Written by JOHN RHETT THOMAS Joss Whedon is a pop-culture giant: He conquered television with Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, scripted the Disney/Pixar film Toy Story into box-office history, and nurtured the cult-TV hit Firefly into the major motion picture Serenity. On the eve of another planned 12-issue run of ASTONISHING X-MEN, SPOTLIGHT recounts Whedon's affinity with Marvel Comics and the X-Men Universe. You'll also get a glimpse into what he has in store for the future, and we'll show you all the behind-the-scenes bonus material we can get our hands on! Plus: Fresh off providing the dramatic, WWII-era counterpoint visuals to Steve Epting's pencils in the pages of CAPTAIN AMERICA, artist Michael Lark has just been handed one of the most desirable - and daunting - jobs at Marvel: following up Alex Maleev's outstanding tenure on DAREDEVIL! Marvel knows it, and now you know it: This is the time for Michael Lark! And SPOTLIGHT is there to get the score!