I'll disclaim this off the top: I'm predisposed to like the comic Old Wounds. I'm lucky enough be friends with, and follow the work of, both the writer Russell Lissau and artist John Bivens, so when I head that they were working together on a crime story I was intrigued what they would come up with. That story is in the midst of coming out now, with two of the four books out from Pop! Goes the Icon at time of writing.
The book opens with detectives informing our protagonist Michael Lane that his ex-wife has been killed in what they suspect to be a murder plot. The detectives are able to sort out the Michael is unlikely to be the killer but there is a hint of deception is his voice when they ask who might want to harm her. Michael is indeed hiding something: He and his wife used to fight crime as Night Hunter and Miss Fury.
The books are fast paced—presumably moving at a clip to fit in the four issue arc—but are written clearly. Lissau's writing style feels concise and tight, as if each word was carefully chosen to have just the right impact. While this does not surprise me, as Lissau's day job is writing for a newspaper, the style pairs fantastically with the hard grit of a crime story such as this. This concise storytelling is not without detail however, important details of Michael's life peppered are in providing context for the characters demeanor and actions.
The art pairs superbly well with the story, Bivens' art is expressive and evocative, working perfectly with black and white to evoke an atmosphere of grit and shadows. Many comics that print in black and white feel like they are doing so merely to save money, but Bivens' art pairs so well with it that the choice here feels like it was the right choice, and that choice was made from day one.