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

Hardware: The Man in the Machine

Title: “Confrontations”

Medium: comic

Cover date: May 2010

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

6 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
System System villain group
  [international conspiracy; controls most of civilized world] DC Milestone Media 25
SYSTEMatics SYSTEMatics villain group
[operatives in massive exo-skeletons]
DC Milestone Media 11
Barraki Young Barraki Young supporting character
[taught African-American Studies; Hardware's girlfriend]
DC Milestone Media 29

This comic was reprinted from: Hardware #3 (Late May 1993): "Confrontations".

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

Curtis is deciding whether or not to go after Alva directly. He has a heart-to-heart with Barraki about what he is doing as Hardware. So Curtis faces off with Alva as Harware. Alva tries to bring Hardware to his side. Hardware breaks Alva's leg and promises to take his organization down piece by piece. We learn that Alva is the leader of the Indigo Cell in the S.Y.S.T.E.M. organization as he calls for reinforcements.