Other Names: C.O.V.E.R.T.; Covert

Classification: villains villains   group group  

Publisher(s): DC Milestone Media

First Appearance: Hardware #46 (Dec. 1996): "Give Them the Works"

Creators: D. G. Chichester, Prentis Rollins, Ken Branch

Number of Appearances: 4

Enemy of: Hardware

Ally: Denise Metcalf

Type of Organization/Group: government agency

Location: Dakota, USA

Note: agency created to monitor Dakota City superhumans

Summary of Hardware #46 (Dec. 1996), from now-defunct webpage at

The artificial intelligence Curtis creates takes on the persona of Edwin Alva. The Alva IA has dispersed into the Internet and can't be destroyed. As Curtis and Alva IA argue, Cheryl learns that Edwin, Jr. and Kim are in the hospital due to the attack of Autopsy and Post-Mordem. Edwin IA gives some clues to Curtis on the attacks and Hardware takes off to get some payback. We see Kim's relatives in a sick, twisted sweatshop. Congresswoman Metcalf helps commission an agency, COVERT, to monitor the superhumans located in Dakota. Hardware tracks down and stops the horrors of Autopsy and Post Mordem. And then Barraki drops an ultimatum on Curtis: make a commitment or she leaves.

Summary of Hardware #48 (Feb. 1997), from now-defunct webpage at

Hardware battles the COVERT agent Scrapmetal. After a vicious battle Hardware forces Scrapmetal to tell him who ordered COVERT to hunt down super powered being in the city of Dakota. Scrapmetal states that this person is Congresswoman Metcalf. Back at Hard Co. the office is buzzing with activity. Curtis is standing Barraki up once again and EDWIN has contacted the Fantastegist to design a new Hard Co. Hardware meets with his mom to discuss here actions in Dakota. Congresswoman Metcalf tells Hardware that she knows he is her son. The argument ends without a solution as Hardware leaves for Dakota. When he arrives in Dakota, Hardware is attacked by Seven Pallaton. The two battle as Pallaton's springs a trap but they are interrupted by Tyrant.

Number of group members listed below: 3

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COVERT villain group
  [agency created to monitor Dakota City superhumans] DC Milestone Media 4
Seven Pallaton supporting character villain
CBR Scale: S Native American
COVERT; Native American DC Milestone Media 4
Scrapmetal villain
  COVERT DC Milestone Media 2

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