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It's interesting for me to look back on these early pages and see what my priorities were, layout-wise. I very much saw the need to let Hanna's hand dangle outside the borders of panel 1, sort of an arbitrary graphic design choice. The need to build drama in the lower tier wasn't really on my mind.
Overall the horizontal page was a bit limiting, but I was still figuring so much out here in particular. I played with textures more than the panels themselves. So much that feels like muscle memory now was invisible then.
Just an aside, hopefully people won't think I'm being hard on myself when I critique these pages. I'm very proud to have done all this work. It's an example of why as a comics teacher I try to emphasize productivity over mere theoretical studies. You just have to see and do it for yourself to be able to look back on it.