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Icon vs. Hardware #1 (of 5)

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 6 critic ratings.

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!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
35 pages
Amazon ASIN

6 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 95

    Lyles Movie Files

    This versus special went against the cliche hero vs. hero angle and set up a story that’s piqued my interest to see how it plays out.

  • 90

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Hudlin and Chills craft a story that takes some interesting and unexpected twists and turns that I like. Rather than having a straight confrontation between the two characters, the story creates a circumstance that will force the conflict with some big stakes for both characters. There’s some great action in the story, but the story shines as each of the characters has great development and arcs that grabbed my attention.

    The Art: All of the artists bring great style to the issue. From the characters to the environments to the action, everything looks fantastic.

  • 85


    Icon vs. Hardware showcases the difference between its titular heroes, all the while laying the groundwork for the next stage of the Milestone Universe. The final page teases a showdown for the ages, and I’m more than looking forward to it. But no matter who wins the final fight, the true victor is Milestone’s fans.

  • 83

    Comic Watch

    Icon Vs. Hardware is a good first step to something great. This creative team is definitely building to something fantastic with two of the pillars of their universe facing each other for the first time in almost thirty years. The story is solid and the art is pretty stellar, though it falls short of being the explosive first issue that fans might have been expecting from the title.

  • 80

    Icon vs. Hardware #1 might not reinvent the wheel of spirited superhero team-ups or the domino effects of time travel, but honestly, it doesn’t need to. Instead, it uses those conventions to tell a promising story of grief, regret, and societal expectations, all while illuminating three of Milestone’s best characters. Between that narrative approach and its dramatic showcase of art, Icon vs. Hardware #1 is a compelling, albeit understated, start for Milestone’s next great epic.

  • 75

    Geek Dad

    The second Milestone comic to launch this month, this is an odd one—because it’s essentially two comics in one. The first installment, with Denys Cowan on art, is fascinating. (…) The thing is, the second story does not mesh with the rest of this book at all. Yasmin Florez Montanez is definitely a talented artist, but the glossy, vaguely anime-inspired style is a polar opposite from Cowan’s. (…) Overall, it’s an interesting experiment, but I’m not sure the experiment is working yet, and I don’t know how the two stories will converge.

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