The silent panels unfolding like a flipbook, Guy Delisle’s book captures the heartache and absurdity of relationships, loneliness and the hang-ups that get in the way of happiness.

Originally published in France, Albert’s appeal is universal, which is underscored by the visually inventive ways in which Deslisle communicates his ideas. At times obscene, at times heart wrenching, Albert skewers our superficiality and inability to conquer our own petty preoccupations in relating to others.

It’s a slim work, which can be read in one sitting, but it’s the kind of insightful, poignant book that you can pick up again and again.

Grade: A

Albert and the Others is currently available.