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Icon vs. Hardware #4 (of 5)

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 3 critic ratings.

Hardware fooled around…and now he’s found out! From outside the walls of the known universe comes a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable, and deeply unexpected enemy…Brainiac?! The events of this issue will alter the course of the Multiverse forever!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
32 pages
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3 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 80

    Lyles Movie Files

    Writers Reginald Hudlin and Leon Chills use this crossover to show the very distinct personalities of the Milestone characters. The Blood Syndicate approve of Hardware’s efforts but want to go back in time to do it right while Static argues things are improving for people of color even if the results aren’t as fast as they all would like.

    For a title called Icon vs. Hardware, the Blood Syndicate truly steal the issue showing how great these characters can be especially contrasting with other Milestone heroes.

  • 80

    Geek Dad

    The current main event in the Milestone universe, this wildly ambitious series is packed with ideas—maybe a few too many ideas. After all, it’s not every day you see a comic that has time-travel rewriting the history of race one one hand, and a murder-mystery conspiracy in a Swiss boarding school in the other. Icon and Hardware seem to have put their enmity aside for now to stem the tide of time anomalies caused by Hardware’s meddling, and that pulls in most of the heroes of Dakota. One scene by Denys Cowan featuring Static and his supporting cast taking on time-traveling Nazis is fantastic, but the others featuring the Blood Syndicate don’t make much of an impact. Neither does a return to Rocket’s school, which feels actively out of place, but the presence of two major DC villains and their multiversal counterparts is a unique twist that makes this worth following—despite the art shifts and delays.

  • 60

    The conflict of Icon vs. Hardware gets even bigger and potentially-intriguing, but that doesn’t stop the remainder of the issue from being somewhat inconsistent. As the issue makes way for a number of cameos and a broader message, the way that message is told defaults to cliches more often than not. The art also suffers from a similar sort of broadness, being incredibly effective in some sequences and awkward in others. Still, there is enough of a fun and memorable creative intent behind Icon vs. Hardware to make me eager to see what the remaining issues have in store.

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