What are they comprised of? How do they work (mechanically)? Would an e.m.p. effect their operations? what are their vulnerabilities?
I doubt anyone has answers to this , but I'm curious, maybe in his own series they divulge this kinda stuff.
They're mechanical, I think that's the only one of your questions that can be answered 100% accurately. We've seen inside his brain and it looked like tech.
They can be damaged physically (Engineer's tiny bullets took care of the ones she shot at) and viruses work (computer viruses, not biological) but it requires physical contact, so a machine must be in his brain to give him a virus, it doesn't look like it can just be broadcasted over the air. Don't know about EMPs but I suspect that Henry Bendix would be smart enough to prevent against that since it's a fairly obvious attack, but there's no evidence for or against.
You might get more answers in the upcoming Authority: Prime books because it's delving into Henry Bendix and his creations and Midnighter is going to end up fight another Midnighter. Might be revelatory.
I was looking over what Midnighter has demonstrated that he can read off opponents in order to try and put together a guess at how he knows what he knows and I've listed 4 main types of information he can detect (though there's a particular comic I want to look at to check for more). He can see someone's DNA (presumably letting him know what they're biologically capable of, including mutant powers and such), someone's physical structure through various vision modes (suggesting an understanding of their physical properties and limits, what they're made of, how they physically function, damage they've sustained, etc), molecules in a person's body (chemical reactions going on in them maybe?) and electrons firing in their brain (I'd say that means he can read thoughts in the sense that, as has been said many times, he knows the moves they're preparing to make and he knows it before the thought is fully formed, so like stimuli being received and responses being generated for it, it's a very behaviorist view but then again I've always thought of Midnighter as Laplace's Demon in leather). With this info he can predict what an enemy is capable of doing as well as what they're likely to do and further, what they're planning to do.
Just wanted to put this somewhere for safe keeping till I can get back to it.
" @whacknasty: Midnighter has fought enemies he is not equipped to beat and has never run away. It has nothing to do with his computer, it's just his character. He likes to fight. He couldn't defeat the evil doctor but he attacked him anyway and after he got punted away came back with reinforcements. He couldn't beat Regis but he fought him anyway (though I think that was so Jack could kill him while he was distracted). He couldn't beat Winter when he was the avatar of the sun but he fought him anyway. The only time I can think of him not fighting someone he couldn't beat was when he went up against Odin. Odin was making himself intangible so there was nothing Midnighter could do so he left to beat up the worshippers that had summoned Odin. Even when he can't win he usually tries anyway and ends up involving his team. "Lol! Cool, thanks.
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