Furthermore, you'll see some Japan-based pop culture references injected into the story by Beukes. There's a poignant scene in the middle of the issue, that contrasts Snow White and Rapunzel, both of whom never so far apart when it comes to offspring. A tale filled with mystery and suspense involving the Fables is nothing new, but Beukes' debut story in this "Hidden Kingdom" arc, presents itself well and leaves readers hanging on or more. While new readers unfamiliar with the Fables universe of stories and characters might get lost with the many different scenes, Beukes' writing blends in enough elements to keep both audiences hooked without losing those who are unfamiliar. Furthermore, the story is capped with a tantalizing cliffhanger ending.
Final Verdict: A