Panel 2: The caption, “. . . keep it snappy” is read over the scene where Dan and Laurie initiate the fight with the knot-tops, surprising the punks and immediately getting the upper hand as Dan grabs one while Laurie efficiently breaks the arm of another.
Panel 3: Nova Express was the paper where Janey Slater was telling her story earlier this issue.
The color scheme of the reporter Doug Roth is purple and gold – Ozymandias’s colors – another visual cue that Veidt is behind this whole thing.
Roth’s line of questioning will trigger Dr. Manhattan’s exit from Earth – a major step in Veidt’s plan.
Panel 4: Again, Moore & Gibbons play with the words and pictures: the dialogue “I believe it was quite sudden and quite painful,” is played over another scene of Dan and Laurie’s fight, which is quite sudden and painful for the knot-tops.