WOW! This was a great issue. I think I've read the words off the pages already. There is a lot going on. Questions are popping out of my head all the time as I wonder what is happening.
The Chief -- just, wow. Not what I expected. Of course, I have very little knowledge of the Doom Patrol outside of that I've seen in the pages of the Titans. My first experience with the Chief (when it wasn't a flashback) was in Titans #32 when the DP's memories got restored by Superboy's Reality Shaking Punches. I thought, "Wow, this is a Professor-X kind of guy that could help Raven out with her changing powers." I had no idea he was such a control freak! I got goosebumps when I read the conversation between the Chief and Rita as they operated on Kid Devil. Brrrrrrr! Now I'm thinking, "Keep him FAR AWAY from Raven!"
There is some kind of mind manipulation going on here. I have heard speculations by others on the forums that Mento's helmet may be involved in it. Steve is convinced that he needs to keep it on, that's for sure. I'm inclined to agree with that guess. Gar may not be as completely into the cult of personality as the others, but I think there's some influence there. (Personally, I think the Chief may have been responsible for BB's dreams that led him to seek out the DP in #32. There's no evidence of that, but I found it interesting that Chief claimed to have the same dreams.)
I can't wait for the next one!