WARNING: The following contains major spoilers for Infinity Wars: Sleepwalker #1 by Chris Sims, Chad Bowers and Todd Nauck.
Marvel Comics has been no slouch when it comes to doling out quality Infinity Warps as part of its ongoing Infinity Wars event. Infinity Warps are the product of two superheroes whose realities were smashed together by Gamora tooling around with the Infinity Stones, effectively rendering those who could have fought her irrelevant. So far, we've seen the likes of Arachknight (the combination of Spider-Man and Moon Knight) and Solider Supreme (the combination of Captain America and Doctor Strange), and that's just the heroes who got their own standalone series. Plenty more have popped up in both Infinity Wars and the standalone Infinity Warps titles, but today we're going to talk about Infinity Wars: Sleepwalker #1, which might contain the absolute best Infinity Warp -- Little Monster, the unholy blending of Hulk and Ant-Man.
Now, Sleepwalker isn't exactly a household name. Created by Bob Budiansky and Bret Blevins, the character was introduced in 1991 in his own self-titled solo series. That series didn't light a fire under anyone (nor did the hero's following intermittent appearances), despite the character's novel origin story that acted as a gateway to one of Marvel's most important realms of existence, the Mindscape. As a Mindscape cop, Sleepwalker's entire existence revolved around keeping the nightmares that populate the realm out of the heads of dreaming sentient life. A bad turn of luck with one of his nightmare nemeses, Cobweb, saw the Mindscape protector fused with a human named Rick Sheridan. Together, they became a heroing duo. When Rick falls asleep, Sleepwalker emerges to deliver justice to foes physical and ethereal alike.
That's exactly what Sleepwalker was trying to do when the tussle from Infinity Wars #3 was going down in Central Park. Unfortunately, the hero had a moment akin to Thor's at the end of Avengers: Infinity War in the sense that his efforts were valiant, but also too little and too late. Gamora snapped her fingers before Sleepwalker could stop her, thus was reality folded over on itself. As Sleepwalker was not necessarily a product of reality, he was booted to the Mindscape where he was dressed down by his superiors and told to either quit messing around on Earth or get banished to the wildlands of the Mindscape. Being an extremely cool dream cop, Sleepwalker naturally chose the latter. He chose this fate, though, not to live out the rest of his life as an exile, but rather to save the lives of his friends, especially Rick, who was missing after he had been warped like everyone else. To do that, though, he would need a champion to help him. A… little champion.
In the wilds of the Mindscape, Sleepwalker searched for a hero whose existence was tied to one of the Soul Stones, specifically Power. He keys in on a very particular Infinity Warp who might be small, but certainly packs a punch.