So, Countdown #46 managed to hit all of my hot buttons at once.
1. The return of Sleez. I don't know what else he's been doing -- from the implications of the text, he was creating some Lois/Jimmy porn. I didn't read about that -- only the Superman/Barda porn from Action #593.
Yuck. While I am convinced that Superman would be very bad in bed -- even outside of mind control -- this is really a level of yuck I didn't want to consider. I was therefore not too upset to see his fried by forced unknown.
2. And what's yuckier than mind-controlled Superman sex? Why, Dead Babies, of course! Next, Black Mary fights some sort of demon made up entirely of still-born babies who had been trapped inside of a piece of the Rock of Eternity. My memory was theat all the pieces of rock had been collected back in Day of Vengeance, but I could be mis-remembering. Anyway, very few things will get me to stop watching/ reading faster than Dead Babies (see, for example, Battlestar Galactica, which I turned off on the pilot's first commercial break, never to re-view.)
Anyway, this scene was just kind of confusing, and I wasn't as viscerally effected as I usually am by this sort of junk. Offensiveness has been saved solely by being poorly executed.
3. Okay, this one is just kind of weird. The Rogues are in a restaurant having a conversation about capitalism and waitress/customer relations and whether "the customer is always right" that so obviously reads like a scene cut from the restaurant scene is Reservoir Dogs where the criminals discussing the Ethics of Tipping Waitresses that I can't believe it wasn't an intentional homage/ rip-off.
Anyway, the Pied Piper here takes on the overly-erudite role of Mr. Pink (Steve Buscemi). Get it? Pink, because he's gay? Ha ha? . . . No? Ok.
[(left to right) Mirror Master, Heat Wave, Captain Cold, Trickster, The Top, Weather Wizard, and Pied Piper.]
Okay, I know I'm probably going to keep buying Countdown no matter how annoying it gets, but this one was pretty darned annoying.