Arsenic shares an identical history with Gertrude Yorkes (Earth-616) until the Runaways escaped protective custody.[1]

At Griffith Observatory, she and the other Runaways were recruited by Iron Lad to become the Young Avengers. Unfortunately, unbeknownst to Arsenic and the others,Victor Mancha had kidnapped the real Iron Lad,[2] and began posing as him as part of Victorious' plan to kill the young heroes before they come a real threat.[2]

Old Lace (Earth-2912) and Gertrude Yorkes (Earth-2912) from What If? Fallen Son Vol 1 1 001

Arsenic and Old Lace discover the truth about Iron Lad

It was Arsenic and Old Lace that discovered the truth about Victor Mancha.[3] This discovery Talkback being near-mortally wounded, heavy damage to The Hostel, and the deaths of both Victor and Iron Lad.[4][5][6]

After the deaths of Victor and Iron Lad, Arsenic took over the leadership of the Young Avengers.[6]


Seemingly those of her Gert Yorkes of Earth-616.


Young Avengers (Earth-2912) from What If Newer Fantastic Four Vol 1 1 001

Arsenic and Old Lace saving Talkback's life with the Iron Lad Armor

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