Didn’t quite get around to clarifying this bit in EMP vol.8, as I thought the book was grim enough already… The idea is that Mindf**k’s brother inflicted neurological damage on poor MF at the same time that he forced her to mutilate herself, burning out the, uh, “sensory relays” that would’ve allowed sensation from—and control of—the organs in question. (For him, self-mutilation represented more of a ritualized act than anything else.) Even if, say, the Purple Paladin Memorial Hospital’s Suprahuman Treatment Wing could’ve regrown Mindf**k’s eyes and tongue, the regenerated organs would’ve still been useless to her.
(This in turn led to a riff about how Mindf**k’s visor thingie didn’t directly engage the damaged optical center of her brain, but instead induced an odd form of synaesthetic artificial vision by piggybacking off of her other senses… I felt that my planned explanation of this concept ended up being both A) way too technical and B) wholly extraneous to the overall story, so I cut it from EMP vol.5, as I recall.)
So, yeahp, that’s EMPOWERED: A “sexy superhero comedy”… except when it isn’t.