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By Jitin Gambhir

Alien’s First Xenomorph Hybrids Had a Shocking Secret Purpose


The Alien franchise has expanded significantly since its first release, now exploring the flexibility and adaptability of the Xenomorphs’ biology. This has resulted in fascinating hybridizations using Xenomorph DNA and/or the original substance behind their existence, the Black Goo. However, before all the high-concept Xeno-splicing and alien-mutation, there was a simpler type of Xenomorph hybrid that had a surprising secret purpose in relation to the normally horrific nature of the franchise.

Alien’s First Xenomorph Hybrids Made Music, Not War

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While many Alien fans are familiar with the most infamous Xenomorph hybrids in the franchise like Alien Resurrection’s Ripley 8 and her ‘child,’ the Newborn, there are many others that only exist in the realm of comics. One of the most noteworthy was a synthetic/Xenomorph hybrid named Elden, who was injected with the Black Goo and transformed into an elevated lifeform with the ability to control Xenomorphs and lead them into battle. Elden was the prime example of how deadly a Xenomorph hybrid could be. However, long before him or the hybrids in Alien Resurrection, there were other synthetic/Xenomorph hybrids with a purpose aside from warfare: music.

In Aliens: Music of the Spears by Chet Williamson and Tim Hamilton, readers are introduced to a world where society was built back up from the destruction caused by the Xenomorphs’ invasion of Earth a few storylines prior. During the Earth War story arc, the Xenomorphs conquered the planet, only to eventually be defeated by a human resistance. While things eventually got back to the way they were, humanity formed an odd obsession with Xenomorphs that was evident in the media they consumed. In the third issue of this limited series, readers are shown the disturbing outcome of this obsession: synthetic/Xenomorph rock bands.

The entire Music of the Spears storyline revolved around a composer who wanted to use real Xenomorph screams in his death metal symphony, but he wasn’t the only musician of his time with the idea to incorporate Xenomorphs in music/bands. Most music was produced synthetically, so there was no actual band to go on stage for live performances. So, the record labels created synthetics that looked as though they were unholy mixtures of human and Xenomorph–each of them resembling the failed Ripley clones from Alien Resurrection. Xenomorphs became a taboo in a society built from the ashes of Xenomorph destruction, and these original hybrids were a way for the media companies to cash-in on that morbid interest.

None of them were harmful, nor were they true Xenomorph hybrids like Elden, as these synthetics only had the physical features of a Xenomorph given to them artificially rather than biologically. However, the main reason that these ‘hybrids’ are so different from the Xenomorph hybrids that would follow is that the true purpose of these original Xenomorph ‘hybrids’ in the Alien universe was for music, not warfare.

The Alien franchise has grown so much since the first installment, as now it really delves into the flexibility and adaptability of the Xenomorphs’ biology. This has led to interesting hybridizations using Xenomorph DNA and/or the original substance behind their existence, the Black Goo. However, before all that high-concept Xeno-splicing and alien-mutation, there was one type of Xenomorph hybrid that was way simpler to create, and was one that had a shocking secret purpose in relation to the normally horrific nature of the franchise.


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While many Alien fans are familiar with the most infamous Xenomorph hybrids in the franchise, Alien Resurrection’s Ripley 8 and her ‘child’, the Newborn, there are many others that only exist in the realm of the comics. One of the most noteworthy was a synthetic/Xenomorph hybrid named Elden, who was injected with the Black Goo and turned into an elevated lifeform with the ability to control Xenomorphs and lead them into battle. Elden was the prime example of how truly deadly a Xenomorph hybrid could be, yet long before him–or the hybrids in Alien Resurrectionfor that matter–there were other synthetic/Xenomorph hybrids with a purpose aside from warfare: music.



Alien’s First Xenomorph Hybrids Made Music, Not War

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In Aliens: Music of the Spears by Chet Williamson and Tim Hamilton, readers are introduced to a world where society was built back up from the nothingness that came from the Xenomorphs’ invasion of Earth a few storylines prior. During the Earth War story arc, the Xenomorphs conquered the planet only to eventually be defeated by a human resistance. While things eventually got back to the way they were, humanity formed an odd obsession with Xenomorphs that was evident in the media they consumed. In the third issue of this limited series, readers are shown the disturbing outcome of this obsession: synthetic/Xenomorph rock bands.

The entire Music of the Spears storyline revolved around a composer who wanted to use real Xenomorph screams in his death metal symphony, but he wasn’t the only musician of his time with the idea to incorporate Xenomorphs in music/bands. Most music was produced synthetically, so there was no actual band to go on stage for live performances. So, the record labels created synthetics that looked as though they were unholy mixtures of human and Xenomorph–each of them resembling the failed Ripley clones from Alien Resurrection. Xenomorphs became a taboo in a society built from the ashes of Xenomorph destruction, and these original hybrids were a way for the media companies to cash-in on that morbid interest.

None of them were harmful, nor were they true Xenomorph hybrids like Elden, as these synthetics only had the physical features of a Xenomorph given to them artificially rather than biologically. However, the fact that these ‘hybrids’ didn’t have an ounce of Xenomorph DNA within them isn’t the main reason they’re so different from the Xenomorph hybrids that would follow. The real reason for that is the fact that the true purpose of these original Xenomorph ‘hybrids’ in the Alien universe was for music, not warfare.

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