The first release in a new slate of young adult graphic novels from IDW Publishing, Codex Black (Book One): A Fire Among Clouds by Camilo Moncada Lozano with colors by Angel De Santiago arrives on Tuesday, April 4th, 2023.

However, you don’t have to wait until then to get your first look inside the book: just scroll down past this article for a preview, today at The Beat!

Codex Black (Book One)

Here’s the description of Codex Black from the publisher:

“Donají is a fearless Zapotec girl who, even though she’s only fifteen, is heralded as a hero by her village. In Codex Black, Donají sets out on an adventure–accompanied by the god that lives inside of her poncho–to find her missing father. Along the way, she meets a 17-year-old winged Mexica warrior named Itzcacalotl, and over time their temporary partnership blooms into an incredible friendship. The search brings the young pair closer to danger and deeper into mystery than either could have predicted. What exactly was Donají’s father involved with? And how did a simple search for a missing relative lead Donají and Itzcacalotl into a fight with a terrifying bat monster to defend an entire village?”

And here’s more on the creators:

“Camilo Moncada Lozano is a Mexican artist based in Mexico City. Lover of crows, mythology, and Japanese culture. Despite his background as an animator and visual arts graduate, his true passion lies in creating characters and telling their stories. He has spent most of his life weaving a fictional universe that connects all these stories, one of which is Codex Black. The development of an obsession. His friends often can’t remember the last time they saw him, some even wonder if he’s actually real. ‘I like crows.’

“Angel was born and partly raised in Mexico before migrating to Texas. He is in love with color and the atmospheres, emotions, and moods it can convey. Stories with beautiful landscapes, horror, and the surreal are always guaranteed to be his favorites. He can’t remember a time when he wasn’t drawing, but in those rare moments between, he can usually be found napping with his dog.”

Arriving April 4

Will you be picking up a copy of Codex Black (Book One) when it arrives at your local bookstore, comic shop, or public library early next month?

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