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Gertrude Yorkes
Arsenic
of the Runaways


Gertrude Yorkes, who occaionally uses the codename "Arsenic," is the daughter of super-villains who came to our time from far in the future (the 87th Century). Her parents, along with other super-villains, formed a group known as "The Pride." Gertrude (or "Gert" as she is known for short) was one of a number of teenaged children of these super-villains who ran away after they discovered that the truth about their parents. The teenagers planned to form a super-hero group, and became collectively known as the "Runaways."

Gertrude Yorkes is Jewish, but is presently agnostic.

Gertrude Yorkes is Jewish
Above: Gertrude's teammate asks if Old Lace (Gertrude's genetically engineered dinosaur) is Jewish like Gertrude. [Source: story titled "Free", published in X-Men/Runaways one-shot, a Free Comic Book Day special publication\s; written by Brian K. Vaughan, art by Skottie Young; Marvel Entertainment Group: New York (May 2006), page 2.]

Gertrude Yorkes: not totally pacifist
Above: Gertrude Yorkes explains to Kitty Pryde that she isn't quite a pacifist... Her level of non-violence is more like that of a vegetarian compared to a Vegan. [Source: story titled "Free", published in X-Men/Runaways one-shot, a Free Comic Book Day special publication\s; written by Brian K. Vaughan, art by Skottie Young; Marvel Entertainment Group: New York (May 2006), page 8.]
From: "Gertrude Yorkes" article on Wikipedia website (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gertrude_Yorkes; viewed 21 May 2006):
Gert considers herself to be agnostic, though she is ethnically Jewish. She is presented as knowing a little Hebrew, presumably as a result of a Jewish education.

Discussion

From: "Where are the Christian Superheroes?" forum discussion page started 22 August 2006 on Newsarama website (http://forum.newsarama.com/archive/index.php/t-81451.html; viewed 5 May 2007):

Mr Wesley
08-22-2006, 10:03 AM

...I pose the question to you, my fellow Talk@Ramanians: If Christianity is the most popular faith in the United States, why aren't there more openly Christian superheroes?


nietoperz
08-22-2006, 10:07 AM

I don't think there are so many openly Jewish or Muslim Superheroes either (at least not American ones). In the end, non-denominational heroes will appeal to a broader spectrum of readers, or at least I'm sure that's the theory.


MoneyMelon
08-22-2006, 10:08 AM

I don't think there are so many openly Jewish or Muslim Superheroes either.


Timberoo
08-22-2006, 10:16 AM

...btw [by the way] - Kitty Pride is Jewish.


deldredz
08-22-2006, 10:20 AM

re: btw - Kitty Pride is Jewish.

Magneto, Songbird (Melissa Gold), Gertrude from Runaways.


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