Writer: Dan Parent*
Pencils: Dan Parent*
Inking: Jon D’Agostino*
Coloring: Barry Grossman*
Lettering: Bill Yoshida*
Original Publication: Cheryl Blossom, No. 14
Cover Date: August, 1998
Length: 5 pages
*Only the lead story in the issue is credited. I assume the credits apply to all of the stories.
Although I have the original issue, I’m reviewing this story from the digital edition.
At home, Cheryl is reading a teen magazine and is put off by the overpowering scents from the perfume ads. She thinks celebrities having their own scents is ridiculous.
So she decides, as “sort of” a celebrity, to develop her own scent. Of course.
Cheryl goes to Blossom Labs Inc. and explains to two people what kind of fragrance that she wants: provocative, yet subtle; stylish, yet nonconformist. One of them insults Cheryl behind her back while she’s still within earshot.
On another day, Cheryl comes back to smell their first attempt and hates it. They’re insulted, claiming to have worked hard on it.
Cheryl wants her fragrance to be “flowery smelling” to tie into her name.
Cheryl can barely smell their second attempt and tells them to amp it up, so they dump all of the rose scent into their third attempt.
Cheryl loves it, because it’s overpowering – like her.
Cheryl wears her new scent to school. It sickens Veronica and Betty.
Cheryl is unveiling her new fragrance at her big end-of-school party up at her “country club” (her inn? Club Blossom?) and invites all of them. Ronnie is upset, but Archie’s happy. Wait. End-of-school party? It was already summer in the last story. They put them in the wrong order, didn’t they?
At Cheryl’s “swanky summer party”, Ronnie’s in a bad mood. So is Archie, but that’s because of the mosquitos drawn to the hot weather. Cheryl welcomes everyone and unveils her new scent, Blossom. Betty, Archie, and Ronnie are bitten by mosquitos, which takes their attention away from Cheryl.
Betty asks Cheryl how come there are no bugs around her, but Ronnie figures it out: the perfume. Cheryl doesn’t understand the potential yet. She’s upset at Archie, Betty, and Ronnie for hogging her perfume. She gets pissed when Ronnie tells her that she’s created the perfect insect repellent. Cheryl is interviewed by a confused reporter but, unusually for her, is unable to spin the story in her favor, even though she’d done so successfully before.
This story was okay, but the ending fell flat.