Hardware #50 (Apr. 1997):
by D. G. Chichester, Prentis Rollins, Ken Branch

Hardware #50

Title: “War”

Medium: comic

Cover date: Apr. 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
Mitchell Metcalf Mitchell Metcalf supporting character
[Hardware's father]
DC Milestone Media 3
Barraki Young Barraki Young supporting character
[taught African-American Studies; Hardware's girlfriend]
DC Milestone Media 29
Autopsy villain
  [Post Mortem's sister] DC Milestone Media 4
Post Mortem villain
  [Autopsy's brother] DC Milestone Media 4
COVERT villain group
  [agency created to monitor Dakota City superhumans] DC Milestone Media 4
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
Penalty villain
  [1st app: Hardware #50 (Apr. 1997)] DC Milestone Media 1

Summary (from

After a good night with Barraki, Curtis is getting ready to move to Georgetown. EDWIN pops in to warn him, just before Post Mortem and Autopsy track him down. Curtis runs for his life. Tyrant is torturing Seven Pallaton to give up the identity of Hardware. Curtis figures out a way to defeat Post Mortem and Autopsy. And kills them. Then Curtis goes to his dad's garage and builds a new version of Hardware. And Curtis finds out his dad knows he is Hardware. The EDWIN program replaces DOBIE as Curtis sees another time how close he was to Edwin. Seven Pallaton gives Curtis a warning that Tyrant is attacking. Hardware 3.0 attacks Tyrant gunship and the showdown is on. We learn the Tyrant may have off-planet ties. In the end the new version of Hardware defeats Tyrant and apparently kills him. Of course Curtis is late for his meeting with Barraki.