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Old Lace originally shared a telepathic relationship with owner: Gertrude "Gert" Yorkes, or Arsenic. When Gert was killed, Old Lace was passed onto Chase Stein, or Talkback. Chase then causes Old Lace to become a much more violent pet, as both himself and Chase mourn for the death of Gert.
Because Old Lace shares a telepathic link with his owner, if his owner his injured in any way, Old Lace feels the same pain. The works the other way as well. If Old Lace is hurt bad enough, the current telepathic owner will be severly injured as well. (See Civil War: Young Avengers/Runaways #2)
Old Lace is a genetically engineered deinonychus (though she was originally believed to have been a velociraptor) which Gertrude Yorkes inherited her from her supervillain parents, who sought to have Old Lace used as a weapon to fight superheroes. Old Lace has a telepathic bond with Gert. This lets her feel each others' thoughts and pain, and allows Old Lace to act on Gert's emotions.
Old Lace got her name from Gert Yorkes, who had temporarily been using "Arsenic" as her codename (essentially making the pair Arsenic and Old Lace, after the play and film of the same name). Though Gertrude later dropped the codename after deciding that some things from her parents (such as her real name) were worth keeping, Old Lace's name stuck.
When Yorkes was fatally wounded by Geoffrey Wilder, she was able to pass her telepathic link with Old Lace to her boyfriend Chase Stein before dying, since her death would have killed Lace as well via their telepathic link.
Chase, after his girlfriend's death, has been using Old Lace in a much more angry and aggressive manner, even going so far as to command Old Lace to rip an enemy's throat out though eventually was called off by Chase after being scolded by Nico. The deinonychus later went on to follow Chase but when ordered to hurt Karolina as well as Nico, Old Lace showed her own will by greeting them warmly.
In Runaways (2008) #11, an unidentified missle is directed at the Runaways' mansion. Old Lace, who is in the room with Klara Prast is quick to react. The incoming missle strikes Old Lace, who blocks it from hitting Klara. Old Lace is killed.
Last Appearance: Runaways (2008) #11
First Appearance: Runaways (2003) #2
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All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2006)
#1 Avengers Academy (2010)
- 'Abraxas to Batwing'
#27 Avengers Arena (2013)
- 'Homecoming Part 2'
#13 Civil War: Young Avengers & Runaways (2006)
- 'The Devil's Greatest Trick'
#1 Free Comic Book Day 2006 (2006)
- 'Part One'#2
- 'Part Two'#3
- 'Part Three'#4
- 'Part Four'
Marvel Pets Handbook (2009)
Marvel Previews (2003)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
Digest TPB vol. 01 Runaways (2005)
- 'Pride & Joy'Digest TPB vol. 02
- 'Teenage Wasteland'Digest TPB vol. 03
- 'The Good Die Young'HC vol. 01
- 'Runaways Vol. 01'Premiere HC vol. 01
- 'Pride & Joy'Premiere HC vol. 02
- 'Teenage Wasteland'TPB vol. 01
- 'Pride & Joy'TPB vol. 01 (Panini)
- 'Pride & Joy'TPB vol. 02
- 'Teenage Wasteland'TPB vol. 02 (Panini)
- 'Teenage Wasteland'#2
- 'Pride and Joy, Chapter 2'#3
- 'Pride and Joy, Chapter 3'#4
- 'Pride and Joy, Chapter 4'#5
- 'Pride and Joy, Chapter 5'#6
- 'Pride and Joy, Chapter 6'#7
- 'Teenage Wasteland, Chapter 1'#8
- 'Teenage Wasteland, Chapter 2'#9
- 'Teenage Wasteland, Chapter 3'#10
- 'Teenage Wasteland, Chapter 4'#11
- 'Lost and Found, Part 1'#12
- 'Lost and Found, Part 2'#13
- 'The Good Die Young, Chapter 1'#14
- 'The Good Die Young, Chapter 2'#15
- 'The Good Die Young, Chapter 3'#16
- 'The Good Die Young, Chapter 4'#17
- 'The Good Die Young, Chapter 5'#18
Digest TPB vol. 04 Runaways (2008)
- 'True Believers'Digest TPB vol. 05
- 'Escape to New York'Digest TPB vol. 06
- 'Parental Guidance'Digest TPB vol. 07
- 'Live Fast'HC vol. 02
- 'Runaways Vol. 02'HC vol. 03
- 'Runaways Vol. 03'Premiere HC vol. 08
- 'Dead End Kids'TPB vol. 08
- 'Dead End Kids'#1
- 'True Believers: Chapter 1'#2
- 'True Believers: Chapter 2'#3
- 'True Believers: Chapter 3'#4
- 'True Believers: Chapter 4'#5
- 'True Believers: Chapter 5'#6
- 'True Believers: Chapter 6'#7
- 'Star-Crossed: Chapter 1'#8
- 'Star-Crossed: Chapter 2'#9
- 'East Coast/West Coast: Chapter 1'#10
- 'East Coast/West Coast: Chapter 2'#11
- 'East Coast/West Coast: Chapter 3'#12
- 'East Coast/West Coast: Chapter 4'#14
- 'Parental Guidance: Chapter 1'#15
- 'Parental Guidance: Chapter 2'#16
- 'Parental Guidance: Chapter 3'#17
- 'Parental Guidance: Chapter 4'#18
- 'Parental Guidance: Chapter 5'#19
- 'Dead Means Dead: Chapter 1'#20
- 'Dead Means Dead: Chapter 2'#21
- 'Dead Means Dead: Chapter 3'#22
- 'Live Fast: Chapter 1'#23
- 'Live Fast: Chapter 2'#24
- 'Live Fast: Chapter 3'#25
- 'Dead-End Kids'#26
- 'Dead-End Kids, Part 2'#27
- 'Dead-End Kids, Part 3'
Runaways Saga (2007)
Secret Invasion: Runaways/Young Avengers (2008)
#2 What If? Fallen Son (2009)
- 'Secret Invasion!, Part 2'#3
- 'Secret Invasion!, Part 3'
#1 What If? House of M (2009)
- 'What If...Iron Man Had Died?'
#1 What If? Secret Wars (2009)
- 'What If...Scarlet Witch Ended the 'House of M' by Saying, "No More Powers?"'
- 'What if... Doctor Doom Kept the Beyonder's Power?'
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