Hardware #40 (June 1996):
“Fathers and Sons”
by Matt Wayne, Eric Battle, Joe Brozowski (as J.J. Birch), Keith Pollard, etc.

Hardware #40

Title: “Fathers and Sons”

Medium: comic

Cover date: June 1996

Publisher: DC Milestone Media
Written by: Matt Wayne
Art by: Eric Battle, Joe Brozowski (as J.J. Birch), Keith Pollard, Caesar Antomattei (as Caesar), Hector Collazo, Rodney Ramos

9 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
Mitchell Metcalf Mitchell Metcalf supporting character
[Hardware's father]
DC Milestone Media 3
Denise Metcalf Denise Metcalf supporting character
[Hardware's mother; community activist]
DC Milestone Media 4
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
Phreaky Deac Phreaky Deac (Deacon Stuart) supporting character
  black DC Milestone Media 7
Top Dog Top Dog (Andre LeBeauvier) villain
  [has powerful hypnosis power] DC Milestone Media 2
unnamed informant supporting character
  [killed himself while under Top Dog's hypnotic power] DC Milestone Media 1
Hard Co. Hard Co. supporting character group
  [company of geniuses intent on bettering the human condition] DC Milestone Media 9

Summary (from

Detective Metcalf (Hardware's father) sees one of his informants shoot himself because of Top Dog's hypnotic power. Hardware is testing some new weapons and toys for Hard Co. Curtis's mom calls him concerning his father. Curtis's parents are divorced and he is estranged from both of them. Curtis meets his dad as Hardware. Together they track the Top Dog crime boss. Later Barraki scolds Curtis for not confronting his father as himself. Hardware and Detective Metcalf attack Top Dog's headquarters, where Hardware is hypnotized by Top Dog.