Hardware #17 (July 1994):
“No Rest for the Weary”
by Dwayne McDuffie, Denys Cowan, Joe Brozowski (as J.J. Birch), Jason Scott Jones, etc.

Hardware #17

Title: “No Rest for the Weary”

Medium: comic

Cover date: July 1994

Publisher: DC Milestone Media
Written by: Dwayne McDuffie
Art by: Denys Cowan, Joe Brozowski (as J.J. Birch), Jason Scott Jones, 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
Steel Steel (John Henry Irons) hero
CBR Scale: S Protestant
black; Infinity, Inc....  DC 321
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
Barraki Young Barraki Young supporting character
[taught African-American Studies; Hardware's girlfriend]
DC Milestone Media 29
Dr. Defreitas supporting character scientist
  [scientist] DC Milestone Media 4

Summary (from

We are introduced to Fred Benton, who is being examined by Alva. Alva has Hardware go with Benton through the portal he creates when he gose to sleep. Hardware finds himself in Metropolis, where he tries to accumulate information for Alva. There Hardware gets his first glimpse of Steel.