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ADVANCED SNEAK PEEK: Codex Black: A Fire Among Clouds (Book One)

As announced back in June 2022, comic book creator and animator Camilo Moncada Lozanzo’s webcomic Codex Black will be collected and released as a collected young adult graphic novel through IDW Publishing’s young adult and middle-grade line of original graphic novels. Lozanzo’s Codex Black will be part of IDW’s 2023 release slate and thanks to the publisher we have an advanced sneak peek at the upcoming graphic novel.

Codex Black: A Fire Among Cloud is described as a stay-up-all-night, binge-read that will have you navigating through monsters, mysteries, and the will of the gods with two young extraordinary adventurers in 15thcentury Mesoamerica as they search for a missing father!

Written by Camilo Moncada Lozanzo, with colors by Angel DeSantiago and based on the cult-following webcomic by the same name, book one of Codex Black is equal parts adventure, humor, and heart. The series is meticulously researched by Moncada, and the graphic novel also includes background materials that contextualize everything within the narrative. With extra information on the history, the supernatural, and a pronunciation guide, Codex Black presents an amazing look at Mesoamerican mythology and culture.

So if you’re of Seis Manos, Onyx Equinox, Maya and the Three, or even Black Panther: Wakanda Forever then this book is a must-read! Check out these approved preview images and the full synopsis for the first book which is set to release this April. Make sure to also keep an eye out for our interview with the creators of Codex Black as we’ll be looking to provide further insight into the upcoming graphic novel and real-life lore that inspired the series.


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 the 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?

Codex Black: A Fire Among Clouds (Book One) hits shelves on April 4, 2023.

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