Writer: Holly G! (Holly Golightly)*
Pencils: Holly G!*
Inking: John Lowe*
Lettering: Bill Yoshida*
Coloring: Barry Grossman*
Editor: Victor Gorelick
Editor-in-Chief: Richard Goldwater
Original Publication: Cheryl Blossom, No. 28
Cover Date: January, 2000
Length: 5 pages
*Only the lead story in the issue is credited. I assume the credits apply to all of the stories. The digest reprint seems to agree, even though it doesn’t credit a colorist.
So here’s some odd backstory for you. I had originally planned to review this story back in December of 2018, between my reviews of “Holi-Daze” (the Christmas story) and “Kiss of the Century” (the New Year story). Indeed, that’s where this story sits in the issue. However, when I got to it (remember, even though I have the physical issue, I’m doing these reviews primarily using the digital editions), I noticed it was only 3 pages long. Perplexed, I checked Grand Comics Database. It listed a length of 3 pages. I didn’t know what to think, so I moved on.
Well, recently, I saw the physical edition of World of Betty and Veronica Jumbo Comics Digest #1 at the store and decided to check it out after work. It replaces B&V Friends Double/Jumbo Digest, which ended in November of 2020. It has a pretty good mix of stories, and I was pleasantly surprised to see a decent amount of Cheryl content – including this story. It was 5 pages long. I bought the digest.
So now, before sitting down to write this review, I decided to check my physical copy of Cheryl Blossom #28, which I bought back in 1999. The missing pages are in there. So it’s just the digital edition that’s missing the pages, and whoever’s editing GCDb is simply using the digital edition of these issues as reference instead of the physical edition.
Anyway, let’s get to the story:
The gang’s on a snowboarding trip. Veronica’s upset that Cheryl’s on the slopes. Archie and Reggie have boners for her. Betty is concerned that she and Ronnie are never going to get the boys’ attention now. Ronnie says she’s not giving in that easy and walks off, surprising Betty. Cheryl’s snowboard is white and covered with purple blossoms.
Ronnie asks Archie to teach her how to snowboard. He seems into it. Betty thinks Ronnie is a genius with boys. But then Archie just tells Ronnie to watch Cheryl, who’s “the best snowboarder on the slopes” (and, yes, she does seem skilled, which makes sense, considering she’s a good skateboarder). Cheryl asks Archie what he thinks of her new moves. Archie responds with this gem: “Cheryl! All your moves are poetry!” Ronnie’s pissed.
Cheryl engages in some minor trash talk toward Ronnie. Ronnie says she’s just learning how to snowboard. Cheryl suggests she go to the beginner hill while she takes “expert care” of Archie. Ronnie is pissed but then gets “a beast of an idea that will freeze Cheryl’s assets”. She takes out her cell phone and calls Smithers. Betty is impressed with Cheryl’s snowboarding and calls her good. Ronnie teases retribution, confusing Betty.
Soon, Smithers delivers an abominable snowman costume. Betty is surprised and unimpressed. Ronnie expects Betty to wear it and scare Cheryl away, and Betty will get “first dibs on Archie” in return. Betty seems embarrassed to be doing this for Archie.
When Cheryl snowboards by, Ronnie sends a reluctant, costumed Betty out to scare her. Betty approaches Cheryl and unleashes a mighty roar, but then Cheryl unleashes an even mightier scream, which causes an avalanche. Cheryl abandons her snowboard and runs away.
Betty is happy that that was only a “mini avalanche”, and she’s only lightly covered with snow. Ronnie helps her to her feet. Betty takes off her mask and happily asks if they got rid of Cheryl. Ronnie guesses they scared her into the ski lodge and suggests checking it out.
At the ski lodge, sitting on a couch in front of a roaring fire, her shoes kicked off, and with hot beverages nearby, Cheryl has told Archie and Reggie what happened. Archie calls her brave. Reggie praises her “quick thinking” in causing the avalanche. It isn’t clear if she presented it to them this way or if they drew their own conclusions, but she’s pleased and doesn’t contradict them. Betty is pissed at Ronnie for moving “Cheryl’s little boy party from mountain side to fireside”.
This story is okay, but Betty’s really not being a good friend to Cheryl, whose biggest crimes in this story are…being attractive and…being a good snowboarder. Also, what’s with the title? No one in this story was bored.
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