Holy crud. I just realized this is an inversion of the second page with Clark. Karen is stuck in an outfit that she doesn't like because the old one was unavailable, just like Bruce was in the beginning of the series. Bruce has switched from the one who can't take a compliment to the one who gives one but doesn't receive a thank you. This is his character development, trying to be more considerate and kind to his friends, because the whole ordeal with the new costumes and the bullies was about how Bruce didn't understand what being a mature person, a hero, was about, and it shows how his friendship with Clark has affected him.