Panel 3: Dr. Manhattan’s dialogue in this panel indicates that the tachyons are still wreaking havoc with his perspective. Over the course of the next few pages, Dr. Manhattan’s dialogue will jump back and forth in time while he remains in the relative present – unlike Chapter IV where readers experienced his unique perspective of time by jumping back and forth through the scenes with him. To emphasize this “mental” leap-frogging through time, Gibbons will mirror Dr. Manhattan’s physical appearance in the echoing panels.
Panel 4: This is another of the mirroring panels. Dr. Manhattan’s dialogue will make more sense when we get to the panel where these words are reacting to the “relative present” of the situation.