Panel 7: The return of the “Black Freighter” captions, which comment on this scene just after Dr. Manhattan transported himself to the surface of Mars. “I slept . . . beneath cold, distant stars” refers directly to the starscape in this panel.
The phrase: “[A] distant god in whose hands the fate of Davidstown rested,” is also a foreshadowing of the reality that the fate of the world will rest in the hands of Dr. Manhattan, the closest thing to a god on earth we have in Watchmen.“Was he really there? Had he been there once, but now departed?” is a commentary on Dr. Manhattan’s sudden disappearance from this abandoned base