Who the Clix? is a series of articles featuring information on comic book characters that have been made into figures for the popular tabletop game Heroclix. These articles are meant to help Heroclix players learn more about the characters behind their favorite pieces.
Today we look at that shape-shifting scoundrel with the combined powers of the FF: Super-Skrull
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Appearances in Heroclix: Fantastic Four, Guardians of the Galaxy, Galactic Guardians, Supernova, Clobberin Time
First Appearance: Fantastic Four #18
Team Affiliations: Skrulls
Created By: Jack Kirby and Stan Lee
Before he was ever super, the Skrull named Kl’rt was a loyal family man and soldier of the mighty Skrull empire. After losing too many battles, however, his wife banishes him from her world and refuses to allow him to see his own son.
After their invasion of Earth is foiled by the Fantastic Four, the Skrull Emperor Dorrek VII devises a way to give a regular Skrull the team’s powers. Kl’rt is chosen and empowered, gaining the fantastic powers of the Four in addition to his own natural shape shifting and hypnotic powers.
The Super Skrull is able to temporarily overwhelm the Fantastic Four in their first encounter. However, Reed soon realizes that Kl’rt is being empowered by a broadcast from the Skrull home world. Once they block this beam, the Super Skrull is weakened enough to be defeated and imprisoned in a crater.
The Super Skrull continues to plague the Fantastic Four over the years. He is instrumental in the death of Franklin Storm, father to Johnny and Sue. He is part of Dr. Doom’s assault on the wedding of Mr. Fantastic and the Invisible Woman, only to have his memories wiped. The Skrulls begin to send Kl’rt against more of the Earth’s greatest heroes such as Thor and Captain Marvel, only for him to be defeated time and time again.
After being disgraced during the Kree-Skrull War, Super Skrull helps Thanos in the vile Eternal’s quest for the Cosmic Cube. During this scheme, he becomes trapped in the Van Allen radiation belt. A Canadian research team, including Alpha Flight’s Sasquatch, accidentally teleports Kl’rt from the radiation belt. Super Skrull is able to kill all of the research team except for Sasquatch before the hero is able to return the skrull to his deep space prison.
Master Khan later frees Kl’rt and brainwashes the alien into thinking he’s actually a young boy named Bobby Wright with super powers. Bobby is able to transform into the adult “Captain Hero” and is used in a plot against Iron Fist. The Super Skrull is shielded from Zabyk’s Disaster, leaving him as one of the few Skrulls with shape-shifting abilities. As the Skrull empire crumbles and Kl’rt’s memories return to him, he goes into hiding on the Earth. During this time, he occasionally battles the Fantastic Four.
Super Skrull later returns when Young Avenger Hulkling reveals himself. Hulkling is the son of a Skrull Princess and the Kree hero Mar-Vell. Super Skrull and Hulkling conspire together, and Kl’rt shape shifts into Hulkling to take his place in space. The real Hulkling stays on Earth to spend time with his boyfriend and discover who he is.
Super Skrull is forced to reveal himself again and attempt to save the Skrull world from the Annihilation Wave. He is unsuccessful, even after sacrificing himself to destroy the warship Harvester of Sorrow. He is recovered and revived before aiding Ronan the Accuser and Zak-Del in reclaiming the Kree home world from the Phalanx.
During the Skrull’s Secret Invasion, Kl’rt helps Nova battle the Skrulls. He appears later as a member of the Galactic Council and is a key member of the Alliance liberation of Earth. Having achieved such glory, the Skrulls crown the Super Skrull as the emperor of a new Skrull Empire on the planet Tarnax II.
Super Skrull later travels to a restored Sakaar to recover the Time stone, intending to use it restore the Empire to glory. Doctor Strange later recovers the Time stone and uses it to defeat Kl’rt.