Hardware #23 (Jan. 1995):
“My Brother’s Keeper?”
by Otis Wesley Clay, Denton Fixx Jr., Matt Wayne, Dwayne McDuffie, etc.

Hardware #23

Title: “My Brother’s Keeper?”

Medium: comic

Cover date: Jan. 1995

Publisher: DC Milestone Media
Written by: Otis Wesley Clay, Denton Fixx Jr., Matt Wayne, Dwayne McDuffie, Adam Blaustein
Art by: Humberto Ramos, 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
System System villain group
  [international conspiracy; controls most of civilized world] DC Milestone Media 25
Milton St. Cloud villain
  The Coalition DC Milestone Media 5
System Crimson villain group
  System DC Milestone Media 4
Preston Dawes supporting character scientist
  [manipulated by Milton St. Cloud] DC Milestone Media 3

Writers Wayne, McDuffie, and Blaustein used the collective pseudonym "Denton Fixx Jr." in the credits in this issue.

Summary (from

Hardware faces off against the Crimson S.Y.S.T.E.M. which is run by Milton St. Cloud. Curtis finds out more about the Synrep Technology from Preston Dawes. Curtis thinks Alva is double-crossing him and confronts him again. They are interrupted by a Crimson Systematic attack.