Panels 1-2: In a humorous reflection of the earlier moment where Dan would not let go of Laurie’s hand (seen in Chapter VII, page 6), we have the reverse of that happening, as Dan finds it necessary to release Rorschach’s grip of his hand – a result of Rorschach’s lack of social awareness and norms.
Panel 4: As with larger panels in previous chapters, this one is used to signify the importance and weight of this scene. Rorschach and Nite Owl, the once-vaunted heroic team of the 70s, are reunited and ready to hit the street in order to solve this mystery.
Also in this panel, we get Moore and Gibbons once again juxtaposing words and images, as Nite Owl remarks that it will be nice to get physical with the criminal fraternity after “…wading knee-deep in this conspiracy weirdness…” as he lifts the Owlship from the riverbed, where it has been “wading” for a while.
The final line from Nite Owl – “…it’ll be like coming home…” transitions directly to