Hardware #18 (Aug. 1994):
“You Shouldn’t a Bit, Fish”
by Dwayne McDuffie, Denys Cowan, Prentis Rollins

Hardware #18

Title: “You Shouldn’t a Bit, Fish”

Medium: comic

Cover date: Aug. 1994

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

10 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
Transit villain
  black; The Shadow Cabinet... 
DC Milestone Media 5
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
Dr. Defreitas supporting character scientist
  [scientist] DC Milestone Media 4
Hazard (Manuel Cabral) villain
  AmerTek; Black Ops (leader)...  DC 17
Black Ops villain group
  [criminal] DC 11
AmerTek AmerTek villain group
  [military industrial firm; previously employed Steel (Irons)] DC 9

Summary (from

We learn the origin of Rift (Fred Benton) who was created by Alva and Hazard. Now Alva and Hazard agree to work together to defeat Rift. We see Hardware set Transit free. And Hazard recruits Steel to help them. Hardware and Steel work together to create a displacement weapon. Hardware and Steel battle over whether to kill Rift or not.