I’ll cop to hostility, but I’ll plead that I read hostility in your post at the top of this page. If I misread the tone of that, I apologize.
I’ll admit that I’m most fond of Mona “at her worst”; I think she LOOKS more interesting dressed in black, with spiky hair and pale skin, than she did when she was tanned and giggly in Hawaii. I’ve enjoyed the Ryan plot, but yes I am glad to see it end. I don’t agree with those who’ve called Ryan a “male Donna”; I actually think he’s a nice guy, but I think he was absolutely WRONG for Mona, and Mona was wrong for him, and even if they part tearfully I’m glad that they’re parting.
The fact that Mona is not as shrewish as she was in the first days/months(/years?) of the strip I’ve largely chalked up to Ms. Babcock finding out for herself more who Mona is. If Mona 2010 possesses more dimensions than Mona 2003, that wouldn’t be an uncommon development in ANY fictional creation; what was originally caricature is now character. That happens, and is welcome, whether characters age as in “For Better or for Worse”, or they stay chronologically arrested as in “Peanuts”.