Panel 1: Ironically, Nite Owl turns out to be the one who goes “off the hook” rather than the unstable Rorschach. Seeing such emotion from Dreiberg, who has remained relatively stable throughout this entire narrative, helps to show us just how much Hollis meant to him.
Panel 3: And the irony is heightened by the fact that Rorschach’s humanity seeps through again, as he stops his one friend from doing something he would regret. Again, Moore has created well-rounded characters who will act “out of character” when the moment is right.
Panel 9: Rorschach’s comment that most people who die “travel steerage” transitions directly into