From early on, Saga has demonstrated that it's not your average comic. The stakes are high, the characters seem real, and it doesn't shrink away from consequences. Go big or go home? Fine. Saga's not going home. (Spoilers ensue.)

So. Hazel's narrated how her parents met, and how they fell in love. Chapter 11 starts off a bit more graphic. To wit, it shares the moment of Hazel's conception. Alana's worried about getting pregnant while they're on the lam; a legitimate concern. Marko's more confident about their future. Like a lot of things in the comic, the issue doesn't get neatly resolved.

Hazel's exact words are a bit unsettling: "My mom and dad used to have sex." That doesn't bode well for their marriageā€” or their survival, for that matter. Foreshadowing's the least of our worries, though.

Their wooden rocket ship is moments from being swallowed whole by the newborn Timesuck... which lives up to its name. Izabel confirms the ship has no weapons, of any kind. Ghost Gal feels a little bad for the mercenary chasing them, seen out the window. Their ship's had a slice taken out of it, and "outer is the worst place to eat it." Case in point: Lying Cat.

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The Will wins the 2013 award for 'Most Bad-Ass Feat In A Comic' when he leaps into the void, grabs Lying Cat, and hooks a ride back in with his lance. Yeah. Gwendolyn performs a bit of magic to patch up the ship, and they get the hell out of there. (One of the better throw-away details of the issue, apparently magic of that caliber takes a bit of bloodshed, as Gwen pierces her cheek.)

Klara and Marko race to the furnace / engine room. Marko wants to get the engines going hotter, which Klara says "will never work." (This isn't the first time Klara's been objectively wrong about the proper course of action. I keep waiting for her negativity to come in handy. I'll keep waiting.) Marko tosses both Crash Helmets into the furnace, giving the ship the boost it needs to break loose of the Timesuck.

Of course, it wouldn't be Saga if one solution didn't lead to more problems. The rocket's pushing harder and faster than it was ever meant to, and is cracking apart under the force. Barr splays out his hands, casting a binding spell to keep the rocket together. It pervades the whole ship. It's... actually quite beautiful.

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Too bad the cost is so high.

It's unclear whether Barr was casting from his lifespan, or just over-exerting himself. Either way, it's more than his heart can take. He dies, looking at the granddaughter he just saved from certain death. In that light, there are worse ways to go.

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Elsewhere, everyone aboard The Will's ship is shaken, but alive. Lying Cat is pissed. So far we've seen her tear a star-nosed mole man to ribbons. I don't think a headstrong bureaucrat from Wreath would give him much trouble.

Regardless, The Will knows they're on the right track with Slave Girl 'listening' to Gwen's pendant. He saw that clearly enough with his own eyes. So Gwen gets to stick around.

On the rocket, Klara and Marko return to find Alana, futilely trying to resuscitate Barr. Damn. We flashback to Barr and a much younger Marko, as his dad trains him to ride a grasshopper the size of a pony. (Compared to learning to ride a bike with your old man.)

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Alana tries to console Marko, but he just goes to his mother, and they his father's body.

Damn.

In her narration, Hazel relays that they cremated Barr's remains in the ship's furnace. She still keeps a swatch of the outfit he made for her, as a bookmark.

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I'm struggling for words, at the moment. Saga has not let up, lately. Life-or-death decisions have been made without hesitation. Life... hasn't always been an option. Saga presses on, as will we.

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Casey Jones is a writer and VO artist... and he should probably call his dad.