If the purpose of
the Birds' enemy is to confuse them, then he certainly achieved his
goal, and in the process is dragging us along. "Chokepoint" by Duane
Swierczynski turns everything upside down for readers and characters
alike, throwing us all into new situations that seriously disrupt
the flow of the story. I am sure there is a bigger picture to this,
but the plot felt like a do-over of issue #4.
An interesting moment between Canary and Katana makes Tatsu look a
lot less creepy, and Poison Ivy seems to have never really left her
villanous roots -pun intended. The art by Saiz, Pina, and Chung is
more refined and not as rough as in previous issues; their Batgirl,
particularly is very well done. This issue might look better as part
of a whole, but it is hard to judge it as a single book; only when
the arc is finished we'll know whether it was truly worth the
reading or not.