"The HyperActives are a bunch of spoiled teen superheroes who are more interested in the spotlight and being famous than they are in actually saving the day," explains Hilinski. "They're made up of Rush, HoneyChild, Panzer, Surefire, Reactor Girl, WereClaw, Boy Genius, and Scandal, although nobodies quite sure what Scandals powers are."
The sell-out of issue #0 has excited Hilinski, as one might expect, and he's proud to be one of the more prominent Alias success stories. "Well we sold out in just about a week, maybe even a little under that, we've seen retailers and fans asking on messageboards about the book, I've seen it go up on e-bay already for $3 for a 75 cent issue. So I'd say that the demand is definitely there. We did great sales numbers for a new book, surpassing even my expectations. So, I'm definitely stoked. Success-wise I put a lot of effort into getting the book out there on the Internet, trying to get as much press as I could. And art-wise I tried to do some things that would get us attention like the Turner Homage cover and drawing in the style of J. Scott Campbell, I thought people would be more likely to try something new if it seemed familiar to them. So a teen superhero book drawn in a familiar style seemed a good idea. Looks like it worked. Wait until you see the homage cover we've got coming for issue number 2, oh yeah."
The art style employed by Hilinski, as detailed above, helped draw a lot of attention to "HyperActives," but the artist isn't about to rest on his laurels, with plans to change his style yet again. "Oh, I'm definitely all about experimentation. This was fun doing the book in the Campbell style, but I'm not sticking with it forever, I'm pretty flexible style wise and I want to stretch myself and keep improving. We're already talking about a second series and I'll definitely be doing something different there. Jim Lee and Travis Charest are huge influences on me, too. I'm definitely thinking of moving in that direction style wise. Eventually the goal is to create a style that is uniquely my own. I'm just going to have fun getting to that point and draw off of as many influences that I can along the way."
But don't worry about a story arc focused on Scandal's cell phone being misappropriated, as Hilinski laughs and says, "I'd be more worried about the video tapes that might pop up. Unfortunately, Mike Miller's got a pretty firm policy of no nudity in the books. Otherwise who know what might happen."
The strong response from fans, and the sell-out of #0, has brought "HyperActives" closer to another series, which pleases Hilinski., but don't expect an ongoing. "[the chances of another series are] Pretty good right now. Like I said Darin Wagner and I are already discussing a second series and we've got a ton of ideas. The great start and success of this first series pretty much ensures that there'll be more 'HyperActives' to come. I'd like to do an ongoing, but we'll have to see what we think will do best in the current market. A series of miniseries seems to be a safer bet."
As a gift for current fans, Hilinski offers up some teasers, saying, "Well with issue one the biggest change is what starts out the main story line, namely the arrival and joining to the team of the all new Silverwing. Which needless to say is going to ruffle a few feathers on a team of self-involved wannabes. They definitely don't want to share the spotlight with a new member. So, Silverwing doesn't exactly get welcomed with open arms. Directly after that, Silverwing is thrown into the fire, so to speak, as he faces off against the Hypers arch-enemies the Uberforce."
If you're not a current reader, well, Hilinski offers up some encouragement for those who might be interested in "HyperActives." "This is the book fans are talking about. This is the book that's lighting up message boards. Mario Gully [creator of Image Comics' 'Ant'] was nice enough to mention me and the 'HyperActives' on the Image boards. I found the thread when it was already 7 pages long and joined in on the fun. When J. Scott Campbell's fans, admitted diehards, started talking about the 'HyperActives' over on Campbell's own board, the thread was longer than the thread for the newest issue of 'Wildsiderz.' What does that say about the book? Admittedly not everybody had nice things to say, but I didn't exactly show up with my eyes closed. I had a pretty good idea what would happen when I drew the book the way I did. But it definately got us attention, and that was the first hurdle we had to over come. Now that the book's out there and we've gotten attention, we're going to payback the fans with an amazing story, characters your going to get to know and love and hate, and art that's going to keep the fans talking page after page. I think HyperActives will be the most talked about book, not just coming out of Alias, but coming out of anywhere other than DC and Marvel. And who knows, maybe we can try and give them a run for their money. Either way, I don't think people will want to miss what everybody is talking about. So buy the 'HyperActives!'"