Ahhh, Scratch (Here kitty, kitty). I like Scratch. I give it a 1 in 10 chance that Scratch will be the key to getting Skull back.
Cole looks really weird in the first panel, so much so that I didn't even think it was him at first. I, too, find Marcy's mitten hands a little disturbing in the third pane... They remind me of the makeup for the robots in Heartbeeps, and anything that reminds me of Heartbeeps is to be hated.