This story sets up a lot of framework for what's coming - I haven't read ahead, I just know that 'Fables' has a very, very long way to go and I've gotten the hang of Willingham's foreshadowing.
The 'Sons of Empire' arc introduces readers to the Empire's plans for revenge on Fabletown and the potential conquest of the mundy world. Well, at least the first draft. Nothing will play out that way, it'll be worse. It also takes time to introduce a few new prominent players, most importantly Hansel, who's mania for witch-hunting got him exiled from Fabletown and makes him a perfect tool for the Empire.
'Father and Son' has Bigby and his father, the North Wind, come to an understanding. It's not much, but they're both still alive and on the same side.
There were some great extras, including an issue of short stories answering reader questions about minor characters and loose threads, and even an appearance from Santa Claus.
This series is phenomenal. I don't know when I'll get to the rest of it, but I'll keep my eyes open.
Next: 'The Good Prince'