Well, his wife's dead. The joke itself is all he has left. And there is no reason, absolutely zero, to burden his sons with the truth except so he can let them in on the joke.I think Joe really does think it's blackly hilarious, and that he owes no real loyalty to the Union at all. In Vol. I's chapters about Joe Sr, he tell his wife if she doesn't go along with his act, wherein he indicates that he thinks quite lowly of Yankees. In a way, Senior finds dark satisfaction and thinks himself a genius as he is wrangling his way up the Betters of Society.
The best part of this whole adventure has probably been the revisiting of ideas. I mean that's how we ended up with Redux in the first place, but specifically this chapter is such a great example of what you've been able to do by coming back to something you thought of earlier. Because now we know-- Junior was hurting, too. And the way that Junior finally revealing that suffering is what sets back even the small bit of confidence Chuck was able to build up to that point... it's beautiful. Readers like to toss around phrases about how conflict should feel so natural that no one seems to be in the wrong, but this is what that looks like. I just feel so bad for everyone involved here, even Joe Sr. It's your best chapter yet, and the fact that it's integrated into the continuity instead of being a pure flashback is even better.
Has Charles's institutionalization been covered up? Steele probably knows but have the doctors involved been, uh, put away?
I kinda hate that I was thinking this too LMAO. I always liked Part 1 Dio more, so being reminded of that is a good thing.Am I the only one who feels like Chuck has DIO vibes to him? The Oswald identity is his version of the Stone Mask: a mask he uses to gain more power (in this case, political power) while separating him from his original humanity. The struggle with Junior also resembles DIO's own struggle with Jonathan Joestar... (Also both characters have stolen bodies: DIO uses Jonathan's body in part 3 while Chuck Oswald uses fabricated identities).