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DC Comics Preview: Icon vs. Hardware #1

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Icon vs. Hardware – ‘Worlds Collide’ When two of the Dakotaverse’s core superheroes clash in a new five-issue limited series.

Two titans of the Milestone Universe clash — and in the process, set in motion a chain of events leading to a story bigger than you could ever imagine! When Hardware discovers a long-suppressed time machine hidden in a government warehouse, his obsession with righting the wrongs of the past — those of both American history and his own tragic family — will unravel the fabric of time for the Milestone Universe. But while there are many problems with Hardware’s plan, there’s one big one: wherever he goes in America’s last two centuries, Icon is there, having lived through it! And a man as powerful as Icon knows the profound danger of the forces Curtis Metcalf is unleashing…and he’ll do whatever it takes to put the genie back in the bottle!

Icon Vs Hardware is the official kickoff of Act One of Milestone’s WORLDS COLLIDE event—and if you think you know what that phrase means, you’d better not get overconfident! This is the ideal jumping-on point for those who’ve sat out the story of Dakota so far, because this ride is headed somewhere unexpected!

Icon vs. Hardware #1

Writers: Leon Chills and Reggie Hudlin
Artist: Denys Cowan
Cover: Canaan White and Chris Sotomayor
Homage Cover: Denys Cowan
Release Date: February 14, 2023

For more on Icon vs. Hardware, read the press release below:

Eagle-eyed DC fans that picked up Icon & Rocket: Season One and Milestones In History got the first hint that a clash between two of the Dakotaverse’s heavyweights was just a matter of time. Round one of that showdown begins on Tuesday, February 14 with Icon vs. Hardware #1, and DC’s got your first look at final covers and some great interior artwork!

To learn more about the world outside of Dakota and prepare her for her role in running the world when he returns to Terminus, Augustus Freeman, a.k.a. Icon, sends Rocket (Raquel Ervin) to an exclusive boarding school, where she meets new friends and has her “mean girls” suspicions quickly confirmed. Meanwhile, Hardware, armed with a time machine created by inventor Benjamin Banneker, plans to go back in time to prevent The Big Bang from ever happening, with absolutely no concerns about how his actions will impact the time stream. Along the way, Hardware uncovers secrets about himself and the Metcalf family, and his actions will undoubtedly put him on a collision course with Icon in the present day. 

Icon Vs Hardware is the official kickoff of Act One of Milestone’s WORLDS COLLIDE event—and if you think you know what that phrase means, think again! This is the ideal jumping-on point for those who’ve sat out the story of Dakota thus far, because this ride is headed somewhere completely unexpected! 

This five issue series reunites icon & Rocket: Season One co-writers Leon Chills and Reggie Hudlin, and artist and Milestone co-founder Denys Cowan, and the debut issue also features the DC debut of artist Yasmin Flores Montanez from The Milestone Initiative. Issue #1 features a main cover by Rahzzah, with the main variant cover by Canaan White and Chris Sotomayor, plus a 1 in 25 ratio variant “homage” cover by Denys Cowan.

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