 paragraphs, no less).

“In a story that seems ripped from the pages of Weekly World News, or maybe just Captain America, we now learn of a comics fan who’s had subdermal implants, tattoos and part of his nose removed in an effort to make himself look like the Red Skull.”

Trust me, you probably don’t want to see these pictures… but you’re going to go look, aren’t you?

“The CW has revealed the following first look at former Superman actor Brandon Routh as The Atom.”

Brandon Routh’s playing another superhero, this time on CW’s The Arrow. He looks very INTENSE and SERIOUS.

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