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  • Series: Hardware
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; First Edition edition (March 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401225985
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401225988
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #505,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hardware in trade paperback?....finally. Its been a long wait but the"high tech dreadnought" gets his overdue solo spotlight. Yes,Icon was a great series with a unique hero.Yes,the wildly popular static was a refreshing character with laugh out loud humorous dialogue,but it was Hardware the resident "bad boy of Dakota" that arguably was the crown jewel of Milestone media comics.Hardware made its memorable debut in 1993 during the so called "big boom" period in comics.Like many comics of that era Hardware was brash and uncompromising. That's where the similarities end.The 90's comic book anti-heroes were mostly big guns,bigger attitudes,big muscles and big breasted heroines that lacked depth and insight.In contrast writer/creator Dwayne Mcduffie crafted a story that was thought provoking,complex,and engrossing to the highest degree.Somewhat ahead of its time,Hardware reads even more relevant today.Scan across current tv landscape and you will see bits of Mcduffie's masterpiece.Young prodigy secretly plotting against their larger than life mentor and boss?, those elements are the backbone of Fx's twisty legal drama Damages.Cranky genius who takes a big delight in displaying the huge gap between his intelligence and everyone around him?,look no further than the critically acclaimed medical drama House m.d.This does not suggest Hardware influenced these brilliant shows,it does show how timeless the themes that were explored during the series were. Hardware introduces readers to Curtis Metcalf a genius level scientist/inventor who is both cocky and brooding at the same time.It is very apparent early on Curtis Metcalf is cut from a different cloth than Marvel comics'Tony Starks.Curtis benefactor is world renowned inventor millionaire Edwin Alva.Read more ›
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It's pretty fantastic that DC Comics has decided to fold the groundbreaking Milestone characters into its universe proper, as seen in the still fairly recent JLA arc "When Worlds Collide." Here's some helpful 411: Back in 1993 a brace of African-American comic book writers and artists got together under the Milestone Media banner and launched a series of comic books that promoted superhero minorities. Nod if you've ever heard of the Shadow Cabinet and Xombi and Icon and Static. And Hardware may be the most anti-hero of the bunch, the very portrait of the angry black man. And the guy had cause to be cheesed.

HARDWARE: THE MAN IN THE MACHINE collects this series's first eight issues and (re)acquaints us with Curtis Metcalf, scientific prodigy and wrathful nighttime vigilante. Sponsored by the tycoon Edwin Alva from the time he was twelve, Curtis has regarded Alva as mentor and friend. In due time, Curtis's genius would make him an invaluable asset to Alva Technologies, his many inventions raking in huge profits for the company. But when Curtis decides he deserves a bigger share of the bounty, Edwin Alva unveils his true colors, reveals his punk side. "You are not respected, Curtis," Alva remarks dispassionately, "You are merely useful." An incensed Curtis then learns that he will never be allowed to work for anyone else, that all his past, present, and future inventions are contracted to Alva Technologies. There's no universe in which this sort of betrayal doesn't sting.

Eventually realizing that the powerful Edwin Alva stands above the law, Curtis cobbles together a hi-tech exo-skeleton, its comprised bits and pieces appropriated from this and that project at work.
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I've been consistently impressed with Milestone (and proportionally more and more disappointed that all the stories have been cut short). Hardware is an intense character motivated by a shameless desire for bloody vengeance at the beginning, slaughtering grunts and soldiers in the service of said vengeance. But it's not just a bloodbath. Hardware's mindset is carefully designed and changes over time. The last few issues in this collection show him starting to get past his revenge fixation and beginning to get involved in solving other crimes.

Milestone heroes are different - more practical, maybe, if I can use that word about a supergenius who wears high-tech body armor that turns into dozens of different weapons and gadgets at the drop of a hat. Milestone heroes have interesting motivations, and you don't always know what they are. (There's also a cameo from Icon in here... I love Icon.)
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This story is the start of Curtis Metcalf a genius inventor in his Hardware identity uses high-tech gadgets to fight organized crime. The story is absolutely bonkers. The corruption and the games played by respected businessman named Edwin Alva who is secretly the crime boss whom Hardware is trying to bring down! Oh did I mention that Curtis Metcalfs employer is Edwin Alva!

Not going to giveaway to much, however so many twist and crazy fight battles with multitudes of enemies and bounty hunters sent out by Alva. Do your self a favor and get into the know, because believe you’ll be hooked from the first line and pencils, inked and colored in phenomenal fashion!
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