Hardware #7 (Sep. 1993):
by Dwayne McDuffie, Denys Cowan, Joe Brozowski (as J.J. Birch), Mike Manley

Hardware #7

Title: “Guilty”

Medium: comic

Cover date: Sep. 1993

Publisher: DC Milestone Media
Written by: Dwayne McDuffie
Art by: Denys Cowan, Joe Brozowski (as J.J. Birch), Mike Manley

3 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
Deathwish Deathwish (Wilton Johnson) villain hero
CBR Scale: D obsessed with sex-related
[adventurer; vigilante] DC Milestone Media 11
zombies zombies
villain group
  [generic listing] Image DC, etc. 1,325

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

Summary (from

Hardware confronts Deathwish with him being the actual hooker killer. Deathwish doesn't have any recollection of killing the prostitutes. Deathwish has a breakdown and tell Hardware of his origin. He was the victim of a brutal family raping of which only he survived. Deathwish realizes that he has been severely scarred by his problems and surrenders to Hardware and the police. This makes Hardware think of his own vigilante methods.