SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for The Flash #47, by Joshua Williamson, Howard Porter, Hi-Fi and Steve Wands, on sale now.
The Yellow Lanterns, aka the Sinestro Corps, are perhaps best known as the primary antagonists (and brief allies) of the Green Lantern Corps. Unlike the universal space cops, though, whose rings are fueled by willpower, the Yellow Lanterns’ rings are fueled by fear, which is typically amplified through constructs that represent the things that scare their enemies the most.
Readers of Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps know that the Sinestro Corps has been relatively quiet ever since their short-lived alliance with the Green Lanterns came to an end, but in The Flash #47, it’s revealed that a rather unexpected candidate also happens to have a yellow power ring in their possession.
Shortly after Wally West and Barry Allen arrive at Iris West’s house, they’re greeted by the 25th-century version of the Rogues known as the Renegades. To little surprise, the reason for their blast to the past is to apprehend Iris West for the murder of Eobard Thawne/Reverse-Flash back in Issue #47. However, Wally refuses to give his aunt up without a fight.
With the Renegades in pursuit of Wally and Iris, Barry attempts to reason with Commander Cold. Unfortunately, thanks to Wally’s hasty actions, Cold’s already lost his patience.
“Too late, Flash,” he tells the Scarlet Speedster. “I was wrong, Golden Guardian. You’re up.”
At that moment, Golden Guardian – the 25th-century counterpart to Golden Glider – raises her right fist to reveal a yellow power ring that’s already bursting with fear-induced energy. As she recites the Sinestro Corps oath, Golden Guardian produces constructs of three Reverse-Flashes, which immediately begin attacking the two Scarlet Speedsters and Kid Flash.
“You’ve got to be kidding me!” Wally exclaims. “She’s a Yellow Lantern?!”
This, of course, is an interesting development to say the least, as it’s in rather stark contrast to the Rogues’ Golden Glider, whose only notable affiliation with the Lantern Corps of any color was during Blackest Night. Nevertheless, we now know that not only do the Yellow Lanterns still exist in the 25th century, but that they’ve also apparently been recruiting new ring-wielders from Space Sector 2814. Even more interestingly, Golden Guardian is being presented as a member of group of Earth-based heroes, indicating the Yellow Lantern Corps' mission statement might have shifted somewhat over the centuries.
We'll likely learn a little more about the latest Yellow Lantern, the future she hails from and, of course, the final fates of Wally and Barry as "Flash Wars" continues in the weeks ahead.