Hardware #16 (June 1994):
“Version 2.0”
by Dwayne McDuffie, Denys Cowan, Prentis Rollins

Hardware #16

Title: “Version 2.0”

Medium: comic

Cover date: June 1994

Publisher: DC Milestone Media
Written by: Dwayne McDuffie
Art by: Denys Cowan, Prentis Rollins

11 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
Icon Icon (Augustus Freeman) hero
CBR Scale: I alien
The Shadow Cabinet DC Milestone Media 73
Edwin Alva Edwin Alva villain scientist
CBR Scale: M obsessed with power
System DC Milestone Media 39
Rift Rift (Fred Bentson) villain
  [postal worker] DC 4
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
Phreaky Deac Phreaky Deac (Deacon Stuart) supporting character
  black DC Milestone Media 7
Technique Technique (Tiffany Evans) villain hero scientist
  black DC Milestone Media 9
System Crimson villain group
  System DC Milestone Media 4

Summary (from

With Alva's money to back Curtis. He is hard at work creating the ultimate version of Hardware. We see Curtis turn down a date with Tiffany (Technique.) Icon and Hardware have a conversation. We have a forewarning of Fred Benton. Hardware takes some Systematices for Alva and confirms their new treaty.