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Hardware: Season One #1

It’s new comic book day! What are you all getting? What are you excited for? Sound off in the comments below. While you wait for comic shops to open, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

The Beat – ReedPop announces new health and safety protocols for their shows – Should have been this from the beginning. It also doesn’t protect everyone like they think it does.

CBR – Lawsuit Puts Disney’s Deadpool, Guardians of the Galaxy Profits at Risk – This should be interesting.

Reviews

CBR – Batman ’89 #1
CBR – Hardware: Season One #1
That Hashtag Show – Mamo #1
CBR – Pennyworth #1
CBR – Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures – The Monster of Temple Peak #1

Review: Hardware: Season One #1

The latest series from the rebooted Milestone is here and it delivers another new tone, look, and direction for the universe while tying into what’s already been released. Hardware: Season One #1 features amazing visuals in what amounts to an extended chase scene.

Story: Brandon Thomas
Art: Denys Cowan
Ink: Bill Sienkiewicz
Color: Chris Sotomayor
Letterer: Rob Leigh

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Preview: Hardware: Season One #1

Hardware: Season One #1

Written by: Brandon Thomas
Art by: Denys Cowan

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!

Hardware: Season One #1

Review: Hardware: Season One #1

Hardware: Season One #1

I know very little about Hardware. I know the design but having never read the original comics, my knowledge is lacking. From what I can tell, the character has an Iron Man vibe about him and I’m not too far off after reading Hardware: Season One #1. While that initial take is very surface level, thankfully the debut issue delivers a thematic depth that’s so much more.

The third release in the relaunch of Milestone, Hardware: Season One #1 features a multi-layered read. It’s one that can be enjoyed for the at times fantastic art and action or its deeper themes.

Written by Brandon Thomas, Hardware: Season One #1 is tied directly to Static: Season One. Curtis Metcalf is being blamed for the release of gas that has given numerous individuals powers. Some claim he’s done it on purpose so those individuals could rise up against oppression. The Dakota Police are pursuing Metcalf forcing him to don a suit of armor and go on the run. The debut issue is mostly that.

Thomas keeps things simple as Hardware must dodge the police or take them out before they catch him. Despite that simplistic narrative, Thomas delivers so much more. Thomas puts Metcalf’s opposition in not just the Dakota PD but also his mentor and owner of the company he works for. Their relationship and interactions scream an exploration of modern race relations and at times evokes a master/slave mentality. Thomas makes the conversation and scenes between the two uncomfortable at times as it drips white supremacy and underlying racism on Alva’s end.

Denys Cowan‘s art is as impressive as expected. With inks by Bill Sienkiewicz, color by Chris Sotomayor, and lettering by Rob Leigh, there’s a grittiness about the art that matches the “man on the run” concept of the first issue. There’s times the exact details of what’s happening aren’t quite clear but the art still impresses. The style really nails down the story that Thomas has crafted as it emphasizes Curtis’ desperation and the chaotic nature of what’s happening.

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.

Story: Brandon Thomas Art: Denys Cowan
Ink: Bill Sienkiewicz Color: Chris Sotomayor Letterer: Rob Leigh
Story: 8.65 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.6 Recommendation: Buy

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Around the Tubes

It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone getting? What are you excited for? Sound off in the comments below! While you wait for comic shops to open, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Boing Boing – That time the Gilligan’s Island castaways battled Batman on the Family Feud – Well ok then.

Book Riot – 12 Terrifying YA Graphic Novels – Any you’d suggest?

Reviews

Atomic Junk Shop – The Delicacy
Monkeys Fighting Robots – Hardware: Season One #1
Talking Comics – Wolvenheart #8

Hardware: Season One #1

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Campisi #1

Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

Avengers Tech-On #1 (Marvel) – Marvel has been teaming up with various companies delivering new spins on their characters. This one delivers a “high tech” take that includes collectible figures available for order.

Batman ’89 #1 (DC Comics) – The classic film gets a new series continuing its wonderful world. Yeah nostalgia!

Big Apple Diaries (Roaring Book Press) – In this heartfelt diary-style graphic memoir, a young New Yorker doodles her way through middle school – until the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack leaves her wondering if she can ever be a kid again.

Bunny Mask #3 (AfterShock) – This horror series has been intriguing and the previous issue’s ending really caught us off guard as to where this series is going.

Campisi #1 (AfterShock) – A mafia hitman must take on a dragon who has encroached on their territory.

Count Draco Knuckleduster #1 (Scout Comics/Black Caravan) – The cosmic series has a classic Kirby vibe mixed with 70s psychedelics and we’re down for it.

Defenders #1 (Marvel) – The Defenders are a classic team and every new itteration is interesting. We’re intrigued to see what this latest version is like.

Hardware: Season One #1 (DC Comics/Milestone) – Milestone’s return has been solid and we want to see this world grow!

I Am Batman #0 (DC Comics) – John Ridley continues his vision for Batman!

Pennyworth #1 (DC Comics) – From television series to comic!

Rainbow Bridge (AfterShock/Seismic Press) – AfterShock moves into young reader territory with this graphic novel debut. Check out our review.

