Hardware #48 (Feb. 1997):
by D. G. Chichester, Prentis Rollins, Ken Branch

Hardware #48

Title: “Calm”

Medium: comic

Cover date: Feb. 1997

Publisher: DC Milestone Media
Written by: D. G. Chichester
Art by: Prentis Rollins, Ken Branch

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
Edwin Alva EDWIN (Edwin Alva)
villain scientist
CBR Scale: M obsessed with power
System DC Milestone Media 39
Denise Metcalf Denise Metcalf supporting character
[Hardware's mother; community activist]
DC Milestone Media 4
Barraki Young Barraki Young supporting character
[taught African-American Studies; Hardware's girlfriend]
DC Milestone Media 29
The Fantastegist
supporting character
  [1st app: Hardware #31 (Sep. 1995)] DC Milestone Media 2
COVERT villain group
  [agency created to monitor Dakota City superhumans] DC Milestone Media 4
Scrapmetal villain
  COVERT DC Milestone Media 2
Seven Pallaton supporting character villain
CBR Scale: S Native American
COVERT; Native American DC Milestone Media 4
Tyrant villain
  [planned takeover of Dakota City] DC Milestone Media 3
Hard Co. Hard Co. supporting character group
  [company of geniuses intent on bettering the human condition] DC Milestone Media 9

Summary (from

Hardware battles the COVERT agent Scrapmetal. After a vicious battle Hardware forces Scrapmetal to tell him who ordered COVERT to hunt down super powered being in the city of Dakota. Scrapmetal states that this person is Congresswoman Metcalf. Back at Hard Co. the office is buzzing with activity. Curtis is standing Barraki up once again and EDWIN has contacted the Fantastegist to design a new Hard Co. Hardware meets with his mom to discuss here actions in Dakota. Congresswoman Metcalf tells Hardware that she knows he is her son. The argument ends without a solution as Hardware leaves for Dakota. When he arrives in Dakota, Hardware is attacked by Seven Pallaton. The two battle as Pallaton's springs a trap but they are interrupted by Tyrant.