Hardware #8 (Oct. 1993):
“Rest in Peace”
by Dwayne McDuffie, Joe Brozowski (as J.J. Birch), Jason Temujin Minor

Hardware #8

Title: “Rest in Peace”

Medium: comic

Cover date: Oct. 1993

Publisher: DC Milestone Media
Written by: Dwayne McDuffie
Art by: Joe Brozowski (as J.J. Birch), Jason Temujin Minor

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
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
Denise Metcalf Denise Metcalf
supporting character
[Hardware's mother; community activist]
DC Milestone Media 4
Mitchell Metcalf Mitchell Metcalf
supporting character
[Hardware's father]
DC Milestone Media 3
zombies zombies
villain group
  [generic listing] Image DC, etc. 1,325
Reprise Reprise
  [assassin; mercenary] DC Milestone Media 6
Barraki Young Barraki Young
supporting character
[taught African-American Studies; Hardware's girlfriend]
DC Milestone Media 29

Reprints of this comic:
Hardware: The Man in the Machine (May 2010): "Rest in Peace"

Summary (from

In this retrospective issue, we see much of Curtis's background in detail as he struggles with his conscience. The whole book is a dream sequence as we see Curtis growing up. When Curtis wakes up he declares that Hardware is going to be an instrument for justice and not revenge anymore.