Dwayne McDuffie And The Parakeet

In Hardware #1,  Dwayne McDuffie wrote this scene, a metatextual commentary on his leaving Marvel Comics to set up Milestone Media at DC Comics,  launching a brand new range of ethnically diverse superhero comics.

Dwayne McDuffie And The Parakeet

Dwayne McDuffie And The Parakeet

While it tied into the character's story, an engineer who sees his work exploited by an employer without recompense, so he sets up on his own, it had a very personal resonance. It was what he was doing with Milestone.

It's a scene he'd reprise in the Milestone Forever final issue years later, that was intended to set up all the Milestone characters within the DC Universe.

Dwayne McDuffie And The ParakeetDwayne McDuffie And The ParakeetDwayne McDuffie And The Parakeet

Except this time it summed up his experiences with Milestone and DC Comics. And it had two further reprises in the comic;

Dwayne McDuffie And The Parakeet

Dwayne McDuffie And The Parakeet

Goodbye Dwayne McDuffie.

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Rich JohnstonAbout Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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