Panel 1-2: Note how the angle of the Nostalgia bottle transitions directly to the angle of Laurie, as she tumbles down a small hill here on Mars. Again, this accentuates the connection between Laurie and her bottle of Nostalgia.
Panel 4: The tumbling Nostalgia bottle we will see throughout this chapter is a glimpse of the future, as it is actually the opened bottle from page 24 and not that same bottle – which is closed – that we see in the background here.
The fact that we return to this image and watch the Nostalgia bottle fall in slow motion over the course of this entire chapter emphasizes Dr. Manhattan’s perspective of the fluidity of time. He lives in the past, present, and future all at once, and coming back to this bottle – a thematic lynchpin for Chapter IX – as we experience the main narrative of this chapter can be seen as similar to Dr. Manhattan’s experience of moving through time. And, of course, it emphasizes Laurie’s journey through the rubble of her emotional past to a realization that will change everything.