I think the main thing that could make it silly would be if there’s actually a visible rocket-tail coming out of the bottom of the head as it blasts off.
In general I think of this as a parallel to the skull-ship of Brainiac; I would personally give the Progeny head a few dangling tentacles which wrap together into a more streamlined shape as the head flies off. That probably contradicts C&A’s vision a little, but if it was done subtly it wouldn’t be too difficult to keep it reasonable.
@Thunderbird I don’t think a still image would really do it justice; what we need to know is how it moves. I personally envision it not as a quick rocketing into the infinite, so much as continuously accelerating FOREVER, so it takes like one hour to get out of the atmosphere and another hour to get out of the solar system and a third hour to get out of the Milky Way and a fourth to get out of the Local Group.