Hardware #4 (June 1993):
by Dwayne McDuffie, Denys Cowan, Mike Manley, Jimmy Palmiotti

Hardware #4

Title: “Resolution”

Medium: comic

Cover date: June 1993

Publisher: DC Milestone Media
Written by: Dwayne McDuffie
Art by: Denys Cowan, Mike Manley, Jimmy Palmiotti

6 characters in this story:

(Click links for info about character
and his/her religious practice, affiliation, etc.)
Pub. #
Hardware Hardware (Curtis Metcalf)
(lead character)
  black; The Shadow Cabinet DC Milestone Media 97
Edwin Alva Edwin Alva villain scientist
CBR Scale: M obsessed with power
System DC Milestone Media 39
Alva Technologies Alva Technologies villain group
  [corrupt company run by Hardware arch-foe Edwin Alva] DC Milestone Media 25
System System villain group
  [international conspiracy; controls most of civilized world] DC Milestone Media 25
SYSTEMatics SYSTEMatics villain group
[operatives in massive exo-skeletons]
DC Milestone Media 11
Barraki Young Barraki Young supporting character
[taught African-American Studies; Hardware's girlfriend]
DC Milestone Media 29

Reprints of this comic:
Hardware: The Man in the Machine (May 2010): "Resolution"

Summary (from

Alva sends an Indigo Systematic after Hardware. The battle is an all out brawl as Hardware barely defeats the Systematic. Hardware brings the defeated Systematic to Alva and says he will learn about the rest of his organization. Finally he tells Barraki that he basically can't leave his obsession over Alva undone.