Hardware #14 (Apr. 1994):
“Troubles Tend to Multiply”
by Dwayne McDuffie, M. D. Bright, Prentis Rollins

Hardware #14

Title: “Troubles Tend to Multiply”

Medium: comic

Cover date: Apr. 1994

Publisher: DC Milestone Media
Written by: Dwayne McDuffie
Art by: M. D. Bright, Prentis Rollins

7 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
Reprise Reprise villain
  [assassin; mercenary] DC Milestone Media 6
System System villain group
  [international conspiracy; controls most of civilized world] DC Milestone Media 25
Barraki Young Barraki Young supporting character
[taught African-American Studies; Hardware's girlfriend]
DC Milestone Media 29
Johnson Stroman
supporting character
CBR Scale: D racial justice activist
[killed by hitman Reprise; wrote about racial justice]
DC Milestone Media 1

Summary (from

Curtis faces off against Reprise without the benefit of his armor. Reprise wants to destroy the last copy of Stroman's book. Reprise stops trying to kill Curtis and Barraki once he sees that the book supposed to be published. As he returns from Jamaica, Curtis finds Edwin Alva waiting for him and he knows his secret.