Run Book One (Abrams Comicarts) – The second series telling the amazing life of Congressman and Civil Rights leader John Lewis. It’s the next chapter in the history of civil rights.

Savage Circus #5 (Heavy Metal) – The series has been awesome carnage. It’s just over the top action and a hell of a lot of fun.

Unbelievable Unteens: World of Black Hammer #1 (Dark Horse Comics) – The world of Black Hammer spins out even more with this meta team superhero saga taking place between two different worlds.

Preview: Hardware: Season One #1

Hardware: Season One #1

Written by: Brandon Thomas
Art by: Denys Cowan

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!

Hardware: Season One #1

The Creative Teams for Static, Icon & Rocket, and Hardware Relaunches Revealed

DC has kept it pretty quiet as far as the creative teams behind the Milestone relaunch but we now know who will be handling the first three series.

What’s interesting also is the use of “season” to describe the release, a change from the traditional “volume”. Season is a much easier concept for non-regular comics readers to understand as it shifts the understanding of releases more towards television releases indicating DC may have a much wider audience in mind when it comes to marketing the relaunch of Milestone.

The new series creative teams and debut dates are:

Hardware

Written by Brandon Thomas
Art by Denys Cowan and Bill Sienkiewicz
Covers by Mateus Mahanini
Debuting August 15, 2021

Static

Written by Vita Ayala
Art by ChrisCross and Nikolas Draper-Ivey
Covers by Khary Randolph
Debuting April 11, 2021

Icon and Rocket

Written by Reginald Hudlin and Leon Chills
Art by Doug Braithwaite
Covers by Taurin Clarke
Debuting June 27, 2021

DC Reveals its First Wave of Milestone Comics

Following 2020’s panel at DC FanDome Hall of Heroes, DC has announced more details on the return of the fan-favorite Milestone universe of characters from the city of Dakota.

Milestone Returns: Infinite Edition #0

The excitement kicks off February 26 with a digital-first “extended cut” of the Milestone Returns #0 one-shot. Originally available only during 2020’s DC FanDome Hall of Heroes and Explore the Multiverse, this updated edition also arrives in comic book stores on May 25. Milestone Returns: Infinite Edition #0 combines the original 17-page comic with an additional 24 pages of completely new material written by Reginald Hudlin and drawn by artists Denys Cowan, Nikolas Draper-Ivey, Bill Sienkiewicz, and more.

This added content includes a retelling of the events of the Big Bang, the police-brutality protest that unleashed a sudden wave of superpowers in the city of Dakota. This $4.99 “director’s cut” also features content introducing the full new creative teams behind Static, Icon & Rocket, and Hardware, the digital-first series spawned by this new Big Bang, along with a reveal of their issue #1 covers.

In addition, DC’s future plans include the long-awaited launch of Earth M, a new line of comics conceived by Cowan and Hudlin, which will include the return of Duo, introduced to readers in Milestone Returns “#0, and other characters who will also appear in Milestone comics.

Milestone Returns: Infinite Edition #0

Static Digital-First Miniseries

Following in April, fans can expect new adventures of Dakota teenager Virgil Hawkins in a six-issue Static digital-first series.

In this monthly miniseries (20 pages per issue), bullied nerd Virgil is gifted with incredible electromagnetic powers in the wake of the Big Bang. Now he finds himself caught between an over-militarized police response to Black kids getting special abilities and some of those kids who are using those powers in dangerous and destructive ways. But when the bullies who terrorized him before the Big Bang show up with powers of their own, can Static be the hero that Dakota needs?

Static launches Monday, April 12. Each 20-page issue will be available on participating digital platforms for $3.99.

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Icon & Rocket Digital-First Miniseries

The return of Augustus Freeman and Raquel Ervin is also in the works, with a new series featuring Icon and Rocket. 

What happens when superheroes actually make a difference? When Raquel Ervin broke into the home of a wealthy Black lawyer, she didn’t expect to learn that he was a nearly omnipotent alien, lost in despair of ever returning home—and he didn’t expect that she would inspire him to emerge from the shadows and become a force for change on the planet he’s trapped on. What starts out as a simple request to stop the drug trafficking in her neighborhood turns into a mission to eliminate the drug trade worldwide. However, this act of heroism has unexpected consequences, making the pair the two most wanted criminals in the world when actually stopping crime leads to the collapse of the global economy! 

The debut issue of this six-issue monthly series (20 pages each) arrives June 21 for $3.99 per issue.

Hardware Digital-First Miniseries

The relaunch of Milestone would not be complete without some mention of Curtis Metcalf, and beginning August 23, the first wave of new Milestone stories climaxes with the return of Hardware in a new digital-first series. This six-issue monthly series features the return of legendary artist and Milestone co-founder Denys Cowan with Bill Sienkiewicz on the character that completes the foundation of Milestone and the Dakota universe, both past, and present.

All his life, young prodigy Curtis Metcalf was told he was special, and that he would save the world. But it turns out that Alva Industries wanted his beautiful mind for something a lot less noble than that—and his technology has made him the fall guy for the tragedy of the Big Bang. But Curtis is smart enough to not go out like that—and smart enough to steal his inventions back from Alva and start the process of remaking the world his way.

New issues of this series will be available each month for $3.99. 

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