fact that Dan hesitates in letting go of Laurie’s hand foreshadows where their
relationship is heading.
Panel 9:Again, Moore & Gibbons subtly emphasize the message here – as
Laurie exclaims that she’s going to quit smoking and remarks what a “dangerous
habit” it is, we not only have her holding out her cigarette and tobacco in
front of her, but she is standing in front of the “radiation suit” of Dan’s
with its nuclear fallout symbol on the front – exhibiting the small
dangers (Laurie’s smoking) with the larger ones these people face (possible
nuclear devastation if they do not figure out what is happening).