Hardware #32 (Oct. 1995):
“Swan Song”
by Dwayne McDuffie, Denys Cowan, Prentis Rollins

Hardware #32

Title: “Swan Song”

Medium: comic

Cover date: Oct. 1995

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
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
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
Governor Winter supporting character
  [pressured Mayor Jefferson about Icon and Utopia Park] DC Milestone Media 3
Edwin Alva, Jr. Edwin Alva, Jr. supporting character villain
  [Edwin Alva's son] DC Milestone Media 5
Sabrina Alva supporting character
  [Edwin Alva's daughter] DC Milestone Media 3
Ann Kim Ann Kim supporting character
[hospitalized due to attack by Autopsy, Post Mortem]
DC Milestone Media 4
Hard Co. Hard Co. supporting character group
  [company of geniuses intent on bettering the human condition] DC Milestone Media 9

Summary (from

The funeral of Edwin Alva makes Curtis reevaluate the position in his life. Curtis is confronted by Alva's children and Governer Winter. Augustus Freeman turns out to be Curtis's lawyer. After some soul-searching Hardware decides to set up Hard Co. -- a company of geniuses intent on bettering the human condition.