I would like to know if anyone noticed that at one point, Laurie wears the same earrings that Jon gave to Jenny Slater. Jenny is pictured wearing them several times; notably, she wears them on page 11 of Chapter II, "Absent Friends."
Oh, absolutely. They make it pretty obvious that Laurie is filling a slot, not actually mattering in John's life.
- I don't like Jon. I know below eightbitsamurai and kleinbl00 talk about Rorsarch and characters they don't like but feel maybe they are supposed to like. I on the other hand feel I am supposed to be more positively inclined towards Jon and I am less.
"Yeah. Yeah, that's right. Pregnant woman. Gunned her down. BANG. And you know what? You watched me. You coulda changed the gun into steam or the bullets into mercury or the bottle into snowflakes! You coulda teleported either of us to goddamn Australia... but you didn't lift a finger! You really don't give a damn about human beings. I've watched you. You never cared about Whatsername, Janey Slater, even before you ditched her. Soon you won't be interested in Sally Jupiter's little gal, either."
- Comedian, "Absent Friends (II)", pp. 15
That, right there, is Alan Moore grabbing the audience and shaking it by the lapels and saying SUPERMAN IS BAD, ASSHOLES. When your author puts the subtext in the text, he's so adamant that you get the message he's willing to suffer ridicule to get it.
When The Comedian says this, he and Doc Manhattan have just finished napalming rice paddies. Doc Manhattan is the proximate cause for the United States prevailing in an unpopular, unjust war widely accepted at the time as a moral and geopolitical failure. Notably, Moore has the Soviets invade Afghanistan the very day that Doc Manhattan bails for Points Unknown - in the grand scheme of things, the geopolitical impact of Doc Manhattan is nil other than the stick.
Doctor Manhattan isn't John Osterman - he's the ghost of John, a superhuman intelligence playing at being the memory of a man killed too soon through a needless nuclear accident (no metaphor there). He's amoral and aloof - but he still runs off with a teenager. Doctor Manhattan is a fickle god.
Which is pretty much the majority opinion on Superman, by the way - the dude has far too many powers to actually be interesting. His morality is Manichean. Anyone with that power would end up essentially being an extension of foreign policy if he picked sides... or a malevolent God to whoever he wasn't favoring at the time. That's another allusion Moore is making: absolute power corrupts absolutely.