Power Man #48-49
Luke Cage is forced by his enemy, Bushmaster, to kidnap Misty Knight. These leads him into a full on fight against Knight, Colleen Wing and Iron Fist... fresh off their two-part adventure in "Marvel Team-up". Some leftover threads from that story are picked up, here, along with some of Cage's.
The story works to tie up Cage's origin and proves his innocence (he was framed by wannabe drug runner Willis Stryker and was sent to prison). Coincidentally,Bushmaster has taken over the abandoned Seagate prison and also abducted Prof. Brustein, the guy who turned Cage into "Power Man". So Cage's long-running origin loose ends are tied up and he gains 3 new friends in Knight, Wing and Iron Fist.
Fun stuff, as it's nice to see Cage finally get some focus and get a clear-cut win. His title had been rambling around and this cleaned things up in a tidy manner; without disregarding established continuity. It's by Chris Claremont and John Byrne-- and I'd say Byrne's at the peak of his skills, here (I think when he did "Superman", his stuff began to suffer).
All leads into...
Power Man & Iron Fist #50
At a party to celebrate Cage's exoneration, they're all attacked by villains Discus and Stilleto. Nothing much, as it's just an excuse to get the new Power Man/Iron Fist duo some easy tag-team action, together. Cage agrees to work for "Nightwing Investigations", so they haven't gone in as partners on a new "Heroes for Hire", yet.
This team-up and merging of the two titles doesn't seem forced or rushed at all. Plays out very well and it's MUCH better than I remembered. I really enjoyed reading the full run of "Iron Fist" awhile back, so this is a great continuation. I don't feel the need to go back and read Cage's issues from #5-47.