A newer member of the Teen Titans first introduced in the New 52 era is thriving in the dark future presented in Future State.

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The future of the Teen Titans is not looking good. In comparison to other futures, theirs is depressingly bleak. They’ve lost members, both to death and descents into villainy (and in one case a fusion of two classic titans). But while the Titans may still be recouping from their losses, a long inactive hero from the New 52 has finally resurfaced and is thriving in these conditions.

Miguel Barragan, aka Bunker, first made his debut in 2011’s Teen Titans #1 by Scott Lobdell, Brett Booth, and Carlos M. Mangual. Bunker was born in a small Mexican village called “El Chilar” and developed metahuman powers during his childhood, being able to create constructs out of psionic energy. Adding to the things that made him different from most people in his hometown was the fact that he was also gay. Fortunately for Miguel, his village was a very accepting and supportive place to live. He grew up loved and was taught to love being himself.

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When he was old enough, and had proper control of his powers, Miguel decided it was time to leave his home and try to use his gifts for good. He wanted to find Red Robin, who had sent out a message urging young meta teens to band together. Miguel’s hope was that Red Robin could teach him how to be a proper hero. Sure enough, Bunker found and impressed Tim Drake with his abilities, becoming one of the first to join the burgeoning Teen Titans.

Bunker’s time on the team was short, but illustrious. He helped form the new team as a resistance to N.O.W.H.E.R.E., a sinister organization kidnapping super-powered youth for unknown reasons. With his assistance, the Teen Titans dismantled the rogue group and managed to free most of their captives, including Superboy. Bunker fought alongside the Teen Titans when they tried to rescue Red Robin from the Joker during the “Death of the Family” event by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. During that particular mission, he managed to impress Arsenal enough with his abilities that the experienced hero thought Bunker would join the Justice League before he turned twenty.

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After Bunker’s boyfriend woke up from a coma, Miguel decided to leave the team for a time, promising to return. Unfortunately, this run of the Teen Titans ended shortly after his departure and Bunker never got a chance to rejoin his teammates. But Arsenal was right about how valuable a hero Bunker was and would be, and in the “Future State” era, Miguel is a respected member of the Detroit incarnation of the Justice League alongside the likes of heroes such as Shazam and Vixen.

By the time of future state, the Horsemen of the Apocalypse had arrived on Earth, possessing the bodies of various heroes to perform their grim duties. Bunker was among the few heroes left to stand up to them. He worked alongside Shazam to prep a magical way to contain the Horsemen. As always, he tries to remain a beacon of optimism and holds himself and others up to the high standards that heroes need to maintain.

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