Hardware #38 (Apr. 1996):
by John Rozum, Joe Brozowski (as J.J. Birch)

Hardware #38

Title: “Unsuited”

Medium: comic

Cover date: Apr. 1996

Publisher: DC Milestone Media
Written by: John Rozum
Art by: Joe Brozowski (as J.J. Birch)

8 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
Malleus Malleus villain
CBR Scale: M obsessed with grafting
[first met Hardware on Transformation Station in orbit]
DC Milestone Media 3
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
Origami (Chris) supporting character villain
  [mercenary; slave] DC Milestone Media 2
Barnacle Bill (Bill) supporting character
  [mercenary; slave] DC Milestone Media 2
Melt supporting character villain
  [mercenary; slave] DC Milestone Media 2
Malleus's son supporting character
[Malleus's son]
DC Milestone Media 1

Summary (from

Hardware and Malleus' troops join forces to make it back to Transformation Station. Hardware defeats Malleus by freeing his super-slaves. Hardware confronts Malleus about his son and offers to help. With the help of David Kim (Xombi), Malleus's son is saved. But his son turns on Malleus. Malleus confronts Hardware and is finally defeated.