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Icon vs. Hardware #2 (of 5)

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 4 critic ratings.

With time itself under Hardware’s control, the hierarchy of power in the Dakotaverse has changed! Having altered events so the Big Bang never happened, Curtis Metcalf now finds himself as the head of Alva Industries-but the world is still on the brink of chaos! Can Hardware stop his alternate-timeline self from dooming us all? Does he want to? Because if he won’t, it’ll fall to Icon…and crossing Icon is never wise!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
33 pages
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4 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 90

    Lyles Movie Files

    Hudlin and Chills have made the story much more impactful than the norm by allowing Hardware’s actions to play out. It’s almost like Icon gives Hardware a chance to make his future succeed before intervening once it reaches its breaking point.

    Artist Denys Cowan being back on Hardware is a pleasant throwback. Cowan’s art might look somewhat crude compared to some of his peers, but his storytelling has few rivals. Yasmin Flores Montañez handles the Rocket subplot with more of a conventional animated style. Christopher Sotomayor’s color have a real vibrancy to them allowing for a nice explosive pop. Andworld Design’s lettering is sharp and clean fully conveying the emotion playing out in the story.

    There’s an unexpected cameo this issue, but it makes sense in the grand scheme of the story while opening up plenty of possibilities for the future of the Milestone brand.

  • 87

    Comic Watch

    Icon Vs. Hardware is a great showcase of two amazing black heroes! Leon Chills, Reginald Hudlin, John Floyd, Yasmin Flores Montanez, Chris Sotomayor and AndWorld Design have done a fantastic job of in crafting a story where optimism and pragmatism collide in a powder keg that will undoubtedly have a ripple effect in the Universe of Earth-M; despite small stumbles in pacing. With great writing, amazing art and even better coloring, this is definitely a book worth checking out.

  • 85

    Geek Dad

    The first issue of this series had a lot of promise, but it coupled a complex time-travel story that saw Curtis Metcalf trying to reset the mistakes of his life with a side story set at Raquel Ervin’s new boarding school in the Swiss Alps. The two stories didn’t exactly mesh, and neither did the vastly different art styles. This issue pulls back on the latter story, only giving Raquel a brief segment where she discovers who’s running this school—and what a big impact they’re going to have on the Milestone universe. However, the bulk of this issue is devoted to kicking off the battle promised in the title—as Icon arrives to undo the damage that Hardware is doing to the timeline. (…) The reveal of the overarching villain here is a huge twist, one I did not see coming at all and one that completely changes the future of the Milestone Universe. This might not be my favorite Milestone project yet, but it’s definitely the most ambitious.

  • 60

    This issue is simultaneously a bit more disjointed and united than its predecessor, but it still adds some genuinely interesting building blocks to its central narrative. As Hardware’s efforts to save the past reverberate into the future, a larger conspiracy—that involves him, Icon, Rocket, and a surprising DC character—come to light. While some of the dialogue and art feel awkwardly flat, there is just enough depth (both narrative and aesthetic) on display to make this a worthwhile adventure.

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