Ludwig van Beethoven is rising in the charts; gaining some praise and attention from those he'd seek to learn from (for better or worse), Beethoven's life strives in the face of the war in France, despite his debilitating deafness making itself all-too-apparent. Escaping from Bonn to live his life, Beethoven fights a war for recognition and support, while his unknown nemesis, Franz Kreuzstein, fights the literal War of the First Coalition. While Beethoven is a lover of the craft of music making, he's not a fighter, but Franz might give him a battle when the war is over. Will Beethoven be able to hear the music he plays, or is he cursed to only imagine what joy he'll bring to the world for centuries to come?
One of the final works of the "God of Manga", Osamu Tezuka, is collected in the second volume of LUDWIG B., the first English-language translation of the manga biography of Ludwig van Beethoven brought to readers thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign. Nearly 400 fans demanded that, while unfinished, Tezuka's work should be brought to English audiences, more than a quarter of a century after his death. Much like the compositions by the great Beethoven himself, LUDWIG B. will make you laugh, cry, and lament the loss of one of the world's greats.