Hardware: The Man in the Machine (May 2010):
by Dwayne McDuffie, Denys Cowan, Jimmy Palmiotti

Hardware: The Man in the Machine

Title: “Reprisals”

Medium: comic

Cover date: May 2010

Publisher: DC Milestone Media
Written by: Dwayne McDuffie
Art by: Denys Cowan, Jimmy Palmiotti

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
Alva Technologies Alva Technologies villain group
  [corrupt company run by Hardware arch-foe Edwin Alva] DC Milestone Media 25
Reprise Reprise villain
  [assassin; mercenary] DC Milestone Media 6
Cheryl Saltz Cheryl Saltz supporting character scientist
  [scientist] DC Milestone Media 6
Barraki Young Barraki Young supporting character
[taught African-American Studies; Hardware's girlfriend]
DC Milestone Media 29
Vinnie supporting character
  [1st app: Hardware #2 (Early May 1993)] DC Milestone Media 1

This comic was reprinted from: Hardware #2 (Early May 1993): "Reprisals".

Hardware: The Man in the Machine is a trade paperback publication which collects the first eight issues of Milestone Media's Hardware comic book series.

Notes from original source:

Summary (from

We get inside Edwin Alva's brain, and he is obsessed with power. Hardware faces off with the mercenary, Reprise. Curtis barely makes it back to his house. His girlfriend, Barraki Young, shows up he is forced to tell her the entire story. He must confront the fact that he has become a cold-blooded killer in his obsession to defeat Edwin Alva.