When I saw the "Tock-tock" of the clock, I thought for a moment that Jasmine had ripped open a parallel timeline, so that everyone is still where they were when she did it, but the ones who are missing are just in an alternate Tao World that is temporally offset from the real one, but still parallel (And in that timeline, the clock would go "Tick-tick.")
But then the clock went back to normal. I guess that doesn't entirely rule out the possibility, though. Anyway, I thought it was a cool theory.
Oh dear, oh dear, what happened?! I wonder how far ahead or back some of the teams are! ~ohhh! I want to find out! Great work on the suspense in these pages, they all carry a great quallity of character and feeling with them. I look forward to the rest!