The strip has been in decline for a while. It is very obvious that Lynn Johnson is tying up all the story lines into one very neat pretty package.
The reason I don't like Anthony (great name- one of my boys is named Anthony) is that he seems stuck in Millborough and in the past. There has been little growth in him as a person since high school. Liz on the other hands seems to want to explore the world and is still growing. To pair the two of them up is a step back for both. Liz becomes trapped in her hometown doing what everyone instead of continuing to grow as a person and Anthony is also trapped because he would now have no reason to begin grow because he now has the girl from his childhood dream and he ends there.
Liz is a multidimensional character that is changing over time while Anthony has always been a one-dimensional unchanging character that is where the major problem is.