The Morning Line: The New Power Rankings Are In...
A week ago we unveiled our first Power Rankings, based not on which strips are necessarily best, but on which current storylines are most engaging us. This ridiculously subjective formula is called the Story Line Attachment Quotient , or The SLAQ.
Herewith, this week's story arcs that crack our list:
1. Climbing to the top spot is "SALLY FORTH," thanks to the Sci-Fi Flirtation That Dare Not Speak Its Name. Ted "Lady Hands" Forth is looking conspicuously smitten, thanks to the song in his heart that goes by a single name: Aria. Ted may have the letters, but it's his new friend who has just picked up her male.
2. "GET FUZZY": At last, the political debate that promises the biggest fireworks of the season, if not the most claw marks. And apparently the sweet but slow-witted Satchel is Darby's stand-in for the media, eh? For the greater good of a swell storyline, we can live with that.
3. "JUDGE PARKER": The murder mystery known as "Dixie, Driver and the Detective" climbs up the charts with an actual bullet. However: Should this interrogation drag on past Friday, we'll draw a chalk line around it and declare it dead-on-arrival.
4. "BREWSTER ROCKIT": Tim Rickard's promising particle-accelerator story is ripped from the headlines -- ripped as deftly as the limbs that are about to pop in panel three, it seems.
Between "Tank McNamara's" athletic sperm and "Pooch Cafe's" tapeworms, we'll pass on all the biology; however, we're a sucker for "Pearls Before Swine's" earworm.
| September 29, 2008; 6:00 AM ET
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