Instigator: Military Unit of the Skrull Empire (including General J'Bahzz)

Purpose: The Skrulls fought to prevent the Kree from acquiring the energies of the Forgotten Celestial

Allies: None

Opposition: Military forces of the Kree Empire (including Captain Kal-Torr)

Location: The torso of the Forgotten Celestial, floating somewhere in space

First Appearance: Fantastic Four VI#21 (September, 2020)

(Fantastic Four VI#21 (fb) - BTS) - At some point in the past, the body of a deceased Celestial was found floating in space. Since its true name was unknown to anyone involved, the corpse came to be known only as the Forgotten Celestial.

(Fantastic Four VI#21 (fb) - BTS) - At some point within the past hundred years or so, a force of Kree warriors traveled to the Forgotten Celestial on a mission to obtain its raw power that could be used to fuel the entire Kree Empire for centuries. The Kree detonated Nega-Bombs on the torso of the Forgotten Celestial, cracking open its corpse in order to unleash its energies into the cosmos.

(Fantastic Four VI#21 (fb)) - Before the Kree could begin to gather and store that raw power, they were attacked by a force of Skrulls who had learned of their plan and come to stop them.

   The Skrulls engaged the Kree in hand-to-hand combat along the Celestial's rib cage and held the line at its sternum. The Kree Captain Kal-Torr found himself battling the Skrull General J'Bahzz. Striking simultaneously, the Skrull put out the Kree's right eye even as the Kree used his sword to sever the Skrull's left arm. Then, to prevent the Skrull from simply reattaching his arm, Kal-Torr grabbed it and threw it into the cavity of the Celestial's chest, then watched as it boiled away in what he called "the dying furnace of the Shattered Heart."

   As the two armies fought each other, the energy contained within the Forgotten Celestial continued to be released until it was all gone, leaving the Celestial as nothing more than an empty and worthless husk. With nothing more to fight over, the Kree and Skrull forces disengaged, with both sides having suffered losses of equal measure. The conflict came to be known by both Kree and Skrulls as the Battle of Shattered Heart.

(Fantastic Four VI#21 (fb)) - Years (or decades) later, the Supreme Intelligence of the Kree decided to create a Kree who would be the living history of their race, to be known as the Kree Chronicle of Blood. The Supremor chose (or created) a male Blue Kree infant named Jo-Venn and summoned many (or all) Kree warriors to give testimony about the battles in which they had fought. One of them was an aged Colonel Kal-Torr who spoke of the Battle of Shattered Heart. Once Kal-Torr had completed his testimony, the Supremor thanked him for his service and stated that his entry in the Chronicle was both noted and absorbed.

(Fantastic Four VI#21 (fb)) - At about the same time, the Skrull Empress (S'Byll?) began the creation of a similar living history of her race. As with the Kree, many Skrull warriors were summoned to appear before the empress and give testimony about the battles in which they had fought. One of them was General J'Bahzz who spoke of the Battle of Shattered Heart in which he had lost many of his men and part of himself. At the request of the empress, J'Bahzz gave more of himself in the form of blood that was then poured into a pool of blood where there were at least eight hatchlings, with the empress describing it as his triumphant refrain being added to their choir. The empress then spoke to the children in the pool, telling them to sing until one voice cried out and rose above the rest. S'Byll then picked up that female infant, N'Kalla, who had the war song of the Skrulls inside her and called her the Requiem of the Shapeless Soul!

Comments: Created by Dan Slott and Paco Medina with Sean Izaakse.

   When I first read the name of this battle, I was immediately reminded of the Battle of Wounded Knee. Not knowing anything about it beyond its name, I went to Wikipedia to research it and discovered that that "battle" is more accurately known as the Wounded Knee Massacre. Knowing that made the similarity between place names somewhat unsavory. I wonder, are there any actual real-life military engagements that took place in locations that were named after damaged parts of the human body?

Profile by Don Campbell.

The Battle of Shattered Heart has no known connections to:

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Fantastic Four VI#21, pages 2-3, panel 2 (main image)
      pages 2-3, panel 3 (Skrulls battle Kree)
      pages 2-3, panel 4 (Kal-Torr vs. J'Bahzz)

Fantastic Four VI#21 (September, 2020) - Dan Slott (writer), Paco Medina with Sean Izaakse (artists), Tom Brevoort (editor)

First Posted: 12/16/2021
Last updated: 12/16/2021

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