Hardware #33 (Nov. 1995):
by Addie Blaustein, Jackie Ching, Prentis Rollins

Hardware #33

Title: “Hephaestus”

Medium: comic

Cover date: Nov. 1995

Publisher: DC Milestone Media
Written by: Addie Blaustein, Jackie Ching
Art by: 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
Cheryl Saltz Cheryl Saltz supporting character scientist
  [scientist] DC Milestone Media 6
Hephaestus villain
CBR Scale: M N.A.
[created by Arcaana and a powerful computer virus] DC Milestone Media 1
Hard Co. Hard Co. supporting character group
  [company of geniuses intent on bettering the human condition] DC Milestone Media 9
supporting character deity
CBR Scale: D Greco-Roman deity
[Weaponmaker of Olympus; Gods of Olympus] Marvel 5
CBR Scale: D sorceress
[wizard] DC Milestone Media 2

Summary (from

Curtis learns their is a virus in his computer systems while he setting up his new laboratory at Hard Co. The virus creates Hephaestus. Hephaestus thinks Hardware is his father and tries to kill him to prove himself. Curtis and Cheryl (Hard Co. founder) barely escape. Hardware confirms that Hephaestus was created by Arcaana. Cheryl creates a counter program to defeat Hephaestus.