Hardware #25 (Mar. 1995):
“Hard Times”
by Dwayne McDuffie, Denys Cowan, Humberto Ramos, Prentis Rollins, etc.

Hardware #25

Title: “Hard Times”

Medium: comic

Cover date: Mar. 1995

Publisher: DC Milestone Media
Written by: Dwayne McDuffie
Art by: Denys Cowan, Humberto Ramos, Prentis Rollins, Steve Mitchell

13 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
Xombi Xombi (David Kim) hero scientist
  Asian; Organitek... 
DC Milestone Media 35
Barraki Young Barraki Young supporting character
[taught African-American Studies; Hardware's girlfriend]
DC Milestone Media 29
Deathwish Deathwish (Wilton Johnson) villain hero
CBR Scale: D obsessed with sex-related
[adventurer; vigilante] DC Milestone Media 11
Technique Technique (Tiffany Evans) villain hero scientist
  black DC Milestone Media 9
Harm Harm (Nick Pugleise) hero
  The Coalition; The Shadow Cabinet... 
[govt. agent undercover posing as enforcer]
DC Milestone Media 15
Kobalt Kobalt hero
[of Cuban descent]
DC Milestone Media 22
Sanction Sanction supporting character
  black DC Milestone Media 2
Death Row villain
  [assassin] DC Milestone Media 2
Volt villain
  [assassin] DC Milestone Media 2
Hangman villain
  [assassin] DC Milestone Media 2
Smoke villain
  [assassin] DC Milestone Media 2
Guillotine villain
  [assassin] DC Milestone Media 2

Summary (from

We are introduced to Sanction and he has captured Curtis. In rewind Curtis remembers Harm warning him that there was a hit out on Curtis Metcalf. After this Curtis is captured by Sanction during a date with Barraki. There is a review of the first 24 issues from Sanction's viewpoint. Sanction advises him that there are people depending on him to do the right thing. Sanction leaves Curtis to face some hitmen (Death Row, Volt, Hangman, Smoke, Guillotine) and with the knowledge that she is being watched.