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Who's the baddest brother in armour?

Hardware
7 (63.6%)
War Machine
4 (36.4%)

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HARD CHOICES: Black Armoured heroes
« on: December 05, 2006, 04:13:58 am »
Hardware (Curtis Metcalfe)

War Machine (Jim Rhodes)


Two very similar heroes, from separate universes. Two brothers, both heads of their own companies, both armoured fighters. Rhodey may think of the actual IM armour as 'the most powerful weapon on [616] Earth', but his War Machine armour isn't bad either. Curt was constantly updating his armour, and had some impressive stuff in there.

Both of them could probably take down small armies on their own, but who's your pick, for whatever reason?

Note: I might have included Technique, Hardware's female counterpart / sometimes enemy, as Dwayne McDuffie said she would have eventually taken over the Hardware name, but I like the similarities / contrasts of these 2 guys so much, I'm just limiting it to them, for now.

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Re: HARD CHOICES: Black Armoured heroes
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2006, 01:42:01 pm »
Definitely a Hard Choice.  ;)
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Re: HARD CHOICES: Black Armoured heroes
« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2006, 02:03:39 pm »
I say hardware because HE created the amor. Rhodey was hooked up by his boy Stark

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Re: HARD CHOICES: Black Armoured heroes
« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2006, 03:26:06 pm »
Hard Ware. That character needs to come back before it's too late.

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Re: HARD CHOICES: Black Armoured heroes
« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2006, 01:15:24 am »
Hard Ware. That character needs to come back before it's too late.
The animated feature that Milestone are making for BET isn't Hardware, but apparently looks vaguely similar. Also, Hardware was namechecked in Static Shock, which means a version of him exists somewhere in the DCAU. It's not much, but we can dream of a future appearance. Hell, DC never let Black Lightning appear in the cartoon, but he recently headlined the comic. Maybe there could be an issue set in Dakota, starring Static andGear, maybe have appearances from Hardware and Augustus Freeman?

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Re: HARD CHOICES: Black Armoured heroes
« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2006, 05:51:28 pm »
I'm picking Hardware.  looking at the pics Wise gave us, WM got the guns, but Hardware got raw power

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Re: HARD CHOICES: Black Armoured heroes
« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2006, 12:40:15 am »
I'm picking Hardware.  looking at the pics Wise gave us, WM got the guns, but Hardware got raw power
Damn straight. Plus, when he does bring out the guns, they truly rock. I love his omni-cannons if only for the KLATCHETT! sound effect. For me it's right up there with 'snikt' or 'BAMF'. Plus, in a tight situation, there's the PLASER, so powerful he can only use it 3 times.

Also, in the DC crossover, when he ended up fighting Steel, he just dissolved Steel's armour right off him, then rebuilt a superior version for him, from scratch, before the next issue. That is a serious win. ;D

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Re: HARD CHOICES: Black Armoured heroes
« Reply #7 on: December 08, 2006, 07:16:33 am »
There is also my the extensible whip capable of delivering plasma bursts.  And my personal favorite, the retractable sword for when you need to get medieval.   Also, the programmable shell for augmented martial arts sequences.  By the way, we're talking MK II here.  Don't forget the inertia winder that allows the user to wield the heavy armor and weapons systems with dexterity and agility.  Thanks to Mr. Freeman. 
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Re: HARD CHOICES: Black Armoured heroes
« Reply #8 on: December 09, 2006, 10:45:19 am »
By the way, we're talking MK II here. 
Oh, and the few glimpses we had of Mk III and beyond... Damn! Plus you he had the whole army of suits down before Iron Man,

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Re: HARD CHOICES: Black Armoured heroes
« Reply #9 on: December 09, 2006, 12:59:34 pm »
I'm picking Hardware.  looking at the pics Wise gave us, WM got the guns, but Hardware got raw power
Damn straight. Plus, when he does bring out the guns, they truly rock. I love his omni-cannons if only for the KLATCHETT! sound effect. For me it's right up there with 'snikt' or 'BAMF'. Plus, in a tight situation, there's the PLASER, so powerful he can only use it 3 times.

Also, in the DC crossover, when he ended up fighting Steel, he just dissolved Steel's armour right off him, then rebuilt a superior version for him, from scratch, before the next issue. That is a serious win. ;D
      damn, steel got OWNED. I guess that amkes up for supes working the blood syndicate

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Re: HARD CHOICES: Black Armoured heroes
« Reply #10 on: December 10, 2006, 02:31:49 pm »
I say hardware because HE created the amor. Rhodey was hooked up by his boy Stark

yup yup.  Hardware yo.  For that very reason.

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Re: HARD CHOICES: Black Armoured heroes
« Reply #11 on: December 21, 2006, 08:56:43 pm »
Harware. He wasn't just a stand-in for a White man.