Hardware: Season One #1

Writer: Brandon Thomas Artist: Denys Cowan Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 11, 2021 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 16
8.6Critic Rating
7.6User Rating

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Curtis Metcalf was the brightest shining star of Alva Industries, a brilliant scientist mentored by Edwin Alva since childhood…until the failures of Alva technology at the “Big Bang” disaster threatened to destroy the company, and Alva needed a scapegoat. Now Curtis is on the run from the Dakota police department…but a man as smart-and paranoid-as Curtis takes precautions. With a nearly indestructible suit of armor and remarkable inventions that he never handed over to Alva, Curtis stands determined to do much more than clear his name…he’s going to take the fight back to Alva himself!

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - Collier "CJ" Jennings Aug 10, 2021

    Hardware: Season One #1 puts a modern-day spin on Milestone's armored antihero and features the return of one of his co-creators. If you enjoyed Static: Season One or are looking to get more into Milestone comics, this series is a great starting point. Read Full Review

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    Black Nerd Problems - Morgan Hampton Aug 13, 2021

    All in all, like Icon, Hardware's debut issue wasn't too different from the original run back in the day, but I'm sure as things really get going, things will take a few unexpected turns. I know I'm here for the ride. Read Full Review

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    DC Comics News - Seth Singleton Aug 14, 2021

    Metcalf has the power and even in this first issue the opportunity to end Alpha every single act of violence. Instead, Metcalf attacks Alva's finances. He plans to destroy the vaunted reputation and wealth of the biggest global playmaker in the game. This is a story of revenge in a changing landscape of a country and a world. It's a slow burn that will consume all it touches and leave behind only the fertile soil made better for seeds to grow. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Aug 10, 2021

    Cowan does brilliant work with the art in this issue. There is a gritty, dark element to the art that perfectly matches the story and draws you in visually with the action and danger. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Percy Waelchl Aug 14, 2021

    Hardware pairs a new creative writer with the title's original artist. This new creative pairing retains a hero as relevant and meaningful as when it was created. That is a sign of a lasting superhero. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Graphic Policy - Brett Aug 11, 2021

    Hardware: Season One #1 is another solid start for the Milestone line. The issue nails its tone and delivers a frenetic opening that has the reader along for the ride. Even when the art is a bit confusing, it's still engaging with a beautiful style that nails the issue's tone and narrative. Milestone is quickly shaping up to be everything we'd hope and this is a prime example of what that is. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Aug 10, 2021

    Starting its tech-hero off with the whole world hunting him down is an intriguing start, but the stakes are high and this first issue is a strong start all-around. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Comic Watch - Tyson Yurai Aug 10, 2021

    Despite a rocky beginning, Hardwares creative team knows what theyre doing and are aiming to tell an excellent story of revenge and redemption. Brandon Thomas, Denys Cowan, Bill Sinkiewicz, Chris Sotomayor and Rob Leigh have come together to continue the upward mobility of Milestones new titles. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Justin Munday Aug 10, 2021

    A poignant and energetic return, Hardware Season One #1 is a mixture of righteous fury and a hunt for justice in comic form. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Aug 10, 2021

    Hardware Season One is a good start that feels like an homage if you've read the original but introduces new readers to the character in a meaningful way. Like any adaptation, this book does things a little differently, which should satisfy purists who want something a bit new, but loved the original. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bleeding Cool - Hannibal Tabu Aug 15, 2021

    As before, this wonderful work frames the Milestone universe in its best possible light and does the impossible: presents a new direction from an older story, done with modern dynamism. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Aug 10, 2021

    Once Thomas gets a better handle on the script and explains the concepts more, Hardware is going to join the other Milestone titles as monthly must-read books. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicBook.com - Adam Barnhardt Aug 11, 2021

    The story and plot itself isn't anything to write home about just quite yet, another street-level superhero trying to take a one-percenter. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    I Review Comics Feb 2, 2022

    Hardware: Season One: #1 - Not Just a Black Iron Man
    Writer: Brandon Thomas | Pencils: Denys Cowan | Publisher Milestone/DC Comics

    I didn’t read many Milestone comics in the ’90s. During the Milestone heyday I had limited income and except for Static none of the character designs stood out to me and the diversity of the cast of heroes wasn’t enough to pull me away from X-Men or Daredevil.

    I’m older now with a little more disposable income and figured I’d check out the 2021 incarnation of Milestone. First impressions can make or break a title and although the Black Iron Man tag fits Hardware, the character isn’t a reskin or ripoff.

    Curtis Metcalf is a prodigy with a humble more

  • 9.0
    maljoss Dec 17, 2021

    This was great. They nailed the voice of the character, and the look - well, it's Denys Cowan. What more needs saying. Of all the Milestone books, this was the one I was most looking forward to. I was not disappointed. Looking forward to seeing where this goes.

  • 9.0
    Toonstrack Aug 12, 2021

    These new Milestone books are already proving to be some of the most promising stuff DC is putting on the shelf. I was only originally going to go for Static but now its clear I'll need to consider following that, Icon and Rocket, and this.

    This starts from very much the same place Static did, the big band which erupted out of a civil rights protest. The book wastes no time getting us to the action. Curtis Metcalf has been framed, betrayed by the man who was once his mentor.... and now with nothing left ot lose he operates as a wanted man, endlessly pursued by the feds.

    The action sequences are hard hitting and the story is very easy to follow. The characters abilities are well displayed. The narrative is deceptively more

  • 8.0
    Raging Rainbow Aug 19, 2021

    Reviewing the first issue of the new Hardware series. As with the other series we've seen from the Milestone Returns effort from DC, this is the return of a character from the original line of heroes. Hardware is a bit of a mix between Batman and Iron Man while not adhering to closely to the trope either has made popular. This first issue was not perfect, but it definitely helped the reader understand what's going in the Milestone books as a whole a little better.


  • 8.0
    Fracadactyl Aug 11, 2021

    Full disclosure, Curtis wasn't what drew me to this title the most, it was Alva as a villain.

    Alva is someone with the discipline(?) and resources to believe his own lies. Unlike the original Milestone comics, this version can't distinguish family from business and genuinely believed in Curtis like a wayward son. But it's those polar opposites in treating one like the other that he's able to pull off his schemes. One where instead of firing or humiliating Curtis, he has plausible deniability in hiding the fact he was a bad boss and is trying to make a return on his investment with Curtis.

    It also adds another layer to the Big Bang. It was started not just because of police mishandling their equipment but as a petty feu more

  • 7.5
    Simon DelMonte Aug 10, 2021

    Bringing back Cowan is a great idea, since the energy of the original - my favorite Milestone book - is there. Even if the storytelling feels a bit rote after just the one issue.

  • 7.0
    Amazing Psycamorean Aug 16, 2021

    I wish I could say I liked this more, as the two other Milestone books have been pretty good so far, but this fell a little flat for me. I think it went on too long, and wasn't well structured. Like, I wasn't sure which side is telling the truth regarding what went down between Metcalf and Alva, and I'm not sure if that's intentional or not.

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    Bruno Mael Aug 11, 2021

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    KittyNone Aug 10, 2021

  • 8.5
    Pantheon36 Aug 22, 2021

  • 8.5
    TheHyruleElf Aug 10, 2021

  • 8.0
    Swanktub Aug 12, 2021

  • 8.0
    daspidaboy Aug 10, 2021

  • 8.0
    tonpas1989 Aug 10, 2021

  • 2.5
    cAPTIN Aug 12, 2021

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    TheBest Aug 15, 2021

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