Panel placement can imply a subject moving in the direction of the sequential panels. Here, Hawkeye starts above and crumbles relatively down. The reader only ever looks up again to see the figures with bats beating him from above, further exemplify placement of subjects in a given space.
subject to subject- This work shows a series of changing subjects from the close up of the character's face to what the character is looking at and the atmosphere around within a single scene. by Michael Arias
Tutorial: comic layouts by =medli20 on deviantART
Batman the Animated Series - Opening Scene - Storyboard #2/2